Troubador Painted Ladies

Released: 01/09/2013

ISBN: 9781783060689

eISBN: 9781783069552

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Painted Ladies

A Jasmine Frame Story


Jasmine Frame was scared of knives when she was a policeman. Now she finds herself on the trail of a knife killer. But it’s not just her skin that is in danger, her identity as a woman is under threat.

Short of work, Private Investigator Jasmine Frame eagerly responds to a request to help identify a transvestite murder victim. Having done so, Jasmine is desperate to remain involved in the case despite friction with her former boss DCI Sloane. She persuades her ex-colleague DS Tom Shepherd to accompany her to Butterflies, a transgender social group to help build a picture of the victim. Following the meeting another of the members is murdered.

Jasmine is asked to act as a decoy to draw the “tranny killer” to a meeting in a pub. Jasmine is torn as she has to go against her instinct as a pre-op transsexual to remain hidden. What response will she get dressed as a flamboyant drag queen? Will it be enough to draw the killer into the trap or is Jasmine just putting her own sense of identity to the test? What will be the killer’s next move?

Painted Ladies is a crime thriller which poses questions about gender swapping. Jasmine Frame has her own life to sort out as well as a murder to solve.

Amazon Review: Simon Whaley

Painted Ladies is a crime novel with an engaging protagonist. As an ex-police officer, now private investigator, Jasmine Frame is trying to establish herself in her new career, whilst also coping with her own challenges in life about who she really is. This is made more difficult when a great opportunity arises to further her career, which has the potential to compromise her desires to challenge people's stereotypical views of transvestites and transgender issues. This works really well as a crime novel, right to the end, and it would make a good novel for a book group to read and discuss. I look forward to seeing the next Jasmine Frame crime novel.

For more information about my writings and about Jasmine Frame please go to my blog at the address below.

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Uniquely devised characters and plot. While not the subject matter for everyone, it does present challenges and character development in an enjoyable manner. Quite well done for a debut novel with considerable potential for more.


The first thing I will say about this one is it had a truly intriguing protagonist. Jasmine Frame is transgender, looking to be accepted in more ways than one, firstly as a woman and then as an investigator...its a premise I havent read before and it made it a very absorbing read. I'll be totally honest - I know nothing about this subject at all, but by the end of the novel I had come to a better understanding of the issues that can be face
P.R.Ellis has done a good job of creating a story with a good mystery element that also allows the reader to be educated - it IS a gripping thriller. Jasmine is tracking a killer - and to do so she is asked to do some things that go against her better judgement and what she is trying to achieve....and there are some tough decisions ahead.
Its a bit difficult to review this WELL without spoiling the heart of the story...the characters are well drawn and it is one that will keep you reading. Whilst not my favourite of my latest mystery reading it was certainly unique. And I would recommend it for lovers of the genre who want to get in at the start of what may well end up being a great series.


I was a little sceptical about this ebook given the transsexual content. But it is a really well written thriller, which educates the reader as to the differences between transvestites and transsexuals. A really good debut!


P.I. Jasmine Frame is on the trail of a killer. She has helped identify the body of a transvestite and now asks her former boss on the police force to be let in on the investigation. She goes undercover as a drag queen hoping to catch a killer. Her life and her identity as a woman are both in jeopardy Based on the authors own experiences, this book combines a spine chilling mystery with the little understood world of transgender people


The story line is more than just your regular ex-cop working with the police to solve a gruesome murder case. The author PR Ellis takes you into the life of a transgender trying to establish her new identity as first and foremost a women and then an investigator. As first in the series you get some of Jasmine Frame's history but it is necessary to set the scene and establish the relationships with her ex colleagues. We are also educated as to the clear differences between transgender and transvestism and the trials they endure to gain acceptance. The book could well have been written for a TV series ( no pun intended ) as it has that feel, nether the less it is an exciting and gripping thriller especially for a debut.


I have very little knowledge about the lives of transgender or transvestites and found
the information given was just at the right level necessary to inform without being
puerile. Jasmine is a very engaging character, well written and believable. Her emotions and feelings are central to the book and, I hope, will shed light on a situation that cannot be easy to accept and live with in face of everyday prejudice. However, this is a crime novel and stands on its own as such. I found it a page turner and really enjoyed reading it. It is the first novel in a sequence featuring Jasmine Frame and I am looking forward to reading the next.

by Suki White for Eurocrime

P R Ellis

I retired a short while ago from a career in science teaching, so can now write full-time.

Painted Ladies is the first, full length, Jasmine Frame story. The second novel Bodies By Design is now available published by ellifont along with a noivella called Discovering Jasmine. Go to for details.

I'm happily married and living in Herefordshire. Previously, I spent thirteen years living and working in the Newbury area which is the setting for the Jasmine Frame stories. Like Jasmine I am transgendered but, unlike her, not planning on transitioning.

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