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About the Book
Title: Devil’s Chew Toy
Author: Rob Osler
Publishing Date: February 8, 2022
Published By: Crooked Lane Books
Genre: Mystery, Gay and Lesbian, LGBTQ+
Seattle teacher and part-time blogger Hayden McCall wakes up in a stranger’s bed alone, half-naked and sporting one hell of a shiner. Then the police come knocking on the door. It seems that Latino dancer Camilo Rodriguez has gone missing and they suspect foul play. What happened the night before? And where is Camilo?
Determined to find answers, Hayden seeks out two of Camilo’s friends–Hollister and Burley–both lesbians and both fiercely devoted to their friend. From them, Hayden learns that Camilo is a “Dreamer” whose parents had been deported years earlier, and whose sister, Daniela, is presumed to have returned to Venezuela with them. Convinced that the cops won’t take a brown boy’s disappearance seriously, the girls join Hayden’s hunt for Camilo.
The first clues turn up at Barkingham Palace, a pet store where Camilo had taken a part-time job. The store’s owner, Della Rupert, claims ignorance, but Hayden knows something is up. And then there’s Camilo’s ex-boyfriend, Ryan, who’s suddenly grown inexplicably wealthy. When Hayden and Hollister follow Ryan to a secure airport warehouse, they make a shocking connection between him and Della–and uncover the twisted scheme that’s made both of them rich.
The trail of clues leads them to the grounds of a magnificent estate on an island in Puget Sound, where they’ll finally learn the truth about Camilo’s disappearance–and the fate of his family.
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This was definitely a quick paced read. I was immersed in Hayden’s search for answers about Camilo and did not see that ending coming. I thought Hayden taking on the investigation himself definitely kept me on my toes because I was worried he was going to run into trouble…and of course he does!
The supporting characters, including the cutest puppy pal ever, really lent a lot to this story and I liked getting to know each one of them. As this is only book one I’m hoping we get to see more of them in the next books!
I enjoyed this and listened to it all in one day. I recommend it to anyone looking for a quick paced cozy mystery with great LGBTQ+ rep!
Prize: (1) Signed hardcover and a dog bone bookmark
Runs from August 23rd – August 31st
Prior to Devil’s Chew Toy, Rob Osler’s short story, Analogue, which was published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, won the Mystery Writers of America Robert L Fish Award as part of the 2022 Annual Edgar Awards. Rob lives in California with his long-time partner and a tall gray cat.
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