Back Passage

Back Passage

by James Lear

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Overview

Agatha Christie, move over! Hard-core sex and scandal meet in this brilliantly funny whodunit. A seaside village, an English country house, a family of wealthy eccentrics and their equally peculiar servants, a determined detective -- all the ingredients are here for a cozy Agatha Christie-style whodunit. But wait -- Edward "Mitch" Mitchell is no Hercule Poirot, and The Back Passage is no Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Mitch is a handsome, insatiable 22-year-old hunk who never lets a clue stand in the way of a steamy encounter, whether it's with the local constabulary, the house secretary, or his school chum and fellow athlete Boy Morgan, who becomes his Watson when they're not busy boffing each other. When Reg Walworth is found dead in a cabinet, Sir James Eagle has his servant Weeks immediately arrested as the killer. But Mitch's observant eye pegs more plausible possibilities: polysexual chauffeur Hibbert, queenly pervert Leonard Eagle, missing scion Rex, sadistic copper Kennington, even Sir James Eagle himself. Blackmail, police corruption, a dizzying network of spyholes and secret passages, watersports, and a nonstop queer orgy backstairs and everyplace else mark this hilariously hard-core mystery by a major new talent.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781573442435
Publisher: Start Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 05/05/2006
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author


James Lear is the nom de plume of a prolific and acclaimed novelist. As James Lear he is the author of The Back Passage The Secret Tunnel Hot Valley The Low Road and The Palace of Varieties. He lives in London.

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Back Passage 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an outrageous romp! People who enjoyed the movie Gosford Park, or like Agatha Christie novels with a twist, will find this book naughty fun. A tongue-in-cheek mystery set in 1925, in England. Mitch is a handsome wannabe sleuth who's attempt to solve a mystery nets him sex around every corner! Witty, fast-paced. Read it in one night.
jshillingford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an outrageous romp! People who enjoyed the movie Gosford Park, or like Agatha Christie novels with a twist, will find this book naughty fun. A tongue-in-cheek mystery set in 1925, in England. Mitch is a handsome wannabe sleuth who's attempt to solve a mystery nets him sex around every corner! Witty, fast-paced. Read it in one night.
imayb1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I heard great things about this book, but it was just too silly for me. As far as I'm concerned, it was a long succession of highly improbable smutty interludes, rather than a good mystery with some smut. Of course I realize it wasn't meant to be taken seriously, but I guess I expected a little more grounding in reality.
Bembo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The hot summer of 1925, and a twenty-two year old randy Bostonian hunk, Edward ¿Mitch¿ Mitchell, in England following postgraduate studies at Cambridge, has been invited to Drekeham Hall, Norfolk, home of Sir James Eagle, MP, for the weekend by his best friend and fellow student, Harry ¿Boy¿ Morgan, handsome muscular athlete and rowing blue. Boy is set to marry Belinda, the daughter of the house, but this minor inconvenience does not deter Mitch, the narrator, from his aim of seducing him by the end of the day. While playing the game of sardines, incidentally during which Mitch begins his seduction of Boy, a dead body tumbles from a cupboard, and so begins a weekend of action, drama and amateur sleuthing. Immediately a servant of the house is arrested for the murder, but Mitch suspects things are not quite so simple and sets out, with Boy¿s help, to find the real culprit. Mitch¿s attempts at detective work are hampered only by his sex drive, for he meets temptation at every turn. Apart from his ongoing seduction of Boy, Mitch also enjoys other diversionary assignations with among others Sir James¿ flamboyant brother, a handsome young policeman and an investigating journalist. He also encounters sadistic and corrupt policemen, a couple of naked male servants on horseback and cavorting in the long grass, an oversexed chauffeur, a voyeuristic butler, and a compliant young house boy plus a few surprises. Well written, with smooth flowing prose, this is a most enjoyable, if unlikely mystery; very funny and with plenty of twists and surprises in the plot. More vividly described sexual encounters than one could ever hope for in an average weekend, but then this is no average weekend.
starlight70 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I remember being excited, reading the first few pages of this book, so often mentioned and recommended by readers... And my excitement remained only with the first few pages, because as the pages turned, I saw nothing but the same trend of story-telling... All guys were gays, or if they were straight, they would engage willingly in gay sex. What fun would that be, if sex came too easily in books?
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$9.49 for less than 200 pages???? Rating is because of price versus amount of pages!
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brjunkie More than 1 year ago
Mitch loves a good mystery. In Drekeham Hall, Mitch gets into the pants of a very athletic rower, Boy, and he has a murder mystery fall into his lap (no pun intended) in the same hallway as his encounter with Boy. Drekeham Hall is filled with an odd and a very wealthy and influential family. The body of Walworth is found by Boy's fiancé, and James' servant Meeks is arrested for the murder. Mitch will investigate with Boy to prove Meeks' innocence. And he will find that this 1920s English family is hiding all kinds of secrets, as well as their house servants. Mitch's sexual interviews start with the disgusting Leonard, to Hibbert the chauffeur, to Shipton the copper, and on and on. Until, all is answered by "The Back Passage."
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