I’m very proud, and it’s an honour beyond belief, to announce that the French version of my first novel, “The Stuffed Coffin” (its original title being “Le cercueil farci”) has won the French award of Best Gay Murder Mystery 2019, the prestigious Prix du roman policier—Prix du roman gay 2019. The official ceremony has taken place last Saturday, November 9, 2019, at the Paris LGBT Centre. 160 books have entered the list, eighty of which have been shortlisted by last June. Then the jury, which comprises writers, reviewers, literary critics, bloggers, readers, booksellers, and publishers from France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Canada, have made up their minds and delivered twenty awards ranging from Best Poetry Collection to Best Romance, Best Biography, and Best Essay. For those interested, the complete list can be found here.
I have assisted the ceremony together with my Significant Other and was forced to deliver a Thank you-speech (ugh!), which was a somewhat stressful exercice as I hadn’t prepared a single word (that’s me in a nutshell, by the way). At least, I had the wits to dedicate my award to two persons: to said Significant Other, of course, for his being so very patient when all he sees, on a Saturday or Sunday, is my head fixed on my computer screen while my fingers are flying over the keys of my keyboard; and to my late father, who left us way too early, not even sixty, and who, I know, would have been so exceedingly proud of me. He’s always believed in the best of people; both he, my mother, and my sister have always loved me, no matter what, and have supported me in good times and in bad times. Now, he’s gone, and we all miss him dearly.
Anyway, for those of you who might want to read the book, I have translated it into English and German, and it’s available in both Kindle- and paperback-format. My dear fellow reviewer CrabbyPatty has even read and reviewed it on this site (click here). If you enjoy it, please consider leaving a review or a short note on Goodreads, on your blog, or on social media. We self-published authors often don’t have other means to make our work known and always appreciate feedback of any kind.
Title: The Stuffed Coffin
Author: Dieter Moitzi
Release Date: January 6, 2019
Genre(s): Murder Mystery, Amateur Sleuth
Page Count: 322
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Winner of the Prix du roman policier – Prix du roman gay 2019 in France!
After breaking up with his boyfriend, Damien Drechsler needs a holiday. The Greek village of Levkos seems like the perfect place to go—dozy, sunny, bucolic, with lonely beaches and little bars where he can drown his sorrows.
But the very first night, Damien meets Nikos, a dashing young man, who makes his heart beat faster all of a sudden. Then, he is almost run over by a reckless driver. The next day he learns that an old man has been killed in a suspicious-looking car accident only minutes after his own misadventure.
From then on, everything seems to go wrong. A well-endowed nudist tries to seduce him; a handsome lad sets off a misunderstanding with far-reaching consequences; and last but not least, Damien starts to fall for Nikos. Worse, a tourist dies in the hotel swimming pool although she seemed in perfect health the day before. Another accident? Or could it be… murder?
Intrigued, Damien tries to unravel the odd puzzles he has stumbled upon. But what with the bellicose police inspector he has to deal with, the sudden disappearance of a sports activity leader, and Nikos who drops him just when he starts to feel hope again, he suddenly has more questions than answers… Could it be that the “Happily Ever After” existed only in fairy tales?
Keywords: gay romance, amateur sleuth, murder mystery, Greece, holiday, love, M/M, Prix du roman policier – Prix du roman gay 2019