Title: Buck Baxter and the Disappearing Diva
Something sinister is happening at the Maharaja Majestic Theater on Broadville Boulevard. The domineering actress, Dominique Darlington, has vanished without a trace, the opening night of the theater’s new production of The Snake Charmer’s Slave is now in jeopardy, and six suspects are about to have the pleasure of meeting Buck Baxter, Private Detective, as he investigates whether there’s a killer on the loose… or a phantom at the opera?
Could it be the handsome leading man, Errol Hemingway, who’s responsible for the disappearance of his leading lady… or perhaps it’s that sweet, doe-eyed understudy Olivia Overton? Is it the theater owner himself, the tall and mysterious Raja Khan who has committed the crime… or the show’s investor, the autocratic aristocrat Serafina Somerset? Or is it possible that the meek and mild stage manager Stanley Small, or the flamboyant and frustrated director Barnabas Blake, are guilty?
And what of Buck’s romance with playboy millionaire Holden "Harry" Hart? Will Buck get a backstage pass to access all areas of his one true love… or will this be the final curtain for Buck and Harry?
Follow the clues, and you might just solve… the mystery of the disappearing divas!
Author: Geoffrey Knight
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: To Catch a Fox , The Boy From Brighton, Miami Moon, Cairo Curse
Series: The Buck Baxter Mysteries #2
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Buck Baxter, Love Detective
Published by Wilde City Press Source: Publisher
Published: June 9, 2015
Genres: Erotic Mystery, M/M Erotica
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Sam Spade meets Phantom of the Opera in Sin City. How about that for a combination? Add to that the GLBT aspects of the story and well, the recipe makes for a slightly different reading experience.
This story takes place in an imaginary Wilde City and features the intrepid Private Detective, Buck Baxter, during an era reminiscent of the roaring twenties. Think prohibition, gin joints, and opium dens. Wilde City is much as the name implies. Wild!
Buck Baxter? He is a most interesting character. One of those anti-hero type heroes. I am not sure whether to like him or not. He is a bit of a slob who pretty much lives in his office, not because he is that ambitious or busy, but because he doesn’t want to pay rent on an apartment – mostly because he can’t afford it. He has some interesting habits – like gin and pot – surpassed only by his even more “interesting,” if dubious, friends(?). But, he has a soft heart under all that hard core that can be broken.
Then there is his “assistant,” Stella. Three feet tall with a mouth a sailor would blush at. How she became his assistant is another story – Buck Baxter, Love Detective in fact. Yes, I really think you need to read that first. That is where most of the character and world building happened. Although this is a new mystery to solve, you will want to read the first book to know who is who in the zoo.
I was pleasantly surprised at the roller-coaster of emotions I experience as I read this. This is obviously a spoof, but I still experienced the highs of happiness and the lows of despair, with some side trips to eye-rolling humor and spine-tingling suspense. Not bad for a short little tongue-in-cheek mystery story.
This author can be hit or miss for me. This series is a hit. I look forward to another Buck Baxter mystery in the future.