Sex, drugs and kinky murder are always a powerful mix and Carl Patrick sprinkles sex of every persuasion throughout the fast-moving plot. Part sexy rom-com romp, part homage to Tales of the City, these tales of numerous characters take place across London, from dinner parties to dungeons. For a debut novel this is remarkably assured, great fun to read and we’re already waiting for the sequel. The Pink Paper **** (4 stars)
Doing exactly what it says on the cover, Carl Patrick’s follow-up to his delicious debut, Netherhall Gardens, his second book takes us on further adventures with the residents of the eponymous North London mansion block. Most of the book, which picks up literally the morning after the previous one finishes, focuses again on the hunky but inexperienced Mark, although how one man copes with the events thrown at him in the space of two weeks, let alone the amount of sex he seems to get, is anyone’s guess. There’s plenty of romping as Mark moves from couple to threesome to SM orgy, while somehow managing to maintain his alter-ego daytime job as an accountant. Meanwhile his neighbours and friends are dealing with millionaire mothers, caustic cats and murderous exes, although they all seem to find time to compare crises over copious tea and cake, when they’re not having wild sex of any and all varieties. Still the closest thing anyone has come to a British Tales of the City, this is another fun and sexy read from Carl Patrick. The Pink Paper **** (4 stars)
by The Pink Paper
Carl Patrick was born in Oxford and wrote his first novel whilst still at school about the rape of a fellow pupil. Whilst at University, he began to write a science fiction trilogy, which is yet to be finished. After graduating, he trained as a Chartered Accountant in the City of London where he remained for 15 years before moving to Brighton to set up his own business. Netherhall Gardens is his first contemporary gay novel and was published by Matador in 2008. Netherhall Gardens and Beyond is the long-awaited sequel and Carl is currently writing the third novel in the series.