5 Stars for Murder in the Desert by J.P. Bowie #MM #Mystery


Title: Murder in the Desert
Author Name & Publisher: J.P. Bowie (MLR Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 27, 2015 – 175 pgs


A ‘clothing optional’ gay resort is threatened by a vandal with perhaps more than just destroying property on his mind.

When Nick Fallon is hired to investigate a series of threatening phone calls and vandalism at a gay resort in Palm Springs, he and his husband, Eric Jamieson, are given first class treatment by the owners… when they first arrive.

Coming face to face with a group of men who all seem to have something to hide, except their dislike for one another, frustrates Nick as he tries to sift through the lies and deception.

A fire, and a seemingly senseless murder, complicates Nick’s search for the truth. As he uncovers details of past criminal records and a murky family history that includes arson and violence, his frustration grows.

Which of these men had motive and means to commit murder? The answer is-all of the above.

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Now I did not read the previous books in this series before this one and I would not suggest reading this one as a stand alone because I was a little lost on Nick and Eric’s relationship. I really wish I would have read the others first because I did love Nick and Eric together and would have loved to see them when there relationship first started.

So Nick is asked to investigate threats that are being made against a gay resort. Eric goes with him to spend time with him and help him.

You get some steam and so much action in this book along with this mystery while Nick is trying to figure out who is behind everything that has been happening.

I really loved the authors pretense of this story and the way this author wrote these characters along with many other different characters you meet in this book. Now I was a little lost but as soon as I started this book I could not put it down. I really do not want to give away any spoilers because you really need to read this one for yourself. So I will leave this review with…

All together I really loved this story and these characters and I would definitely recommend this book!



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J.P. Bowie was born and raised in Aberdeen, Scotland. He wrote his first (unpublished) novel – a science fiction tale of brawny men and brawnier women that made him a little suspect in the eyes of his family for a while.

Leaving home at age eighteen for the bright lights of London, he found himself in the midst of a “diverse and creative crowd” that eventually led him to the performing arts. For the next twelve years he sang, danced and acted his way around the theatres of London and the provinces, appearing in shows with many famous British singers, actors and comedians.

After immigrating to the US and living for many years in Las Vegas where he worked for that incomparable duo, Siegfried and Roy, J.P. found himself entranced by the fair city of San Diego where he currently lives with his partner, Phil.

J.P. loves to hear from his readers and can be contacted at jpbowie@cox.net


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