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An award-winning author and playwright, and screenwriter, Frank holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon and a BFA in Theatre from Wayne State. Published novels include BAND FAGS! (2008 "Best Fiction" - InsightOut Book Club), DRAMA QUEERS! (2009 Lambda Literary Award), REMEMBERING CHRISTMAS (featuring the sequel to BAND FAGS!), LOST IN THE '90s, and THE SPIRIT OF DETROIT.

Frank's plays ANOTHER DAY ON WILLOW ST and BFs! (based on his novel BAND FAGS!) have been produced in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, Omaha, and Annapolis. His other writing has been featured in Instinct magazine and online at The He has also been a regular contributor to the popular New York City lifestyle blog Kenneth in the 212.

Frank grew up in the Detroit suburb of Hazel Park and currently resides in Pleasant Ridge with his partner, Craig Bentley, and their two dogs, Clyde and Jack.

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On sale: May 23, 2023

Hart to Hart via HGTV, this fabulous new "quozy" (queer cozy) mystery series by award-winning author and playwright Frank Anthony Polito’s features a gay couple who solve crimes while renovating houses in suburban Detroit as part of their hit reality show Domestic Partners. Now, their foray into community theater proves a major risk thanks to some deadly improvisation . . .

Peter’s first play is having its world premiere at Pleasant Woods’s community theater. His handsome one and only, JP, has the lead. Rehearsals have begun. And New York City’s award-winning, hotshot helmer, Xander Sherwood Deva, is directing. Unfortunately the controlling, arrogant, poison-barbed, egomaniacal diva has everyone on edge. No wonder he finally pushes someone over it . . .

Xander is found strangled to death in the same extra-long, imported cashmere scarf he’s been brandishing like a boa ever since he arrived. In the name of making art he’s burned a lot of bridges and made a lot of enemies but which one wanted to bring down the curtain on him?

As they say in the theater: the show must go on. But not before amateur sleuths Peter and JP become Domestic Partners in Crime and try to solve this deadly real-life drama ahead of opening night.

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May 31, 2022

It’s Hart to Hart via HGTV in award-winning author and playwright Frank Anthony Polito’s fabulous new cozy mystery series featuring a gay couple who solve crimes while renovating houses in suburban Detroit as part of their hit reality show Domestic Partners.

Real-life domestic partners and stars and producers of the new hit reality home renovation show Domestic Partners, bestselling mystery author Peter “PJ” Penwell and actor JP Broadway are enjoying work and life in their sleepy Detroit suburb of Pleasant Woods—until a suspicious death makes an unscripted appearance…

After a successful first season of Domestic Partners chronicling the renovation of their historic Craftsman Colonial, Peter and JP are taking on a renovation of a local Tudor Revival inherited by identical twin brothers Terry and Tom Cash. But linoleum floors and a pink-tiled bathroom aren’t the only unwelcome surprises

awaiting inside the house…
Just as the show is set to start filming, Peter and JP discover Tom Cash dead at the foot of the house’s staircase. And when the police ruling changes from accidental death to homicide, the list of suspects grows fast. Could the killer be the crabby next-door-neighbor, the Realtor ex-boyfriend, the bartender ex-boyfriend, the other, much younger, ex-boyfriend, or even renovation-reluctant brother, Terry? And what’s that awful smell coming from the basement?

Now Peter’s mystery writer skills, and JP’s experience as the former star of a cop show, will be put to the test—as will their relationship while they uncover the secrets of the house and its owners. With a killer on the loose, this is one fixer upper that may prove deadly…


"The first Domestic Partners mystery is a winner—bring on more adventures in murder and home design."

Janet Webb via Criminal Element

"Renovated to Death by Frank Anthony Polito might just be the perfect cozy mystery."


"Playwright and novelist Polito’s (Drama Queers! ) new series is built on a solid foundation that consists of an eclectic cast of characters...a close-knit community setting in the form of a posh suburb of Detroit, and a leisurely paced plot with a killer twist."

Library Journal

"HGTV shows leave me completely cold, but even I think this book sounds like the coziest thing imaginable."

BookPage, Most Anticipated Mysteries of 2022


“A fast, fun read—with bonus renovating tips!”
—Laura Levine, author of Murder Gets a Makeover

“The fabulous and fun Domestic Partners in Crime in
this wildly entertaining new home makeover murder
mystery don’t cut corners on the laughs or suspense with
suspects coming out of the woodwork! You’ll want to
both love it and list it as your favorite new cozy series!”
—Lee Hollis, author of Death of an Ice Cream Scooper

“The real estate market is hot and so is Frank Anthony
Polito’s debut mystery, Renovated to Death. If you’re
addicted to HGTV, if you’ve dreamed of flipping a
house, or even if your DIY skills are limited to changing
a lightbulb, you’ll enjoy this trip to Pleasant Woods—
where no one’s ever been murdered, until now!”
—Leslie Meier, author of Easter Bonnet Murder

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