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The Case of the Missing Drag Queen

(A Luke Tanner Mystery #1)

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A Luke Tanner Mystery

Broke, saddled with a mountain of debt, and dependent on his Aunt Callie's support, aspiring writer Luke Tanner has returned to Kentucky to put his life back together after a failed five-year relationship.

On his twenty-fifth birthday, Luke meets diminutive Pixie Wilder, a long-time performer at the Gilded Lily. After headliner Ruby Dubonnet doesn’t
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ebook, 210 pages
Published June 19th 2018 by DSP Publications
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Misty

Good little mystery! This novel was engaging and I enjoyed the time period and the location. The characters are quirky and at the same time relatable. I'm looking forward to the next one!
Serena Yates
This story, set in the Lexington, Kentucky, of 1982, feels strange and familiar at the same time: strange because times were so different back then that it is almost a historical, and familiar because I was just a few years younger than the main character when it happened. As a result, I enjoyed the novel for its “nostalgic” sense of what the world was like before laptops, cell phones, and the internet. But I digress - aside from the accurate setting, this mystery has a lot to offer. The ...more
CrabbyPatty
It's October 1982, and Luke Tanner bartends at the Gilded Lily, where the nightly drag show is the big draw, starring Ruby Dubonnet ("Nobody—including Jennifer Holliday—did “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” better than Ruby Dubonnet.") But when Ruby goes missing, Pixie Wilder ("Her look was classic Nashville: big hair, flashy jewelry, a vibrant turquoise dress embellished with ten or fifteen pounds of rhinestones, and high-heeled, rhinestone-studded boots. For a girl, she was short. For a ...more
Sarah
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is the story of a bartender who teams up with a drag queen to find a missing drag legend. It’s a fun story full of quirky characters and references to 80s music.

Despite being published by Dreamspinner Press, this really isn’t a romance. The story opens with a bad case of pubic lice and while there is some saucy dialogue and a few awkward moments, there is no sex and very little heat in this book. I found the characters
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Maryann Kafka
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed several of Michael Rupureds novels. This was a good mystery with many colorful characters. It has lot's of potential to grow as a fun mystery series.
Linda
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reminded me of a Phillip Marlow story. Set in the early 1980's this story is fun, entertaining, full of outrageous characters and over the top drag queens. Perfect!
Lisa The Novel Approach
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, suspense
Luke Tanner is a nice guy but just a tad naive about getting his life together. Losing his parents and coming out sent him on a journey, leaving his home and his Aunt Callie behind. Being dependent on Mr. Wrong didn’t help either, when a five-year relationship comes to a screeching halt. Luckily for Luke, his Aunt Callie came to his rescue and saved him from a life on the streets.

Again, lady luck smiled on Luke when Frank Marvin, owner of the Garden, offers him a job as a bartender. The Garden
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Sarah –
This is the story of a bartender who teams up with a drag queen to find a missing drag legend. It’s a fun story full of quirky characters and references to 80s music.

Despite being published by Dreamspinner Press, this really isn’t a romance. The story opens with a bad case of pubic lice. and while there is some saucy dialogue and a few awkward moments, there is no sex and very
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Suze
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5*
A good look back to 1982, easy to read and flowed along nicely. The author has written other books set in the recent past and all ring true.
Luke, our main protagonist, is pulled into investigating the disappearance of drag queen Ruby Dubonnet by fellow drag queen Pixie.
Pixie certainly is the catalyst amongst a cast of others that help Luke grow up as he is forced into investigating. There are lots of circles within circles as Luke and Pixie find more people who know Ruby, who are related or
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Milo
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
this was totally my kind of mystery! set in 1982, the specter of the AIDS pandemic is right around the corner, but the queens, fairies and fruit flies don’t know it yet, or don’t care, since it’s never mentioned. that weirdness aside, it’s definitely a fun mystery with a delightful cast of characters. i can’t wait for the next one!
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For as long as he can remember, Michael Rupured has loved to write. Before he learned the alphabet, he filled page after page with rows of tiny little circles he now believes were his first novels and has been writing ever since. He grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, where he came out as a gay man at the age of twenty-one in the late 1970s. He considers it a miracle that he survived his wild and ...more