Kit Holmes is a writer stuck in a rut, and being put out to pasture by his publishing house, while XJ Moriarity is a best selling writer on the uphill climb to fame, they meet (again) at a writers retreat in the back woods of California. Unfortunately for Kit, he stumbles upon a dead body before he even checks in. All eyes turn on him, and the body count rises.
When I first read this book, I did not like Kit. His was the only lead character from Josh Lanyon that I didn't find charming. All that has changed now that I have heard Kevin R. Free narrate him. What in reading seemed to me as whining, comes across as acerbic and self-depreciating (as Josh intended) when spoken.
I just wish whoever was editing Josh Lanyon would ask for more out of him. This story had unrealized potential. What did JX see in our boy Holmes to keep him devoted after so much? Cause all I heard was that he was a self centered jerk. We needed more from the relationship perspective. The mystery was a well-plotted standard cozy, so no complaints there. I just wanted more out of the relationship.
Series/Standalone: book 1
Book Format: audio
Relatable characters: yes
Violence: not really
Ratio of sex/plot: equal/more plot
Well written/editor needed: well written
Would I re-read?: Yes
Personal thoughts: I read the print book years ago and liked it well enough, but for some reason, I enjoyed this even more in audio. The narrator is perfect for the MC and all the other characters.
This was essentially chick-lit with gay guys. The cutesy style and formulaic plot were evident from the beginning, but I kept going thinking that it HAD to get better. It didn't.
I've only recently begun listening to ebooks and I am becoming hooked. I find that I really love listening to stories when driving. I think that I now prefer this to music.
I've been a Josh Lanyon fan for a long time and have all of his books as ebooks and I own quite a few of them as paperbacks as well.
I finished listening to 'Somebody killed his editor' and I loved it. Kevin R Free was an excellent choice as narrator as Josh's writing has always had an element of humour and Mr Free brings this to the fore easily.
I definitely recommend this audiobook.
Some readers will want to know that in advance that gay sex is a rather large part of this book. Main character behaves fairly stupidly on a regular basis, but is also rather endearing--would have been more believable as an adolescent than as a middle-aged man.
It is in the upper third. I've listened to audiobooks for 15 years, so that is pretty good.
JX Moriarity's character intrigued and delighted me. He is both a protagonist and antagonist in portions of the story that gave him a three dimensional quality. Mr. Lanyon is a talented character writer, who depicts characters from the inside-out without needing the characters to over dialogue their feelings.
The "drawing room" reveal of the solution to the mystery -- many mysteries don't bother with the Agatha Christie moment anymore.
The moment JX revealed that Kit broke his heart.
This is an excellent mystery. I am a Josh Lanyon fan with this book.
Anyone into gay/lesbian fiction
Mysteries no, but I'll be far more careful in future about what I buy during a bogo. Books should be clearly labeled so that those who don't want this type of book, don't get it by accident, thinking its just a normal mystery
Performance was fine. I might even enjoy the reader in a different setting.
Didn't get past chapter two when the main character started talking about his ex? I turned it off at that point.
Please make sure books are clearly labeled so that unsuspecting buyers don't get a surprise over what they've inadvertently purchased.
The story was a cute twist on fireside mysteries, well performed and wittily written in parts. However, the sex scenes were so graphic, I felt as if I was intruding into their privacy and just wanted to tip-toe away and leave them to it. These scenes were so vivid they completely overwhelmed the story for me and drowned out the humor (no pun intended).
I also bought it in the recent BOGO sale. The description in the pop up should have listed the "gay erotic content" notice. I didn't care for the book before I got to the "gay erotic content". Boring and long winded.