I loved the research that went into this book. It effortlessly educates the reader into a dark world of cults and ritual killings that paints the best milieu of the series.
I don't read enough books involving the occult that to compare it to.
Adrien's visit to Angus home and the discovery of the ...
This one did not make me cry. "Dark Tide" did.
One of the best in the series.
"The 9th Man" is a sophomore slump as the second Dick Hardesty mystery. While the writing is crisp, the mystery's structure is frustrating and its character development is not strong. This second installment lacks the imagination and expertise that gave the "The Butcher's Son" depth and interest. For example, in the first novel, the main character exhibited a cleverness and ability in public relations and politics that held my attention. However, in the "9th Man", private investigator Hardesty is so far behind the murderer(s) that Mr. Grey jeopardizes faith in the his detective. I'm hoping that "The Bar Watcher" will be a rebound.
Although Mr. Lanyon has written that he tires of writing novel length mysteries, I can only hope that the fire will reignite. I've read 80% of Mr. Lanyon's work and prefer his Adrien English and Holmes and Moriarity novels best. It's the traditionalist in me. Short stories are fine literary mediums, but I prefer to work the little gray cells in my own head at the same time his detectives work their's. "The Boy with the Painful Tattoo" is written in the first person through the eyes of mystery writer Christopher Holmes. Mr. Lanyon steps into his character's voice with confidence even though he has not written a book in the series for four years. There is a paucity of developed characters which makes for a small suspect list, but the identity of the murderer or murderers is not obvious. The San Francisco back drop is a nice milieu that gives a Hitchcockian "Vertigo" noir-flair to the story. Although this is gay fiction set in San Francisco, the Castro never appears. Perhaps Mr. Lanyon was attempting to avoid the cliché. I bought the e-book and the audiobook and found them both to be good reads and good listening. This is the fifth book I purchased that has been narrated by Kevin R. Free and he does his usual fine job. The cameo contained in this book was a very nice treat. I recommend this book and the entire series to your kind attention.
The author and narrator imbue a charm and wit to every sentence. Alexander's facility with language and Mr. Northton's ability to convey elegant wit with bite are a dynamic combination. While the plot is over-the-top, it is easy to forgive because of the beauty of the language and colorfulness of the characters.
The beginning of the book when Detective Glass sees the bunny slippers on Peter sets a tone that rings true throughout the entire book.
It's excellent. I wish he would narrate more. His easy vocal charm and ability to realize different characters with his voice make me hope that he'll narrate other audiobooks.
Bunny Slippers & Murder
This was a very enjoyable surprise from a first time author.
All 5 of the Andrien English mystery/romances rank among my top 20 favorite audiobooks.
The second murder by the person in the skull mask was daring and well-paced.
Mr. Patton brings a clear personality to each of the characters based on the verbal cues written by Lanyon.
I enjoyed the Hollywood setting. It was glamorous and fascinating with sociopaths.
Mr. Patton has an unparalleled ability to differentiate characters.
Yes. Josh Lanyon's prose is so good, and his ability to weave trivia and facts and romance is unmatched in my opinion.
Jake Riordan: a fascinatingly complex character.
Great American Novel.
Jake Riordan is more fully fleshed out in this latest whodunit/romance by Josh Lanyon -- an author whose prose is as clean and refreshing as sierra spring water. Through the intricately plotted mystery, Jake's inner-life of turmoil is cleverly revealed without breaking the character's penchant for few words. Getting to know Jake heighten the star-crossed romance with Adrien English, and elevated this novel to a new literary peak.
Chris Patton's reading is expert. Mr. Patton is able to modulate the tone, quality and speed of his voice to master eccentricities of each character. I wish Mr. Patton performed all of Mr. Lanyon's book, because less face it, all are not equal.
The most memorable character was Jinx/Jane Powers. She was fearless woman of power and prowess.
Josh Lanyon is good enough to write a great American novel that could qualify for the Pulitizer Prize in fiction.
Yes. Jay Bell has created a romantic story that captured my imagination and fantasies in clean prose and fascinating characters.
Benjamin Bentley is fearless and a hero.
Mr. Free's vocal acting perfectly matches Josh Lanyon's writing cues as to how his characters would probably sound.
"Seasons of Love".
I loved this book and it was the perfect summer book.
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.
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