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Deadly Slumber (Deadly Mystery #4)

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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
ebook, 255 pages
Published August 20th 2009 by MLR Press (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
Dec 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
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.
May 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
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
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