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Tony Mandolin Mystery
1 : A Slight Case of Death

by Robert Lee Beers
Aug 14, 2017
5 Hours
Ages 18+
Vampires don't exist, do they? That is a question Private Detective Tony Mandolin finds himself pondering as the evidence piles up in a case involving a string of dead redheads and the usual dose of weirdness San Francisco has to offer.

To complicate things, Mandolin has to deal with the perception that he has become the latest golden boy of the fog city's crime boss. Then there's his cross-dressing friend Frankie...Just another day in San Francisco.

Dive into an exhilarating new noir fantasy series where nothing is as it seems.

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Director & Cast

Director Bradley Foster Smith
Starring Bradley Smith as Tony Mandolin, Elliot Dash as Frankie, Patrick Bussink as Monahan, Matthew Keenan as Willit and Richard Rohan as Simon. With Andy Clemence, Jason B. Macintosh, Michael Glenn, Gregory Linington, Dawn Ursula, Jacob Yeh, Tia Shearer, Kimberly Gilbert, Nora Achrati, Andy Brownstein, Terence Aselford, Chris Stinson, David Jourdan, Zeke Alton, James Konicek, Yasmin Tuazon, Ken Jackson, Scott McCormick, Rose Elizabeth Supan, Nanette Savard, Colleen Delany, Matthew Pauli and Michael John Casey
Book Adapted for GraphicAudio by Eric Messner
Dialogue Editors Casey Green
Sound Designers Casey Green
Cover Illustrator Jahbulani Ori
Producers Richard Rohan, Duane Beeman and Matt Webb
Executive Producer Anji Cornette


A Slight Case of Death by J (Posted on 2/24/2019)
Another entertaining GraphicAudio presentation! The Tony Mandolin series is a fun combination of detective noir with supernatural elements. The story takes place in modern San Francisco, but the character acts old-school, which contributes both to the detective noir genre and the fun story telling. Bradley Smith does a fantastic job of capturing Tony's snarky character. I also enjoyed Elliot Dash as Frankie. The love-hate relationship with the local police department AND the mob add even more layers to this tale.
A Solid Series of Film Noir with a Supernatural Twist! by Brent (Posted on 12/15/2017)
I’ve always been a fan of old time radio shows. X-1, Jack Benny, Lux Theatre, Stan Freberg, etc. I also enjoy audiobooks. So it should come to no surprise that I’m a fan of Graphic Audio. I’m also a big fan of the Tony Mandolin Mysteries. I had to check out the GA production of A Slight Case of Death. Boy, oh boy, was it a delightful treat!

A Slight Case of Death is our introduction to the seedy world of Tony Mandolin, and the detective’s introduction to a world that’s larger than our own. If you take Supernatural, or Dresden, or heck even John Constantine, and you mash ‘em with a hard-boiled film noir detective with a hefty helping of a San Francisco setting, you get Robert Lee Beers’ Mandolin Mystery series.

In this first outing, Mandolin has already earned a reputation for ‘finding things’ and getting the job done, and being a thorn in the police department’s side. He also has a rep for being somewhat of a snarky, pain in the ass. It’s one of his finer qualities.

The story is smooth, with a few red herrings to keep you guessing. There is a bit of a jar when Mandolin jumps from normal detective, to, ‘what the hell is that?’ Detective, but at the same time, it’s a rude awakening for Mandolin; might as well be a shock to us, even when we know it’s coming. But within the context of San Francisco, where the city is alive and vibrant with people of all stripes, is it so much of a surprise to see the supernatural?

As with any Graphic Audio production, the book is narrated (excellently, by the way) with a full cast of voice-actors, sound effects, and music. The actors are amazing. My favorite is Pat Monahan (Patrick Bussink), upstaging even the lead (Bradley Smith) when the two share scenes – or is it the pair perfectly playing off one another? In any case, everyone was great. I kept seeing Keenan Thompson from Saturday Night Live in the role of the cross-dressing Frankie (Eliot Dash).

I’m looking forward to Graphic Audio making their way through the nine books (which you can pick up on Kindle) and I’ll be picking up Mama Mandolin’s Baby Boy’s next Graphic Audio adventure as soon as I can.
Timeless Mystery Noir with Fantasy by Scott (Posted on 11/27/2017)
This is a character can be mistaken from coming from an old black and white detective film. But from what I picked up from other environmental clues in the story this is actually taking place in a modern setting, the main character just lives like he is in the past, no cell phone and other things. He also talks like that. For a while I thought I had made a mistake in the purchase since it seemed like this was a straight mystery and nothing certain about anything doing with the supernatural being real. It is but it was near the end of the book before we know fur sure. Well worth the purchase I got it during the sale during October.
Brilliant! by Christopher (Posted on 9/15/2017)
I've been meaning to read this book for a while, and hearing there was an audio version gave me the excuse to make the leap. I'm so glad I did!

Immediately after finishing the audiobook I went out and purchased the next ebook (since book 2's audio isn't finished.) I'm hooked! The characters are great, the mysteries are compelling, and the humor is awesome.
Good mystery, but with serious issues by Amy (Posted on 9/11/2017)
This was an excellent mystery. I love a good genre mashup, and this was a new addition. I loved Tony's voice, and some of his observations were hilarious. I loved seeing the mystery through til the end.

However, there was a glaring issue. Let's just say that this doesn't feel like an LGBTQ friendly book. Now, that might be part of the story and characters, but it REALLY bothered me, especially when Frankie was my favorite character. I hope this lets up in future books, because I would love to continue this series.

The acting was top notch as usual.
Sam Spade in the 21st Century by Michael (Posted on 9/8/2017)
Take the best of what you like in the old paperback detective novels, make the detective a little bit more hard case and you will have a pretty good idea of what the GA audiobook is like.

For me, it started a little slowly, but quickly pulled me into Tony Mandolin's world, and kept my attention.

Frankie is a fun character, and hope he shows up in book 2!
Absolutely superb by Robert (Posted on 8/31/2017)
The feeling of a noir film comes through beautifully and the characterizations are what I had in mind right down to the supporting cast. I have to say that the characters of Frankie and Simon each stood out mostly because both parts are the hardest, the sidekick and the villain. Kudos to the director and whoever did the casting. That scene where Frankie is spraying the vampires with his super soaker was priceless. I almost choked I was laughing so hard!

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