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Mason Kincaid’s life is about to change. He’s adjusting to being alone a year after the death of his lover when a call from his wayward sister sends him out west to New Eden to bring not only her, but her twin sons and a stepson home. On the outskirts of New Eden, Mason secures a room in the last place his sister’s abusive boyfriend would expect: an adult motel where an e Mason Kincaid’s life is about to change. He’s adjusting to being alone a year after the death of his lover when a call from his wayward sister sends him out west to New Eden to bring not only her, but her twin sons and a stepson home. On the outskirts of New Eden, Mason secures a room in the last place his sister’s abusive boyfriend would expect: an adult motel where an eccentric madam allows the children to stay for a price. Despite her warnings about a resident ghost, after one night, Mason’s sure that fending off groping apparitions and violent johns will be his biggest problems. But when he meets Officer Ken Cannon for the second time, it’s at the scene of a double murder. With possibility of romance looming in the background, bodies start piling up around Mason. While learning who he can trust, he must deal with a lovesick teenager, a ghost with a message for him, and becoming the owner of a hotel that once belonged to his “friendly” ghost. A hotel someone’s willing to kill for.


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Mason Kincaid’s life is about to change. He’s adjusting to being alone a year after the death of his lover when a call from his wayward sister sends him out west to New Eden to bring not only her, but her twin sons and a stepson home. On the outskirts of New Eden, Mason secures a room in the last place his sister’s abusive boyfriend would expect: an adult motel where an e Mason Kincaid’s life is about to change. He’s adjusting to being alone a year after the death of his lover when a call from his wayward sister sends him out west to New Eden to bring not only her, but her twin sons and a stepson home. On the outskirts of New Eden, Mason secures a room in the last place his sister’s abusive boyfriend would expect: an adult motel where an eccentric madam allows the children to stay for a price. Despite her warnings about a resident ghost, after one night, Mason’s sure that fending off groping apparitions and violent johns will be his biggest problems. But when he meets Officer Ken Cannon for the second time, it’s at the scene of a double murder. With possibility of romance looming in the background, bodies start piling up around Mason. While learning who he can trust, he must deal with a lovesick teenager, a ghost with a message for him, and becoming the owner of a hotel that once belonged to his “friendly” ghost. A hotel someone’s willing to kill for.

41 review for Dead Men Tell Tales

  1. 5 out of 5

    Eladio

    I’m afraid I could not really connect with this book due to two problems. First, there is a supernatural element that is not well-integrated with the gritty mystery plot. It is true that the setting is an oddball small town filled with New Age practitioners, but the overall feel of the book is contemporary realism. It isn’t a good match for when the story introduces the ghosts of two male lovers who used to run a hotel that various groups of characters are fighting over. The ghosts can achieve e I’m afraid I could not really connect with this book due to two problems. First, there is a supernatural element that is not well-integrated with the gritty mystery plot. It is true that the setting is an oddball small town filled with New Age practitioners, but the overall feel of the book is contemporary realism. It isn’t a good match for when the story introduces the ghosts of two male lovers who used to run a hotel that various groups of characters are fighting over. The ghosts can achieve enough corporeality to touch Mason physically and try to have sex with him, but not enough to solve their own mystery, and this contradiction is never explained. Near the end of the book, the entire mystery plot depends on the ghosts directly explaining to Mason who the villain is and what the villain has done, which undercuts any real crime solving. And why tell Mason at the end of the book rather than in the middle or at the beginning? For no other reason than to make the plot longer because the characters did not yet have the information they needed. But my second and biggest problem is hard to explain. It seems to be a lack of believable emotional transition between the characters’ interactions, and also between their reactions to events. They just didn’t behave like normal characters and it kept jarring me out of the story. Take Mason when he first meets Chanda who runs a New Age shop. She recognizes his sister’s stepson Robbie, who is standing with him, and cordially introduces herself to Mason and asks after his sister. All very normal behavior. And Mason inexplicably reacts with extreme hostility that escalates through their conversation until his words send her fainting to the ground. I know that he is stressed over recent plot events that I don’t want to reveal, but the whole thing seemed so personally directed against poor blameless Chanda and so unnecessary. Nothing has been previously established in his character to indicate that he hates women or hates psychics, and no more explanation is forthcoming. Likewise, Mason sends some incredibly mixed messages to young Robbie about whether they should or should not have a sexual relationship. Next thing you know, Mason says or does something inappropriate and I’d find myself wondering, “What on earth is he thinking?” And at the 90 percent mark is a scene where supporting characters actually kill someone and then laugh and joke about it afterward as if they take other people’s lives all the time. The book needs an extra sentence or two in these spots to clue the reader in on why Mason switched moods so fast, or what he was thinking with Robbie, or if the supporting characters were really in shock and reacting with hysteria. But the little bits of context needed to understand their behavior just isn’t there. My overall impression is that this book got rushed to publication with insufficient feedback from beta readers and editors. It could have been improved with just a little more work. I would recommend you pass on this book, but keep your eyes open for the author to improve on the next one. (Review copy received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Review was written for Hearts on Fire Reviews.)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mrsgeo

    Enjoyed the mystery but disliked the paranormal aspects.

  3. 4 out of 5

    William Freeman

    Another woeful gay romance what more can I say plot and characters not good and that's being polite Another woeful gay romance what more can I say plot and characters not good and that's being polite

  4. 4 out of 5

    multitaskingmomma

    Original Blog Post: http://headouttheoven.blogspot.com/20... Dead Men Tell Tales is the first book of the series New Eden Tale focusing mainly on Mason Kincaid. A phone call from his estranged sister has him driving off to New Eden thinking he would be saving her and her young children from a life of torment. What he got was the children. But his sister and her lover are dead. While trying to sort out the legalities of keeping the children with him, waiting for the murder investigation to end and Original Blog Post: http://headouttheoven.blogspot.com/20... Dead Men Tell Tales is the first book of the series New Eden Tale focusing mainly on Mason Kincaid. A phone call from his estranged sister has him driving off to New Eden thinking he would be saving her and her young children from a life of torment. What he got was the children. But his sister and her lover are dead. While trying to sort out the legalities of keeping the children with him, waiting for the murder investigation to end and for the authorities to release her body so he could bury her, Mason finds himself caught between a naughty ghost, his step-nephew who could not keep his eyes and hands off him, an aging madam plus her two prized beautiful assets and a cop who sent his mind to blank. Sorting out his life would have just been fine but Mason is almost naive when it comes to finding whom to trust and what to think of the situation around him. His true personality emerges now and then with some really stupid decisions, sudden outbursts of anger and eventual regret of his unable to face the unknown. There were times I found myself making the tsk tsk sounds as Mason muddled his way through some situations. He does have commendable redeeming factors like his ability to finally admit making wrong decisions and not repeating them. He is also someone who is unafraid to face up to realities and responsibilities and does exceedingly well in his efforts to make a go of a project by utilizing his new found friends. If only that ghost would stop wanting to get into bed with him! Even as Mason flounders a bit especially as more bodies are popping up and a bitchy widow bitches at him for some reason, eventually he does find his balance. One man especially is making his life easier: Ken Cannon. Meeting the man at the first murder scene that involved his sister, Mason sees in Ken someone who could finally make him want to move on and accept him as he is, floundering naivete and all. Dead Men Tell Tales is a mystery laced with paranormal activities that I found hilarious. I found myself trying to catch the hints left once in a while by the author. It was entertaining bookmarking each hint and going back once possible connections were found. Mind you, the author was naughty in this aspect, he left the hints in the middle of nowhere and it was quite hard to make connections. Antonio is fast becoming one of my favorite MM mystery/paranormal authors. The mysteries he weaves can be quite intricate and it takes a lot of focus to solve them. His stories are, at times, very erotic. At times, like this one, the eroticism is hinted at but leaves a lot to the imagination. I can't wait for what mystery he comes up with next.

  5. 4 out of 5

    G G

    This was an interesting and intertaining read. Mason has come to New Eden - a desert town in the middle of nowhere - to collect his wayward sister and her infant twins and stepson, but he finds more than he bargained for. Still grieving over the lost of his long-time partner who'd died of cancer a year earlier, Mason is hoping to pick up his life and get it on track once again. Instead, he encounters murder, mayhem, and an amorous ghost. And - surprisingly, and completely unexpectedly, he finds lo This was an interesting and intertaining read. Mason has come to New Eden - a desert town in the middle of nowhere - to collect his wayward sister and her infant twins and stepson, but he finds more than he bargained for. Still grieving over the lost of his long-time partner who'd died of cancer a year earlier, Mason is hoping to pick up his life and get it on track once again. Instead, he encounters murder, mayhem, and an amorous ghost. And - surprisingly, and completely unexpectedly, he finds love. I cant say too much about this mystery without creating a spoiler, so I won't try to do that. The characters he meets: a sixtysomething madame; a couple of gold-hearted whores; and a troubled cop; are all well-drawn. As might be expected from the characters and environment, these are plain-spoken and down-to-earth characters, and a couple of them use gritty language. But then, don't we all, at times, - if we're truly honest about ourselves, that is.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lisa The Novel Approach

    A majority of the time when I pick up a book and start to read, my imagination begins to form images of characters, emotions, and situations; a movie starts to flow in my head and while that’s happening, my emotions are engaging with the characters and situations. We’re happily bonding and becoming one! Unfortunately, I couldn’t do it with Dead Men Tell Tales. Things would start to form in my mind then quickly vanished, formed, then vanished again. It’s one of those rare instances where I failed A majority of the time when I pick up a book and start to read, my imagination begins to form images of characters, emotions, and situations; a movie starts to flow in my head and while that’s happening, my emotions are engaging with the characters and situations. We’re happily bonding and becoming one! Unfortunately, I couldn’t do it with Dead Men Tell Tales. Things would start to form in my mind then quickly vanished, formed, then vanished again. It’s one of those rare instances where I failed to bond with the author’s imagination. See the entire review at The Novel Approach: http://thenovelapproachreviews.com/20...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lolene

    Not a recommended read. Quite frankly, dropping the f*bomb every other word makes a story boring. I didnt enjoy the writing style either - the dialog is stilted and the story reads like an outline rather than feeling filled out with description that adds body. A writer needs to describe for all the senses, the smell, taste, sounds,feeling and the atmosphere they create is missing. A regrettable purchase.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Maria

  9. 4 out of 5

    Patiroices

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dragonhyde

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

  12. 5 out of 5

    Murphy

  13. 5 out of 5

    ms.beau

  14. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

  15. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

  16. 4 out of 5

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  17. 4 out of 5

    Debra

  18. 5 out of 5

    OkayKim

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shantel

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  22. 4 out of 5

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  23. 4 out of 5

    Vio

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lonnie Lauridsen

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  26. 5 out of 5

    Adriano

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tj

  28. 5 out of 5

    Aine Massie

  29. 4 out of 5

    LJ

  30. 4 out of 5

    jules0623

  31. 5 out of 5

    Alex Hahn

  32. 5 out of 5

    Elle

  33. 5 out of 5

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  34. 5 out of 5

    Tee loves Kyle Jacobson

  35. 5 out of 5

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  36. 4 out of 5

    Chad James

  37. 4 out of 5

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  38. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

  39. 5 out of 5

    Nikyta

  40. 5 out of 5

    NancyM

  41. 4 out of 5

    Sadonna

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