Visually Impaired Readers Can Now Fully Enjoy Blind Lesbian Detective Series

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By Richard Horgan Comment

There’s so much going on here, it’s hard to know where to start. Diane Anderson-Minshall, executive editor of The Advocate, and her husband Jacob, started out as a lesbian couple. They are currently working on a memoir titled Queerly Beloved, about their 22 years together including eight with Jacob as a successfully transgendered male.

The married duo have also co-authored a trio of San Francisco mystery novels featuring a blind lesbian detective protagonist. For years, visually impaired readers have been asking for audiobook versions and these are now finally available via audible.com for $7.49 each, with narration by actress Aiko Nakasone.

The installment Blind Curves, for example, starts with the discovery of the body of a murdered lesbian magazine publisher. The prime suspect, Velvet Erikson, a reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle, hires said private investigator (and former lover) Yoshi Yakamoto to help clear her name. Here’s how Audible editor-at-large Susie Bright describes the three-book “Blind Eye” series:

“It’s like Veronica Mars meets San Francisco meets lesbians… The novels poke fun at lesbian clichés, while at the same time pulling you in with authentic drama.”

“As a San Francisco diehard, I loved that every alley, neighborhood and park were ones that I knew well. I swore I’ve encountered her characters in real life.”

Ms. Anderson-Minshall’s other audible.com title, Punishment With Kisses ($19.95), is a “modern queer send-up” of the 1982 book by William Bayer, Punish Me With Kisses.