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? And so, 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?
Max had no sooner flipped on their TV than they saw Stan’s face appear on the screen behind the woman reporting the news. Her words caused Maisie to gasp in horror.
Today the wrestling world was stunned when their community’s biggest star, Stan DaMann, was arrested for the murder of a fellow performer. We’ve been told the dead man goes by the professional name of Eric The Dread. Events are sketchy right now but early reports are the two have a well-known history of personal animosity. My sources tell me Stan and Eric had publicly exchanged threats after a bout they had tonight in the Garden. We’ve been informed from these same confidential sources that Eric’s body was found in an area of the lockers that only Stan had access. More on this breaking story as it develops. Right now lets get a check of the weather.
“Turn it off,” Maisie sobbed. “ I know in my heart Stan would never commit a murder. I’m also sure that he has no one here in this city that will come to his aid. Someone has to help him.” She looked at Max and Brad. Both knew at once what she was implying.
“Oh no way,” they cried out in unison.
“We are not crime busters or some type of private investigators!” Max calmly insisted
“Please,” a teary-eyed Maisie cried. “Please can’t we help him,” she insisted. “Maisie I’m sure his family …” Max insisted.
“He’s an orphan who was raised in foster homes,” Maisie pathetically moaned. “I read it in his press interviews.”
“Well then I’m sure his good friends will help him,” Brad added trying to deflect her pleas. He hated when women cried. When they did it his cultural upbringing made him feel highly protective of them. Also he couldn’t stop noticing that with every loud sob Maisie’s ample cleavage provocatively shook. He attempted to direct his visual focus away from them.
“They live way down South and he doesn’t have many close friendship cause he travels a lot to his matches,” she loudly sobbed as more tears flowed down her cheeks. She knew Brad’s weakness concerning crying women and, critically, the effect on him of her bosoms. She added a bit more physicality into her weeping.
“A lawyer then. Yeah his lawyers will no doubt help him,” Max said trying to assure her. But now however Maisie was now totally awash in tears. Max found his voice grow silent at seeing her in such distress. He looked at Brad who appeared to be equally stricken either by her emotional plight or the sight of Maisie’s heaving chest. Don’t fold Brad. Get your head in the game and your freaking eyes off her breasts please, Max silently pleaded. Remember when we played detective and got involved investigating her murder. We nearly got ourselves killed.
“We can check on him right,” she sniffed. “At least just see if he has someone can’t we boys?” she pitifully asked. Maisie paused and gazed at them with tears in her eyes.
“Ah damn,” Brad grumbled as he just gave into her. “Okay. Sure. Why not if it will make you feel better.” He looked at Max’s shocked expression. “It can’t do anyone any harm to let her go see him right and assure herself he will be okay. I mean Maisie is upset and what can it hurt especially if it will calm her?”
Even as he heard Brad’s words, a chill went down Max’s spine.
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”
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