Book Review: The Killer Wore Leather by: Laura Antoniou

Publisher: Cleis Press

Publication Date: April 9, 2013

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Synopsis: Mr. Global Leather has been murdered!

In the Grand Sterling Hotel of Midtown Manhattan, home of the huge annual leather/BDSM/fetish ball and contest, Mr. & Ms. Global Leather, last year's male winner lies dead on the floor of his suite, wearing only very frilly, bright yellow panties. Cormac "Mack" Steel made a lot of enemies in his year wearing the studded leather sash, not the least being his co-winner Mistress Ravenfyre. But she is not alone – there are over three thousand attendees at this year's fetish-festooned event from all over the world, some of whom might have had some very personal issues with the corpse.

Enter Detective Rebecca Feldblum of the Midtown East Precinct. Assigned to this doozy of a case because, as one of NYC's only out lesbian detectives, her Lieutenant seems to believe these are "her people." Shocked, amazed and alternately puzzled and amused, Detective Feldblum must navigate a world of doms and subs, masters and mistresses, pups and trainers, leather, latex and lingerie, and discover who murdered the late Mack Steel – and hopefully do it before the weekend is over and everyone goes home. In the process, she will discover more about the sexual underworld than she ever really wanted to know, and more about her own past than she could have ever imagined.

Written in the classic spirit of Sharyn McCrumb's Bimbos of the Death Sun, The Killer Wore Leather is both an engaging mystery and a humorous glimpse into the world of modern, pansexual international leather/BDSM contests and conferences.

Review: Mack Steel is the reigning Mr. Global Leather and while he may have many fans, he doesn’t have many friends. Now it’s time for the annual Mr. & Ms. Global Leather (and Bootblack) contest and for Mack Steel to pass on the crown. Before the contest can begin, Mack Steel is found dead. Detective Rebecca Feldblum is assigned this flustercluck of a case by her Lieutenant since these are “her people”, as she’s one of the few out lesbians on the force. Convoluted by costumes, alternate identities, and political posturing within the community, Det. Feldblum has her work cut out for her. Also, everyone hated Mack Steel, so she’s got a hotel full of suspects and not a lot of time. THE KILLER WORE LEATHER is a great tongue-in-cheek procedural drama with outstanding characters. I found myself laughing out loud at the outlandish characters and events. The author was able to balance great humor with a serious mystery very well. THE KILLER WORE LEATHER also gives people a good deal of correct information on the world of kink and BDSM, which can be much maligned. If you like your mysteries filled with great characters and a lot of laughs, check out THE KILLER WORE LEATHER.

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