Max, Brad, and Maisie is a gay mystery series by author L.G. Fabbo-Gonnela. Read on to discover the three books in the series and find out more about the author! There’s also a giveaway and you are all encouraged to enter!
Murder In The String of G
Max, Brad, and Maisie Mystery Series, Book One
Maisie was an irrepressible burlesque queen of the fifties who was a star in the Cassandra Theater. She was killed in what was initially ruled to be an accidental trip and fall down a spiral staircase. In fact, she knows it was a murder but, why was she killed and why the later cover-up? Unfortunately, however, what can a ghost to do about it? Andso, her shade haunts the theater hoping to find someone to help her.
It turns out to be a long wait. In two thousand and six two young wanta-be actors arrive at the newly restored Cassandra Theater to audition for a play. One is Max, who is gay, and the other is his roommate Brad, who is straight. For reasons unknown at first, Maisie finds she can connect with them both and seeks their help in proving she was murdered and who did it. After initial hesitations, the boys agree to help her solve her killing. The book follows the pair as they stumble towards finding answers while dodging a hired gun, a serial killer of young men and, for Brad, Maisie’s tendency to “fondle his rump” at inopportune times.
Murder in the Squared Circle
Max, Brad, and Maisie Mystery Series, Book Two
Maisie’s favorite young pro-wrestler, Stan DaMann, is arrested for allegedly murdering his hated rival. Maisie is convinced of Stan’s innocence. Determined to find the real killer she convinces the hapless Max and Brad into posing as a new wrestling tag team. Out of their depth, they find themselves involved a murky world of underground sex bouts while facing off against two brothers who think vice may be nice but incest is best. As Max and Brad’s wrestling début approaches our trio is eager to find the killer before the killer finds them. Max has another problem in the form of a good-looking Australian wrestler named Liam. Could Max be falling for a guy who might turn out to be that killer?
Murder in Noir
Max, Brad, and Maisie Mystery Series, Book Three
It seems as if Max and Brad’s dreams of a career in acting have finally arrived. The duo have been cast in the Broadway revival of that forties noir classic “Blood Fell onto my Window Pane”. Even more exciting, the production has movie stars Barrett Conover and his Italian wife Europa making their Broadway début. Max has had a huge crush on the husband ever since he saw the actor in the classic gay film “Going Tops for a Bottom”. As for Brad, he has been a fan of Europa ever since he saw her in the French classic comedy “Buxom Babes for Balzac.”
The play also has a rather lurid past. During its first run in 1948, two members of the company were victims in an unsolved murder. Maisie soon convinces the boys it would be fun to try and solve the decades old crime. What starts as a lark however, suddenly takes a unexpected turn as evidence of a blackmail scheme is revealed. Events soon turn deadly when the trio seeks to uncover who is being blackmailed and, critically, who is behind it. Hidden scandals, an attempted rape and murders both old and new are now part of the script for a, “Murder in Noir”
Murder in Noir
“Did you guys know this play was supposedly cursed?” Maisie said as she sat in front of the computer screen. “It says here there were two unsolved murders among the members of the cast during its two year run in the late forties.” She glanced at Brad and Max as a smile crept across here face. “Unsolved … hmm,” she repeated suggestively.
“No way,” Max forcefully said. “No, you hear me! We are not going all Sam Spade again you got it, Maisie.”
“Supposed the ghosts of the two murdered cast members are stuck in that theater like I was before you two dropped in?” Maisie replied. “Don’t you think I ought to go there at least once to see if that is happening?”
“Maisie those murders were over sixty years ago. Frankly I doubt if the killer is still alive and frankly I don’t care to find out,” Max sternly told her. “As for any ghosts, assuming they are there, I don’t want to know that either nor do I care enough about them to find out.”
“So basically you are saying you only helped me because I forced myself upon you. You … never really cared about … me … at all,” Maisie sputtered as her eyes filled with tears. “Do you … even … care … about … me … now!”
“No I … I mean we … do care about you,” Max frantically said. “We love you. I didn’t mean what I just said applied to your situation.” He glanced over at Brad hoping for some verbal support. His roommate’s face was buried behind the script he was reading. Clearly Brad did not want to get involved in this conversation preferring to leave Max on his own with this issue.
He saw more tears flowing from her eyes and simply yielded to the inevitable. “Ah crap,” he uttered in defeat. “Okay look. You can come just this once with us to the next rehearsal,” he grudgingly conceded. “You are going only to check if there are any ghosts there. If there are and, if we can help, then maybe, just maybe okay, we will try to help them.” He stared at Maisie who was now drying her eyes and smiling. “I’m going to get dressed,” Max grumbled as he went into his bedroom.
“I thought you are constantly telling me that you cannot communicate ghost to ghost. Hell, I distinctly recall that you cannot even detect any other spirits,” Brad lightly stated after Max had left them alone. Maisie shot him a playful smile. “Well played,” Brad chuckled. “I particularly liked the feigned waterworks. Nice touch. Men melt under that one.”
“So,” Maisie slowly responded unsure of what Brad would do next.
“So nothing,” Brad laughed. “Heck, I guess if it means this much to you. I realize that you’ve been going stir crazy being here all day. So, okay I’m fine with it as long as you understand something,” Brad replied. “Max and I are worried that you will inject yourself into our acting by giving us so many suggestions that we go into sensory overload. This is our big break Maisie so we are both pretty wound up. Do not play mother hen and add to the stress we are feeling right now. Well, do we have a deal that you won’t nag us about our performances and this trip by you is a one shot attendance at the rehearsals?”
Maisie quickly nodded.
Prizes: 1 bundle of Murder in the String of G + Murder in the Squared Circle, and 1 copy of Murder in the String of G
About the author
L.G.Fabbo-Gonnella is a resident of NYC. He has often said Manhattan is the underlying unspoken character in many of his books. “I guess its a love affair that I have with her,” he once said. “I could live here forever and yet still find magical things about her that I never knew existed.
When not seeking out interesting new locales for his books he can be found dinning with friends and enjoying all the city he adores has to offer.
Though he has not yet met the supernatural denizens of NYC, he does hope too one day. And yes, there is a “letter Lounge” albeit under a different name.
He can be reached at L.G.Fabbo.Gonnella@gmail.co