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Decorated to death
James, Dean (Darryl Dean)
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New York : Kensington Books, [2004]

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232 pages ; 22 cm.
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What happens when you take a classic British cozy and mix in a sophisticated man who also happens to be a vampire? You get Dean James's critically acclaimed and delightful series featuring everybody's favorite sleuth, Simon Kirby-Jones.

Author Notes

Dean James is the Agatha Award-winning author of several works of mystery nonfiction as well as two mystery series.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In James's third witty cozy (after 2003's Faked to Death) to feature author, part-time sleuth and gay vampire Simon Kirby-Jones, the usually quiet English village of Snupperton Mumsley is astir over the arrival of Zeke Harwood, the obnoxious star of the popular TV decorating show Tres Zeke. Zeke and his staff plan to film the redecorating of Lady Prunella Blitherington's drawing room, but he threatens to paint the room red when he and Lady Prunella get into a nasty argument, caught on tape. When Zeke is later found bludgeoned to death and smeared with red paint in the now dismantled drawing room, Lady Prunella becomes the chief suspect, but not, as Simon soon discovers, the only one. Joining forces with good-looking Det. Inspector Robin Chase, Simon uncovers motives galore among the guests, villagers and, yes, even the butler. Meanwhile, Simon is perplexed by his own personal mystery-his sudden urge to nibble the veins in people's necks, a vampire instinct that his medication is supposed to control. As in an elaborate and fun game of Clue, all the pieces come neatly together. A well-crafted mystery combines with whimsical characters (the interplay between Simon and Lady Prunella's son, Giles, is a highlight) to create an imaginative spoof on the classic locked-room mystery. (Apr. 6) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Astute writer, gay vampire, and intrepid series sleuth Simon Kirby-Jones (Posted to Death; Faked to Death) runs interference in another murder case. The victim here, the much-hated host of a room-makeover television program, meets his demise in Lady Prunella Blitherington's locked drawing room. Simon happens to observe the principal suspects when the body is found-all members of the "pompous prat's" entourage. Handsome detective Robin Chase leads the investigation, with ample help from Simon and Simon's assistant, Sir Giles. Quaint village goings-on, a cozy atmosphere, rampant wit, sexy undertones-all of it just a bit tongue in cheek-make for great fun for all from a former LJ reviewer. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.