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
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.
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.
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.
It is in the upper third. I've listened to audiobooks for 15 years, so that is pretty good.
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.
The "drawing room" reveal of the solution to the mystery -- many mysteries don't bother with the Agatha Christie moment anymore.
The moment JX revealed that Kit broke his heart.
This is an excellent mystery. I am a Josh Lanyon fan with this book.
Anyone into gay/lesbian fiction
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
Performance was fine. I might even enjoy the reader in a different setting.
Didn't get past chapter two when the main character started talking about his ex? I turned it off at that point.
Please make sure books are clearly labeled so that unsuspecting buyers don't get a surprise over what they've inadvertently purchased.
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).
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.
Avid audible listener!
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.
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.
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.)
I don't like movies made from books.
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."
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.
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.
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