Gay physician/amateur detective Edward "Mitch" Mitchell is in England to visit his longtime playtime buddy, Harry "Boy" Morgan. When he arrives at Morgan's home, he finds "Boy" upset and gradually gets him to tell the story of the previous night. Apparently, after Morgan's wife and kids went on holiday, he planned on entertaining his client, Frank Bartlett, with whom he had been carrying on an affair for some time. They brought a third man home for some playtime, the man left, and Morgan fell asleep waiting for Bartlett to finish up in the bathroom. Later that evening, realizing he had never come to bed, he checks on him and finds him dead in the bathroom, apparently having slashed his wrists with a razor. Shortly after Mitch hears the story retold, the police return to Bartlett's home to further investigate, and eventually bring in Morgan on suspicion of murder. Wanting to believe Morgan was not responsible in any way, Mitch must look beyond the obvious and try to find out what really happened that night, a search that takes him to places where "rough trade" looks for generous benefactors.
This is correctly classified as an "erotic mystery," although - in my opinion - the erotic content definitely overwhelms the plot. Truth be told, the mystery itself is well-written and could stand on its own, but obviously the author's target readers like the series as is, and he gives them what they want. What Lear (actually novelist Rupert Smith, using a pen name) does, he apparently does well, but it is not my cup of tea. Three stars out of five.
- Bob Lind, Echo Magazine