In this mystery the protagonist and the detective are gay men and I found it interesting to see how that changed the usual dynamics of romance in a mystery. There are explicit sex scenes, so if that bothers you, you probably will want to skip this book. The setting is a writers' retreat and the satire about the writers is pretty funny. The narration was good.
I really wanted to love this book, but while it kept me listening to the end, it was really just okay. The mystery was pretty typical and more than engaging enough, as was the flavor of the writer's conference and wry commentary on publishing. The characters were okay, but behaved a bit nonsensically, which detracted from the story. The erotic moments were well written, but hard to fit within the flow of the story and not well supported by the characters' behavior.
If you're driven by teasing out the mystery and don't mind waiting for some nice juicy bits, you'll like this book. If you trip over unlikely human behavior, you might want to skip this one.
I gave the reader three stars because his work on most of the characters was only so-so, but it bears mentioning that I loved the voice he gave to the main character, and I enjoyed the stubborn, self-deprecating, strident protagonist. He was familiar, human, and fun.
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I love stories that keep you in the dark to who the actual killer is until the very end and this story does and does it perfectly!
I can't say that I was surprised but I definitely hadn't expected it. Great mystery, made even better with an excellent performance!
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.
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.
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 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.
It's more about what I didn't like about the story...neither of the main characters. And when I don't fall in love with the MCs, I just end up not particularly liking the entire story.
First time Chris and JX made love in Chris' room. Explosive.
I've never heard him before. I'd rate him above average, but not spectacular like Shannon Gunn.
No, it was difficult to finish.
I LOVE Josh Lanyon, but I am not fond of this series. Fatal Shadows (Adrien English Mysteries) is far better in my opinion, as is Fair Game and The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks.
I'd rate this book/story at 3-1/2 stars overall.
If the summary is good enough for me (and it is) there's no need for me to reiterate. I know I'll get disagreeing scoffs and head movements, but the Holmes and Moriarity series is probably my favorite out of everything I've read. Sure, I've read every flavor novel, especially mysteries (my favorite genre), but I've never read/listened to another as many times as I've listened to this series (even the well known Adrien English series I could only bring myself to read once for some reason). I've actually lost count as to the number of times I've picked up any format of this series to read, and yes I have the paperback, kindle and audible versions. Besides having a personality so similar to Christopher Holmes it's almost like an untrained eye comparing a yoshino and akebono blossom, the story itself drew me in and didn't let go.
Having read the kindle version first and then listened to the audio I can say that Kevin R. Free did an amazing job and made a great book even better.
People may say not to wish your life away, and I would normally agree, except there's a release date for the next installment of Holmes and Moriarity (December 15, 2017 at present). Now I can't help but to hope myself into dotage just that much faster.