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Deadly Slumber (Deadly Mystery #4)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  294 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews

The House of the Dead: a mortuary whose directors are drop dead gorgeous and terminally horny-and one of them up to mischief. Stanley and Tom try to separate the naturally dead from the murdered dead and find themselves awash with coffins-until they come to the one Stanley's name on it.

Deadly Slumber indeed

Kindle Edition, 263 pages
Published (first published August 18th 2009)
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4,5 stars!

What for a terrific mix of weird humour, creepy secrets, adult content and romantic mood! By far my favourite book in the series!
What for a witty writing!
What for a lovely epilogue! Balsam for every romantic soul.



I'm not sure how to judge Guy Veryzer for his narrating. On the one hand, he spoke exactly how I imagine funeral people could talk, and how a mystery that has to do with an extraordinary funeral home, its unusual staff and peculiar directors could be vocalize
Dec 28, 2009 Ami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book #4 of the Deadly series is my favorite by far. First, the mystery is solid. It has this dark, sinister feel to it, especially with the crime related to a funeral home. Second, a couple secondary characters, who also have their own voice mentioned are likeable and their "voice" doesn't take over the story from the two that matters -- unlike Book #3. And last, but not least, the relationship of Stanley and Tom go into a deeper, more intimate level, a repercussion after what happened in the en ...more
Jul 08, 2011 Reggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Reggie by: Rena
I really enjoy this series. I always feel like I've paid a visit to San Francisco. That is part of the fun. I also like the distinctive voice of the narrator. This is another installment that was both entertaining and a bit thought provoking. Very enjoyable and recommended. I suggest reading them in order. The characters learn and develops through each book.
Elisa Rolle
The Deadly Mystery series by Victor J. Banis is probably the only gay mystery series out there where the romance part of the book is good as well as the mystery one. In the four books we saw the evolution of their relationship, from being casual lovers and probably having no chance to be nothing else, to tentative long term partners, to the almost apex of happiness in book 3. Then the abrupt end of that novel, with a Tom, the strong man in the couple, scarred and for the first time weak. And may ...more
Book four in the Deadly Mystery series picks up a few months after the traumatic events at the end of Deadly Dreams. Tom and Stanley have both been deeply affected by what they've gone through and the choices they've made. Tom is focused on his own feelings and has practically shut Stanley out as much as he's shut himself away from life. But once he realizes that Stanley needs him he comes out of his funk and they once again reestablish their bond. With their relationship back to normal, or as n ...more
Ije the Devourer of Books
Stanley and Tom are back!! This time investigating the mysterious goings on at a funeral home and the suspicious death of the funeral home owner Percy Bartholomew, and the disappearance of his sister Alice.

The two have come a long way in their relationship but both have doubts. Tom has to come to terms with the serious attempt on his life from the last story which has left him horribly scarred. Stanley has to come to terms with the fact that having met a brother he didn't know he had, he had to
Mar 17, 2017 Violet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhat like "Six Feet Under" but with a lot more gay.
The humor is seriously weird, villains are so creepy - incest is my forever squick, atmosphere - grim and macabre, as it should, 'cause funerals.

Dear Stanley. You are and shall remain my forever too stupid to live favorite, but girl. Do count your blessings.
Tom - continue being your precious self.

Dear narrator - please please practice vowels. And words. Speaking, in general.
I'm so glad for having found this series. When I read Adrien English , I discovered that I really liked mystery novels, more than any other genre. Since then, my search has been frenzied: cops, solving murders and a complex romance. Deadly Mysteries provided that. Thanks Victor ;)

The keyword in this fourth book is guilt. As Tom tries to live with the after-effects of the fire, Stanley lives his own personal hell for killing his brother and causing (indirectly) Tom's scars. On the other side, if
Mickie Ashling
Jun 29, 2010 Mickie Ashling rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though I now know far more than I ever wanted to about embalming and crematoriums, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I'm addicted to Tom and Stanley and noted with quiet glee that book #5 in this series has just been released. Discovering Mr. Banis has been the highlight of my summer. Thank you, once again, for this great read.
Pia Veleno
Nov 17, 2011 Pia Veleno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love characters that show their uniqueness by the running commentary in their thoughts. Stanley is an excellent example of this. Between his "accidental" sex ideas and his very real and serious concerns about his fantasies, Tom, and love, Stanley jumps off the pages before he speaks a word. And it's not just his words, but he's an amusing old queen who is occassionally over the top -- not over the top as in unbelievable, but over the top as in being himself without the concern over the opinion ...more
Lori S.
A mystery, set in a mortuary, with a surprisingly gruesome end for the villain who is downright ... gruesome in his own right ... I like the relationship between Tom and Stanley in this book despite the strain the pair are under for most of the book (fall out from the previous story). Look forward to the next book in the series.
Another interesting mystery, but this one felt a bit long winded for me.

I loved the page time with Tom and Stanley, but I felt rather bored with all the pretty horny boys stuff.

The mystery was interesting, I just wanted things to get to the point faster. The ending was exciting although I really want to shake Stanley. Can he please stop and think for once lol.

Overall a good read, just a bit too drawn out in places.
Mar 06, 2012 Neet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fourth in the series is the most intense.Stanley and Tom are trying to find their way back to each other in the aftermath of the events of the third novel.Stanley lives with the guilt of not only having to kill his brother, but the scars from the burns that Tom sufferred saving Stanley's life (again).Both men's scars might destroy their relationship if they let it.Also their new agency is floundering.On that note, they are hired to investigate the strange going ons at Bartholomew's Funeral H ...more
Debbie McGowan
I really enjoyed this instalment of the Deadly Mystery series, but there are so many passages that essentially repeat what has already been said that I did spend a good forty percent of my time wondering why this hadn't been edited.

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4 stars

When I started this series I favored Stanley over Tom. Mainly because Tom was a douche towards Stanley and was the typical straight alpha male cop that despised the gays. As time progressed and they fell in love I started to like Tom more than Stanley because Tom was the grown up of the relationship and gave up practically everything to be Stanley's out partner. His career, friends and now his face. I enjoyed this book like I did the others but I got aggravated at Stanley looking at other
Jun 19, 2013 Ana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Edina Rose
3.5 stars

I liked it, though less than the book 3. I especially liked Stanley questioning his relationship with Tom: Is Stanley ready to be in committed relationship? Does Tom really love the real Stanley, including his "fairy" part?

Having a hard time coming up with a star rating for this one. It was a good mystery. Not very angsty. It wasn't an "OMG this is fantastic!" kind of thing. I almost gave it 3 stars, but it wasn't horrible. Don't know if I would read it again, though.
Jacqueline Pineda
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Dec 09, 2011 Aniko rated it really liked it
4.25 stars
Jul 21, 2013 Serena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-mm
My Rating System:
* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.
after having skipped most of #3, started, but after a while still no main characters and then the convos make me want to yell “get to the f’ing point!”. dnf
The Deadly Mystery series has quickly become a favorite of mine and this one didn't disappoint at all. I love Stanley and Tom together and their adventures are always a fun ride.
Maryann Kafka
Aug 29, 2015 Maryann Kafka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tom and Stanley another amazing mystery.
Jul 17, 2010 OkayKim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm becoming a very big fan of Victor J. Banis Deadly series. Love Tom's and Stanley's characters and the mysteries they tackle.
Hope to read "more".
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