Gregory, Russ. “Blue”, Bold Strokes Books, 2011.
Murder in Austin
“Blue” is the first book I have read by Russ Gregory and I must say that it definitely will not be my last. There is nothing like a good mystery to hold my interest and when a book grabs me on the very first page, then I know I am in for a good read.
We first meet Ruth Brookes who is 103 years old and living in a nursing home. We learn that she knows something about unsolved murders that have been taking place in Austin and gay men are being killed. Whatever it is that she knows, it is very important and now that the murders are happening more often, it is absolutely necessary to find out what she knows.
Matt Bell had been shot at and immediately afterwards he shut himself off from the world and he has decided that the time has come to re-enter society. Just a he does, he meets Thatcher and soon the killings begin again. Both men have issues to deal with and at the same time, gay men in Austin are being killed off.
Now I could go on and tell you about the plot but that would not be fair. Murder mysteries are not meant to be spoiled by reviewers so I am not going to say any more about the plot, I will say that the characters are wonderfully drawn and Gregory really thought the plot out (which does not mean that you can predict what will happen). I see a wonderful addition to gay literature (or any literature) in Russ Gregory and if you are a smart reader, I suggest you get a copy of “Blue”. I have a feeling we will be hearing a great deal more from him.
Gregory has a very interesting perspective and he uses plot lines that cut each other and then meet before the story is over and I love that.