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Stoner McTavish

(Stoner McTavish Mysteries #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  258 ratings  ·  30 reviews
From Boston s Beacon Hill to Grand Teton National Park, follow the adventures of Stoner McTavish--lesbian, travel agent, reluctant detective--as she battles villainy, terror, and the elements to save the woman of her dreams.
Published December 1st 1994 by New Victoria Publishers (first published 1985)
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I couldn't really get into this book. The characters of Stoner and Gwen are lovable, and the dialogue between the two is really funny in places, but the plot is predictable and the supporting cast weak. The prose kept switching randomly between first person and third person, which really got on my nerves after a while. Good for a light read if you go in without too much expectations. I am giving this a 3 instead of a 2 as the book was published in 1985, and lesfic has come a long way since then.
Wayne Spiceland
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of those books you want don't want to check out from the library; you want your own copy to keep, as you'll want to read it again and again. Sadly, Sarah Dreher died this spring -- Author Andi Marquette has a very nice "In memoriam" piece online -- but, happily, she left us with some wonderful stories, peopled with loveable, warmly quirky characters. Dreher's wit, humor, warmth, compassion and intelligence shine from every page. In a genre teeming with brooding, driven, often cold, character ...more
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lesbian-mystery
When the protagonist of Stoner McTavish was only a week old, her aunt won her in a card game with her mother, who was a straight-laced, anti-feminist. A compromise was reached and the mother got to keep the baby as long as the aunt could name it. So she did: Stoner, after Lucy B. Stone. In other words, before we get into the meat of the novel we are hit by a fatal flaw—a tale so implausible—ridiculous even—that it becomes impossible to trust the author. And generally, when I find a fatal flaw, I ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
ACH JA. Cool in a "Wow Lesben in 1 Buch" way, aber es mangelt schon hart. #spoiler Basically besteht die Story aus der "Ich muss die Frau meines Begehrens von ihrem Mörder-Ehemann retten", und kaum ist der Typ tot, hat man kurze Zeit später Sex mit ihr, trotz Trauma und bindet sich ebenso schnell fürs Leben wie zuvor der so gruselige Ehemann die Heirat wollte. Schön waren die Naturbeschreibungen ... darf man das überhaupt in 1 Review schreiben? Am Besten noch gefiel mir, dass die Protagonistin m ...more
Nov 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, lgbt, mystery
toner McTavish is just your average lesbian, neurotic travel agent. But she is surrounded by characters who are far more eccentric. Stoner ends up going to Wyoming to find out if her grandmother's friend's granddaughter (is that enough layers of connection for you?) is OK. The person in question, Gwen, has gotten married to a man that Gwen's grandmother thinks is not a nice man. And would Stoner be nice enough to go spy on them to make sure she's OK?

Of course, she does and while Stoner is a bit
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book alot. I think for me the biggest thing that I liked about the book was that not all the characters were gay. There are straight ones in there too. That is a problem that I have with alot of LGTB books (ok mostly the lesbian ones) and that is that all or most all of the women are gay. I am so glad that this book had a well rounded cast.

I did have to keep remindind myself that the book was written in the 1980's and not in the 1940's. Much of that was language, and the "strange
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 stars just because it took me a while to get into the book but once I was in, I couldn't set it down and I finished the last half in an evening! Otherwise I'd have given 5 stars. So don't give up at the beginning of the book if you're tempted, because you'll regret it!
The story is really captivating and the setting is awesome. It made me want to visit the Tetons again!
The crazy characters are funny and Stoner's innocence is touching.
Even though I'm not into psychic things, this one wasn't too
Feb 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
One of the things I love the most about Sarah Dreher's Stoner McTavish series is that she doesn't focus on the "required lesbian love/sex scene" that so many lesbian authors seem to fall into. Not that it doesn't occasionally pop up...but it always flows naturally, as part of the plot. Not sex scene because it's required. When I want that, I can read erotica. I read this series for the mystery, the spiritual explorations. Kudos to the author.
Jan 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: awesome-reads
Hallariously uproarously LOL! It has Heart! it has adventure! it has first love! Stoner is the kind of Lesbian we can all identify with whether we're gay or straight. This author might not be well known, but she should be!
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Okay, a 4 1/2 in my book of stars. I really liked this story of Stoner McTavish and her unassuming, almost bumbling fashion who goes to the Grand Tetons from her safety of Boston and Beacon Hill. Stoner is a Lesbian and tries to live a "normal" life but with an Aunt who is a mystic of sorts, parents from whom she has run away and a best friend who is outrageous, she can almost hide in the world. Until Mrs. Beacon comes to dinner and then her life is turned upside down. This pseudo travel agent ( ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
To be honest, it took me some time to finish this book. The story is exciting and interesting, but all these endless thoughts of Stoner got me a little bit bored. At some points it was hard not to skip these parts and just continue with the dialogue.
But I'll read the next book and hope there is less rigmarole and more action.
Laney Webber
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: les-fic
An older series, but I go back to it again and again. The dialogue in this book is fantastic. I think they might be available on ebook now which is great. A whole new audience can find Stoner.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
This is a terribly silly almost murder mystery with a shy lesbian travel agent on the case.
I didn't finish it.
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, queer, travel
Gosh, I'm so predictable. Let me quote from the back: "Lesbian mystery/adventure novel"! I've been seeing books by Dreher in every used bookstore I visit, and I finally bought one last weekend. Luckily, it turned out to be the first.

It was good. Not the most fast-paced thing ever, but with loads of great characters, poetic descriptions of the western US landscape, and lots of emotional processing (coming out, homophobia/etc., family issues, abuse, the works---but very well done). It made me miss
W. Tinkanesh
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In STONER McTAVISH, the then single, but already travel agent, Stoner is sent on a mission by the ever well-meaning Marylou and Aunt Hermione: Eleanor Burton is convinced that her grand-daughter Gwen is in grave danger. Stoner is to ensure her safety. Is Bryan Oxnard truly in love with his newlywed wife, Gwen, or is he simply after her money? Will he kill her in the rockies, or will Stoner come to the rescue? Stoner is a complete anti-hero, strong, but not really confident. Gwen is confident, bu ...more
I just noticed that Sarah Dreher's Stoner McTavish mystery series is available on Kindle Unlimited. I read these books when they were originally published, and I loved them. There is a touch of the supernatural, but mostly they have an outdoors/western setting with a good splash of humor. I will definitely be reading these again on my kindle. It will save me the work of digging through my boxes of books.
Dayna Ingram
This book was both unintentionally and intentionally funny. The banter between all the characters was sometimes like, "Whaaaat?" But mostly enjoyable (when I could figure out what the heck they were talking about). I prefer my amateur sleuths to have a lot more backbone and attitude than Stoner McTavish (she literally quakes when her crush goes in for a hug; she can't lie without going beet red; she just cries when the villain sexually assaults her). There was also a lot of needless inner monolo ...more
Sherry Chandler
Jun 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Stoner is sort of like Nancy Drew for grownups. Well, no, maybe Nancy Drew crossed with Red Skelton in a movie like "The Fuller Brush Man."

I am told that once upon a time, the very publication of this light-hearted adventure was a subversive act. There is much of which I am innocent.
Feb 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is the first in the Stoner McTavish series. Stoner is a lesbian travel agent/reluctant private detective. She's asked to keep an eye on another woman who just got married but her family doesn't trust the new husband. It's a funny detective/love story with a few interesting twists.
Deirdre S.
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd give this a 4.5 -- loved the humor, the fast-paced dialog, both internal and external. Great characters. Looking forward to more in the series.
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
What an awesome book. Just came across this Stoner McTavish Mystery/criminal fiction series and feel like I want to keep reading through all of it.
Sep 20, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: even straight girls!
Very cute, a great suspense! Some very funny parts that kept me laughing even when I put it down.
Deirdre S.
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Humor, good dialog (including interior monologue mixed with what is said out loud, to amusing effect)and appealing characters. On to more of the series ASAP.
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it
I think I would have given it 4 stars if not for the formatting on my Nook - it made it much harder to read, but I really enjoyed the story.
Aug 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt, mystery
good start to what looks like an interesting series
Nov 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
My Favorite Series of all time! This is top quality literature!
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Born March 26, 1937, in Hanover, Pa., Sarah Dreher attended Wellesley College and went on to earn her doctorate in clinical psychology from Purdue University. She moved in 1965 to Amherst, MA where she established her private practice. She was the co-founder of Sunrise-Amanecer Inc., a nonprofit organization, serving as president and clinical director for seven years. She was a member of the Welsh ...more

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