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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This was a gay romance novel far more than a mystery novel, and the overall storyline lacked intrigue or depth. Very anticlimactic, and all the gay sex details were more than needed or wanted.
The story summary did not accurately reflect the graphic homosexual nature of the story line. the lifestyle choice is not one that I support and would never have chosen this particular book had it been accurately portrayed. if I could get my money back I would request it.
Starts rather well, but too predictable... The ending is just too ridiculous. One thing to set yourself up as live bate, but it's another to sleep with a someone you know is a serial killer...
I'd recommend it to the extent that I have a thing about reading a series completely. But I struggled to finish it. There were a lot of threads to follow. I got confused and stopped caring about who did it.
Josh Lanyon is one of the best out there. I still have more of her work to read, but I can't say that this was her finest effort. Maybe it was my difficulty in feeling sympathy for Adrien English. He was a bit of a tool. Why people felt pulled to his acerbic personality was the real mystery. I hope I warm to him.
I did like the coffee klatsch that Adrien held at the bookstore with the other writers. It rung true, and was really funny to me.
Five hours and twenty five minutes. Sure. I wouldn't ask for my money back. It wasn't poorly written, and where I thought the story flagged, the narrator kept me invested. Perhaps it was just a little over-complicated, maybe it could have been a little tighter. I just can't gush over it.
I liked the narrator, Chris Patton. He didn't camp up the gay voices, and the women's voices weren't comically breathy. They do that sometimes. It drives me up a wall.
I think I read/listen too much for my own good. Love mystery books. Don't like MCs who are 'kids'. Love comedy. Not a fan of erotica
it ranks high up. The right narrator and a good story. I love a good mystery. And though there is no 'obvious' romance I enjoyed it. I think this is one of these books where you either get into it or not.
I like Adrien, but then he is the main character. So I'd say I like his mother Lisa. She is so funny without meaning to be.
No this is the first book.
I've listen to the rest of the series. Worth mentioning he gained some confidence with every book. First book he seems I don't know maybe nervous or trying hard. But towards the end he was there.
This is one of my favorite series. There is a mystery: who did it? and why.
The narrator was great. Each character has a different pitch or voice. And you know when Adrien is speaking out loud or thinking. You won't get lost.
Big fan of Josh Lanyon- I read everything he writes. I've only listened a few audio books but I've enjoyed it immensely. I've discovered I enjoy listening to books while I walk my dog!
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.
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.
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?
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