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
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.
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?
The narrator is phenomenal! I was occasionally frustrated with the main characters but in a fun way! The tension between them was great. The mystery was good and had some surprises!
Yes...There were frequent twists in the plot.
Yes! I love the various voices and his inflection. He does an amazing job!
Adrien, of course...I would want to knock some sense into him about Jake! LOL
Well worth the time! I've already read book two and on to book three.
The mystery kept me guessing and entertained.
Yes, but a small warning about the connections of the main characters.
I have not, but i did enjoy his performance.
Memories, Suggestions, and love.
Also the audiobook narrator’s breaths were a problem.
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.
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.
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.
I must have mis-read overview. I thought I was going to listen to an light mystery. Too explicit and not what I would ever choose.
This series is highly touted as a great m/m series so I decided to give a try.
What a snoozefest. The hero Adrien English didn't have a personality, at least, not an interesting one and the plot just dragged on with the mystery of who killed his friend/employee Robert.
I think the writing style was just too dry for me. There was minimal drama and some serious homophobic cops.
the narration was decent because I am not sure the narrator could have done anything to improve the story. I am unsure if I will even bother with book 2 but I can say this one wasn't enjoyable at all.
I had high hopes for this book given reviews i had read elsewhere. Sadly for me the book just fell flat for me. the mystery was very much run of the mill, almost caned and picked off a shelf. i felt a distinct lack of empathy for the people in the book. I didn't actively dislike any just could not relate to them on an emotional level perhaps It's just a mark of the noir vibe the author was going for but I detected a note of smugness through out the work like Lanyon was toying with reader it felt at some points like he was trying to give a lecture in detective fiction. after thinking about it, much of the praise for the comes from the fact the protagonist is gay and not for the quality of the work itself;
the narration like the rest if the book is nothing memorable
This is appalling gay drivel. I put up with this pap for an hour and couldn't stand another minute. It's so awfully, awkward, painfully, pathetically, theatrically GAY!
Shame on Audible for not making that clear in their description of the 'book'.
I think gay's will like this even less. Every gay man doesn't fancy every man he ever meets and assumes they all want him. Yuk!
I'll be asking Audible for a refund.
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