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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Dennis San Jose, CA 07-25-14
    Dennis San Jose, CA 07-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The beginning of everything"
    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
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    LizE 06-16-14
    LizE 06-16-14
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


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

    Yes...There were frequent twists in the plot.


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

    Yes! I love the various voices and his inflection. He does an amazing job!


    If you could take any character from Fatal Shadows out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Adrien, of course...I would want to knock some sense into him about Jake! LOL


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the time! I've already read book two and on to book three.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan MURFREESBORO, TN, United States 01-12-14
    Ryan MURFREESBORO, TN, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Loved the Mystery"
    What did you love best about Fatal Shadows?

    The mystery kept me guessing and entertained.


    Would you recommend Fatal Shadows to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but a small warning about the connections of the main characters.


    Have you listened to any of Chris Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but i did enjoy his performance.


    If you could rename Fatal Shadows, what would you call it?

    Memories, Suggestions, and love.


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Northville, MI, United States 01-05-14
    Barbara Northville, MI, United States 01-05-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Not for me!"
    What disappointed you about Fatal Shadows?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nic Australia 12-26-13
    Nic Australia 12-26-13

    Nic

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    "Great start to the series!"

    It took me a while but I finally 'read' my first Adrien English mystery! I'm not sure why I waited so long particularly with all the rave reviews about the series. And really, being Josh Lanyon, it was always going to be a hit!

    I say I 'read' the book because I actually listened to the audio version from Audible. I do own the Kindle version but when I saw that Audible had the first three books for only $1.99 each I could not resist. It was one of the best decisions I have made - I was totally prepared to Whispersync back to the written version but found I LOVED the audio version.

    The story is narrated by Chris Patton who did an absolutely fabulous job. Yes, he had a wonderful, quality story to work with but he so totally did justice to the book! His voice and style seemed to match the story and he lent a perfect voice to Adrien. His strength is his ability to perfectly capture the emotion of the story and I loved the way his inflections and tone replicated what was happening. For example, if he narrated the words "he grumbled" then the dialogue was actually grumbled. Dectective Riordan had a deeper, sexy voice and even the women were well done - Lisa, Adrien's mother being voiced fabulously!

    I really enjoyed the whole story and the mystery. I liked the descriptive style of the story and loved Adrien. Maybe a touch more romance wouldn't have gone astray but with another four books to go in the series, I am sure it will get there!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Giselle GRANT, MICHIGAN, United States 12-03-13
    Giselle GRANT, MICHIGAN, United States 12-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A series sure to become a classic"
    If you could sum up Fatal Shadows in three words, what would they be?

    murder, snark, sexuality


    What did you like best about this story?

    The series builds, with a perfect balance of murder/mystery and a tense yet developing gay romance.


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

    Christ Patton is perfect for this series. The voice he gives each character is distinct and feels natural. He makes a perfect Adrien. Chris has a way of bringing out Adrien's sense of humor, sarcasm that I sometimes missed by reading the book too quickly.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?


    Any additional comments?

    I love the trouble finding, situational sleuth, Adrien English. His character has great dry humor, vulnerability, likeability, I feel both sympathetic and irritated by him in turn. Jake, I feel like I can understand his issues, but I still want to kick his arse out of the closet anyhow. As the first book of the series, I know this will all take time, and the series isn't one big HEA, there are plenty of realistic relationship hurdles, breakdowns, and inevitable restarts. Each story is fast paced, at times nail biting, other times very sensual, and often surprising. Nothing really stereotypical here, no chicks with dicks, no fluff, just enjoyable, murder mystery with two MC's that are like fire and gasoline. A must read, and a stand out in the m/m genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 09-09-13
    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 09-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "BORING."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Murfreesboro, TN, United States 11-25-12
    Amazon Customer Murfreesboro, TN, United States 11-25-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Why all the hype?"

    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

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Marcus 05-28-14
    Marcus 05-28-14 Listener Since 2009
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    "Nought would be more appropriate than ones."

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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