GENRE: Gay Mystery Romance
LENGTH: 29,761 words
My name is Charlie English. I'm thirty-eight and homeless, so when a man offered me forty bucks to deliver a message and another forty when I had, I jumped at the chance. I shouldn't have. I walked into the house -- and a murder scene -- barely getting away before the cops arrived.I needed to get out from under the frame, and knew a private detective who might be willing to help me. There’s one problem, though. He’s my ex-lover, which could make things dicey.He’s less than happy to see me when I show up at his office ... until I tell him why I’m there. That piques his interest. Now it’s a case of finding out who the dead man was, who killed him, and proving it wasn't me. Can we succeed ... while dealing with our renewed interest in each other?EXCERPT:
This was really such a good book. Great characters, suspense, a good plot. I only had one main problem with the story and I’m trying to figure out how to explain it without giving stuff away.
Obviously, from the title and the blurb, someone gets framed for murder. It’s Charlie. He’s homeless, jobless and broke. He tried to get jobs but no one would hire someone his age, even though he’s not old, and without money, there was no way to keep his apartment. Now he’s panhandling for money to eat. Out of nowhere, a guy dressed in a coat, gloves and a fedora, offers him money to deliver a message. With a promise of more once it’s delivered. He should have smelled a set up, but the money was more important at that moment. When he goes to deliver the envelope, he discovers a guy dead on his kitchen floor, a knife protruding out of his back. Hearing sirens, he then knows he’s been framed. Ducking out of sight, he eventually gets away, but remembers he left prints when he slipped. H