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
Kevin Free does a fantastic job with Kit Holmes's voice. I was left guessing until the very end regarding the mystery. I wish his voice for JX would have been a little bit more distinct. Overall an enjoyable Josh Lanyon mystery.
Absolutely. I can't think of a Josh Lanyon book that I haven't liked, and this one is no exception. The narration is just icing on the cake.
The Adrien English series is probably Josh Lanyon's most famous and this book/series shares a lot of similarities--m/m romance, mystery, literary main character, alpha love interest with law enforcement connections, etc.--but I think this series has a light-hearted humor to contrast with the darker mystery elements that the Adrien English series didn't.
I was very impressed with Free's narration. I enjoyed the print book, but Free brought Kit Holmes to life even more fully than the written words did for me. To be honest, Kit's in a very bad place emotionally during the course of the book. His partner left him for his PA and his writing career is in ruins. Perhaps understandably, he is more than a tad self-absorbed, self-pitying, and whiny. But Free presented the inner workings of Kit's head with a light touch, and made him more sympathetic and relatable than I did on my own. Free also did such a great job with the humorous parts--particularly those relating to Kit's books--that I really did almost laugh aloud. I've already listened to book 2, and can't wait to start book 3. . . and, hopefully, there will be many more to come.
I don't think there was a single moment, but I found the instances where it became evident that the strong J.X. Moriarity was actually very vulnerable where Kit Holmes was involved to be very touching.
Fans of Josh Lanyon, mysteries, and/or m/m romance won't be disappointed in this book!
Quite a good crime story, but marred for me by the sex scenes, which I do not enjoy, neither straight or gay, as in this case. Wish Audible could provide some marker.
The plot is very thin and the romance unappealing. The hero is an annoying wimp. The reader rises above it as much as possible, but unless you are into gay romantic comedy, don't waste your credit.
Spend more time on plot and less on the unconvincing romance.
If you're not into gay sex scenes don't read this. I was attracted by the discription but did NOT expect such explicit sex acts.
Kevin free was perfect for Kits " character and perfect story couldn't shut it off and was up all night finishing it! Mr free had tiny nuances in his voice that made it come alive in even minute ways. Really brought the story to "life"
The humor, good plot, great mystery ala Agatha Christie, Conan Doyle. characters were all so uniquely written and realistic. they truly came alive with each encounter in the story.
Kit waking up to find JR there. in actuality were quite a few favorite moments.
I'd like to take Kit and Jr but Kit would prolly dislike the meal the place and his shoes perhaps! Kit is so snarky, and brilliant and a bit of a snob and comfort loving creature. Jr on other hand wouldn't mind a cold beer and a Chicago dog with condiments dribbling over his boots.
This series is entirely engaging, complex cases with all the clues followed by reader and yet like master wordsmiths I still am not sure til the last moment whom is the culprit. Characters are deep and evolving, They could be people you know... but also like true humans have the secret sides we don't know.
its humor and craft is fantastic. get the series in books and audible its that amazing.
Self-doubt, Confrontation, Love
Any of Josh Lanyon's other works. His mystery romances might end the way one'd like them to, but the stories are different and compelling since they provide different and flawed protagonists often resistant to finding affection but finding their needs in the context of a mystery and engaging plot.
He has a boyish voice but utilizes inflection quite well.
No. And that's a good thing.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” - Dr. Seuss
I started to try to read this series in print format and gave up pretty quickly. I just couldn't find the tone of Kit in my head. I read him as a pretty unpleasant character. I didn't get any of the humor and ironic angst that comes across in the narration. As soon as I started listening to Kevin R. Free's voice for the books I suddenly "got" Kit and it was all good.
Love this book and the series. Love the dark humor and the difficult relationship between the mc's. Have listened to this and the other books in the series that are available through audible a couple of times.
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