In the rollicking mystery, perfect for fans of Steven Rowley and Elle Cosimano, the circus becomes the stage for a high-profile murder investigation.
With quirky LGBTQ+ amateur sleuths, Cirque du Slay will delight readers looking for a madcap mystery with high-flying excitement!
Pint-sized Seattle middle school teacher and gay dating blogger Hayden McCall and his best friend Hollister are invited to a fundraiser for Bakers Without Borders. The celebrity performer, Kennedy Osaka, is the artistic director of Mysterium, an upscale circus arts show combining magic, acrobatics, and a Michelin-star dinner. But Kennedy is a no-show—until she’s found dead in her hotel suite.
When frenemy Sarah Lee is discovered in the room with the body, Hayden and Hollister are on the case to find the real culprit before Sarah Lee is charged with the crime.
The suspects for the murder are as unique as Mysterium itself: a Russian trapeze artist, a cowgirl comedian sharp-shooter, an over-cologned operations director, a feisty, green-haired costume manager, and Adrenalin!, a sexy troop of Romanian male acrobats...If Hayden and Hollister are to clear Sarah Lee of suspicion, they’ll have to outsmart a killer for whom trickery is art.
About the Author
Aside from fiction writing, Rob Osler is a halfway decent tennis player, proficient at making chicken piccata and crab cakes, and threatens to restart playing bridge and the banjo—though not at the same time. He attended college in Washington, where he also earned a master’s degree in business. After many years of living in Seattle and San Francisco, he resides in southern California with his long-time partner and a tall, gray cat.
Praise for Devil's Chew Toy: “Charming and diverse characters—both human and canine—fill the pages of Rob Osler's delightfully humorous cozy.” —Gigi Pandian, USA Today bestselling and Agatha and Anthony-award winning author of The Accidental Alchemist series
"Take a disarming protagonist, a delightful supporting cast, and a pacy romp of a plot, add boundless warmth, humor, baked goods, and puppy love and you've got Devil's Chew Toy.” —Catriona McPherson, multi-award-winning author of the Last Ditch Motel mysteries
“Cozy, queer, so much fun!” —Raquel V. Reyes, award-winning author of the Caribbean Kitchen Mystery series
“An out and proud crime story loaded with charm, warmth and good humor, DEVIL’S CHEW TOY introduces an engaging new voice with a fresh perspective on the sorts of stories a 21st century mystery novel can tell.” —Charles Ardai, award-winning author of Nice Guys
“This nail-biter of a book is gut-bustingly funny, endlessly entertaining, and a little bit scary . . . This is one of those books that makes you wonder if the world isn’t just a little bit more edgy, fun, dangerous, eccentric and exciting than you thought.” —Hart Hanson, author of The Driver, and creator and executive producer of Bones “What a wonderful read! From the knockout opening, through every unexpected twist, to the perfect--but not too perfect—ending, Rob Osler takes us on a great ride. The engaging voice, vivid setting, and loveable and diverse cast, make for a marvelous new cozy series.” —Nikki Knight, author of the Vermont Radio mysteries
“Rob Osler’s debut has everything cozy mystery readers will love, plus the inclusiveness of an LGBTQ main character who is charming and likable.” —Elizabeth Breck, author of the Madison Kelly mysteries
“[An] appealing debut . . . Readers will hope Hayden and company will be back soon.” —Publishers Weekly
"A fresh new take on the gay mystery . . . A welcome new voice." —Kirkus Reviews
“A light but engrossing mystery.” —Popsugar
“A rollicking romp . . . Readers will be delighted.” —Deadly Pleasures
“A skillfully crafted and impressively original suspense thriller.” —Midwest Book Review