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On the Other Hand, Death (Donald Strachey #2)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  353 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
When the giant Millpond Company finds its plans for a mega-shopping mall stymied by the refusal of an elderly lesbian couple to sell their home, the ladies are subjected to ugly vandalism and frightening death threats. The powerful director of Millpond in turn hires Don Strachey, Albany's only gay detective, to protect the ladies, find the culprits, and clear the corporate ...more
Published July 2008 by MLR Press, LLC (first published 1984)
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4,5 stars!

Started as a simple vandalism on the property of a lesbian couple the story turned into a murder case. I don't want to say more, not to give away too much. It is why to review the mystery books is not that easy. The best - you go there without knowing anything.
But it's the second book in the series and you have to know what you put yourselves into. IMO On the Other Hand, Death is even better than the first book.

My absolute highlight here is OF COURSE Donald Strachey.

If you like the st
Sean Kennedy
Apr 22, 2012 Sean Kennedy rated it liked it
(3.5 / 5)

The mystery in the second Strachey book is more solid, but I'm still feeling distanced from the characters. Would love to know more backstory.

Also note, this ebook edition is just as badly formatted as the first. I don't know what MLR are doing here.
Aug 03, 2011 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid entry in the Donald Strachey series with a nice mystery setup. The story starts out as a simple vandalism case-an elderly lesbian couple is being harrassed with homophobic slurs painted on their property. Purely coincidentally, we're sure, a developer wants to buyout the homeowners in the area to put up a shopping mall and the lesbian couple happens to be the only holdout. Just when you think-am I really about to read a two hundred page novel about vandalism and urban development?, the plo ...more
Oct 02, 2010 Julia rated it really liked it
I don't know what it is about the end of summer, but that's when I find myself curling up with a mystery. The Strachey books are a perfect fit this time of year for me. The second book in the series has a good mystery that had me guessing a little and there's something really...endearing about a book set (and written) in the days before cell phones and internet searches.

Don and Timothy are one of my favorite fictional couples. Don is probably not the romantic ideal in a lot of ways, but that's
Jun 06, 2015 Neet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in the Don Strachey mysteries and we find our intrepid hired to find out who committed vandalism on an elderly lesbian couples home. A firm that is interested in purchasing the couples home hires Don to see who has been harassing the women.Also, two activists that has been guests at the women's home become targets when one is kidnapped.On the personal front, Tim wants Don (who can't keep it in his pants) to be more committed in their relationship. Monogomy would be the safest ...more
Jun 06, 2009 Montana rated it really liked it
Shelves: glbt, mystery
The new MLR Press editions, at least the ebook versions, have a disappointing number of typographical problems, both minor and major.
Jul 31, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, a bit dated in its thinking, but fascinating to read. I vaguely remember the film version of this. On to #3
Tex Reader
3.5 of 5 stars – Nice Sequel to the Start of an Entertaining Series.

I love gay mysteries and romances, and Richard Stevenson does a good job of combining both in one of the more entertaining such series. I liked this for the same reasons I liked each in the series. This sequel was as good as the debut and continued to build the story. With crisp, witty writing, it’s a good mystery, set in the energized post-Stonewall era, and brought to life by a colorful, hard-boiled yet likable PI, who just ha
Mar 24, 2009 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jane by: fandom osmosis
The case in On The Other Hand Death is another case that will be later referenced in Tongue Tied, but unlike Death Trick, it fell a little flat - or rather the ending fell a flat and that emotional reward wasn't there.
Oct 31, 2008 Rachael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though my feelings may be somewhat tainted by my love for Chad Allen (who plays Don in the movies) and my longing for this to come out on DVD, I have to say that this is one of my favorite Strachey books. The actual plot, what with the real estate deal and harassment, is not exactly original but is nonetheless solid. It's Don and Timmy, with their sarcasm and quick-witted relationship reminiscent of Hammett, that really entertain me. And this is book, after their relationship and characters are ...more
Jul 04, 2008 Sheila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book two in the Donald Strachey Mystery series.

I didn't enjoy it quite as much as book one; there's a line between "cheerfully damaged" and "campily self-destructive," and Strachey was on the wrong side of it in this book. But the mystery was interesting, Timmy continues to be my gay fictional boyfriend, and I'm starting to develop just the tiniest bit of appreciation for Strachey's cop nemesis/collaborator, Bowman.

Next up (as soon as I can get back to the library) is Third Man Out, and I loo
((Read in 2009, reread for a challenge in January 2016))

A solid mystery, the development of the relationship between Don and Tim highligthing the conflict monogamy/open relationship, the usual humor, also directed towards the homosexual community and some of their more dogmatic leaders: all of this makes an excellent book. I also loved the presence of two elderly lesbians: we wish now more diversity in m/m books, but this was first published in 1984!
Jun 29, 2011 Donnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay
loved this book. Now that Ive read two I guess I'll just have to read the rest . His second is even better than the first. All of the characters were very real for me because Ive known people just like them. When reading ( On the other hand ) I found myself in my own past and that's what a good writer should be capable of doing. I would recommend this to any one who likes a good detective story and likes gay people .
Molli B.
Another terrible cover, but another good book. I like Don and Timmy even more, and the mystery was interesting. I like that Stevenson doesn't hesitate to knock off characters we've gotten to know a bit. I wonder what would happen if there were a gay national strike day today?
This is the second book of the series. In this Donald and Timothy are having relationship troubles, the mystery is twisted enough to keep you reading but it's the characters' relationships that makes you laugh, frown and smile.
Jun 26, 2010 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay, done, mystery, ebook, 2012
3.5 stars. Good gay mystery in which Don's hired by a sly developer to find out who vandalized a lesbian couple's barn, in the hope that they'll be more willing to sell their property out of gratitude.
David C Dawson
Sep 15, 2016 David C Dawson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent thriller, firmly rooted in the 1980s. I liked the character of Don Strachey, vulnerable, a little cynical and witty.
The plot has lots of twists and turns and left me guessing for quite a while. Recommended.
Melinda Tate
Got into series via movies. See the movies, the language of the books is too dated.
Feb 27, 2011 Blaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all mystery lovers
Loved it!
Don isn't infallible, he isn't perfect, knows how to rub people the wrong way and he can get it wrong ... until he gets it right.
Great writing that just keeps you reading!
Jan 14, 2017 Misty rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, crime-mystery, 1980-89

** 3.5 Stars **
Joe Scholes
Another good mystery and a quick satisfying read.
Sep 02, 2008 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast, tense, highly atmospheric, & the dialogue really snaps. I love the Donald Strachey books.
Mar 08, 2014 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Well crafted, tense and very funny mystery in Albany, NY in the late 70's/early 80's. Deft portrait of the gay community at that time.
Dilo Keith
I love this series. No time to write a review...
William Freeman
Read decades ago don't really remember it
Nov 05, 2014 Pet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alan Mcmurtry
Alan Mcmurtry rated it it was ok
Jun 05, 2012
Michael Adam Reale
An excellent book by Richard Stevenson. I enjoy reading the Donald Strachey Mysteries.
Joey King
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Richard Stevenson is the pseudonym of Richard Lipez, the author of nine books, including the Don Strachey private eye series. The Strachey books are being filmed by here!, the first gay television network. Lipez also co-wrote Grand Scam with Peter Stein, and contributed to C
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“Someday I'll tell you stories about that man that will just curl your hair!"

I looked over at Greco's curly hair and wondered if he'd already heard them.”
“You're a gay detective? I don't think I've ever met one before."

"Of course you have," McWhirter put in emphatically. "You just didn't know they were gay. That's the whole point.”
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