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Seashell Virgin


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Seashell Virgin: A humorous mystery full of plot twists, gems, nachos, cocktails, drag queens, and political intrigue!

Steven Schatz's Who Plugged the Dyke? was an engaging and joyful read, and when I saw BB, Nacho and the gang were back for more adventures I jumped at the chance to read his latest installment. Seashell Virgin did not disappoint me. Not only are my favorite characters back, but this novel is even more tightly constructed and faster-paced than his last one.

Part of the charm of this series is the character development. Even though there are a lot of characters in the book, each voice is distinctive and the characters form a clear family unit, even as they give each other a ribbing every chance they get. Despite the camp of the names TiaRa del Fuego, Nacho Mama, Suave KitTan, and the queen of them all Fantasia Gloriosity, Schatz takes the characters way beyond their gowns, and stage presences to show well-developed, empathetic, and talented human beings who form their own found family.

Schatz skillfully combines the heart-warming characterization of our heroes with a well-plotted mystery, complete with secret rooms and hidden objects. The result is a book that offers social/political commentary about who is really looking out for the children in the community, a story about family, a mystery centered on corruption, and the humorous events that happen along the way. While the novel is laugh-out-loud funny, there are also points of serious contemplation here, as well as an entertaining and engaging puzzle for readers to solve alongside the characters.

Even though it is part of a series and uses characters from Any Summer Sunday at Nacho Mama's Cafe and Who Plugged the Dyke? readers need not read the earlier books to enjoy this one. The plotline and characterization are developed well, and just enough connections to the earlier books are made to motivate readers who enjoy Seashell Virgin to go back and read the novels set before this one--which is exactly what a new book in a series should do.

Fans of Armistead Maupin and enjoy a little extra camp and drag in your life, you simply must check out Seashell Virgin. Also, if you enjoy humorous and cozy mysteries, don't miss this one!

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Angelic Rodgers lives in the Little Rock area with her wife, two unruly cats, and two codependent dogs. She is currently working on her sixth novel. You can keep up with her at www.angelicrodgers.com

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College prof, clown, tour guide, consultant, conference lecturer, comedy traffic safety instructor …. Author. Schatz’s work is fast paced and fun. Spanning subjects from middle grade ghost stories, YA adventure, adult fiction and mystery, these page turners make you laugh, cry and think. view profile

Published on October 31, 2021

80000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

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Genre: LGBTQ Fiction

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