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Invitation to a Murder

Author(s): Duncan More

"You're invited to a murder," the invitation read. Dennis immediately calls 1-800-2 DIE FOR to confirm his acceptance of a weekend in the Poconos, a gift from his friend, Jason. He smiles at his excitement about the affair. Cast in the role of handyman for the weekend, he is certain that he can find something in every cabin in need of a little 'maintenance.' The murder mystery weekend is an all gay event that wouldn't be complete without a few pesky drag queens thrown into the mix of singles and couples. Everything is all fun and games, until the night of the murder when a real murder occurs, making everyone in attendance a suspect.
 
Excerpt:
A limousine was waiting in front of Dennis' apartment at exactly six o'clock on Friday evening. He climbed into the spacious back as the driver informed him of the options for pleasure available to him – caviar, champagne, television, oysters on the half-shell, and seafood salad. There was another passenger to be picked up before they headed to the resort where the weekend's game would begin. They traveled north and then turned east to a little hamlet called Holly.
 
The driver assisted a young man of about twenty-two years of age with his luggage. For only a weekend stay, Dennis thought that four suitcases was a little much. When he entered the rear of the limo, he took a seat across from Dennis, giving him an ample view of his fellow passenger. He was on the effeminate side, with shoulder-length red hair. He believed in enhancing his looks with a layer of make-up, mascara, and eye liner.
 
"I've never been in a limousine before, so I might as well avail myself of everything here." He took a bottle of champagne, opened it, and poured himself a glass of bubbly. "Name is Billie. That's spelled with an "i-e" and no "y."
 
Dennis hated drag queens. "My name is Dennis. Nothing fancy about the spelling."
 
"Well, hi, Dennis. Join me in some bubbly?"
 
"Might as well."
 
A little sissy-type giggle escaped Billie's throat.
 
"Well, Dennis, here's to you. May we both survive the weekend!" Billie raised his glass in a toast. Dennis thought, The guy may be young and femme, but at least he's got some style. Billie draped his left leg over his right knee and leaned back as the limousine turned onto the highway.
 
The chauffeur's voice came over the intercom system. "Gentlemen, I have been instructed to arrive at the lodge at exactly seven-thirty. We have about forty-five minutes of driving ahead of us, so if you need me for anything, just push the intercom button on the left door. Relax and enjoy yourselves as well as the ride."
 
Forty-five minutes trapped with a queen. Well, it could be worse, Dennis thought. It could be an hour.
 
Dennis asked, "What do you want to do now?"
 
"I've never done it in a limousine. You ever had sex in a limo before?"
 
"No, I can't honestly say that I have."
 
"Well, do you want to? And yes, I'm usually this direct."
 
*****
 
"Sometime before breakfast, one of you will be killed. It is up to the rest of you to unmask the murderer before Sunday noon. Remember that everyone on the premises is a suspect. Catch the culprit...if you can. Good luck. All clues have been planted. It is up to you to discern and evaluate them. And one word of warning, accept nothing and no one at face value. You all have assigned roles to play. Have fun and remember that anything, and I mean anything, goes!"
 
Jason thought that maybe he could have fun in bed with his 'wife' once he realized it was the young man now in full drag who had arrived with Dennis. After all, there were roles to be performed and the young man playing his wife was definitely sexually alluring once he looked past the make-up and the dress. Billie also liked the feeling of Jason's hand on his nylon-encased thigh.
 
As Jason left with Billie, his 'wife' for the weekend, he gave Dennis a wink. Dennis turned to Carlo, "He's going to have a good time tonight. Wish I had a video camera in their room."
 
Carlo laughed. "Yeah, I'd say that one is going to learn what 'wifely duty' means before the night is over." Carlo rounded the end of the bar and pressed his lips tightly against Dennis' lips in a fervent kiss.
 
Dennis inquired, "Your cabin or mine? A bed is better than here on the floor."
 

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ISBN (Electronic): 978-1-6184-5277-1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Date Published: 05/22/2014
Publisher: Beau to Beau Books

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