- Title: Faked To Death
- Author: Dean A.James
- ISBN: 9781575668888
- Page: 493
- Format: Paperback
A delightful English village whodunit filled with some of the most eccentric characters you ll ever run across in a mystery novel The Denver Post on Posted to Death
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I WANT MY MONEY BACK.*cries*At first I was still hoping this second novel might be better than the first about this unnecessarily American and gay and vampiric "hero", since it was about a writer's weekend, but the unbearable egocentricity of the author (and his not-at-all endearing character) nearly make me throw up. Simon is pretentious and, like the book, boring, annoyingly stupid, and made all the worse so by the reader being expected to find Simon irresistible, charming and intelligent. Sin [...]
This series is so easy to sit back and enjoy. The main sleuth happens to be gay and a vampire, but, that is really somewhat immaterial in this well-written murder mystery. A house party or writer's convention is held at Lady Kinsale's manor. True to the British style of cozy, the party is all but cozy. Seething emotions and oddness prevails as our Simon and his Assistant, Sir Giles, join in as new speakers. To Simon's dismay, he finds a charlatan pretending to be one of his alias. This book is w [...]
this is not a book i would usually look twice atBUT, it was recomended to me by a customerSO, i read it and LOVED it.It's about a gay vampire author w/ a gay assistant, they get caught up in a murder at a gathering of some sort is a classic who-dunit story with lots of comical characters.
Blurb from It's Simon's esteemed reputation as an auteur that brings him to the attention of Lady Hermione Kinsale. She needs another speaker for her week-long writers' workshop. But much to Simon's surprise-and chagrin - best selling mystery author Dorinda Darlington appears on the list of attendees. Simon knows first-hand how the reclusive author values her privacye Simon is Dorinda. The blatant impersonation has raised his hackles - and Simon's fit to kill. But someone beats him to the punch. [...]
Faked To Death: A Simon Kirby-Jones Mystery (James, Dean, Simon Kirby-Jones Mystery.) (Simon Kirby-Jones Mysteries) by Dean JamesEdition: HardcoverBravo Author!, August 10, 2011 This review is from: Faked To Death: A Simon Kirby-Jones Mystery (James, Dean, Simon Kirby-Jones Mystery.) (Simon Kirby-Jones Mysteries) (Hardcover) Thank-you Dean James for another wonderful Simon Kirby-Jones mystery. The continuity of the stories, the development of the characters, and the creativity of new situations [...]
Posted to Death. Faked to Death. Decorated to Death. Baked to Death. Books by Dean James. I wanted a light mystery series and found this series of 4 books featuring a gay vampire detective- Simon Kirby Jones. "Gay vampire" was the ploy used to differentiate itself from other cozy mysteries but the character was taking anti-vampire pills which defeated the whole purpose. Also, there seemed to be an unbelievably high number of gay characters in each book. Certain characters, dialogue and situation [...]
This is the second book in this series. Simon lives in a cottage in a small English village. He is a vampire. He is gay. He is like Mrs. Fletcher or Miss Marple. He is attending a writers workshop when he discovers that a fellow participant is claiming to be one of his pen names. When she turns up dead, he is one of several suspects.
Another fun romp with the charming Simon Kirby-Jones!Not a huge amount of substance, but it's jolly good fun all the same!
good / funny
2nd foray into Snupperton Mumsley with mystery solver Simon Kirby-Jones. Dr. Kirby-Jones is a vampire, he is gay, he is the author of a mystery series and a romance series, and he solves murders in the little English village he now calls home. This time, Simon is at a week long mystery writers conference at a stately English home. As to be expected, a murder occurs and it is none other than the woman impersonating Simon's alter ego, Dorinda Darlington. Great names in these books. I found this 2n [...]
Cozy mystery with a great premise- the main character (and amateur detective) is a vampire. Sadly, nothing at all is made of that little quirk. Due to pills that he takes, he doesn't have to drink blood, but he also can't hypnotize people with his eyes, or turn into a bat or a mist or anything cool. So what is the point? How much more interesting he would be if he had to deal with -and take advantage of- some of the traditional side effects of vampirism. Oh, and he's gay. Gay, gay, gay, gay, gay [...]
As far as mysteries are concerned I expect genre-loving readers to still find this second episode at fault. The very classical rules of very classical detective stories require that the readers be given all necessary hints to solve it for themselves.It does not happen here and the identity of the murderer is entirely unexpected.As for the rest I was happier than with the first book: this series is apparently not meant to be more than just entertaining and -just- entertaining it is.The writing is [...]
Disappointing. I really enjoyed the first book in the series, but this one seemed to lose itself by the end. Some of Simon's actions, particularly as they related to his agent, were completely unbelievable. Not that I look for realism in a book like this (after all, there is always the nightly news for that). I was also disappointed to find the blackmail motive recycled here since it was basically the same basis for the murders in the first book in the series.Still fun to read. Just a little les [...]
Enjoyed a lot more than the first one. The supporting characters are more interesting (ad less annoying) and the plot had more oomph. The tone is still chatty and campy but tempered a bit, so I could enjoy it as unique without just laughing. I even liked the incessant flirting between Simon and Giles, even though I'm team Police Chief!
Second of these amateur sleuth cosy crime stories. The sleuth is a gay vampire but apart from his brilliant sense of hearing, not much happens in this story that means he needs to be either gay or a vampire. Just a comedy gimmick I guess. Entertaining nonetheless.
I really enjoyed this 2nd book in the Simon Kirby-Jones Mysteries. I am so thrilled I have the next one to start. I loved the premiss of this story, it was fun and moved at a good pace. I think this is a great series and highly recommend it.
I don't know. This could be so much more if the vampire didnt have his little magic pill and instead faced his undead challenges. That said, I did enjoy this, though wished there could've been some more romance in it. There's barely a glimpse of it with this Mister Marple.
I guess the term for this is a cozy mystery. The main character is a gay vampire. This distinction is only to set these books apart from countless others. The vampire and the gay play zero roles, that was a little annoying. Nice frothy easy read.
wasn't sure I would like this when the second paragraph stated "I am a vampire.". Not being a fan of the current vampire rage, I was very pleasantly surprised to be drawn into a great plot and conclusion! Am looking forward to reading the next in the series "Decorated to Death."
i was surprised by how much i enjoyed reading this book. i saw it for 25 cents, and i thought "well if it's terrible, it only costs me a quarter." but it turned out to be really well-written, and very enjoyable. It's always fun when you find books that really surprise you like this one.
I'm really getting into this book series.So, when is going to be a t.v series?
Second in James’ series. This one has Simon and Giles at a writers conference with an amusing cast of mystery writers. There is of course a murder. Fun.
More cozy mystery gay vampire! This time, murder at a writer's retreat! Reasonably cute, although I'm beginning to suspect that the vampire part is in no way relevant to the actual story.
Murder mystery with a different twist to it. I would definitely recommend this book.
i absoultly loved this book its as good as the first i love how the books are mystery and trying to guess who had done the crime .
The 2nd book in the cozy mystery featuring a gay vampire.
Bought book at dollar store. Looked Good.
Excellent outing in the Simon Kirby-Jones series. Go here for full review: angrygreycatreads/2013/07/
Very quick and easy read to pass time while waiting for something better to come along. Not sorry I read it, but won't be searching out the next in the series either.
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