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The Back Passage (Mitch Mitchell Mystery #1)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  739 ratings  ·  133 reviews
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
Paperback, 199 pages
Published May 5th 2006 by Cleis Press
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Nick Pageant
I say 3 stars. My penis says 5. We will compromise at 4.

Big Nick: This was a very fun, very silly book.

Little Nick: This was the best book ever written! Smoking hot!

Big Nick: Well... It was hot, yes... but some of it was hard to believe.

Little Nick: Don't be a douche, man. What didn't you believe?

Big Nick: For starters, everyone in the book was gay or at least bi. That doesn't happen in real life.

Little Nick: Of course it does. I've never met a man who didn't love the cock.

Big Nick: Well, of cou
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.

ETA - in thinking about my favorite reads for 2014, I have decided to up this to 5
Rosa, really
Sep 15, 2014 Rosa, really rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of man-eating anuses

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


Witty, hot, clever and quite enjoyable for all parts of me.
For my part bellow the belt as well as for the upper regions of my body.

Crime and cocks.The best combination!

Downton Abbey meets Sherlock Holmes meets Agatha Christie!

An English country estate mystery with a hard-core sex!

Eagles family and their peculiar servants. Add an American Cambridge student as a amateur detective with an uncontrolled libido, a web of intrigues, dark family secrets, hot sex scenes, a lot of sex scen
So, yes, the reporter was the last straw...
I actually enjoyed the mystery and Mitch with Boy, but the everyone-in-the-world-is-gay was definitely not my thing.
I would recommend it to my male friends or my female friends with iron balls!

And now I have to start a BR with Lena... If she is still on speaking terms with me.
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.
2.75 stars

Calculated as follows:

Story: 2 stars
Hot Sex: .5 star bonus
Clever Title and Hot Cover .25 star bonus
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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
Wicked sense of humor and well written. Nicely twisted, another classic James Lear!
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.
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!
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
Delightfully dirty! I loved it!! 4 to 4.5 stars
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
Now here is a script that would do well on PBS. OK maybe not PBS but 'HERETV' should think about a series like this and call it, 'MASTERPIECE MYSTERY, James Lear's Way.'
This was fun. A 'who done it' with lots of twists and turns a murder plot with some very sexy characters. Chauffeur , Gardener, Footmen and Butler. Lots of hot sex thrown in.
You bet I'll be reading the rest of this series.
Shelby P
I've never read a novel where the MC has sex with so many different people in the span of 24 hours! This book is set in 1925 but it doesn't feel very historical to me. The dialogue is very cheeky and hip at times.

"I thought, like everyone else in Drekeham, he was about to turn into a raving homosexual before my very eyes."

This pretty much sums up the story. Damn near every male in this story loves man on man sex. The story did keep my attention and I enjoyed it.

(view spoiler)
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.
Do not read this book unless you have a warped sense of humor. I thoroughly enjoyed the absurdity of this story. It made me laugh at loud and actually surprised me in the explanation of the whodunit. On to book two...
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.
4 Stars

I enjoyed this story for exactly what it was - a humorous, erotically indiscriminate, murder mystery!

I almost gave it 5 stars - simply for the sheer number of times I burst out laughing, often uncontrollably, over the outrageousness of Mitch’s dialogue and inner monologues. Case in point:

Not even a sudden murder can quell the storm in a young man’s flannels.


Leonard adjusted his position with the precision of a seasoned fuckee.


I was ruled by two passions: cock and crime.


As posted in []:

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
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
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.
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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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