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Mary, Queen of Scotch

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Four five-star Yelp reviews do you little good when you’re nailed inside a giant barrel of whiskey, which is where our intrepid private detective Barry finds himself while on the case to help his campy drag friends, all of whom have numerous secrets to hide.

If he can decide between the man he once loved and the bartender he’s falling for, successfully stay undercover as
Kindle Edition, 227 pages
Published November 10th 2018 by JMS Books LLC
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It's been a little while since I've had the pleasure of reading Rob Rosen. He delivers a fun story in Mary, Queen of Scotch and I had a good old time reading and chuckling. It's camp. Bit different. A PI who gets involved in a case to follow a suspected cheating spouse and ends up doing drag while working the case, and then some. Got to love a gay guy who loves his mother, enjoys some Madonna lip syncing, and keeps his eyes on the job in his own style

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Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Humorous and well written, loved it. Thanks Rob for the chuckles.
Chase Hackett
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a surprising ton of fun. A cozy mystery built around a drag bar. Unapologetically silly, and genuinely witty.
Ulysses Dietz
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mary, Queen of Scotch
By Rob Rosen
Published by JMS Books, 2018
Four stars

“Drag queens wobble, but they don’t fall down.”

How did I not know about this author before? Well, in surveying my hundreds of reviews, I’ve actually read a short story of his before. Hmmm.

“Mary, Queen of Scotch” is very funny. It is not one-hundred-percent polished, but the writing is sharp and clever, the plot is twisted and weirdly plausible. The romance, very interestingly, is secondary to the plot, but also part of the
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comedy, kindle, crime, lgbt
Lightweight mystery book, full of drag queens. It delivered all the bitchiness and sassines I expected.
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You guys have GOT to read this book. Oh my gah. And Mr. Rob, if you are reading this at any point, I am begging you, please let there be a sequel, a blog post, something with these guys in the future, because this was one of the best books I've read and I've read some damn good ones lately.
If you guys have never been in a drag bar, you're missing out lol. Those babies are bitches in and out and I can say that because I used to be a part of that scene. I was an 'assistant' to a queen for a few
Debbie McGowan
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Love the cover and the title. It's all pretty much perfect. The plot's engaging, and the characters are fun. A few jokes that were hilarious were pushed until they wore thin, which is in keeping with drag queens, I guess. Overall, this was a fun, humorous read.
Don Bradshaw
I'm spoiled by Mr. Rosen's earlier books. While a fun read, this story just wasn't up to par.
Lisa Monet
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So good. I needed a laugh. I got a ton of them, in droves. Is this a new genre now: drag queen detective novels with a romantic twist? I vote yes! I loved Mary. I loved the entire cast of misfits. I especially loved Mary's parents. Plus, the plot kept me guessing right up to the surprise ending. If you enjoy romance, mystery, and comedy, then this is the book for you!
5 Stars!

“ did an extraordinary drag queen and noted private eye wind up trapped in a rather large whiskey barrel?...”

Barry finds himself asking that very question after his latest case, what was supposed to be an easy investigation into a possibly cheating spouse, managed to flip his entire life upset down. With hopes of adding to the four five-star Yelp reviews he currently has, two of which were left by his mother, Barry dons a wig and high heels transforming himself into Mary, Queen of
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review

Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5

for the full review, visit on 11/12

from that review, "One of the things that just does it for me in a novel is well done dialog. When an author nails it, has his character's personalities fleshed out so well, so dynamically that the words flying out of their mouths just snap with life, a vitality that rocks the reader's world....well, job well done! If that author can do it for more than one character
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun, made-me-chuckle read - 3.5/4*
Drag queens - what more needs saying! Sassy, shade left right and centre, outlandish acts, lip syncing, lipstick and mascara, wigs and shoes!
Barry is hired to spy on Chad aka Lucy - I did love all the drag names. But along the way discovers all is not as it seems in the night club.
Barry - or Mary - is a bit free with his information. As well as testing out both Ray, barkeep, and Jeff, his ex! He has a fun inner dialogue with himself as well as sassy
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, a drag queen detective romantic comedy novel with a whole slew of twists and turns. If this is some sort of new genre, count me in! Though I'm betting, based on past experiences with this author, that Mary, Queen of Scotch is unique in this regard, and Rosen pulls it off exceptionally well. The story is tightly crafted, flows super-fast, plus super-sexy, and takes you simultaneously into both a drag queen's world and a detective's world. Every character is memorable, but Mary's parents ...more
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute book. Hilarious much?

Sorry though, this author is not quite as talented a mystery writer as Auntie Bellum is a drag queen. I’m thinking the plot got stuck somewhere in his/her/their craw.
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Multi-award-winning and best-selling author/editor/anthologist Rob Rosen is the author of Sparkle: The Queerest Book You'll Ever Love, Divas Las Vegas, Hot Lava, Southern Fried, Queerwolf, Vamp, Queens of the Apocalypse, Creature Comfort, Fate, Midlife Crisis, Fierce, And God Belched, Mary, Queen of Scotch, and Ted of the d'Urbervilles. His short stories have appeared in more than 200 anthologies. ...more