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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 Advocate.com. 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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June 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…


“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


Upcoming Events

  • Book Release Party
    Thu, Jun 02
    Pleasant Ridge Community Center
    Jun 02, 2022, 7:00 PM EDT
    Pleasant Ridge Community Center, 4 Ridge Rd, Pleasant Ridge, MI 48069, USA
    Meet the Author!


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