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Red Rover

(Calli Barnow Mystery #1)

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Thalia Spencer is missing. Is she in trouble or is she simply avoiding her family?When Thalia's conservative tycoon father confesses to private investigator Calli Barnow that he offered his daughter money to give up her girlfriend and start dating men, Calli thinks she knows where to start looking. She and her best friend, novice drag queen Dewey, comb the bars and clubs o ...more
Paperback, 356 pages
Published October 9th 2010 by Insomniac Press
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Maybe more like 3.5. The details of Toronto and queer life there were awesome, characterization was well done, and the action was pretty exciting, even if I did spot who the bad "guy" was early on. A solid intro to this lesbian Torontonian PI series, which I'm excited to read more of!

Read the full review on my blog here.
Farzana Doctor
Mar 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Just finished reading Liz Bugg's mystery, Red Rover. Loved its queer twists and turns which kept me guessing until the end.
Robin Spano
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
Original heroine - strong and interesting. Lots of flavour in this book. Gripping crime tale, too. From around the middle on I couldn't put it down. ...more
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, 2017
In theory, this should have been perfect for me, a mystery with a lesbian detective, but in practice, it felt flat to me. I couldn't connect with Calli, which is a major problem in first person narration.

Also, i'm so over the whole, lets put my detective character in mortal danger for more thrill. Nope. Overused trope, that's why i stopped Kathy Reich and i'm about to drop the Stephanie Plum series too. It's not more exciting than just solving a crime, all it makes me do is roll my eyes. Can we
Apr 04, 2017 added it
Shelves: lesbian-mystery
I confess that I like this book a little more than I originally thought I would. Maybe it’s because I liked the design and feel of the Insomniac paperback version, which is very easy on the eyes. Or maybe it was the very professional pace that Bugg was able to adhere to throughout. I also liked the theme of the mystery, which involved Calli’s search for a missing young lesbian in Toronto.

Calli herself gives off reminders of many other lesbian private investigators without actually borrowing any
Anja Fröhlich
May 13, 2014 rated it liked it
I would have given this book 4 stars because plot and characters are well developed and the style is engaging and infused with humour. However, the end seemed too abrupt. I would have preferred more unravelling and a longer denouement.
The author doesn't mention, for example, what becomes of Thalia, which is mainly due to the fact that the story is narrated by Calli in the first person (which is well done btw) and does not have an omniscient narrator. But I wonder, given Calli's leve
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I knew I was going to like PI Calli Barnow when I discovered she is owned by a cat named Sherlock.
If you are a fan of Sue Grafton, then there is a whole lot to love in this mystery set in the streets of Toronto.

The pace was slow and steady at first while we are introduced to the cast of friends and locals that inhabit Barnow's world. Unlike Kinsey Milhone, Calli does have a sidekick of sorts, a drag queen named Dewey who brightens every page he lands on, as well as contacts with the local police
Adam Dunn
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: glbt
I really liked this book. This was the first lesbian book I've ever read and I picked it up for the details about Toronto advertised on the book.

I really enjoyed the story, the main character was great. I got a little lost at the coal chute so slight marks off for that as I couldn't picture what was happening.

The book was funny and charming, I loved the Toronto locales and the reading just raced along, I couldn't put the book down.

Very glad I read this and really looking forward to the next in t
Liz Bradbury
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a real mystery! Real clues that you can figure out, not just a thriller. People who read mysteries will like this book, especially if you like to read books that have strong lesbian characters.
Andy Plonka
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This author gets high marks for having characters who follow the Gay/Lesbian lifestyle without letting the lifestyle dominate the plot. A good mystery with characters who happen to be Gay/Lesbian, but are focused on their jobs not their lifestyle.
This book to me was average. I understand that it is the debut novel by Liz Bugg however I find the story really takes a long time to get moving. The last couple chapters were engaging. The writing style is pretty elementary
Jeffrey Luscombe
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fun book! Great sense of place and fine dialog (finding realistic dialog is getting harder and harder for some reason).
Brian Williams
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
A fast moving private detective story -- good local colour and a sympatethic protagonist.
Shannon Baas
Mar 30, 2011 rated it liked it
This is an unusual book. It is about Callie who is searching for a missing woman. it is definitely gay friendly but not sure I would recommmend it.
May 07, 2011 rated it liked it
The book was not what I expected. The story is written well however, this genre I have discovered is not my cup of tea.
Gavin Stephenson-Jackman
Certainly not my usual fare, but interesting. I had my suspicions about the culprit in the mystery some time before they were confirmed, but had not suspected the violence inflicted on the victims.
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Liz Bugg is a Toronto-based writer.

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