Killer Wore Leather (Paperback)
Cleis Press, 9781573449304, 400pp.
Publication Date: April 9, 2013
Mr. Global Leather has been murdered!
In the Grand Sterling Hotel of Midtown Manhattan, home of the huge annual leather/BDSM/fetish ball and contest, Mr. & Ms. Global Leather, last year's male winner lies dead on the floor of his suite, wearing only very frilly, bright yellow panties. Cormac "Mack" Steel made a lot of enemies in his year wearing the studded leather sash, not the least being his co-winner Mistress Ravenfyre. But she is not alone - there are over three thousand attendees at this year's fetish-festooned event from all over the world, some of whom might have had some very personal issues with the corpse.
Enter Detective Rebecca Feldblum of the Midtown East Precinct. Assigned to this doozy of a case because, as one of NYC's only out lesbian detectives, her Lieutenant seems to believe these are "her people." Shocked, amazed and alternately puzzled and amused, Detective Feldblum must navigate a world of doms and subs, masters and mistresses, pups and trainers, leather, latex and lingerie, and discover who murdered the late Mack Steel - and hopefully do it before the weekend is over and everyone goes home. In the process, she will discover more about the sexual underworld than she ever really wanted to know, and more about her own past than she could have ever imagined.
Written in the classic spirit of Sharyn McCrumb's Bimbos of the Death Sun, The Killer Wore Leather is both an engaging mystery and a humorous glimpse into the world of modern, pansexual international leather/BDSM contests and conferences.
Only Laura Antoniou could write The Killer Wore Leather. In addition to being the author of the best-selling Marketplace series of erotic novels, she has over 20 years of experience teaching, speaking to and occasionally skewering the alt-sex communities around the world. With a wicked sense of humor, insider information and a twisted imagination, she crafts a spicy mélange of mystery and mayhem!
The Killer Wore Leather is a deliciously tongue-in-cheek murder mystery set at a leather convention, allowing readers into this private world of personalities and peccadiloes. The kinkiest game of clue ever with a sex toy as the murder weapon and every leather man and woman lacks an alibi. Cleverly crafted and highly humorous, Antoniou is at her wicked best in this page-turning fetish fest.
Laura is the best-selling author of the classic BDSM series, THE MARKETPLACE, which has sold more than 400,000 copies and been translated into 5 languages.
About the Author
Laura Antoniou authored the well known 'Marketplace' series of erotic novels, She has also edited the groundbreaking 'Leatherwomen' anthologies, and writes scholarly work on BDSM. Her work has been translated into Spanish, German, Hebrew, Japanese and Korean. She resides in New York, NY.
Praise For Killer Wore Leather: A Mystery…
"A police procedural with fresh, funny take on the fetish underground."
-- James Lear, author of The Back Passage
"If knitters, bibliophiles, and teatotalers can have their mystery mavens, why not the BDSM leather world? And who better to deliver it than Laura Antoniou? Her finely honed rapier whit and keen eye for all things madcap makes The Killer Wore Leather one meaty tale of murder, mystery, and mayhem. Frankly, you're suspect if you overlook it."
Debra Hyde, author of Lambda Award winner, The Story of L
"This may well be the best book of the year The Killer Wore Leather is 50 shades of hilarious!"
Glenda Rider, Producer, International Ms. Leather
"Lately it’s easier to find someone to hurt me consensually than to make me laugh, so I’m just tickled pink that Laura Antoniou, primarily known for her top-shelf erotica, has decided to render us helpless with laughter in a new comic murder mystery, The Killer Wore Leather. No one gets a pass, and no ego goes unpricked. The author has a keen eye for the posturing and paradoxes of the leather world, yet there’s nothing malicious here. Because it is obvious that the book is a love letter of sorts. Antoniou doesn’t overlook anybody’s contribution to making the kinky world go round. Not just the contestants and judges, but the harried producers, the dedicated volunteers and the oft-neglected vendors all of them get a moment in the spotlight to share their unique perspectives. The Killer Wore Leather comes just in the nick of time for me. Fifty Shades of Grey stopped being funny around page 34, so thank you, Laura, for giving me something that’s supposed to make me laugh!"
Kate KInsey, author of Red
"If you've ever experienced a Leather Contest - from the inside, outside, or somewhere in-between - you must read this book. A perfect parody (or should I say, telling lens?) on the community, with a gripping murder mystery wrapped around it. I was hooked immediately, in between my knowing-head-nods and embarrassed guffaws."
kd diamond, International Ms. Bootblack 2011
"Laura Antoniou has a winner in The Killer Wore Leather. Her grasp of the leather contest scene is erie. She captures all the fun and all the drama of these events. You'll swear you've alreaqdy met many of her characters. I thouroughly enjoyed reading this book, it really made me laugh." Chuck Renslow, Executive Producer International Mr. Leather
"After decades of delightfully decadent kinky prose, Ms. Antoniou now tantalizes by tickling the funny-bone and leading us through a delightfully twisty, tangled web of intrigue, leather, murder, mayhem and kink. With a sharp eye and a sharper wit, she manages to draw the reader into the underground world of BDSM, build a mystery, lovingly skewer the denizens of the dungeon and tell a tale that will keep you guessing until the very end. Whether you're a jaded veteran of perversion or simply a fan of a good whodunit, The Killer Wore Leather is sure to enslave you with its charm and humor as you submit to this masterful storyteller!"
Mollena Williams, Ms. San Francisco Leather 2009, International Ms Leather 2010
"One of the funniest books I've read in years; folks will find bits and pieces of themselves and some of their friends in these pages. Antoniou manages to skewer anyone and anything in the Leather Community equally, all the while weaving good detective work with fabulous writing, and there's a happy ending to boot!"
Viola Johnson, author of To Love, To Obey, To Serve, Librarian of the Carter-Johnson Leather Library, Mom and Grandmom to the Leather Tribe
"Bravo, Laura, for holding up a fun house mirror to the Leather Community! Like all good humor, these pages contain a bone of truth that makes us laugh at ourselves while delivering a satirical bite.
Titleholders, this is a great read when traveling to your next contest or run, with caricatures of almost every type in our Community, from the controlling slave Bitsy to the self important, Gay titleholder, Mack Steele. Download it to your Kindle and enjoy it en route. "
Hugh B Russell, International LeatherSIR 2010
"With The Killer Wore Leather Laura Antoniou takes on the mystery genre with aplomb. It's a riveting story set in the leather and kink worlds that doesn't succumb to the sensationalist approaches other less well crafted novels might have embraced. I love mysteries, and I love this book.
Race Bannon, Author, Learning the Ropes