The Back Passage (Mitch Mitchell Mystery, #1)
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The Back Passage (Mitch Mitchell Mystery #1)

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Agatha Christie, move over! Hard-core sex and scandal meet in this brilliantly funny whodunit.
A seaside village, an English country house, a family of wealthy eccentrics and their equally peculiar servants, a determined detective — all the ingredients are here for a cozy Agatha Christie-style whodunit. But wait — Edward “Mitch” Mitchell is no Hercule Poirot, and The Back P...more
Paperback, 199 pages
Published May 5th 2006 by Cleis Press
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Rosa, really

I really wanted to love this book. I read (listened to, really) it mainly for the following reasons:

A. The naked dude on the cover
B. Marshall Thornton gave it 5 stars.
C. Mary Calmes also gave it 5 stars, but somehow I take that less seriously. (view spoiler)
D. If that guy on the cover moves his leg...just a smidge...I could totally see his peen.

Also, though I love any type of novel that involves a cop or a PI,the...more
⚣ Marco Manganiello ⚣
All of these...

Extra ★ for the audiobook narrator. He's narrating in British...

Final verdict: 3 stars!
So this is a little different from what I have been reading. Firstly, it’s not a romance. There is no hero/heroine, there’s no declarations of everlasting love, no hidden pregnancies or big misunderstandings. What there is in this book, is plenty of freakin hot sex and a good old-fashioned British farce hidden within the folds of a mystery.

Edward ‘Mitch’ Mitchell and Harry ‘Boy’ Morgan have been invited to the country house of Sir James Eagle for the weekend. Harry is engaged to Belinda, Sir Jam...more
Smith Barney
Satisfied If only there were more James Lear writers in the m/m world to go around. Of course then I really would not be fit for society communication. As it is I'm at a dangerously-low antisocial level thanks to my homoerotic fictional tendencies.

There really is no comparison to the real-deal..testosterone-deal when it comes to writing about cock.
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It's the summer of 1925 and 22 year old Edward "Mitch" Mitchell and his fellow Cambridge student and friend Harry "Boy" Morgan are visiting the English countryside home of Sir James and Lady Caroline Eagle. Boy is engaged to the Eagle's daughter Belinda so they've been invited for a weekend party. While playing a game of Sardines (Hide and Seek) another guest, Reg Walworth, is murdered. Mitch, who has always fancied being a detective, immediately decides to investigate.

Mitch and Boy, as 'Holmes...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Everyone rejoice! The ebook just price dropped 86% to $1.99 today at Amazon US!!! 4/3/14!
Jason Huffman-black
James Lear's writing style is unique and addicting. His tongue-in-cheek humor worked well with the combination highbrow English mystery/ down-and-dirty erotica. I can't wait to read more from this author.
Downton Abbey with gay orgies. A sex laced cozy whodunit. Take it for the alternate universe that it is, but don’t take it seriously. The main character Mitch is an American student of medicine at Cambridge who fancies himself as an amateur Sherlock Holmes. Mitch is also highly sexed and he masterfully combines sex and crime solving into one highly productive weekend. It's campy and fun and I totally recommend it.
Delightfully raunchy m/m mystery in the best 1920s English country house style. Protagonist Edward "Mitch" Mitchell manages to be endearing as he attempts to solve the mystery... when he's not distracted by sex.
Mar 23, 2010 Punk rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: queer
M/M porn. First, let's debunk the blurb on the back of the book. This isn't a mystery. There is a murder, and some mystery, but let's be clear, this book is about sex -- random, unrelenting, meaningless -- sex.

This reads like a Choose Your Own Sex Adventure novel. Not that you get to choose, more like someone ahead of you figured out the path with the maximum amount of sex and then tore out all the other pages. Also, it's written about as well as a CYOA book; that same kind of careless attention...more
This is not a romance novel, it is a mystery. Set in 1925, it was like Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes, but the Porn versions. It is not enough to say there was was over the top sex. Everybody fucked somebody, most people fucked Mitch(the main character), oh and everybody was gay or at least having gay sex! The absurdity of it all was quite hilarious!

That being said, the mystery was very good, the writing excellent, and the humor, well hilarious!

4 stars
Anna  Matsuyama
Oh my, what a pile of rubbish.

Mystery? Crime? Thriller? You wish! *ignore my shelving*

Sex? A lot of it. Was it well written? Nope.

Is it historical? It says yes, but it isn't. Just like author isn't next Christie.

As if all mentioned above, wasn't bad enough, we've rape culture poop going on too. Whoopee!

A.B. Gayle
A snarky twenty two year old gay amateur sleuth with a quick recovery time who's happy to fuck anything that moves in his bumbling attempts to solve a crime.

Worked for me.
Julia ♥Duncan♥
I'm not quite sure how I feel about this. Some parts of it were a bit too weird for me and I actually thought the mystery parts were rather boring at times. I'm not usually a fan of sex scenes but Mitch's ridiculous sexcapades in this book were probably the best parts. The mystery only served to string together the bouts of sex and I actually thought it occasionally took up too much page time. I think the book needed to commit itself to being nothing but a crazy sexfest or it needed to lose some...more
Combine an aspiring detective with lots of promiscuity, add one murder and you'll get an idea what this book is about. This is not a romance.

It's the 1920s. Edward Mitch Mitchell is a 22-year-old American studying in Britain. His friend Boy Morgan and he are invited to Morgan's future wife's family country house. The only thing he expects and plans is to seduce Morgan. Not murder.

It is a humorous murder mystery with lots of family secrets, lies, corruption, some really terrible characters an...more
Read in Apr. 2007

I was really disappointed by the ending of the book (the last 50 pages), clumsy, hurried, ill drafted: it clashes horribly with the other 150 of pure, well written fun.

Of course this is porn, but it is written by someone who seems to have read all his literature and much modern fiction too, making the most of it.
Writing is deceivingly simple, fluid and to the point. Characterization is as deep as suits the genre, Mitch being a lovely main character.

Sex scenes are many, well draf...more
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You know how some books are made into movie adaptations. Well, think of *The Back Passage* as a book adaptation of a gay porn. Really!

Mitch is an American student studying in Cambridge. Well, really, he's not studying. He's too busy "doing it" with all the guys he encounters in his "room and board". He's doing it with his roommate, his sidekick, a driver, a bobby (cop) and even a guy he hates. Like I said, he's just doing every guy...all the while he's inves...more
Mitch Mitchell is no Miss Marple! For one thing he has more sex before breakfast than The Divine Miss M has in all of her books. But then, this is just one step removed from erotica. Mitch may sometimes lose focus on the hunt for the bad guy, but that's only because of his appetite for the hunt for the guy to be bad with.

This bawdy take on an English Country house mystery is evocative of the genre but isn't a great mystery. But then, some of Dame Agatha's works are a bit threadbare at times too...more
I just reread this not to long ago and realized how much I just love it. Mitch is having fun, and the book is a fun romp even though our hero is actually trying to figure out a fairly serious situation. And you think at first that it's just erotica because the man has sex with everybody, but along the way, Mitch reveals things about himself and how he thinks and then at the end, we get the romance and the heat and HEA. I have to read the others, they're on my list.
Don Bradshaw
A hot romp with Edward MITCH Mitchell who never lets a murder stop him from a quickie. When Reg Walworth is found dead in a closet, Mitch hops on the trail to find the killer screwing any man that steps in front of him. A funny tale set in 1920 England.
Non-stop graphic sex and laughs. I have no idea how this author manages to add in sex every five or so pages and still tells a coherent, hilarious story. I am dead jealous.
Damn--why is this so expensive? I have to have it!
Emma Sea
Sep 10, 2013 Emma Sea marked it as to-read
Gosh, $9.39! Maybe not.
The Back Passage is a fab read. It is like Agatha Christie (which I love) with astonishingly frequent sex, some seriously funny moments and a murder mystery to boot.
Our hero Mitch is on holiday at an English country side home with his friend, and soon to be lover, Boy Morgan. While not terribly altruistic, Mitch is a likable rouge and has been dying to get into Morgan’s pants since the first time he met him at Cambridge. He’s set about it in a deliberate manner and has high hopes that the weeken...more
The Back Passage is a historical mystery set in 1925 Norfolk, England. The period feel is refreshing and the mystery aspect plays into it well. The comedy and sex were extremely entertaining. At the risk of sounding trite, I thought it was very heart-warming.

Mitch's character is easy to relate to and easy to love. He's just a Yankee in Britain. He is always optimistic, very sexually driven, and curious of everything. Mitch is a wannabe detective, but often thinks with his cock instead of his hea...more
I have to admit I rather enjoy this romp which I discovered in a Cape Town library. Lear builds his story as an Agatha Christie-like who-dun-it with more than just an occasional a;se and d;ck added. Mitch, Lear's detective cum doctor cum ever randy American in England more often than not follows his cock rather than his brains. And of course it gets him into all sorts of binds or perhaps one should say bonds. A fun read with the odd editorial mistake that I think Cleis press could have avoided w...more
Charming and witty oversexed spoof of British cozy mysteries. Mitch is invited to the manor of his roommate Boy Morgan, who is there to spend time with his fiance and her family. Mitch is a blonde American god and plans on seducing Boy. He is in the middle of it when a murder occurs and the house erupts in chaos. Mitch interviews (sometimes using his sexual arsenal) the servants and houseguests to suss out the killer. Romps occur everywhere in this randy household. An enjoyable, entertaining rea...more
The story was supposed to be a mystery novel, but that aspect was very lacking in excitement and the sleuth was, more often than not, engaged in other activities. Every single male that Mitch, the detective, interacts with results in a sexual encounter of some variety. Not that I expect gay romance books to be so believable, this was just zany. Eventually, it just got boring...
Apart from the fact this is hidden in my cupboard because of the art work LOL, it was a rollicking good read! Witty, well written, and with a style that balanced the modern reader with the period setting perfectly, or at least nothing jarred for me. Good and hot, too, no coyness on the sex which is refreshing.
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James Lear is the nom de plume of prolific and acclaimed novelist, Rupert Smith. He lives in London and is the 2008 Winner of Erotic Awards "Best Writer".

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