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It Takes Two By Elliott Mackle,

  • Title: It Takes Two
  • Author: Elliott Mackle
  • ISBN: 9781555837549
  • Page: 140
  • Format: Paperback
  • February, 1949 Fort Myers Florida It started out to be such a nice day But early morning gunfire at the Royal Plaza Motor Hotel changed all that One white man is dead One black man is dead The widow of the white man has just crashed the investigation, and is waving a gun around Barely escaping the shot that blows the window out of the car in which he is sitting is DFebruary, 1949 Fort Myers Florida It started out to be such a nice day But early morning gunfire at the Royal Plaza Motor Hotel changed all that One white man is dead One black man is dead The widow of the white man has just crashed the investigation, and is waving a gun around Barely escaping the shot that blows the window out of the car in which he is sitting is Dan Ewing, who isn t even supposed to be there Saving his bacon is police detective Bud Wright Bud and Dan are than fishing buddies, but no one can know that But their secret is just one of many in this small town To start, Dan is the manager of the Caloosa Hotel, a class act if you re just passing through, but if you are a member of the less known Caloosa Club, Dan provides a variety of services club members may discreetly enjoy This doesn t sit well with everyone in town, including the sheriff, a wealthy car dealer, the KKK, and Bud Wright, despite the fact that he s sleeping with Dan But the car dealer is the dead white man, the black man is the husband of his wife s former maid, and the sheriff, Bud s boss seems determined to keep the investigation off track So what does this apparent murder suicide have to do with the Caloosa Journalist Elliott Mackle takes his wonderfully realized why done it mystery to fascinating levels as he explores the various factions of a small southern town facing the giant implications of a rapidly changing society Elliott Mackle served for ten years as the Atlanta Journal Constitution s restaurant critic As a Journal Constitution staffer he also covered the Olympic Games, political conventions and wrote a weekly travel feature Hecurrently lives with his partner of many years in Atlanta This is his first novel.
    It Takes Two February Fort Myers Florida It started out to be such a nice day But early morning gunfire at the Royal Plaza Motor Hotel changed all that One white man is dead One black man is dead The widow o

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    1. 3.75 starsBefore starting this book, you should have one thing in mind Florida in the late 1940s was a model of Old Testament intolerance in matters sexual, political and social This means that if you are not prepared to leave your contemporary sensibilities aside, you might not enjoy this book Set in racially segregated, post war Florida, the book perfectly reflects the attitudes of the period, though not all the characters do.Having said this, the historical accuracy and diversity of the chara [...]

    2. A who and why done it mystery set in 1940s Florida, Dan Ewing is the manager of the Caloosa Hotel, which privately caters to the very special needs of its guests, and Bud Wright is a police detective whose passionate desire for Dan is in conflict with his desire to shut Dan s business down When one black man and one white man are suddenly killed in an apparent murder suicide, Dan and Bud find themselves up against local business, political and religious leaders as they are entrenched in one smal [...]

    3. Fabulous possibilities, but a real mess as far as plot and focus Excellent historical detail, but sadly this is not enough, in my opinion, to carry the erratic pacing and lack of serious character development.

    4. It Takes Two is a gay historical romance mystery set right after World War II in the Southern town of Fort Myers, Florida In his first novel, Elliott Mackle tackles bigotry against homosexuality and people of color, PTSD affecting veterans of World War II, and a why done it, all while building a romance in the making between the two central characters, Dan and Bud.U.S Navy veteran, Lieutenant Dan Ewing has suffered from survivors guilt and nightmares ever since he lost his best buddy and sexual [...]

    5. Very well written book with believable characters The period is captured vividly and scarily real, like a real good reminder of how things were in the old days The romance between Dan and Bud is a bittersweet one, both characters are adults with a painful past Dan is comfortable with his sexuality and willing to take risk, he acknowledges his feelings for Bud is than a friendly fuck buddy , but Bud is stubborn and in denial However, Bud s affection and his sweet nature still come through the p [...]

    6. Interesting characters and premise in this historical mystery However, the solving of the murder itself often feels like an afterthough, as if it was merely an excuse to hang the social history and the portrayal of the relationship on.

    7. Dan Ewing is the young and successful manager of a large hotel in Fort Myers, Florida, working for his boss the Admiral it s just after WWII and Dan served in the Pacific as a Lieutenant and after the war was hand picked by his Admiral for the job When he encounters Bud Wright an ex Marine sergeant at a Legion meet a friendship develops that goes beyond being just buddies sharing war experiences But while Dan is happy with his sexuality and looks for a permanent relationship with Bud, police det [...]

    8. FourStarsThis is a well researched historical story full of colourful characters The actual murder mystery isn t terribly engaging even the police detective seems to forget about it at times , but Florida in 1949 comes to life beautifully.The moving parts of this story involve the main character s recent transition from army officer to civilian hotel manager The war has left him traumatised but determined to find a life partner The struggle for civil rights is at the centre of this story, be it [...]

    9. This was a book which made me fell in love with Elliott Mackle s writing I bought the old paperback edition couple years ago from the third party seller on and when I saw that it is reissued on Kindle, I bought the ebook as well After rereading I realized that I never reviewed it, so here is my attempt to rectify this.Out of three books that I have read by this writer, I would say that this is probably the most romantic one Dont get me wrong, it is also a great historical and murder mystery inve [...]

    10. This is a well researched historical story full of colourful characters The actual murder mystery isn t terribly engaging even the police detective seems to forget about it at times , but Florida in 1949 comes to life beautifully.The moving parts of this story involve the main character s recent transition from army officer to civilian hotel manager The war has left him traumatised but determined to find a life partner The struggle for civil rights is at the centre of this story, be it for raci [...]

    11. The Gay and Lesbian Center in NY had a book sale You spent 5 and got to fill a bag with books I was worried about carrying too much stuff home on the train, but I sure am glad I picked this one up.It s ostensibly a mystery novel though not really a typical whodunnit And the mystery was less a part of the appeal of this book then the romance that develops between the two main characters The book is set in Florida just after the end of WW II Dan is a former Navy officer and Bud a former Marine The [...]

    12. Mostly enjoyable book about murder and gay romance in 1949 small town Florida The murder, and who was involved, was rather convoluted and confusing I still really have no idea who did it or why, so I didn t focus on that as much as I did the relationship between Dan, the Caloosa Hotel manager, and Bud, the deputy sheriff However, that story s not without its problems too Mostly, the problem I have is that Mackle wrote Dan a little too out of the closet for the time and the place someone who live [...]

    13. This is so hard to rate, so I m not going to There were things I loved and other parts not so much but at no point did I ever consider putting this down and not going back to it.A big plus for this book is the historical aspect Either the author lived being gay in the forces during WW2 or immersed themselves in research, I d say the former This part of the book was so on point and probably what had me going back for The characters and plot impressed me less but it was still an enjoyable read, e [...]

    14. Really wonderfully written period novel Multiple themed 1940 s South, PTSD, letting go, learning to live with one s self, m m romance There s a murder mystery, but that only serves as a backdrop I was going to write my own review of this one, but I think that Lady M pretty much says it all Read hers.

    15. A hard read for me I never really connected with the character or the flow of the storyline I don t think I ll read the sequel, even though I did find the Florida setting and the timeline post WWII to be interesting.

    16. Florida in the late 1940s was a model of Old Testament intolerance in matters sexual, political and social.

    17. I enjoyed this a lot The historical perspective was really interesting to read, and I liked the characters.

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