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The Back Passage

(Mitch Mitchell Mystery #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  1,216 ratings  ·  198 reviews
Agatha Christie, move over! Hard-core sex and scandal meet in this brilliantly funny whodunit.
A seaside village, an English country house, a family of wealthy eccentrics and their equally peculiar servants, a determined detective — all the ingredients are here for a cozy Agatha Christie-style whodunit. But wait — Edward “Mitch” Mitchell is no Hercule Poirot, and The Back P
Paperback, 199 pages
Published May 5th 2006 by Cleis Press
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Nick Pageant
I say 3 stars. My penis says 5. We will compromise at 4.

Big Nick: This was a very fun, very silly book.

Little Nick: This was the best book ever written! Smoking hot!

Big Nick: Well... It was hot, yes... but some of it was hard to believe.

Little Nick: Don't be a douche, man. What didn't you believe?

Big Nick: For starters, everyone in the book was gay or bi. That doesn't happen in real life.

Little Nick: Of course it does. I've never met a man who didn't love the cock.

Big Nick: No, but you're very s
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰

I mean, look at that cover! I'll wait. I can only point to it anything else and GR might put me in the penalty box.


I digress.

What's behind (hehe) that cover is a story that had me in stitches and left me with a bit of shine for its delightful MC, Mitch Mitchell or as I like to call him MIIIIITCHYYYYYY! That, however, is definitely not Mitchy on the cover. Mitchy is decidedly in the otter category, though I believe he thinks himself a jock. I d
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotica
I first tried to read this book in 2017 when I tended to take erotic literature WAY too seriously.
I hated how this plot is a string of extremely unlikely sex scenes in a Victorian setting.

Two years later I'm back (barely remembering how the book started, I gotta admit) and I am ready to let logic fly out the window and just enjoy the hilarious plot twists Mr Lear throws at us.

PLEASE someone tell me: Will Boy Morgan return in the subsequent books or is this the end of his story? The epilogue soun
Rosa, really
Apr 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of man-eating anuses

I really wanted to love this book. I read (listened to, really) it mainly for the following reasons:

A. The naked dude on the cover
B. Marshall Thornton gave it 5 stars.
C. Mary Calmes also gave it 5 stars, but somehow I take that less seriously. (view spoiler)
D. If that guy on the cover moves his leg...just a smidge...I could totally see his peen.

Also, though I love any type of novel that involves a cop or a PI,the

Witty, hot, clever and quite enjoyable for all parts of me.
For my part bellow the belt as well as for the upper regions of my body.

Crimes and cocks.The best combination!

Downton Abbey meets Sherlock Holmes meets Agatha Christie!

An English country estate mystery with a hard-core sex!

Eagles family and their peculiar servants. Add an American Cambridge student as a amateur detective with an uncontrolled libido, a web of intrigues, dark family secrets, hot sex scenes, a lot of HOT sex
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to KatieMc by: Rosa, really
Downton Abbey with gay orgies. A sex laced cozy whodunit. Take it for the alternate universe that it is, but don’t take it seriously. The main character Mitch is an American student of medicine at Cambridge who fancies himself as an amateur Sherlock Holmes. Mitch is also highly sexed and he masterfully combines sex and crime solving into one highly productive weekend. It's campy and fun and I totally recommend it.

ETA - in thinking about my favorite reads for 2014, I have decided to up this to 5
So great!

It was a clever mystery and I loved how well paced it was throughout the story... but the best part was the sex. I don't think anyone can come up with more creative or as wide a variety of sexual scenarios as James Lear. It's never gets old.

Loved the ending (esp. the roll of film).
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Everyone rejoice! The ebook just price dropped 86% to $1.99 today at Amazon US!!! 4/3/14!
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it

Written with tongue firmly in cheek and sometimes elsewhere as well. Lear and Mitch take advantage of each and every opportunity that arises and create more as need be. Set a la Christie in the English countryside dotted with men waiting in line to show off their prowess.

This was my first Lear, I should have read this sooner and am happy that there are more to look forward to.
So, yes, the reporter was the last straw...
I actually enjoyed the mystery and Mitch with Boy, but the everyone-in-the-world-is-gay was definitely not my thing.
I would recommend it to my male friends or my female friends with iron balls!

And now I have to start a BR with Lena... If she is still on speaking terms with me.
Smith Barney
Satisfied If only there were more James Lear writers in the m/m world to go around. Of course then I really would not be fit for society communication. As it is I'm at a dangerously-low antisocial level thanks to my homoerotic fictional tendencies.

There really is no comparison to the real-deal..testosterone-deal when it comes to writing about cock.
Jason Bradley
James Lear's writing style is unique and addicting. His tongue-in-cheek humor worked well with the combination highbrow English mystery/ down-and-dirty erotica. I can't wait to read more from this author.
BWT (Belen)
Belens Audio Book Review

Wonderfully narrated by Daniel Carter this is absolutely ridiculous, amusing and entertaining.

Is this deliciously porny? Yes. Yes, it is. It is filled with sex. Everyone in the story is gay or bi and everyone is having sex with everyone else, or watching, or...It's completely ridiculous. Ask me if I care. Nope, I assuredly don't care - because it was funny and campy and fun.


There a whole murder mystery with Mitch Mitchell believing he's a younger, gayer, more dapper version of Sherlock Holmes,
Jan 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, done, 2011, gay
Delightfully raunchy m/m mystery in the best 1920s English country house style. Protagonist Edward "Mitch" Mitchell manages to be endearing as he attempts to solve the mystery... when he's not distracted by sex.
May 28, 2008 rated it did not like it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Oct 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, erotica, 2008, m-m
So this is a little different from what I have been reading. Firstly, it’s not a romance. There is no hero/heroine, there’s no declarations of everlasting love, no hidden pregnancies or big misunderstandings. What there is in this book, is plenty of freakin hot sex and a good old-fashioned British farce hidden within the folds of a mystery.

Edward ‘Mitch’ Mitchell and Harry ‘Boy’ Morgan have been invited to the country house of Sir James Eagle for the weekend. Harry is engaged to Belinda, Sir Jam
4 Stars

I enjoyed this story for exactly what it was: a humorous, erotically indiscriminate, murder mystery!

I almost gave it 5 stars, simply for the sheer number of times I burst out laughing, often uncontrollably, over the outrageousness of Mitch’s dialogue and inner monologues. Case in point:

Not even a sudden murder can quell the storm in a young man’s flannels.


Leonard adjusted his position with the precision of a seasoned fuckee.


I was ruled by two passions: cock and crime.


I ha
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: part-of-series, m-m
Wicked sense of humor and well written. Nicely twisted, another classic James Lear!
twelvejan [Alexandria]
This book is over-the-top, ridiculous, and dramatic. Yet it's entertaining. Mitch is a total whore. He literally fucks for answers, in every single chapter. And it's amazing that EVERYONE he crosses paths with want to fuck or be fucked by him. So if you take sex away from the equation, he is really not that good a detective.

One particular quote that just stands out in a very cringe-worthy way, and you will definitely see more of such hairy kinks:

Saliva glistened around his mouth, spread by the
It's the summer of 1925 and 22 year old Edward "Mitch" Mitchell and his fellow Cambridge student and friend Harry "Boy" Morgan are visiting the English countryside home of Sir James and Lady Caroline Eagle. Boy is engaged to the Eagle's daughter Belinda so they've been invited for a weekend party. While playing a game of Sardines (Hide and Seek) another guest, Reg Walworth, is murdered. Mitch, who has always fancied being a detective, immediately decides to investigate.

Mitch and Boy, as 'Holmes
Jan 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The Back Passage is a fab read. It is like Agatha Christie (which I love) with astonishingly frequent sex, some seriously funny moments and a murder mystery to boot.
Our hero Mitch is on holiday at an English country side home with his friend, and soon to be lover, Boy Morgan. While not terribly altruistic, Mitch is a likable rouge and has been dying to get into Morgan’s pants since the first time he met him at Cambridge. He’s set about it in a deliberate manner and has high hopes that the weeken
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is not a romance novel, it is a mystery. Set in 1925, it was like Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes, but the Porn versions. It is not enough to say there was was over the top sex. Everybody fucked somebody, most people fucked Mitch(the main character), oh and everybody was gay or at least having gay sex! The absurdity of it all was quite hilarious!

That being said, the mystery was very good, the writing excellent, and the humor, well hilarious!

4 stars
Jun 10, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: queer
M/M porn. First, let's debunk the blurb on the back of the book. This isn't a mystery. There is a murder, and some mystery, but let's be clear, this book is about sex -- random, unrelenting, meaningless -- sex.

This reads like a Choose Your Own Sex Adventure novel. Not that you get to choose, more like someone ahead of you figured out the path with the maximum amount of sex and then tore out all the other pages. Also, it's written about as well as a CYOA book; that same kind of careless attention
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now here is a script that would do well on PBS. OK maybe not PBS but 'HERETV' should think about a series like this and call it, 'MASTERPIECE MYSTERY, James Lear's Way.'
This was fun. A 'who done it' with lots of twists and turns a murder plot with some very sexy characters. Chauffeur , Gardener, Footmen and Butler. Lots of hot sex thrown in.
You bet I'll be reading the rest of this series.
James Cox
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nick Pageant's review got me to buy this book. I'm really glad I did. This was a great read. I enjoyed it a lot!
Marshall Thornton
Feb 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
one of my favorite erotica writers.
Anna Kļaviņa
Oh my, what a pile of rubbish.

Mystery? Crime? Thriller? You wish! *ignore my shelving*

Sex? A lot of it. Was it well written? Nope.

Is it historical? It says yes, but it isn't. Just like author isn't next Christie.

As if all mentioned above, wasn't bad enough, we've rape culture poop going on too. Whoopee!

Marte - Thunderella
... because Rosa, really said so in her review :)
And because I liked A and D.
A.B. Gayle
Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A snarky twenty two year old gay amateur sleuth with a quick recovery time who's happy to fuck anything that moves in his bumbling attempts to solve a crime.

Worked for me.
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Like the review by Nick Pageant, this was a compromise... I still blame Nick.
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James Lear is the nom de plume of prolific and acclaimed novelist, Rupert Smith. He lives in London and is the 2008 Winner of Erotic Awards "Best Writer".

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