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  • Paperback: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press (Oct. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573443298
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573443296
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #506,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Very cleaver ...Interesting twists....Lots of sex ....You really don't know what to believe until the end...It really held my attention ...I will order more of his books
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A great mystery! Well written, fast moving.
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars This Isn't Your Typical Agatha Christie Novel Aug. 20 2016
By Tom L. Broad - Published on Amazon.com
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There's so much sex in this book that it began getting in the way of what is a really interesting story line. There are enough historical characters to make it believable and Lear writes in a fun, breezy style. Lots of twists and turns and, just like an old-fashioned Agatha Christie mystery, a plot that keeps you guessing until the end when the narrator explains how and why the murder occurred. In fact, think of "The Secret Tunnel" as a terrific Agatha Christie cozy, only with lots and lots and lots of explicit sex.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Tunnel is a page turner Aug. 14 2016
By Jason Halle - Published on Amazon.com
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It took me little while to get sucked into the plot. James Lear has an unusual style of writing that I enjoyed more as the plot proceeded. One of the best combinations of sex and plot in this genre. You gotta love those Brits and Scots.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Less realistic and more obviously tongue-in-cheek than The Back Passage July 28 2009
By Charly T. Anchor - Published on Amazon.com
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Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 7/10

- As twisty-turny a plot as its predecessor. Seriously--Lear is closer to being a contemporary Agatha Christie (with a few alterations here and there, granted) than any other author I've encountered. The plot points pile one on top of another on top of another (ad nauseum, it seems on occasion), and there are so many characters as to make one dizzy at times.
- Even more wicked a sense of humor than its predecessor. This is only the second of Lear's works I've read, the first having been The Back Passage, but his writing contains wit and cleverness in abundance. And he recognizes (and strives for, I imagine) the parallels between his stories and the English detective stories from the first half of the twentieth century, even going so far as to poke fun at his own adherence to the mystery formula: "Oh, I love this bit," one character says just before the narrator launches into his tell-all at the book's conclusion. "When the detective has got everyone into the same room, and suddenly everything becomes clear."
- Plentiful sex of various shades and colors. I didn't find it `hot' per se, because very little of it is emotional...at all...but if you're looking for raunchy sex and a character who's as randy as a jackrabbit, they're both in full supply here.

- The plot is almost too convoluted. I must confess I found my mind wandering off during the big tell-all scene because there were just so many characters and so much that had to be accounted for that I stopped caring after several pages about exactly which person contributed exactly which action to the muddle.
- Every male character in the book is gay. (Okay, okay, some of them are bi.) And no, I'm not exaggerating. When seen as part of a larger, humorous work, the abundance of guys wanting to get it on with other guys is funny, naturally. But there was a point about halfway through the book when I got a little exasperated (though to be honest, that went away and my amusement returned later on), if only because Lear really is a masterful storyteller and I thought for just a moment, "You're using this as a crutch when you're good enough not to need it."
- The same bothersome little romance...thing...that comes up at the end of The Back Passage returns here, and I don't see the point of it. Mitch has a faithful (or so we're led to believe) lover at home and isn't away from him for more than a couple of hours before he cheats on him, and before the trip is all said and done, he's had sex with 8 or 10 different men, most of them multiple times. This isn't a romance; okay, I get it. But why tell us about the hapless, ill-treated lover at all?

Overall comments: If you're looking for a book with a plot that will keep you guessing, particularly if you enjoy tongue-in-cheek humor, this is an excellent read. It's not realistic, nor does it portray even the ghost of a real human connection on any level other than the physical. Erotica, yes. Romance, no.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Sept. 12 2009
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This, like all of Lear's books I've read, is a fun, entertaining read. Easy to read in a day or two. Just sheer enjoyment.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A tunnel wasn't the only boring thing in this July 14 2009
By Ron - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed Lear's first old-fashioned mystery The Back Passage, although the plot left me a bit in the dark. So I looked forward to another breezy read here. But the novelty has worn off, and I found The Secret Tunnel to be a bit of a bore (pun intended.) The action doesn't all take place on the Flying Scotsman, so it's not really a take-off on Murder on the Orient Express (and the two books really shouldn't be mentioned in the same paragraph.) And like the first Mitch story, this one has so much sex between every man in the book that it 1). gets old, and 2). is totally unbelievable even in a light, fun fiction context. I suppose next we'll have Lear spoofing Cat Among the Pigeons where all the school girls are actually boys in drag getting it on in the coat closets. But I'm done.