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. A career nearly as dead as the body he stumbles over in the woods. In a weirdly déjà vu replay of one of his own novels, he finds himself stranded in an isolated lodge full of frightened women?and not a lawman in sight. Except for J.X. Moriarity, former cop and bestselling novelist. The man with whom he shared a one-night stand - okay, maybe three - long ago. The man who wants to arrest him for murder. A ruthless, stalking killer, or a hot, handsome ex-lover. Which poses the greater danger? It's elementary, my dear Holmes!
**this title contains gay erotic content**
©2009 - 2016 Samhain Publishing (P)2012 Josh Lanyon
In this mystery the protagonist and the detective are gay men and I found it interesting to see how that changed the usual dynamics of romance in a mystery. There are explicit sex scenes, so if that bothers you, you probably will want to skip this book. The setting is a writers' retreat and the satire about the writers is pretty funny. The narration was good.
I really wanted to love this book, but while it kept me listening to the end, it was really just okay. The mystery was pretty typical and more than engaging enough, as was the flavor of the writer's conference and wry commentary on publishing. The characters were okay, but behaved a bit nonsensically, which detracted from the story. The erotic moments were well written, but hard to fit within the flow of the story and not well supported by the characters' behavior.
If you're driven by teasing out the mystery and don't mind waiting for some nice juicy bits, you'll like this book. If you trip over unlikely human behavior, you might want to skip this one.
I gave the reader three stars because his work on most of the characters was only so-so, but it bears mentioning that I loved the voice he gave to the main character, and I enjoyed the stubborn, self-deprecating, strident protagonist. He was familiar, human, and fun.
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I love stories that keep you in the dark to who the actual killer is until the very end and this story does and does it perfectly!
I can't say that I was surprised but I definitely hadn't expected it. Great mystery, made even better with an excellent performance!
I've only recently begun listening to ebooks and I am becoming hooked. I find that I really love listening to stories when driving. I think that I now prefer this to music.
I've been a Josh Lanyon fan for a long time and have all of his books as ebooks and I own quite a few of them as paperbacks as well.
I finished listening to 'Somebody killed his editor' and I loved it. Kevin R Free was an excellent choice as narrator as Josh's writing has always had an element of humour and Mr Free brings this to the fore easily.
I definitely recommend this audiobook.
Kit Holmes is a writer stuck in a rut, and being put out to pasture by his publishing house, while XJ Moriarity is a best selling writer on the uphill climb to fame, they meet (again) at a writers retreat in the back woods of California. Unfortunately for Kit, he stumbles upon a dead body before he even checks in. All eyes turn on him, and the body count rises.
When I first read this book, I did not like Kit. His was the only lead character from Josh Lanyon that I didn't find charming. All that has changed now that I have heard Kevin R. Free narrate him. What in reading seemed to me as whining, comes across as acerbic and self-depreciating (as Josh intended) when spoken.
The story was a cute twist on fireside mysteries, well performed and wittily written in parts. However, the sex scenes were so graphic, I felt as if I was intruding into their privacy and just wanted to tip-toe away and leave them to it. These scenes were so vivid they completely overwhelmed the story for me and drowned out the humor (no pun intended).
Say something about yourself!
I just wish whoever was editing Josh Lanyon would ask for more out of him. This story had unrealized potential. What did JX see in our boy Holmes to keep him devoted after so much? Cause all I heard was that he was a self centered jerk. We needed more from the relationship perspective. The mystery was a well-plotted standard cozy, so no complaints there. I just wanted more out of the relationship.
It's more about what I didn't like about the story...neither of the main characters. And when I don't fall in love with the MCs, I just end up not particularly liking the entire story.
First time Chris and JX made love in Chris' room. Explosive.
I've never heard him before. I'd rate him above average, but not spectacular like Shannon Gunn.
No, it was difficult to finish.
I LOVE Josh Lanyon, but I am not fond of this series. Fatal Shadows (Adrien English Mysteries) is far better in my opinion, as is Fair Game and The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks.
I'd rate this book/story at 3-1/2 stars overall.
New York based author.
The fact that this series covers some of the same ground as the Adrien English mysteries, and yet comes off as both completely different and equally lovable, is a tribute to the storytelling prowess of Josh Lanyon.
Christopher Holmes is a mystery writer who, yes, keeps getting caught up in bizarre murders through a mix of curiosity and very bad luck. But Holmes is just that bit more frantic and at odds with himself, and his uncertain connection with the sexier (and better-selling) J.X. Moriarity is both sweetly engaging and a lot of fun.
As with Adrien and Jake, the presence of J.X. serves to help Holmes understand himself, but the trip they take is a little stranger (though just as bloody). The very talented Kevin R. Free has a grand time conveying Holmes’s put-upon stream of consciousness and biting humor.
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