Review: The Corpse Wore Pasties

Dear Constant Reader,

The Corpse Wore Pasties by Jonny Porkpie (2009).

Jonny Porkpie is in big trouble. A much hated burlesque dancer has just died on stage — no, not flopped, really died, murdered — and the self-proclaimed Burlesque Mayor of New York is the likeliest suspect, since he was the one who handed her the bottle of poison she drank on stage. Attempting to find the real murderer and clear his name, against the advice of his long-suffering wife, Nasty Canasta, Jonny finds himself in a number of peculiar predicaments: chased by a heavy metal band across the Brooklyn Bridge, drugged in a dominatrix’s dungeon, hiding the the Hindenberg… Will he uncover the killer before it’s too late?

Despite being published by Hard Case Crime and having a noir title and pulp-worthy cover painting, The Corpse Wore Pasties is a pretty light and fluffy murder mystery. If you’re a burlesque fan, you’ll enjoy the peek backstage. If you’re into NYC burlesque, you’ll have fun deciphering the thinly disguised performers and venues. If you’re a lover of hardboiled detective stories, you’ll be disappointed.

It’s hard for me tell if this book will fly outside the burlesque community. I recognize the cast of characters and (sadly) know all about the incident that sparked the writing. I found the whole thing rather cute, but I don’t know how it wil be received by someone without any knowledge of the burlesque scene.

Jonny Porkpie the author is not much different from Jonny Porkpie the character. You can decided for yourself if that’s a good thing. The book is amusing, firmly tongue in cheek (there’s an obvious joke there that I’m going ignore), and clearly a first novel. Airplane or beach reading.

And with this, I have 6 books left on the to-be-reviewed shelf (5 if I bat my lashes really hard and Scratch writes a guest review of Baggy Pants Comedy: Burlesque and the Oral Tradition).

Published in: on 27 June 2012 at 2:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

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