Sandro Vasiliadis, a nurse at the Whidbey Island General Hospital, has died of an apparent heroin overdose. When his grieving mother bends over to kiss her son's corpse at the viewing, she shrieks, "That's not Sandro!" Convinced that her son must still be alive, Maria Vasiliadis hires Kyra Rachel and Noel Franklin to solve the mystery. With questions of foul play continuing to swirl around the death, the detectives' inquiries lead them deeper into Sandro's life and eventually to a medical clinic that specializes in transgendering.
The second in the Islands Investigations International Mystery series, Always Kiss the Corpse takes Kyra and Noel's investigation from the rush of Seattle to the seeming peace of the San Juan Islands in this thrilling page-turner. It's only once the detectives come to understand Sandro in life that they unlock the secret to his death. Also available in hardcover.close this panel
"Duncan and Szanto bring their A-game to this daring and complex novel."-Lou Allin, Crime Writers of Canada
"It's hard not to enjoy following along with the engaging investigative duo and the beautifully depicted Pacific Northwest setting in which they work."-MysteriousReviews.com
"Sweeps the reader along."-ReviewingTheEvidence.com
""For readers who have not thought about [gender identity] issues, this novel is an excellent introduction as well as being a gripping mystery."-The Times Colonistclose this panel