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Lacetown Murder Mysteries
By Deanna Wadsworth & Hank Edwards
Book 1: Murder Most Lovely
Lacetown Murder Mysteries, Book 1
A killer at a small-town literary festival. Bumbling drug dealers. A kidnapped cat. Starting a romance among all this chaos might be the death of them.
Michael Fleishman is excited to meet his favorite mystery writer, Russell Withingham, at Lacetown’s Literary Fest. He is not expecting to cross paths with sexy hairdresser Jasper “Jazz” Dilworth―or become embroiled in a real-life mystery. As Lacetown’s only mortician and the county coroner, Michael is called to his first murder scene and is shocked to recognize the victim―Russell’s young lover.
Jazz only wanted to confront his ex, Russell, over his cheating. Instead, he meets the adorably awkward Michael and becomes a murder suspect. Soon Jazz is teaming up with Michael to clear his name. Along the way, they are helped and hindered by Michael’s sassy assistant, Kitty, the grumpy Sheriff Musgrave, Russell’s creepy PR rep, Norbert, and Michael’s lothario grandfather, who likes his manhattans strong and his women saucy. And of course, Mr. Pickles Furryton the Third…
Book 2: Murder Most Deserving
Lacetown Murder Mysteries, Book 2
An acoustic music festival comes to Lacetown, and with it, another dead body―this one found at Fleishman’s Funeral Home. Michael recuses himself from the autopsy, handing the job over to his arch-nemesis from a neighboring county.
Luckily Michael and local hairstylist Jazz are closer than ever. Between a trio of funerals, a blowout BBQ, and a couple of trips on Beulah, Jazz’s beloved scooter, Michael and Jazz do some sleuthing of their own. With the first gruesome murder still fresh in their memories, they can’t help but wonder if notorious murderer and famous author Russell Withingham might be targeting them from jail, where he’s awaiting trial.
The festival, however, brings in a veritable lineup of potential killers, including a familiar―and most unwelcome―figure from their past. As the murderer circles ever closer to Jazz and Michael, Sheriff Musgrave is quick to remind them that everyone’s a suspect until Sheriff Musgrave says they’re not!
Exclusive Excerpt from Case 2:
Murder Most Deserving
Michael cursed himself. He was worrying about nonsense in his head, and he wasn’t sure why. He and Jazz were in a good place, but in light of everything happening around them, Michael should dial it back. Any declarations of love would have to wait until all of this blew over. To add an I love you would put too much pressure on Jazz after such a shock. Michael didn’t want to cause him any undue distress.
Right now, the most important thing was making sure his boyfriend was okay.
“I brought you a coffee.” Michael held up the drink.
“I adore you,” Jazz said, smiling and taking the drink with both hands before leaning in for a chaste kiss. “Come on, let’s go up to my apartment.”
Being near Jazz had a calming effect on his mind. Michael followed Jazz up the steps to the second floor, drinking in each flex of his ass.
“You looking at my ass?” Jazz asked without turning around.
Michael blushed. “Yes. Sorry.”
“Don’t be sorry. I was hoping you were doing it.”
Jazz smiled over his shoulder as they reached the second floor, making Michael’s heart flutter like the first time. His apartment door was propped open, and he led the way inside. Michael closed the door behind him and locked it before joining Jazz on one of the purple velvet couches that suited Jazz’s effortless style so perfectly.
“How are you?” Michael asked.
Jazz shrugged. “Surprisingly all right. Maybe still in a bit of shock. It’s a ghastly way for someone to go out, and a really awful way to find them.”
“It must be bringing up a lot of memories for you,” Michael said. “Being Norbert and all.”
“Yes, imagine that: Norbert reminding me of a bad time in my life.” He sighed and shook his head. “It’s a terrible thing, but I can’t say I’ll miss the man. Does that make me an evil person?”
Michael touched his forearm. “Not at all. Things between you and Norbert were… very complicated.”
“At least,” Jazz muttered, then fell silent a moment. He shifted and placed his feet on the cushion, facing Michael with his back against the padded armrest. He sipped the coffee. “Mmmm, peppermint mocha. My new favorite.”
Michael felt warm all over at that smile, as if the hot coffee were working through his every limb. “I’ll make a note.”
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About the Authors
Deanna Wadsworth might be a bestselling erotica author, but she leads a pretty vanilla life in Ohio with her wonderful husband and her adorable cocker spaniels. She’s been penning stories since childhood. Her first erotic novella was published in 2010. When she isn’t writing books or brainstorming with friends, you can find her making people gorgeous in a beauty salon. She loves music and dancing, and can often be seen hanging out on the sandbar in the muddy Maumee River or chilling with her hubby and a cocktail in their basement bar. In between all that fun, Deanna cherishes the quiet times when she can let her wildly active imagination have the full run of her mind. Her fascination with people and the innerworkings of their relationships have always inspired her to write romance with spice and love without boundaries.
Hank Edwards (he/him) has been writing gay fiction for more than twenty years. He has published over forty novels and novellas and dozens of short stories. His writing crosses many sub-genres, including contemporary romance, rom-com, paranormal, suspense, mystery, wacky comedy, and erotica. He has written a number of series such as the funny and spooky Critter Catchers, Old West historical horror of Venom Valley, suspenseful FBI and civilian Up to Trouble, and the erotic and funny Fluffers, Inc. Under the pen name R. G. Thomas, he has written a young adult urban fantasy gay romance series called The Town of Superstition. He was born and still lives in a northwest suburb of the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan.