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
Josh Lanyon writes what are basically bodice rippers starring gay men, and they're cute, good fun, a little bit smutty and a lot of fun. High art these are net, but I do enjoy them whenever I'm in the mood for them. Basically they're the peak of being exactly what they are!
I had difficulty relating to the characters. Other than maybe three central characters, the rest seemed largely undeveloped. The narration carried the story by adding an emotional context that I would have missed.
If the summary is good enough for me (and it is) there's no need for me to reiterate. I know I'll get disagreeing scoffs and head movements, but the Holmes and Moriarity series is probably my favorite out of everything I've read. Sure, I've read every flavor novel, especially mysteries (my favorite genre), but I've never read/listened to another as many times as I've listened to this series (even the well known Adrien English series I could only bring myself to read once for some reason). I've actually lost count as to the number of times I've picked up any format of this series to read, and yes I have the paperback, kindle and audible versions. Besides having a personality so similar to Christopher Holmes it's almost like an untrained eye comparing a yoshino and akebono blossom, the story itself drew me in and didn't let go.
Having read the kindle version first and then listened to the audio I can say that Kevin R. Free did an amazing job and made a great book even better.
People may say not to wish your life away, and I would normally agree, except there's a release date for the next installment of Holmes and Moriarity (December 15, 2017 at present). Now I can't help but to hope myself into dotage just that much faster.
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.
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