The Corpse Wore Pasties (Hard Case Crime, #62)
WHO BUMPED OFF THE BUMP-AND-GRINDER?
Usually, when you call a burlesque act a “show stopper,” you don't mean it quite so literally. But this time, that's just what happened: The show stopped dead, and so did the girl. And as I looked at her nearly naked and completely lifeless body and the bottle of poison in her hand with my fingerprints all over it, I thought to myself: P...more
The Corse Wore Pasties, aside from having one of the better titles in the Hard Case Cr...more
Jonny Porkpie is the self proclaimed Burlesque Mayor of New York City. Not only did he write this, he's the main character. It reminded me of the Kinky Friedman mysteries, with an eccentric New Yorker making a funny fictional story out of his real life.
Porkpie is a producer and host for burlesque shows. While guest-hosting a show for a friend...more
And then there’s...more
If you ARE planning to read the book, watch this first:
The Demo reel of the real-life "Nasty Canasta," http://youtu.be/Klzqr74ugCc
As a stand alone book, I'd give it only one star. It's terribly written and the characters are laughably two-dimensional.
If you're a fan of Porkpie's "Mayor of NYC Burlesque" antics (or if your city has a decent burlesque scene), however...
I used to see a lot of...more
Jonny Porkpie: The Burlesque Mayor of New York City, candidate for "actual" mayor of NYC, co-producer of Pinchbottom Burlesque the "Best Burle...more
Now he is the only suspect in her murder. Never mind the fact that every other stripper hated her because she liked to steal other women's acts, in fact having done so this very night. She cleverly connived to get Jonny to get her slot in the show moved up so that she'd perform the act first. And she'd...more
As murder mysteries go, it's not great; the solution is pretty obvious from the start, and the various suspects have a tendency to blur toge...more
This was lots of fun. The author plays himself in the book, so the narrative voice was strong. The supporting cast were played for stereotype but were clearly drawn and filled their roles effectively. The language was workmanlike for most of the length but had gems come through to the surface often enough to add a general sparkle to the...more
Particularly, the way that the sections of the book begin is very amusing. They tell you what is going to happen at the end, and it works here.