Author: Michael Rupured
Publisher: DSP Publications
Pages/Word Count: 222 Pages
At a Glance: As an avid reader of murder mysteries, this one ranks high on my list.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: On Christmas Eve in 1966, Philip Potter, a kind-hearted Smithsonian curator, wraps up his last-minute shopping. Meanwhile, James, his lover of several years, takes his own life back in their home. Unaware of what awaits him, Philip drops off gifts at a homeless shelter, an act of generosity that will later make him a suspect in the murder of a male prostitute.
Following James’s shocking death, two men enter Philip’s life—and both drive yellow Continentals. One of them, though, is a killer, with the blood of at least six hustlers on his hands. And both are hiding
As Philip is about to discover, no good deed goes unpunished.
First Edition published as “After Christmas Eve” by ManLove Romance Press, 2013.
Review: Philip Potter is a caring, easy-going and honorable man. Philip has a sister, Mary, and a nephew, Thad, who he absolutely adores and loves spending time with. Family is very important to Philip.
James Walker came from a well-to-do family. At the age of fifteen, his father, Roland Walker, kicked James out for being a disgrace. Philip took James in and cared for him. At first their relationship was nurturing but became more when James turned eighteen. James has a dream—he wants to attend ballet school, but the money situation is a problem between him and Philip. After five years, James makes a decision to seek his father’s help, but that does not go well. The conversation between James and Roland Walker is heartbreaking and drives James to take his own life.
Roland Walker is beyond cruel and confronts Philip. He brings along his lawyer and brother, George Walker. Philip doesn’t want anything to do with either of these men, but something about George is different.
Besides the murder mystery in No Good Deed, there’s the mystery of who James really was, and through acquaintances and events, Philip starts to realize he never really knew James at all. Now, because of his own generosity, Philip finds himself suspected of murdering a young man.
Through the course of this story, Philip meets some interesting characters: Sergeant Shirley White, who deals with prejudice every day; Beau Carter, who’s closeted and is fixated on Philip; George Walker, uncle to James, lawyer and a married man; Terrance Bottom, a brave young man who loses a boyfriend and friend to a deranged, homophobic killer; Dr. Frank Kameny, who formed the Mattachine Societ, to fight for equal rights; and Harold Clarkson, who will need support and strength to live his life.
Michael Rupured created an excellent and suspense filled murder mystery set in Washington, DC, in 1966, when prejudice, intolerance and discrimination were prevalent. The characters are so well developed that they make No Good Deed all the more intriguing. Just when you think you know who the killer is, things change. This is also a dark and disturbing story about religious beliefs and homophobia. The plot itself had twists and turns, and just to learn about the characters made this a page turner. No Good Deed was my first time reading Michael Rupured, and as an avid reader of murder mysteries, this one ranks high on my list.
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