A seaside village, an English country house, a family of wealthy eccentrics and their equally peculiar servants, a determined detective - all the ingredients are here for a cozy Agatha Christie-style whodunit.
But wait.... Edward "Mitch" Mitchell is no Hercule Poirot, and The Back Passage is no Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Mitch is a handsome, insatiable 22-year-old hunk who never lets a clue stand in the way of a steamy encounter, whether it's with the local constabulary, the house secretary, or his school chum and fellow athlete Boy Morgan, who becomes his Watson when they're not busy boffing each other.
When Reg Walworth is found dead in a cabinet, Sir James Eagle has his servant Meeks immediately arrested as the killer. But Mitch's observant eye pegs more plausible possibilities: polysexual chauffeur Hibbert, queenly pervert Leonard Eagle, missing scion Rex, sadistic copper Kennington, even Sir James Eagle himself.
Blackmail, police corruption, a dizzying network of spyholes and secret passages, watersports, and a nonstop queer orgy backstairs and everyplace else mark this hilariously hard-core mystery by a major new talent.
©2006 Cleis Press (P)2011 Cleis Press
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"This is absolutely ridiculous yet entertaining"
Wonderfully narrated by Daniel Carter this is absolutely ridiculous, amusing and entertaining.
Is this deliciously porny? Yes. Yes, it is. It is filled with sex. Everyone in the story is gay or bi and everyone is having sex with everyone else, or watching, or...It's completely ridiculous. Ask me if I care. Nope, I assuredly don't care - because it was funny and campy and fun.
There a whole murder mystery with Mitch Mitchell believing he's a younger, gayer, more dapper version of Sherlock Holmes, when the reality is he's closer to the idiotic Inspector Clouseau, bumbling his way through the mystery and managing, in between bouts of sometimes really acrobatic sex, to find a clue.
And wow. The sex - there is enough sex in this to make a porn star blush. It's awesome and tiresome at the same time!
Bottom Line: Leave your expectations at the door and just sit back and enjoy this entertaining whodunit romp.
Its a light enough read that disbelief must be suspended more than once. At the same time, its a scarily accurate nod to Agatha Christie (but with more hot men). Based on this, I read the whole Mitch Mitchell series and none of them fell below this standard.
"Mitch Mitchell escapades are wonderful!"
This series from James Lear with Mitch Mitchell is wonderful..... Starting with "Back Passage".....the characters are well drawn and well executed. The story is full of interesting twists and turns and a bit of history thrown in...and let's not forget the sex...everywhere there is sex.
Mitchell is visiting a country estate with hopes of seducing Boy Morgan, who is engaged to the daughter of the estate owner. Before Mitchell can complete his sexual machinations a murder is committed and he is in the middle of the investigation.
I enjoyed it immensely!
It was very hard to have an English accent did narrator playing an American. Especially odd was the fact that there was no change between one person to another. Also the sex was improbable and unrealistic.. Don't recommend.
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