Summer's End (Professionals zine)

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Title: Summer's End
Publisher: Deathless Pros Press
Author(s): (Alexfandra)
Cover Artist(s): Suzan Lovett
Date(s): January 1995
Medium: print
Fandom: Professionals
Language: English
External Links: The Professionals Circuit Archive - Summer's End, Archived version
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cover by Suzan Lovett, full-sized image here

Summer's End is a 135-page (72,000 words) slash Professionals novel by (Alexfandra).

a 1994 flyer

It was a STIFFIE Award nominee for Best Pros Novel of 1995.

This zine contains no interior art.


Summary from On the Double:
A novel of mystery and romance... Cowley sends Bodie and Doyle to Cornwell to investigate the murder of an ex-colleague. While there, they discover a centuries-old smuggling mystery, an island castle with a buried secret, and a great many truths about each other and their future.

Reactions and Reviews

Having put this fic down every time I came across the word "muffler" on the first page, I finally decided to persevere, and I'm so glad that I did! I really like this! There's a bit of a mystery, a bit of angst - it's set post-Discovered In A Graveyard, when Doyle is only just returned as fit to duty - and the perfect amount of slash for my mood right now. There were hardly any Americanisms really (although one of the original characters didn't seem very English, never mind Cornish to me!) after that initial "muffler", and certainly nothing that upset me enough to stop reading. I'm kicking myself for not getting past it months ago, I would have had many happy re-reads ahead of me! At least I do now... I definitely recommend this one! [1]
I've loved every Pros story of Alexandra's that I've read, but this sticks out a bit more for me. It's long -- it was a zine novel -- and case-based, set a year after Doyle was shot in the heart in Discovered in a Graveyard. The original characters are well-drawn and believable, the case is interesting, and the relationship between Bodie and Doyle weaves in and out of the case, developing at its own speed. It's a first-time story that lets you feel just how deep the relationship between Bodie and Doyle has been, and how naturally it moves further -- not without a few bumps and uncertainties, but steadily and solidly. Wonderful stuff. [2]


  1. ^ March 2007, byslantedlight
  2. ^ Fic Recs, The Professionals, by Arduinna, 2005