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 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.
Different story. I wish had had looked closer at other peoples comments before starting this book> Live and Learn
Not sure - different story and different people. I will have to really check other books of his before getting another.
His performance and reading were ok - the story was the problem
I was very disappointed.
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.
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.
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?
I'm no good at titles, so I'll leave that up to the professionals.
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.
It's a really enjoyable beginning to another great mystery series by Josh Lanyon.
I like both Kit and J.X equally. Kit with his various insecurities and stubbornness, and J.X with his hurt and hopefulness.
I really enjoyed the different voices he brings to the book.
I wanted to see how things were going to work out in the future.
l loved the story when I read it and it was performed exactly as I would have hoped.
Series/Standalone: book 1
Book Format: audio
Relatable characters: yes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
"A very drap nothing tale"
It has no substance and was boring
Beef the story and make it more of a mystery,..
Kevin r Free is wonderful. Listen to the something about summer series to see that.. Mr Free could read the phone book and make it sound good. Shame the material In this book does not match his talents
It was the first of a series. Maybe things will warm up as the series continues ( the book did get a bit better near the end) but I'm not sure I'm willing to risk being disappointed by getting book 2
Very funny and enjoyable. Great fun. You really do come to the like the wit and humour of the lead character despite his multiple faults as a human being. The ending was a little too hasty and tidied up a bit too easily but overall a great listen! Few sexy scenes but that's not what this book is about.
"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
"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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