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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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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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    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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    Kylia Toreel 01-19-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great new Series"
    Where does Somebody Killed His Editor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a really enjoyable beginning to another great mystery series by Josh Lanyon.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like both Kit and J.X equally. Kit with his various insecurities and stubbornness, and J.X with his hurt and hopefulness.


    What does Kevin R. Free bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really enjoyed the different voices he brings to the book.


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

    Mostly.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to see how things were going to work out in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    HaloLove 12-28-14
    HaloLove 12-28-14

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    "Kept me wondering...WhoDunnit til the very End!"
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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!

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    Leah Petersen North Carolina, USA 12-21-14
    Leah Petersen North Carolina, USA 12-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Lanyon performed beautifully"

    l loved the story when I read it and it was performed exactly as I would have hoped.

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    IslandWriter 11-15-14
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    "even better in audio!"
    Any additional comments?

    Series/Standalone: book 1
    Genre/sub-genre: mystery/romance
    Book Format: audio
    HEA/HFN: yes
    Relatable characters: yes
    Abuse/Rape: no
    Violence: not really
    Ratio of sex/plot: equal/more plot
    Well written/editor needed: well written
    Would I re-read?: Yes
    Personal thoughts: I read the print book years ago and liked it well enough, but for some reason, I enjoyed this even more in audio. The narrator is perfect for the MC and all the other characters.

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    J. Holland Michigan 10-05-14
    J. Holland Michigan 10-05-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Sorry I listened to it"
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    This was essentially chick-lit with gay guys. The cutesy style and formulaic plot were evident from the beginning, but I kept going thinking that it HAD to get better. It didn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Australia 09-23-14
    Sharon Australia 09-23-14 Member Since 2014

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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.

    0 of 0 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"
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    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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    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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