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Fool on the Hill (A Tess Camillo Mystery)

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ISBN13: 9781593500276
ISBN10: 1593500270
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Awards

2008 Winner of the National Best Books Award for Gay/Lesbian Fiction

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

When amateur sleuth and breast cancer survivor Tess Camillo discovers the body of her housemate's favorite rock star — crucified — everyone's shocked. After all, he seemed to have no enemies. Why would someone nail him to a cross? With quirky wit, Tess and her loopy hetero housemate Lana snoop Hollywood music producers, Lego Land, a church, and a carousel to solve the murder. Fool on the Hill zips along on a sometimes-poignant, sometimes-zany trajectory, slowing down only for zoo critters and erotic encounters.

Review:

"You will be fooled — which is half the fun of reading a mystery. Morgan Hunt gets better and better as a writer. Three cheers." Rita Mae Brown, New York Times best-selling author

Synopsis:

Winner in the Gay/Lesbian Fiction category for the National Best Books 2008 Awards

When amateur sleuth and breast cancer survivor Tess Camillo discovers the body of her housemate's favorite rock star--crucified--everyone's shocked. After all, he seemed to have no enemies. Why would someone nail him to a cross? With quirky wit, Tess and her loopy hetero housemate Lana snoop Hollywood music producers, Lego Land, a church, and a carousel to solve the murder. Fool on the Hill zips along on a sometimes-poignant, sometimes-zany trajectory, slowing down only for zoo critters and erotic encounters.

A Jersey native, Morgan Hunt was brought through the navy to San Diego, where she lived for twenty-seven years. Now in Ashland, Oregon, this cancer survivor is working on the next Tess Camillo mystery.

Synopsis:

The murder of a rock star has Tess Camillo singing a deadly tune.

About the Author

Morgan Hunt was raised along the Jersey shore. A stint in the Navy brought her to San Diego, the location of her Tess Camillo mysteries, where she lived for 27 years. Now a resident of the Pacific Northwest, this cancer and mastectomy survivor hopes her mysteries provide laughter, distraction, and zest to others facing personal challenges.

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mdaspit, May 17, 2008 (view all comments by mdaspit)
If you liked Morgan Hunt's debut mystery, Sticky Fingers, then this sequel's for you. The humor is as smart and engaging as ever with an even better plot and a creepier cast of suspects. There's a wonderful romantic interlude that explores Tess's post cancer vulnerabilities and provides our heroine some positive strokes (pun intended). Even though she's a lusty lesbian, Tess appeals to straight audiences with wit and wisdom that transcend the usual classifications. This New Jersey lady has come a long way, baby, and you'll enjoy every inch of the ride. Take Fool on the Hill to the beach, but only if you want to stay poised on the edge of your sand chair.
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Beren, April 23, 2008 (view all comments by Beren)
Morgan Hunt’s follow up to Sticky Fingers was everything I hoped it would be: the lyric-related title, the unusual method of murder, the mystifying word I needed to look up in my trusty desktop dictionary, and the complex capers of Tess Camillo, San Diego lesbian computer-jockey/math lover/cancer survivor/lusty lady on the verge of menopause looking for love, justice and Italian food with her roommate Lana and a cast of secondary characters that weave a world I want to visit again and again.
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reader_views, April 2, 2008 (view all comments by reader_views)
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Criminitlies! Author Morgan Hunt does it again with another excellent Tess Camillo Mystery. This book follows Hunt’s first Tess Camillo story “Sticky Fingers” and it is just as good, if not better. The story is fast paced and packed full of grisly murder, intrigue and humor.

Middle aged Tess Camillo has recovered from breast cancer and has a new clarity on life. She lives more in the moment now and is not as fearful since her previous close call with death in “Sticky Fingers”. In this story, she still lives with her housemate Lana and her main confidante, Raj, her Welsh Terrier. You do not need to read “Sticky Fingers” to read this mystery, but it is a great read and I would highly recommend reading it.

The story begins when Tess and Lana attend a Cody Crowne concert. Cody was a popular musician from the 80’s and is now an opening band for a larger act. Things go South after the concert. Unknown to anyone else, Cody is attacked and kidnapped. The next day when Tess goes for a walk in one of favorite spots in a park, she is horrified to find Cody crucified. As the grisly details of his death are revealed, she and Lana are so disturbed by what has occurred she decides to take a leave of absence from work to try to solve the murder.

This adventure brings more than Tess bargained for as she sharpens her amateur detective skills and meets a cast of motley and potentially dangerous characters. As the danger and intrigue grow Tess is pleasantly surprised to meet her first love interest since her breast cancer surgery. Nervous about having to reveal her mastectomy to a lover for the first time, Tess finds the confidence to overcome her reluctance.

The ending brings a dangerous and surprising twist when Tess figures out who done it and she and Lana try to get proof to give to the police. Overall, I found this story to be very well written. It is a great book for those who enjoy the mystery genre. The main character is a lesbian, but the book is written for all audiences. Hopefully we will see more of Tess Camillo in the future.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781593500276
Subtitle:
A Tess Camillo Mystery
Publisher:
Alyson Books
Author:
Hunt, Morgan
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Lesbian
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080401
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.5 in 6.5 oz

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Mystery » A to Z
Gay and Lesbian » Fiction and Poetry » Lesbian Mystery

Fool on the Hill (A Tess Camillo Mystery)
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Product details 224 pages Alyson Books - English 9781593500276 Reviews:
"Review" by , "You will be fooled — which is half the fun of reading a mystery. Morgan Hunt gets better and better as a writer. Three cheers."
"Synopsis" by , Winner in the Gay/Lesbian Fiction category for the National Best Books 2008 Awards

When amateur sleuth and breast cancer survivor Tess Camillo discovers the body of her housemate's favorite rock star--crucified--everyone's shocked. After all, he seemed to have no enemies. Why would someone nail him to a cross? With quirky wit, Tess and her loopy hetero housemate Lana snoop Hollywood music producers, Lego Land, a church, and a carousel to solve the murder. Fool on the Hill zips along on a sometimes-poignant, sometimes-zany trajectory, slowing down only for zoo critters and erotic encounters.

A Jersey native, Morgan Hunt was brought through the navy to San Diego, where she lived for twenty-seven years. Now in Ashland, Oregon, this cancer survivor is working on the next Tess Camillo mystery.

"Synopsis" by ,
The murder of a rock star has Tess Camillo singing a deadly tune.
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