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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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    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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    Nancy Huerter Annville, PA United States 08-21-14
    Nancy Huerter Annville, PA United States 08-21-14 Member Since 2010
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    "a lot of gay sex"
    Any additional comments?

    Some readers will want to know that in advance that gay sex is a rather large part of this book. Main character behaves fairly stupidly on a regular basis, but is also rather endearing--would have been more believable as an adolescent than as a middle-aged man.

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis San Jose, CA 07-12-14
    Dennis San Jose, CA 07-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Josh Lanyon is an excellent writer."
    Where does Somebody Killed His Editor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is in the upper third. I've listened to audiobooks for 15 years, so that is pretty good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    JX Moriarity's character intrigued and delighted me. He is both a protagonist and antagonist in portions of the story that gave him a three dimensional quality. Mr. Lanyon is a talented character writer, who depicts characters from the inside-out without needing the characters to over dialogue their feelings.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The "drawing room" reveal of the solution to the mystery -- many mysteries don't bother with the Agatha Christie moment anymore.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moment JX revealed that Kit broke his heart.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an excellent mystery. I am a Josh Lanyon fan with this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Morris 07-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointed"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone into gay/lesbian fiction


    Has Somebody Killed His Editor turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Mysteries no, but I'll be far more careful in future about what I buy during a bogo. Books should be clearly labeled so that those who don't want this type of book, don't get it by accident, thinking its just a normal mystery


    How could the performance have been better?

    Performance was fine. I might even enjoy the reader in a different setting.


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

    Didn't get past chapter two when the main character started talking about his ex? I turned it off at that point.


    Any additional comments?

    Please make sure books are clearly labeled so that unsuspecting buyers don't get a surprise over what they've inadvertently purchased.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Madeleine Canada 06-29-14
    Madeleine Canada 06-29-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Amusing......but........."

    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).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christene 06-25-14
    Christene 06-25-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Not for me!"
    Would you try another book from Josh Lanyon and/or Kevin R. Free?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Josh Lanyon again?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kevin R. Free’s performances?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I also bought it in the recent BOGO sale. The description in the pop up should have listed the "gay erotic content" notice. I didn't care for the book before I got to the "gay erotic content". Boring and long winded.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nimue Alberta, Canada 08-26-13
    Nimue Alberta, Canada 08-26-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Loved this book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Somebody Killed His Editor to be better than the print version?

    I liked them equally. I listened to this series (only 2 books so far) before I read them, so reading just added details I missed while listening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kit has an attitude that is delightful. He is just sarcastic enough to be endearing.
    I liked most of the characters. I thought they were all essential, except George, I wasn't sure why he was in the book.


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

    I also liked his performance in "The Red Pyramid", he is able to perform both teen and adult voices well.
    (The Red Pyramid was for a younger audience than I expected, so I wasn't able to finish it.)


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

    I don't like movies made from books.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciated how romantic the reunion of Kit and J.X. was. Probably in my top 5 most romantic M/M couples.
    I liked this book better than 'All She Wrote."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janelle moree, Australia 08-10-13
    Janelle moree, Australia 08-10-13 Listener Since 2010

    Book junkie

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    "Even the gay sex is boring"

    Boring banal. Trite silly sexy bits that add nothing to the plot. Silly plot , romance, and men looking into each others eyes like school kids. Even the murders were boring. AND God help the literary world- it's the first of a series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Walnut Creek, CA, United States 02-19-13
    Kathleen Walnut Creek, CA, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2010

    Kathleen

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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