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THE MIMI PATTERSON/GIANNA MAGLIONE MYSTERIES

Keeping Secrets

Keeping Secrets

Book 1

"When Keeping Secrets was first released it broke new ground. Each woman worked independently, guided by the unique perspectives of her racial and professional identities ... they've given Mickelbury's readers a multifaceted and multi-layered view."
   —The Gay Detective Novel, Judith Markowitz, Ph.D.

Someone is killing wealthy, married—and deeply closeted gay people in deserted parking lots in Washington, D.C. Someone the victims let into their cars late at night. Someone who knows their secret. Five murders on the same day of the month. Police Lieutenant Gianna Maglione, head of the Hate Crimes Unit, has a month to find the killer—or she'll find body #6.But she has another problem in ace newspaper reporter Mimi Patterson, who thinks the public—especially the gay public—has a right to know a serial killer is on the prowl. Until Mimi, Gianna had managed to keep the murders a secret. A newspaper story would create a sensation and likely drive the killer underground. They clash...but only in public. Their private attraction is as dangerous to them as, well, a serial killer. Secrets=Death, and almost everybody has at least one...including cops and reporters.

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Night Songs
Lambda Literary
Award Nominee

Night Songs

Book 2

"The book's fictional insider's look at the nation's capital uses the ritualistic slayings of street prostitutes as a vehicle for exploring the shifting priorities of police work, in which, all too often, victims are seen as worthless throwaways. In the ensuing grimly compelling tale of power and privilege, street people, drugs, and despair, Patterson's professional path often leads to head-on clashes with her police lieutenant lover"
   —Whitney Scott

Half a dozen prostitutes are murdered and the cops aren't looking for a serial killer because who cares? It's just some dead hookers. But one of them has a sister who cares and she makes Lt. Gianna Maglione care. And of of them has a friend who cares, and she makes newspaper reporter Mimi Patterson care. And once more the cop and the reporter butt heads as careers collide and their romance sizzles.

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Love Notes

Love Notes

Book 3

It's a youth-oriented culture and nobody knows that better than a 50-year old woman looking for love. If finding it means moving to Washington, D.C.—OK! New home, new clothes, new job—and a new, secret love. Fantasy becomes reality...until it becomes murder. To Police Lt. Gianna Maglione it's almost the perfect crime. Ace reporter Mimi Patterson wants to know why a woman would die to be loved.

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Darkness Descending

Darkness Descending

Book 4

"Penny Micklebury creates likable characters that will garner audience empathy and attention. The author fully develops the two prime subplots before merging them into a fabulous story line that seems to stay one step ahead of the reader. Ms. Micklebury is an artist who leaves her audience copiously satisfied yet salivating for more."
   —Harriet Klausner

In this intriguing and sophisticated fourth novel of the Mimi/Gianna Mysteries, Mickelbury is masterful in her exploration of the underground lives of the AGs and Doms, the downlow brothas and the hidden world in which they live. Mimi Patterson, the passionate, resourceful investigative reporter and her partner, the impassioned, leader of D.C.'s Hate Crime Unit, Lt. Gianna Maglione find balance with each other while seeking those that hate enough to commit blackmail, rape and murder when darkness descends on the city.

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