Book Review: The Secret Tunnel by James Lear


secrettunnelThe Secret Tunnel by James Lear
Published October 1st 2008 by Cleis Press
Format: Kindle ebook
Length: 325 pages / 1842 KB
Genre: Erotica, Gay Erotica, Gay, Mystery, Historical Fiction
Reading Level: Adults Only
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The Flying Scotsman, one of the world’s legendary train journeys, has many attractions for Edward “Mitch” Mitchell, from the obliging porter to the mean guard to a troop of rough-and-ready soldiers in easily lifted kilts in the third-class carriage. But Mitch may not have time for them all before they arrive in London. When the train gets stuck in a tunnel, a dead body is found in the first-class toilet! Ever-ready Mitch decides to intervene and solve the crime. With his new Belgian sidekick Benoit, he pursues the killer through a crazy kaleidoscope of movie stars, drug dealers, royal scandals, and queens of every description. Can he finger the villain before the villain fingers him? What is the connection between Buckingham Palace and a bunch of backstreet pornographers? And what is the mystery of the secret tunnel? Mitch intends to go all the way to figure it all out.


Hold on a second, I’m still trying to stop laughing. (giggles) Okay. Okay. (deep breath) I’ve said before that erotica is silly and I found The Secret Tunnel by James Lear to be hilarious for reasons that the author was probably not going for. It’s ridiculous. Do not take this shit seriously. Great literature it is not. What the gay erotica books by James Lear are is hot, sexy, and fun. As long as you can leave your inner critic behind, you’ll enjoy The Secret Tunnel and any book like it.

I didn’t like The Secret Tunnel as much as I liked its predecessor, The Back Passage. It was slower to start and we’re only teased with a bit of oral sex for pretty much the first half of the book. As usual, there are a lot of characters and it’s very confusing remembering who is who and what part they have in the story. People have a habit of popping in and out of the book at odd times. The mystery is messy and convoluted. But I don’t read gay erotica for the excellent plot. The sex is hot and I really enjoy Mitch as a character. I’m a little annoyed that he had a stable boyfriend he left in Edinburgh and is thus cheating on his partner for the entirety of the book. Not cool, Mitch. Not cool. The end sexual scenes might be a bit much for some people but I’m a kinky girl and I wasn’t very bothered. It is rape and a bit of a sex club scene with dubious morality but it’s not very graphic. Read with caution if those are triggers for you.

This is my second gay erotica book by James Lear. The Secret Tunnel isn’t as good as The Back Passage in my opinion. I liked the sex better in The Back Passage and I missed Boy Morgan a lot for the first half of the book. I was pleased to see our little police officer, Shippton, return. I find Lear’s handling of mystery messy at best, being so confusing that it’s impossible for the reader to try and play detective alongside the main character. It makes the mystery a little less fun and a bit more exasperating. The Secret Tunnel by James Lear is great fun, smoking hot, and I will definitely be getting the next book in the Mitch Mitchell Mystery series.

Thank you for reading!

About Patricia @ Lady with Books

I'm a 34 year old female. Brown hair. Blue eyes. I spend a great deal of my time surfing the internet and blogging. I enjoy cooking. I make a mean sautéed vegetable dish. I write. I read.

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