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
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.
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.
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