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Dennis

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  • The Hell You Say: The Adrien English Mysteries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (190)

    The third novel in the Adrien English series finds the "ill-starred and bookish" mystery writer and bookseller battling demons - maybe literally. After bookstore clerk Angus flees following terrifying death threats, Adrien must contend with a mysterious Satanic cult, a hot and handsome university professor, and his on-again/off-again relationship with closeted LAPD Homicide Detective Jake Riordan. And oh yes, murder...

    Nimue says: "Best book in series so far!"
    "The Occult was never more readable."
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    What did you love best about The Hell You Say?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Hell You Say to and why?

    I don't read enough books involving the occult that to compare it to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Adrien's visit to Angus home and the discovery of the ...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This one did not make me cry. "Dark Tide" did.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 9th Man: 2nd Edition (Dick Hardesty Mysteries)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dorien Grey
    • Narrated By Jeff Frez-Albrecht
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    A serial killer is stalking the gay community and the police are largely ignoring them because all the victims are gay. Dick Hardesty takes on the job of bringing the real killer to justice as part of his first experience as a gay detective.

    Nimue says: "Good short Mystery"
    "Not as good as good as "The Butcher's Son""
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy with the Painful Tattoo: Holmes & Moriarity, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (108)

    It's moving day at Chez Holmes. Somehow, against Kit's better instincts, he and J.X. are setting up house together. But while J.X. is off at a writing conference, Kit unpacks a crate that should contain either old books or new china. It doesn't. Within the mounds of Styrofoam popcorn is a dead body. A very dead body. There goes the neighborhood.

    HaloLove says: "LOL! Gotta Love Kit's Character!!!"
    "At Last Another Novel Length Mystery by Lanyon"
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    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dani Alexander
    • Narrated By Joseph Northton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (203)

    Austin Glass seems to have it all: a loving fiancée, a future with the FBI, and a healthy-sized trust fund. At least on the surface. He also has a grin and a wisecrack for every situation. But the smile he presents to the world hides a painful past he’s buried too deeply to remember, and his quips mask bitterness and insecurity. Austin has himself and most of the whole world fooled - until he meets a redhead in a pair of bunny slippers.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "AWESOME!"
    "Funny, Intelligent, Sarcastic & Overly Dramatic"
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    What did you love best about Shattered Glass?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shattered Glass?

    The beginning of the book when Detective Glass sees the bunny slippers on Peter sets a tone that rings true throughout the entire book.


    What about Joseph Northton’s performance did you like?

    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.


    If you could rename Shattered Glass, what would you call it?

    Bunny Slippers & Murder


    Any additional comments?

    This was a very enjoyable surprise from a first time author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Shadows: The Adrien English Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (317)

    Someone's out to get Los Angeles bookseller Adrien English. His best friend has been viciously murdered, now he's getting weird phone calls and sinister gifts from a mysterious "admirer." The cops think he's trying to divert suspicion from himself - with the exception of sexy and homophobic homicide detective Jake Riordan. Is Riordan really such a great detective - or does he have a few secrets of his own? Is his offer to help Adrien on the level or is he out to nail his favorite suspect - to the wall?

    Donald says: "Good book..."
    "The beginning of everything"
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    Where does Fatal Shadows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    All 5 of the Andrien English mystery/romances rank among my top 20 favorite audiobooks.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fatal Shadows?

    The second murder by the person in the skull mask was daring and well-paced.


    What does Chris Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Patton brings a clear personality to each of the characters based on the verbal cues written by Lanyon.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Pirate King: Adrien English Mystery Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (190)

    Gay bookseller and reluctant amateur sleuth Adrien English's writing career is suddenly taking off. His first novel, Murder Will Out, has been optioned by notorious Hollywood actor Paul Kane. But when murder makes an appearance at a dinner party, who should be called in but Adrien's former lover, handsome closeted detective Jake Riordan, now a Lieutenant with LAPD - which may just drive Adrien's new boyfriend, sexy UCLA professor Guy Snowden, to commit a murder of his own!

    Nimue says: "Excellent performance of an excellent book"
    "Breathtaking Hollywood Mystery"
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    What did you love best about Death of a Pirate King?

    I enjoyed the Hollywood setting. It was glamorous and fascinating with sociopaths.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes.


    What does Chris Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Patton has an unparalleled ability to differentiate characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Thing: An Adrien English Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (232)

    Suffering from writer's block and frustrated with his tentative relationship with hot but closeted LAPD Homicide Detective Jake Riordan, gay bookseller and mystery writer Adrien English travels to northern California where he finds a body in his front drive. By the time the sheriffs arrive the body has disappeared, and Adrien once again finds himself playing amateur sleuth. But when the game turns deadly, Adrien turns to Jake. Jake may be confused about some things, but keeping his lover alive is not one of them - no matter what the cost.

    Paul Luthi says: "A Seamless Transition from the First Book"
    "Brokeback Treasure Hunt"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Josh Lanyon's prose is so good, and his ability to weave trivia and facts and romance is unmatched in my opinion.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake Riordan: a fascinatingly complex character.


    What about Chris Patton’s performance did you like?

    Always excellent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Tide: Adrien English Mysteries, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (184)

    When a half-century old skeleton tumbles out of the wall in the midst of the renovation of Cloak and Dagger Bookstore renovation, Adrien turns to hot and handsome ex-lover Jake Riordan -- now out-of-the closet and working as a private detective. Jake is only too happy to have reason to stay in close contact with Adrien, but there are more surprises in Adrien's past than either one of them expects -- and one of them may prove hazardous to Jake's own heart.

    Nimue says: "Well Done Josh & Chris"
    "I hope this isn't goodbye ..."
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    If you could sum up The Dark Tide in three words, what would they be?

    Great American Novel.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about Chris Patton’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Dark Tide and why?

    The most memorable character was Jinx/Jane Powers. She was fearless woman of power and prowess.


    Any additional comments?

    Josh Lanyon is good enough to write a great American novel that could qualify for the Pulitizer Prize in fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Something Like Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jay Bell
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (184)

    The hot Texas nights were lonely for Ben before his heart began beating to the rhythm of two words; Tim Wyman. By all appearances, Tim had the perfect body and ideal life, but when a not-so-accidental collision brings them together, Ben discovers that the truth is rarely so simple. If winning Tim's heart was an impossible quest, keeping it would prove even harder as family, society, and emotion threaten to tear them apart. Something Like Summer is a love story spanning a decade and beyond as two boys discover what it means to be friends, lovers, and sometimes even enemies.

    Donald says: "More than meets the eye..."
    "A wonderful summer read."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Jay Bell has created a romantic story that captured my imagination and fantasies in clean prose and fascinating characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Benjamin Bentley is fearless and a hero.


    What does Kevin R. Free bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Free's vocal acting perfectly matches Josh Lanyon's writing cues as to how his characters would probably sound.


    If you could rename Something Like Summer, what would you call it?

    "Seasons of Love".


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book and it was the perfect summer book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Somebody Killed His Editor: Holmes & Moriarity, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (311)

    Thanks to an elderly spinster sleuth and her ingenious cat, Christopher Holmes has enjoyed a celebrated career as a bestselling mystery writer. Until now. Sales are down and his new editor is allergic to geriatric gumshoes. On the advice of his agent, he reinvents his fortyish, frumpy, recently dumped self into the sleek, sexy image of a literary lion, and heads for a Northern California writers conference to try and resurrect his career.

    Irene says: "Somebody Killed His Editor"
    "Josh Lanyon is an excellent writer."
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    Where does Somebody Killed His Editor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is in the upper third. I've listened to audiobooks for 15 years, so that is pretty good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The "drawing room" reveal of the solution to the mystery -- many mysteries don't bother with the Agatha Christie moment anymore.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moment JX revealed that Kit broke his heart.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an excellent mystery. I am a Josh Lanyon fan with this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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