The Duo Ex Machina series tells the story of Frank and Milo – musicians who perform as Duo Ex Machina. It tells how their brushes with crime (and their brushes with fame) affect them as they navigate love, life and their careers.
The first novellas, Fly By Night and Sacrifice, were originally published as a single volume called Fly By Night by Homosapien Books in 2004.
Those stories have now been freshly edited and re-released in partnership with Clan Destine Press under the series banner Duo Ex Machina. More novellas are coming, initially posted in fortnightly chapters in my Patreon before their general release.
Number One Fan was released in May 2019, Kiss and Cry in early 2020 and Little Star to come, with covers by Willsin Rowe.
Duo Ex Machina hand made jewellery
If you love these stories, you might enjoy having a set of earrings inspired by Frank, Milo and Melbourne and made by me! Check out the Dangerous Charm store’s Duo Ex Machina range!
Ko-Fi Songwriting fundraiser
I am talking with Melbourne music producer, Joshua King, about turning the lyrics from the Duo Ex Machina books into songs. To raise funds to pay for production and Melbourne vocalists and musicians, I’ve started a Ko-Fi account. Every virtual coffee purchased in Ko-Fi will go towards this project. Visit the site to see lyrics, updates and song samples!
The Duo Ex Machina novellas
Duo Ex Machina Book 1: Fly By Night
It’s 1999. Indie musician Frank Capriano returns home to Perth for his mentor’s funeral. His Duo Ex Machina bandmate and boyfriend, Milo, is with him. Together they must contend with a friend in financial crisis, unwelcoming family, old jealousies and a smuggling ring. A missing persons case soon turns to murder, and Frank and Milo are caught in the middle.
‘These nicely paced stories combine appealing characters, mystery, social commentary and a touch of humour in a readable mixture that maintains the right balance between entertainment and reflection. Fresh and enjoyable, the book also makes an interesting change from the familiar, and usually predictable, mainstream crime-fiction offerings.’~ Jeff Popple, The Canberra Times, 4th April 2004 (on the original Homosapien release)
I love the sense of place and time that you got reading this, and I love the characters.~ Claudia, Goodreads
Duo Ex Machina Book 2: Sacrifice
Duo Ex Machina has a new album on the verge of storming the 2004 charts. Frank and Milo’s promotion tour in Melbourne is hijacked by a serial killer stalking gay men – one of them an old friend from Milo’s past. Juggling their heavy PR schedule with Milo’s hometown return and this sudden loss is bad enough. Finding out who the killer is – and his chosen final victim – will be so much worse.
Sacrifice threw me a couple curves I didn’t see coming! As in Fly by Night, it is impossible not to love Frank & Milo. Such terrifically crafted characters.~ Suzanne, Goodreads
A gripping mystery and a tender love story, with very well drawn characters.~ Deanathrae, Amazon
Duo Ex Machina Book 3: Number One Fan
Five years after a serial killer nearly put an end to Duo Ex Machina, Frank and Milo are still dealing with the aftermath, which includes a breakdown and the derailing of their career. But they’re still together, still in love, and still making music. A new album is out, and Frank is producing too, helping former pop princess Gabriella Valli relaunch her career.
Maybe this will be the comeback they’ve been looking for. Or it could be, if the mysterious letter-writing Number One Fan doesn’t turn out to be dangerous as well as obsessed.
This is my favourite book in the series… so far. And do you know what I liked more here? consequences! … I love how the suspense builds, how the events escalate, but I also adore Milo and Frank’s relationship, how lovely and difficult and real it is. I love how they are not perfect, how they make mistakes but that doesn’t stop them from keep trying.~ Claudia, Goodreads
Duo Ex Machina Book 4: Kiss and Cry
Set in 2014, Kiss and Cry sees musicians and life partners Frank Capriano and Milo Bertolone facing new challenges. Milo is taking part in a celebrity ice dancing show for charity; Frank is a busy music producer. They’re both working too hard and losing touch with the love that has kept them strong for so long. At the same time, some odd things are going on with other participants in Icing It! What new and unlooked-for danger threatens them now, and is it worse than the miserable estrangement they’re going through?
Duo Ex Machina Book 5: Little Star
Families can be thorny, especially when the closet’s full of skeletons.
It’s 2019, and Frank and Milo are realising a dream they only recently realised they had – fatherhood. But they’re not only gaining a daughter – they’re inheriting a some serious issues from little Lyra’s extended family. Milo is also discovering his own family history isn’t quite what he’s been told.
Parenthood. Always full of surprises…
This novella will be serialised on my Patreon from March 2020. Once completed there, it will be available for general sale.
Buy the Duo Ex Machina novellas:
|Book 1: Fly By Night||Book 2: Sacrifice|
|Fly By Night (Clan Destine Press)|
Fly By Night (Google Books)
Fly By Night (iTunes)
Fly By Night (Booktopia)
Fly By Night(Amazon US)
Fly By Night (Amazon Australia)
Fly By Night (Amazon UK)
Fly By Night (NookBook)
Fly By Night (Kobo)
|Sacrifice (Clan Destine Press)
Sacrifice (Google Books)
Sacrifice (Amazon US)
Sacrifice (Amazon Australia)
Sacrifice (Amazon UK)
|Book 3: Number One Fan||Book 4: Kiss and Cry|
|Number One Fan (Clan Destine Press)|
Number One Fan (Kobo)
Number One Fan (NookBook)
Number One Fan (iTunes)
Number One Fan (Google Books)
Number One Fan (Booktopia)
Number One Fan (Amazon US)
Number One Fan (Amazon UK)
Number One Fan (Amazon Australia)
|Kiss and Cry (Clan Destine Press)
Kiss and Cry (Google Play)
Kiss and Cry (Kobo)
Kiss and Cry (NookBook)
Kiss and Cry (iBooks)
Kiss and Cry (Amazon US)
Kiss and Cry (Amazon Australia)
Kiss and Cry (Amazon UK)
|Book 5: Little Star|
|coming late 2020|
This novella is currently being serialised on my Patreon.
Once completed, it will be available for general sale.
OR Pledge to my Patreon and get Fly By Night and its sequel Sacrifice as a welcome gift!
Fly By Night was nominated in the Ned Kelly Awards for the “Best First Crime Novel” in 2004. Fly By Night was also translated into Croatian under the name Zrtva. You may find a copy if you hunt around on the net!