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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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    HaloLove 12-28-14
    HaloLove 12-28-14 Member Since 2015

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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!

    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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    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S Black USA 01-29-15
    S Black USA 01-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Murder/Mystery..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Somebody Killed His Editor to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but I did read several reviews from those that did. Many didn't like the main character at first. I liked him a lot and I don't know if it was because I was hearing a voice for him so I was getting his humor, his sadness, his... The narrator did a fantastic job. Sometimes it's harder to pick that up in print.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was definitely Christopher. He had and attitude that I could relate to. Never too easy on himself, maybe a bit of a smartass. I think being close to the same age, it made it a litte easier to relate.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the entire book, but the opening of the book had me. It had me laughing at Christopher and his near demise on the bridge, to finding a dead body, to realizing he was stuck with someone he'd had a serious three-night stand with years before. How many more things could happen to him?


    If you could rename Somebody Killed His Editor, what would you call it?

    I'm no good at titles, so I'll leave that up to the professionals.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read, I have found a new author to enjoy. The narrator also did a wonderful job, I could listen to his voice all day. There was a definite voice for each character. It was very easy to understand and I think the emotion was very well done. Very easy to feel what the character was feeling.

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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.

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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!"
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    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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