I had to say goodbye to my wonderful kitty companion of over 15 years, Jellybean, in August 2014. However, she does appear as a supporting character in "Out of the Picture." I am donating my author's earnings from "Out of the Picture" to Kitty Cottage. You can find out about this great institution at kittycottage.org
Augustus Cileone won the Dark Oak Mystery Contest sponsored by Oak Tree Press, for the novel, A Lesson in Murder, about homicides associated with a Philadelphia Quaker school. His second novel, Feast or Famine, a satire, deals with a traumatized man dealing with his Catholic Italian American upbringing in the 1960's and 1970's. He has been honored for his writing by Annual Art Affair, Hidden River Arts, the annual Writer's Digest writing competition for two plays, The Philadelphia Writers' Conference, the Montgomery County Community College's Annual Writers' Club Poetry and Fiction Contest, Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards, and the Annual StoryPros International Screenplay Contest. His short stories appear in the anthologies entitled South Philly Fiction and Death Knell V, and in the literary periodical Schuylkill Valley Journal.
Augustus Cileone's current book is The Bigger Picture, a sequel to Out of the Picture. Both are mysteries for movie lovers. The Bigger Picture also deals with the sexual double standard and the problem of violence towards women. He won the Dark Oak Mystery Contest sponsored by Oak Tree Press, which published his first novel, A Lesson in Murder. His second novel, Feast or Famine, is about growing up as a South Philadelphia Catholic Italian American. He has been honored for his writing by Annual Art Affair, Hidden River Arts, the annual Writer's Digest writing competition, The Philadelphia Writers' Conference, the Montgomery County Community College's Annual Writers' Club Poetry and Fiction Contest, Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards, and the Annual StoryPros International Screenplay Contest. His short stories are included in Don Ron Books "South Philly Fiction," the Delaware Valley Chapter of Sisters in Crime's "Death Knell V," and the Schuylkill Valley Journal. His film blog, My Meaningful Movies, analyzes various motion pictures weekly, and he is a contributor to the film site ScreenPrism.com
5.0 out of 5 starsUnique Murder Mystery
August 2, 2015Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
As someone who has worked as a professor for many years, I can say the author has captured the academic environment of the book realistically. I rarely come across a mystery whose backdrop is academia, so this was a refreshing change from the usual, whatever the usual is. He is clearly an astutely literary and brainy person, and it shows most vividly through his characters, especially through the primary character, Vince Singleton, the literature teacher. He interweaves literature and film throughout the story line, which makes for an interesting and particularly intellectual murder mystery; something that to me is seldom seen in this genre.
5.0 out of 5 starsMysteries and Old Movies: the Perfect Combination.
July 16, 2015Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Out of The Picture is the perfect read for anyone who loves mysteries and old movies. A father and daughter who are recovering from the tragic loss of their wife/mother, a group of college students who study old movies, and a series of crimes with links to classic noir films - who could ask for more? Cileone keeps the suspense level high and introduces a cast of characters worthy of the genre they study. There are numerous references to films, some of which I recognized and some I didn't. They make this mystery unique - and a pleasure to read.
5.0 out of 5 starsI thoroughly enjoyed this murder mystery
February 28, 2015Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed this murder mystery. The main character, Vince, has such problems of his own, and yet he's compelled to help solve the mystery for his daughter's safety and that of the university community at large. The book is very cleverly written. I especially liked the connection to the Philadelphia area, to films, and to animals.
4.0 out of 5 starsThis familiarity added to my enjoyment of this unique mystery
March 17, 2015Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
The setting was a pleasant surprise as it was set in my own area. This familiarity added to my enjoyment of this unique mystery. A delightful read!
5.0 out of 5 starsLights, Cameras, Action...
March 23, 2015Format: Kindle Edition
There were so many things about this book I enjoyed; the Italian pastries, the food, and the movie references, all of which just helped with the character development, which was excellent. Then there was the mystery itself. The slow build up was intriguing and made it difficult to identify the killer; the mystery of Vince's past traumatic experience provided an additional element of interest. Once the clues started fitting together, the pace of the book really picked up and the race to stop the killer was on. I was intrigued by the ending and won't give anything away to future readers...let's just say it ended with a resolution and something to think about...for awhile.
5.0 out of 5 starsMovie Trivia and Animal Rights Activists play role in murder mystery.
July 12, 2015Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Nothing can go wrong in the close-knit community surrounding Philadelphia Sacred Covenant University in North Philadelphia, USA or can it?
Vince Singleton is retired, but works 3 days a week teaching in the English Department and his co-worker Gina Alimentare makes it bearable with her Italian American homemade cannoli, rum cake, or ricotta cheese cake just to name a few. Even though they have a good working relationship where humor is battered about, Vince just isn’t himself some days and gets under Gina’s skin “What’s the matter with you?” demanded Gina. “Is your crazy barometer reading high today? You know, Patterson asked me to make allowances for your weirdness, but, sometimes you can be annoying as hell.”
Well-developed characters surround Vince Singleton and his daughter Hope. Post-traumatic stress is just one complication Vince faces since the death of his wife Jewel. When his long time college buddy who encouraged and helped him land his teaching position is murdered even his ongoing therapy sessions with Dr. Michael Probst don’t stop the panic attacks.
Vince finds solace with his furry cat friend named Jellybean, as he is compelled as a film enthusiast to get involved in the murder mystery when the clues tie into movie trivia. The pressure is mounting to find this killer before next victim is found dead.
Do the animal rights activists play a role in this evolving mystery?
Cold Coffee Press endorses ‘Out Of The Picture’ by Augustus M. Cileone for the artful writing style that draws the reader into the murder mystery and keeps the reader guessing until the end. This book was given to us to review in a Kindle/PDF. The review was completed on July 12, 2015. For more information please visit Cold Coffee Press.
5.0 out of 5 starsI feel like the characters of Vince
June 21, 2018Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I feel like the characters of Vince, Gina, Hope, and little Jellybean are my friends. The book is a great summer beach read, with lots of interesting movie references and analyses. The references to Italian food and the local landmarks brought back warm memories of my grandmother and of living in Philadelphia. An entertaining and thought provoking murder mystery.
4.0 out of 5 starsGood read
December 23, 2018Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Augustus Cileone is a talented writer with a strong and knowledgeable interest in film which he incorporates into his mystery stories. Enjoyable read.
5.0 out of 5 starsMurder and Movies
June 15, 2018Format: Paperback
Gus Cileone's newest novel, The Bigger Picture, picks up the story of Vince Singleton and the rest of the cast of characters introduced in his previous book The Big Picture. Along with the fun of the movie references, and the banter between the characters as they try to top one another with movie quotes, The Bigger Picture is an intriguing murder mystery. Or to be more accurate, it is two murder mysteries. Vince has become more or less successful in dealing with the PTSD symptoms he experienced after the shooting death of his wife Jewel, which was ruled an accident. Or was it? Just as Vince begins to teach a non-credit course on femme fatale characters in films, a woman is brutally murdered. And the murderer leaves behind clues related to movies that draw Vince into the case with the police. Additionally, the murderer threatens harm to Vince's daughter Hope and his girl friend Gina if he is unable to decipher the clues and prevent the next murder.
Author Cileone skillfully tells a murder story, with compelling characters in an authentic Philadelphia setting, while entertaining (and educating in my case) the reader with playful dialog full of movie lines and references. Along the way, he keeps the reader interested in Vince Singleton and his circle of film buffs, and events that shed light on the death of Vince's wife. The main character's love of cats even gets in on the act with several quoted lines from The Truth about Cats and Dogs. The Bigger Picture is an engaging and entertaining novel.