Books by Michael Craft

Michael Craft has written all the titles in the Mark Manning series including Body Language, Boy Toy and Eye Contact. He lives in Philadelphia


DESERT SUMMER by Michael Craft
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 8, 2005

"Less mystery than romance, with time out for a wedding that Claire is a lot more interested in than any murder."
A lady of leisure takes a stiff drink sweetened with antifreeze; Claire Gray, Palm Springs' Desert Arts College teacher, investigates. Read full book review >
DESERT WINTER by Michael Craft
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 28, 2003

"615, etc.)—so fragrant that they can only be marking time until the curtain's ready to fall."
Pink fluff, that gourmet treat concocted of Jell-O and Cool Whip, is the favorite snack of retired Palm Springs decorator Stewart Chaffee, but it's also an excellent description of theater director Claire Gray's second dalliance with murder—the murder of Stewart himself. Read full book review >
HOT SPOT by Michael Craft
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 17, 2002

"The best of Mark's six cases to date."
It's a bittersweet wedding for Chicago attorney Roxanne Exner, since although she dearly loves Carl Creighton, the Democratic Illinois deputy attorney general now running for lieutenant governor, she's still pining for both the highly inaccessible Wisconsin friends who are hosting the event and giving her away, Dumont Daily Register publisher Mark Manning and his life partner, architect Neil Waite. Read full book review >
DESERT AUTUMN by Michael Craft
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 10, 2001

"543, etc.) proves that crossing gender lines can be harder than catching tumbleweed."
Wooed away from Broadway by supermogul D. Glenn Yeats, who wanted a stage director of national stature to anchor the theater department at his newly founded Desert Arts College outside Palm Springs, Claire Gray feels as if she's landed in paradise. Read full book review >
BOY TOY by Michael Craft
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2001

"The mystery, in fact, barely holds a candle to Craft's latest paean to gay life in the suburbs."
Life goes on in Dumont, Wisconsin. Read full book review >
NAME GAMES by Michael Craft
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"Craft sprinkles clues of every sort so generously, in fact, that most readers will find his latest outing a hundred pages too long."
Even though gay reporter Mark Manning's left Chicago behind, the editor/publisher of Wisconsin's Dumont Daily Register finds life in the slow lane more eventful than he could have expected. Read full book review >
BODY LANGUAGE by Michael Craft
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1999

"It's not just Mark, though, who's undergone a sea-change; his third outing is as stately and old-fashioned as a Gay Pride Agatha Christie."
Reporter Mark Manning never thought he'd leave his job at the Chicago Journal, but when he fails to win the prestigious Partridge Prize for his last big story (Eye Contact, 1998) and a legacy from his uncle Edwin Quatrain makes it possible for him to buy the Dumont Daily Register and move into the Quatrain family home two hours away, he jumps at the chance. Read full book review >
EYE CONTACT by Michael Craft
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1998

"But the scenes of gay domestic life, which show a welcome sensitivity, could go far toward helping this gay mystery enlarge, or even escape, its niche."
Since Chicago Journal science editor Cliff Nolan never filed his story on Dr. Pavo Zarnik's claim to have discovered a tenth planet out beyond Pluto, investigative reporter Mark Manning is ordered to cobble together an article. Read full book review >
FLIGHT DREAMS by Michael Craft
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1997

"Imagine the fodder this debut, and the promised series, will provide for the foes of liberal humanism."
Helena Carter, the airline heiress who vanished from her Bluff Shores home seven years ago, is about to be declared dead— a boon to the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Federated Cat Clubs of America, the unlikely joint beneficiaries of her enormous estate. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"While there is plenty here to give a susceptible late-night reader a good case of the chills, there is little for the intellect to grapple with."
Another here-come-the-aliens book that one might be willing to dismiss as mindless entertainment if it weren't so determined to pretend it's serious. Read full book review >
Inside Dumont by Michael Craft
FICTION & LITERATURE

"Ultimately a rollicking and engaging book about a tiny town, with a successful balance of intrigue, humor, and poignancy."
A delightful novel about a zany, lovable cast of characters and their goings-on in one tiny Wisconsin community. Read full book review >
FLABBERGASSED by Michael Craft
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A standard mystery with some delightfully offbeat elements."
An architect tries to solve a murder with the help of a talking cat in this comic mystery novel. Read full book review >