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Fatal Shadows: The Adrien English Mysteries | [Josh Lanyon]

Fatal Shadows: The Adrien English Mysteries

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?
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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?

©Copyright 2012 Josh Lanyon (P)2012 Josh Lanyon

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    stephanie Yarravel, Australia 04-28-13
    stephanie Yarravel, Australia 04-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I LOVE this series!!!"
    What did you love best about Fatal Shadows?

    the plot, the characters, Adrien! His mother! Claude! Chris Patton!


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

    Anytime claude spoke, Chris pulled off the pseudo accent so well!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really liked the end.


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

    The scene with sex scene toward the end. so creepy.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    HaloLove 12-28-14
    HaloLove 12-28-14 Member Since 2015

    🌺 Lover of Amazing Stories 🌺

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    ""Anything to get me in handcuffs?" LOL"
    Any additional comments?

    I read this story a few months back and recently listened to the audio of books 3-5 in this series.

    So, of course I needed to listened to this was one and was once again completely enraptured in Chris Patton's voice. He is such a fantastic performer.

    The sexy roughness as Jake (that sexiness went beyond the call of duty in book 5, my favorite so far), and of course the sweet almost innocent sounding Adrien English is all performed so beautifully.

    Even the other characters are performed wonderfully.

    His voice just adds magic to an already amazing story!

    LOL. I think I wrote this in another review, Adrien literally just walks into danger...no matter how hard he tries not to.

    This truly is a great mm romance mystery series. Just need to finish with book 2 now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Romance Fan NYC, NY 01-17-13
    Romance Fan NYC, NY 01-17-13
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    "So worth it!"
    Have you listened to any of Chris Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't heard him before, but I really hope Mr. Patton does all the Adrien English series. It was outstanding--especially his characterizations of Lisa, Claude and Jake.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-04-13
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    "Can't wait for the rest!"

    I love Josh Lanyon's books, and I was so excited to see the audiobook for this one (makes washing dishes and walking the dogs much less boring)!

    It always takes a bit to get used to a different reader, but once I started listening I was hooked. Now I can't wait for the rest of this series!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Alpharetta, GA, United States 05-26-15
    Rebecca Alpharetta, GA, United States 05-26-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting Characters"
    Would you listen to another book narrated by Chris Patton?

    He was a good narrator, but I did not like how he portrayed Adrien. When I had read the books, I read Adrien as more matter of fact. Chris Patton made him over dramatic. I didn't like it. I got used to it and began to overlook it as the series goes on. He did fine with the other characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Even though this is a mystery, its one I can listen to over again even though I now know who did it. This is because the characters and plot are so interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BlithelyBookishReviews APPLE VALLEY, CA, United States 05-04-15
    BlithelyBookishReviews APPLE VALLEY, CA, United States 05-04-15 Member Since 2015

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    "4.5 Overall Stars"

    Fatal Shadows is the first book in Josh Lanyon’s Adrien English series. This book isn’t a romance, nor is it an erotic read. What it is is one hell of a murder mystery!

    My friends have been raving about Mr. Lanyon’s books for awhile now, and now I get why. He’s got a unique style when it comes to storytelling, and toss in an interesting cast and an intriguing mystery loaded with twists and turns, Fatal Shadows turned out to be a refreshing, totally entertaining read!

    Chris Patton is the narrator and he does a fantastic job bringing the characters to life! His voice is so attractive and comfortable to listen to that I have to admit I'm just a little bit in lust with it! The sound quality is pretty good, but there were a couple other issues which could be resolved with better audio editing during production.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Billy PS 02-22-15
    Billy PS 02-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Another winner, super writing!!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book . Story and performance excellent! I'm on my 9th Josh Lanyon book and haven't had one disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 12-05-14
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 12-05-14 Member Since 2015
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    "I did not enjoy it."

    Also the audiobook narrator’s breaths were a problem.

    THE STORY:
    This is mystery with some suspense. Main characters are gay men. Adrien owns a bookstore. His friends are being murdered. Adrien investigates. The story is complete with a happy ending. There is no romance, but it ends with hopefulness that Adrien and someone might be pursuing a relationship in the sequel. There are three brief sex scenes including self-pleasuring and back-door action. One of them is rape, but the victim pretends to desire it out of self preservation.

    OPINION:
    I just couldn’t get into it. I wanted it to be over. It’s all 1st person Adrien. It’s mostly his internal ponderings and analyzing. I did not care to listen to him. It might have been better in 3rd person. I want stories with intriguing characters and developing interesting relationships. That was not here. So I’m left with the guts of a mystery. Mystery lovers might like this, but I need more than a straight mystery. Another problem – the hero did stupid things at the end.

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
    Chris Patton has a good voice and good interpretation, but his BREATHS were annoying and distracting. Some breaths were louder than others, like he was too close to the microphone at times. He needs to use a different microphone or have his breaths removed in the editing process.

    Narrative mode: 1st person Adrien.
    Genre: gay male mystery suspense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chattybunny Canada 11-12-14
    Chattybunny Canada 11-12-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Good narration of a great book!"
    Would you listen to Fatal Shadows again? Why?

    Yes. I have listened to it more than one. It is a good mystery and a great start to the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Adrien is a great narrator but there is something about Jake that makes you fall in love with him.


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

    My favourite thing about Chris Patton's narration is the way he voices Jake. It is so spot on...and really adds to the character. I read the book before I listened to it and it was fun hearing how Patton interpreted the lines.


    Who was the most memorable character of Fatal Shadows and why?

    Hmmm. Well Claude was the most eccentric but Adrien is such a great narrator that it is his voice that stays with you


    Any additional comments?

    This whole series is very enjoyable and the narration is well done. I would highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Seattle, WA, United States 07-30-14
    Heather Seattle, WA, United States 07-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A great start for a great series"

    Adrien English wants to write mysteries not live them out, but fate has decided that he needs to be in the middle. Friends are murdered, mayhem happens and the cops think it's Adrien himself. Detective Riordan is as straight as they come........or is he? So who can Adrien trust in finding out who really killed his friends, and without getting killed himself?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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