Decorated To Death (Simon Kirby-Jones Mystery #3)
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Decorated To Death (Simon Kirby-Jones Mystery #3)

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Hardly one to become star-struck, Simon nevertheless deigns to attend a tea at Blitherington Hall in honor of celebrity interior designer Zeke Harwood, star of the popular television show, "Tres Zeke." The self-acclaimed King of Home Decorating makes it immediately obvious that he's there to give the drawing room a makeover--not make friends. So, it's little shock to Simon...more
Mass Market Paperback, 255 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Kensington (first published 2004)
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Decorated To Death (Simon Kirby-Jones Mysteries)
by Dean James
Edition: Mass Market Paperback


Read the entire series, July 31, 2011


This review is from: Decorated To Death (Simon Kirby-Jones Mysteries) (Mass Market Paperback)
I have read this entire series and must say It is one of the most original and totally delightful series to come my way. The main sleuth, Simon Krby-Jones. is not just a vampire...he is a gay v...more
Diane Heath
This is a book I got at the library. I picked it and the one next to it (Baked to Death) thinking they were typical cozy mysteries about food in some way. Ha. This was a fun introduction for me to the life of Simon Kirby-Jones. He is a gay vampire who is now living in a small English village. He is the local "Miss Marple"/"Poirot". A famous celebrity (interior decorator) has arrived to remodel one room in the local Blithington Hall. Unfortunately he is found in the drawing room as a victim of th...more
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Hardly one to become star-struck, Simon nevertheless deigns to attend a tea at Blitherington Hall in honor of celebrity interior designer Zeke Harwood, star of the popular television show, "Tres Zeke." The self-acclaimed King of Home Decorating makes it immediately obvious that he's there to give the drawing room a makeover--not make friends. So, it's little shock to Simon when the drama-queen decorator meets his demise; he's only surprised it hasn't...more
Furio
While many of the flaws which pestered the first episode of this series were no longer to be found in the second one and neither have reappeared here -that constant use of those double surnames, though...- I cannot say I am completely happy about this novel.

Mr James decides to play the card of the witty parody of the sleuth stories and he lets his main hero explicitly mention the fact. This plot device is not as funny as one could imagine, though, at least not in the long run.
Simon looks again a...more
Earl
Posted to Death. Faked to Death. Decorated to Death. Baked to Death. Books by Dean James. I wanted a light mystery series and found this series of 4 books featuring a gay vampire detective- Simon Kirby Jones. "Gay vampire" was the ploy used to differentiate itself from other cozy mysteries but the character was taking anti-vampire pills which defeated the whole purpose. Also, there seemed to be an unbelievably high number of gay characters in each book. Certain characters, dialogue and situation...more
Elke
The third installment of the Simon Kirby-Jones vampire mystery series opens with the murder of a famous interior decorator, who visited Blitherington Hall to redecorate a room for a new episode of his tv series. In the tried and tested Marple/Poirot way Simon will investigate and finally solve the murder mystery. As always, the book provides a very entertaining reading. Unfortunately, this also brings a kind of routine with it. The anecdotes and quotations sound familiar, likewise the amusing de...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Simon is invited to Gile's home to see a famous 'telly' reality decorator to the stars, redo Lady Prunella's drawing room being redone for the show.

Admist screams of 'red' and 'drawing room' causes fainting spells and more. Much more, in fact, murder of the star decorator draped upon the sofa in Red!

Once again, Simon is asked for his unofficial help by Chief of police, Robin and unearths all types of sinister sins among the family of the deocrator himself.

This book is humourous and keeps you w...more
Clare
This was a fun, quick read. Not sure I will read any more in the series, though. The main character is supposed to be an American in England but he speaks like a Brit, which is kind of disconcerting. It was a good mystery, though, and had some decidedly unusual factors that made it more interesting than your basic "cozy."
Rosemary
I enjoyed this and if it was possible to give 3.5 stars I would, but it was a little bit too formulaic to give 4. The secondary characters were all rather cardboard. Still, it was fun and I will definitely go on reading them.
Karen
I so enjoyed this addition to the series. I love Dean James characters and the plot. I could picture everything that was happening in the book and loved it! I highly recommend this book and series!
Chris
Good gay mystery in which Lady Prunella foolishly invites a decorator, famous for his bad manners and extreme room makeovers show, to redecorate the drawing room.
Natalie
Another fun romp in Snupperton Mumsley! I do love these books, silly nonsense really, but such fun!
I think this one was better than no 2!!
Theresa
i really enjoyed this book. i liked all the characters and i didnt suss the end of the story was gripped to the end of the book didnt want it to end
Windy
Third in this gay vamire, amateur sleuth series. Nice to see the series improves as it goes along rather than flagging. Light and entertaining.
Amy
Another cozy starring Simon Kirby-Jones, the gay vampire. This one was a great story. Again, not too sure about the vampire aspect.
Fanficfan44
Excellent cozy mystery. Full review here: http://angrygreycatreads.com/2013/07/...
Kelasher

My favorite gay vampire detective living in the Cotswolds series.
Dan
.. a series to ponder and laugh
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Former Manager of "Murder by the Book" in Houston. Now Catalog and Metadata Librarian, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library. Dean James, Ph.D., M.S.L.S.

also writes as Honor Hartman, Jimmie Ruth Evans, and Miranda James
More about Dean James...
Posted To Death (Simon Kirby-Jones Mysteries #1) Faked To Death (Simon Kirby-Jones Mysteries #2) Baked To Death (Simon Kirby-Jones Mysteries #4) The Robert B. Parker Companion Cruel as the Grave

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