Happy Pride Month! We’re celebrating by being gay and doing crime. We mean… reading books about being gay and doing crime. But because we’re Tor, and we do it all with an SFF twist!
Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell
Look. Sometimes, to solve the big crimes, you need to commit a few smaller, more fun crimes. Kiem and Jainan, our two favorite space princes, need to solve a murder as they fall into mutual pining (despite being married) and that means things like hacking databases and a little bit of light breaking and entering.
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
Linus works for Extremely Upper Management, and they have a lot of rules. One of the most important is “Do Not Form Attachments”. But that’s pretty hard when you’re soft and gay and you end up on a private island with the mysterious Arthur Parnassus and the cabal of terrifying but adorable children with supernatural powers he looks after.
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
The crime is mostly implied, but theres a whole lot of spontaneous duels, breaking and entering, and murder. We heartily endorse this first in series featuring lesbian necromancers in a haunted space castle.
Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha
Bisexual mercenary librarians committing crimes against the state? Sign us up. We’re all for fighting corrupt governments, stealing clones, and distributing information to the masses.
She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
Few people on this list frighten us as much as Zhu Chongba, the titular heroine of She Who Became the Sun. She’s willing to do an awful lot of crime to achieve greatness. Plus she did steal her brother’s identity to masquerade as a man and join the rebellion against the Khans.
The Unspoken Name by A. K. Larkwood
Sedition, assassination, a little bit of forbidden necromancy, stealing sacrifices from gods– you name the crimes, Cswore, her girlfriend and her garbage frenemy Tal are ready. It’s epic fantasy, so it features one of our favorite gay crimes: Fighting god.
Witchmark by C. L. Polk
Miles is on the lam, trying to escape his legislated fate of being used as a magical battery. But he’ll break more laws in his quest to solve a murder, romance a handsome angel, and expose the rotten core of his post-WWI England inspired society.
To protect a sacred object, a nun will become a thief. Not only are there many gay crimes, but there’s another of our favorite Queer lit tropes: Found Family.
Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson
Set in gritty alt-history Harlem, the crime in Trouble the Saints is organized! Phyllis LeBlanc is a bisexual assassin, hired to keep the Manhattan underworld in line. Trouble is both a magical love story and a compelling exploration of race in America at the dawn of World War II. And there are also knives. A lot of knives.