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Somebody Killed His Editor: Holmes & Moriarity, Book 1 | [Josh Lanyon]

Somebody Killed His Editor: Holmes & Moriarity, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Patrick McDonald 07-30-15
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    "Great narration and story."

    Very good narration. Highly recommend the book. Well written and flows easily. Feels like you are really there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    🌹Tiffiney🌹 12-28-14 Member Since 2015

    🌺 Lover of Amazing Stories 🌺

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    "Kept me wondering...WhoDunnit til the very End!"
    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Australia 09-23-14
    Sharon Australia 09-23-14

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    "Somebody killed his editor - Josh Lanyon"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Seattle, WA, United States 07-29-14
    Heather Seattle, WA, United States 07-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Better heard that read"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Virginia Beach, VA, United States 12-21-13
    Amazon Customer Virginia Beach, VA, United States 12-21-13 Member Since 2011

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    "I don't regret the read"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Charles Walnut Creek, CA, United States 02-19-13
    Kathleen Charles Walnut Creek, CA, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2010

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    "I liked The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks better"
    What did you love best about Somebody Killed His Editor?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Somebody Killed His Editor?

    First time Chris and JX made love in Chris' room. Explosive.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin R. Free’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've never heard him before. I'd rate him above average, but not spectacular like Shannon Gunn.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it was difficult to finish.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    katelyn 08-24-15
    katelyn 08-24-15 Member Since 2012

    “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” - Dr. Seuss

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    "Love it - better as an audo book"

    I started to try to read this series in print format and gave up pretty quickly. I just couldn't find the tone of Kit in my head. I read him as a pretty unpleasant character. I didn't get any of the humor and ironic angst that comes across in the narration. As soon as I started listening to Kevin R. Free's voice for the books I suddenly "got" Kit and it was all good.

    Love this book and the series. Love the dark humor and the difficult relationship between the mc's. Have listened to this and the other books in the series that are available through audible a couple of times.

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    "Total Fun!"

    Josh's writing and Kevin's reading made me seriously laugh out loud. Loved every word!

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    K. 07-03-15
    K. 07-03-15
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    "Whine, whine, whine"

    I hate whiney protagonists and this guy is the King of Whine. In addition, the story is of the "It was a dark and stormy night" variety. The only reason I'm continuing to listen is 'cause I want to know who dun it. If it was an hour longer I'd have stopped by now. Fortunately, it was a sale item or I'd be super frustrated by now.

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    Ann Hampshire, TN, United States 01-30-15
    Ann Hampshire, TN, United States 01-30-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Yuck!"
    What would have made Somebody Killed His Editor better?

    Different story. I wish had had looked closer at other peoples comments before starting this book> Live and Learn


    What could Josh Lanyon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not sure - different story and different people. I will have to really check other books of his before getting another.


    What aspect of Kevin R. Free’s performance would you have changed?

    His performance and reading were ok - the story was the problem


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was very disappointed.


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    "Cute & Funny"

    I was a bit wary initially thinking it could be a bit dodgy on content, but I was wrong! The book is cute, funny and the story line is great. I will download the other 2 books in the series for sure

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    "Great story and superb performance,"

    I loved this book. Kevin R Free gives a superb performance and the story is interesting and engaging.

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