Androgynous Murder House Mystery
Reviewed by Tom Morton
Steven Rigolosi’s new
novel, Androgynous Murder House Mystery,
(Ransom Note Press, June 2009), is the third book in Rigolosi’s Tales From the Back Page series and will
keep you guessing in
The brief description given by
Ransom Note Press reads, “Six friends gather at the Long
estate of independently wealthy snob Robin Anders, but only when the
returns home to Manhattan
murder take place. Robin decides to investigate, while the reader must
out a larger mystery: are Robin, Lee, Chris, J, Alex, and Law male or
straight or gay?”
more ways than one.
After surviving a series of
bizarre, near death experiences in Long Island, Robin, the
neurotic, narcissistic narrator of the story, finds that one of his
murdered, most likely by one of the other friends in his small
The story is exceptionally well
written and highly enjoyable as we follow Robin in the investigation.
trying to puzzle out who committed the murder, the reader must also try
puzzle out which of the six is male, and which female, as well as
preference. The characters are beautifully describe in such a manner as
a good mental picture of what they look like, but never in such a way
reader can tell the gender of any of the six, including Robin.
The genius behind this being that
as the book is written in the first-person narrative, the use of
the reader wondering even about the narrator! Rigolosi did a
using language that kept the story moving at a fast pace while never
to the bigger questions of gender and gender preference. While in the
the answers to these questions truly don’t matter, it is still a page
highly enjoyable who-dunnit.