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Tony's Dream: A Gay Tale of Desire, Deceit & Death in Montreal Kindle Edition
But there is a ray of light in Tony's new life. He meets a struggling young artist and they fall in love. Jeff is beautiful, talented, shy — and terrified. When Tony finds out why, he's terrified too. Then staff members begin to die and disappear and, because of his troubled past and suspicious behavior, Jeff is the prime suspect.
Suspecting a setup and determined to protect his lover, Tony starts an investigation of his own. As he stumbles upon one nasty secret after another, he counts on love to pull him through. But not everyone wants him to succeed and, as he searches for the truth behind the deaths and disappearances, he has to learn what's real and what's not. Or Jeff could be lost to him forever.
About the Author
- ASIN : B08BCS4PS3
- Publication date : September 2, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 380 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 219 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,743,528 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Antoni-Carles “Tony” Quinto i Agramunt from Barcelona, Spain has just taken the position as curator for MAMMA the Museum of Modern Art in Montreal, Canada. He’s really looking forward to being in charge of the Ulysse Dubois art exhibit.
From the very start he comes across one of the oddest group of board members: Gabrielle “Gabby” Smythe, president of the board and founders daughter; Monique Roquefort, vice-president; Richard Brown, chief curator; Michel Des Laurier, financial officer; Yvette Lafleur, librarian; Kelly Boucher, director.
All Tony want’s to do is get some rest after his long flight. But it’s all so weird with what the board members have told him. From the very start he is overwhelmed with all of the complicated issues the board throws at him. No information on the exhibit from the former curator; no funding; finding an apartment and a party that’s mandatory. He’s also lonely and want’s to make friends in this new cold and snowy city of Quebec.
At the party that took him by surprise, he meets some remaining Board Members: Francis MacKenzie, long time member; Nicole Leblanc, independent curator, recently joined the board; and Jean-Pierre Souvenir. There’s also the staff at MAMMA that attend: Suzie, Jeff, Pierre, Dawn, Elaine, and Annie. As Tony looks for some companionship, he attaches himself to the staff rather than the board members.
At the party guests are delivered some terrible news, it leads to Tony finally getting some answers from the staff. As Tony and Jeff become more involved, suspicion grows about the board members. Tony sets out to solve the murders but as Jeff reveals his own secret, Tony knows he has to save Jeff. With Jeff now safe, Tony stays in Quebec until the exhibit is over. As Tony’s investigation continues new reveals are shocking to him and nothing is what it seems.
Patrick Doyle presents a well constructed mystery plot that surrounds the world of art, with a precisely, planned out investigation. There’s certainly an abundance of suspicious characters that kept me guessing. Doyle kept me in suspense with this complex mystery, following Tony’s own investigation of each suspicious character. Not only is the mystery well written, but Doyle introduces readers into the world of art and the curators position. The description of Tony living in a much colder temperature, dealing with snow and the manner of dress are very vivid. I liked Tony’s character, he’s smart and not afraid to delve into each situation but in a way he’s also innocent. There’s also and intriguing moment that helps Tony to have the courage to do what’s right. I really got attached to Tony’s character even more at the end of the story. I like the addition of Big Benat and Oriol, although they only have a brief part, I think there could be a story there for these three.
“Tony’s Dream” is Patrick Doyle’s second mystery and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. I can’t wait to see what he has in the works for his next book.
Leaving the sunny hills of Spain behind, Tony Quinto plans to make a fresh start in the “New World”. With high hopes of winning acclaim as a curator, Tony has no idea that his new job in a prestigious Montreal gallery is way more than he’d signed up for.
Right off the bat Patrick Doyle paints a slightly disquieting picture. The unwelcoming, passive aggressive co-workers, the austere building which houses the gallery, and a brutal Montreal winter all combine to create a chilling atmosphere. The tension mounts gradually, and it only gets more disconcerting as events come to light over the course of the novel.
Tony is not a native English speaker, and I got the biggest kick out of the way Patrick Doyle writes this story from his point of view. (Thankfully he’s fluent in several languages so at least he can communicate well with the folks in the multicultural city of Montreal.) There are wonderful scenes of Tony’s attempts to navigate the unfamiliar lifestyle and customs, and the way he muddles through his first blizzard made me laugh out loud.
I’m so glad I’ve discovered Patrick Doyle. He has a thoroughly engaging way of writing, and the way he structures the mystery in Tony’s Dream is superb. There are several big “ah-ha” moments, and the ending is tremendous. Believe me, hindsight is 20/20 and I’ll bet Tony would do quite a few things differently if given the chance. Just fantastic!