REVIEWS



Five Star Review - Another Dead Republican - amazon.com - "Once I started reading, I could not stop until I reached the end of this wonderfully engaging story! Now, if some other Republicans could be brought to justice for their misdeeds."



Five star review - Schooled in Murder - amazon.com - "Great series of mysteries, involving Tom and Scott, gay teacher and gay baseball pitcher. The author does a wonderful job of portraying the life of two gay men living together and facing life's problems. They do a great job of showing that two men can live happy and productive lives, free of the prejudice of others. You will enjoy this mystery very much.I would recommend any of Mark Richard Zubro to anyone as a great read."


Five star review - Everyone's Dead but Us - "I've read many books in this series. It's been just plain enjoyable. They're an easy read so you can just relax in the Tom and Scott world for several hours. It reminds me of the same kind of feeling, when I was young, as The Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, and others...more intense but really pleasurable!"


Five star review - File Under Dead - amazon.com - "Hadn't read a Zubro book since last spring and had forgotten why I love this writer. File Under Dead is just great. Reads well, stay's interesting, and characters are real. Strange not to have Scott involved in this book but Tom carries the day. Wish the killer was someone else, but oh well that's what a good mystery is all about. If you haven't read Zubro what are you waiting for? Order one of his stories on your Kindle."


Five star review - Here Comes the Corpse - amazon.com - "I strongly recommend this book as well as any other Tom and Scott mystery. Mark Richard Zubro always weaves a web of mystery that will keep you guessing right up until the end. And you would be hard pressed to find a more perfect example of gay heros."









San Francisco Bay Times on One Dead Drag Queen - "Edgy...tense storytelling...heart-wrenchingly realistic. The reader can't rip through the pages fast enough."










Mystery News on Are You Nuts? - "Are You Nuts?" had me guessing until the very end....Tom is an appealing, witty character."










Lambda Book Report on Rust on the Razor - "Zubro's greatest gift to the reader is the fluidity of pace and his flawless structure, which never loses balance. He also sprinkles the ride with lots of wit and self-deprecating camp humor...a truly enjoyable read."












Booklist on An Echo of Death - "As in Zubro's previous books, readers have both campy humor and an action -filled plot to keep them entertained. Highly recommended - this one's a good read in every sense of the word."

The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, MS, on An Echo of Death - "A breathless, headlong hurtle through a complex maze of danger and deceit. A stellar accomplishment."











Booklist on The Principal Cause of Death - "A delightful book that'll bring readers back, wanting other Zubro sleuthers."

Kirkus Reviews on The Principal Cause of Death - "The school politics are dead on and Tom and Scott have become the sort of interesting couple one might like to have over for dinner."



From Lambda Rising Book Report on The Only Good Priest - "Well plotted and satisfying, The Only Good Priest is a fine read indeed. Chicago itself comes alive as Tom and Scott pursue clues down darkened alleys, through abandoned buildings, and even into the inner chambers of the Chicago Archdiocese...Zubro takes the mystery genre farther than you might expect.

From the Windy City Times - "Zubro has written yet another fast-paced mystery, complete with well-rounded, likeable characters and an interesting plot. His writing is so crisp that The Only Good Priest is this month's pick."


Becky Twitchell













From the Clarion-Ledger Jackson, MS, On A Simple Suburban Murder - "Filled with complicated themes and emotions, this novel by Mark Zubro is one of the braver mysteries I've read in years. I applaud Mr. Zubro's audacity, his ambitio, and his talent. I think he deserves a medal."

Ed Devereux, Unabridged Bookstore - "I read A Simple Suburban Murder from cover to cover in one sitting. It is intriguing, fast paced, and above all entertaining. Zubro does for Chicago what Joseph Hansen has done for L.A. and Nathan Aldyne has done for Boston.

From Gay Chicago Magazine - Tom and his athlete-lover Scott are a gay Nnick and Nora charles of the '80s. A Simple Suburban Murder is highly recommended."

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Book fourteen in the Tom and Scott series.



Another Dead Republican is a mystery of familial destruction set in a world of violent intrigue and deadly ambition. A ringing phone in the middle of the night set Tom Mason and his lover, baseball player, Scott Carpenter on the trail of a vicious killer in a suburban enclave. Tom's brother-in-law has been murdered. Tom rushes to be with his beloved sister. The dead man was the son of the vicious Republican county that runs a county. The ruling cabal will stop at nothing to destroy people and lives that get in their way of accumulating more useless wealth. Idiocy and ideology and the destruction of kindness and caring, lead to death and destruction. Tom and Scott have to find the killer and put an end to the madness.

Book thirteen in the Tom and Scott series.

Tom Mason loathes the faculty meetings and knows that as bad as they are, they aren't fatal. Usually. Having had all he can take of the endless bickering, picking and factional disputes, he sneaks out of the meeting for a short break only to find the meeting over when he returns, the usual suspects having departed to the four winds. Having decided that this was a sign of his good fortune, he decides to see if the stockroom actually has the supplies he needs. What he finds there however is a trysting couple in the dark (one married, the other not) and, once the light is turned on, a dead body in the corner. The body is that of one of his colleagues who stormed out of the faculty meeting earlier, a blackboard eraser stuffed into her lifeless mouth. Having disappeared from the meeting at roughly the same time, Tom finds himself in the unwelcome position of prime suspect and with the help of his husband, former baseball player Scott Carpenter, he'll have to figure out who really killed the other teacher before the crime is pinned on him. He and Scott have to navigate among the mad, pointless power grabs in the school that lead to death and destruction.

Book twelve in the Tom and Scott series.


Tom Mason, a Chicago area high school teacher, recently made a public splash by marrying his long-term lover, professional baseball player Scott Carpenter.  After the hoopla surrounding Scott's public coming out and, of course, the marriage, the couple are in dire need of a quiet vacation -- somewhere far from the fans, the paparazzi and the general noise of Chicago. Escaping to the privately-held Aegean island of Korkasi -- a resort with twenty-two seperate villas for those desiring, and who can afford, absolute privacy. But first a building storm traps them -- and the others -- on the island, cutting them off entirely from the outside world.  Then the current owner of the island is found murdered, his body lying on the floor of Tom and Scott's villa. As the storm gathers strength and begins to ravage the island, the guests and employees are being killed off by a person or persons unknown. Trapped on the island with no hope of escape, Tom and Scott must uncover and stop the murderer before everyone dies.

Book eleven in the Tom and Scott series.

Chicago area high school teacher Tom Mason is finally guilted into volunteering a few hours a week at a local gay services clinic. Since he finds the bitter in-fighting at the organization to be intolerable, and the head of the clinic to be downright poisonous, Tom does his hours on early Saturday morning before anyone else arrives and avoids most of the office politics. His quiet Saturday goes quickly awry when Tom decides to tidy up the cramped, disordered office and file some of the teetering piles that are practically everywhere. Filing turns out to be a surprisingly gruesome task, however, when in one of the filing cabinet drawers Tom finds the severed head of the director of the clinic. The director, called Snarly Bitch behind his back because of his unpleasant demeanor, had a particularly long enemies' list and Tom himself is not particularly choked up about his untimely demise. With a long suspect list, a fairly indifferent police force, and the welfare of some of the clinic's youthful charges on the line, Tom himself must sort out the murder before an innocent takes the fall for this very unusual crime.

Book ten in the Tom and Scott series.


Chicago area high school teacher Tom Mason and his lover, professional baseball player Scott Carpenter have had a taxing year. After publicly coming out, Scott and Tom have had to deal with a firestorm of publicity, a major loss of privacy, a great outpouring of support and an equal number of cranks. Now, finally, they are going to do something that they've always wanted - get married in a service before their family and close friends. Despite the potential problems of such of an event, the ceremony comes off with nary a hitch. With the reception in full swing - with a guest list ranging from long-time family friends and co-workers to the cream of the social elite - Tom stumbles upon the corpse of the murdered ex-boyfriend in the bathroom. He's an old flame of Tom's who told him the last time he saw him that he, Tom, "Wasn't worth the trouble," of getting together with ever again. In addition to casting a ghastly pall across the proceedings, it puts Tom in the awkward position of being the prime suspect in the murder. If he's ever going to get to go on his long-planned honeymoon, Tom is going to have to uncover the truth behind the murder of this unwanted guest.

Book nine in the Tom and Scott series.


A series of three bombs destroy a local health clinic, killing many and injuring many others including high school teacher and clinic volunteer Tom Mason. While Tom is hospitalized, his lover, professional baseball player Scott Carpenter, begins to believe that Tom may have been the intended victim of the bombing. The third bomb was wired to Tom's truck, and Scott is receiving threatening letters saying that he's next. With a long suspect list and a mounting death toll, Scott must find the killer before the killer finds them.

Book eight in the Tom and Scott series.


The last thing that gay high school teacher Tom Mason needs in the new school year is turmoil. But a conservative parents' group, 'worried' about gay teachers corrupting the students, is attempting to take over the PTA. And it soon gets worse, one of the ringleaders of the parents' group is murdered in the high school after a very contentious PTA meeting, and Tom's best friend is arrested for the crime. Now to prove her innocence, Tom must hunt down the real killer.

Book seven in the Tom and Scott series.


Scott Carpenter, Chicago baseball player, and his lover, Tom Mason rush to rural Georgia to be by the side of Scott's father, who has just been stricken by a heart attack. There the two proud, openly gay men face the prejudice that too often exists in that part of the country. Once there, they discover that the locals are none too pleased to have them around. To make matters worse, the local sheriff turns up dead, in the back of their rental car, and the local officials can't imagine anyone they'd rather convict of the crime than the two of them

Book six in the Tom and Scott series.


Tom Mason and his lover, professional baseball player Scott Carpenter, find the body of Scott's former teammate in their condominium, forcing them into a deadly game of hide and seek.

Book five in the Tom and Scott series.


When schoolteacher Tom Mason is accused of killing the high school principal, Tom and his lover, Scott Carpenter, set out to catch the murderer and prove Tom's innocence.

Book four in the Tom and Scott series.


Someone has brutally murdered a kind and gentle priest who has been a great help to the gay community. Father Sebastian, the only good priest everybody knows, is dead. Pastor of a parish, Father Sebastian was also involved in the gay community through his work with Faith, the gay Catholic organization the diocese is trying to drive out of the church. High school teacher Tom Mason, who has gained some local notoriety from his involvement in a couple of murder cases, is asked by friends to look into the priest's death; was it murder? Along with his lover Scott Carpenter, a professional baseball player, Tom plunges into ecclesiastical intrigues, the hidden underground of gay Chicago and the tragedies caused by a hypocritical church.

Book three in the Tom and Scott series.


One would think teaching would be a quiet profession. But not in the Chicago suburbs. High school teacher Tom Mason learns that one of his students has been accused of killing his girlfriend. As a friend of the boy's family, Tom is asked to help clear him, and the more he probes, the more it seems that something sinister is going on in the usually quiet suburbs of Chicago. With the aid of his lover Scott Carpenter, a professional baseball player, the two set out to discover what really happened that night. In Tom's school the evil and rotten Becky Twitchell lives on as all the good people around her are mowed down. Tom has to find the real killer to stop the mayhem and madness.

Book two in the Tom and Scott series


Tom walks into his classroom on a dark, cold, grey November morning. Sitting in a desk in the back of the room is the dead body of one of his fellow teachers.

Book one in the Tom and Scott series.