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The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks | [Josh Lanyon]

The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks

His romantic weekend in ruins, shy 20-something artist Perry Foster learns that things can always get worse when he returns home from San Francisco to find a dead body in his bathtub. A dead body in a very ugly sportscoat - and matching socks. The dead man is a stranger to Perry, but that's not much of a comfort; how did a strange dead man get in a locked flat at the isolated Alton Estate in the wilds of the 'Northeast Kingdom' of Vermont? Perry turns to help from 'tall, dark and hostile' former navy SEAL Nick Reno.
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Publisher's Summary

His romantic weekend in ruins, shy 20-something artist Perry Foster learns that things can always get worse when he returns home from San Francisco to find a dead body in his bathtub. A dead body in a very ugly sportscoat - and matching socks. The dead man is a stranger to Perry, but that's not much of a comfort; how did a strange dead man get in a locked flat at the isolated Alton Estate in the wilds of the 'Northeast Kingdom' of Vermont? Perry turns to help from 'tall, dark and hostile' former navy SEAL Nick Reno - but is Reno all that he seems?

**This title contains gay erotic content**

©2008 - 2013 MLR Press (P)2012 Josh Lanyon

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    Donald VALDOSTA, GEORGIA, United States 07-07-13
    Donald VALDOSTA, GEORGIA, United States 07-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "And the Spirits say..."

    From the word 'GO' the journey of who 'dunnit' intrigues the reader, at least until near the end of the story. Though I suspected who the culprit was, I was often left questioning my conclusion several times throughout the tale. Lanyon is a great writer and he enthralls the reader to the very end of the story. Though I will confess that I felt that it dragged in some areas, understanding the specifics of the budding relationship between Perry and Nick added to the mystery. I almost was more caught up in that dynamic than the man with the hole in his shoe and the mystery. Almost...

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Rio Linda, CA, United States 02-04-13
    Joseph Rio Linda, CA, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Hardly a Ghost Story"

    Perhaps not a true ghost story, but it is a great story. And it is both entertaining and thought provoking since it is a "who done it" type of story. It is also a decent piece of gay fiction that pairs unlikely lovers in a unique setting. I liked it a lot.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 08-20-13
    Amazon Customer United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyable story, Narrator gets better"

    I recently discovered Josh Lanyon, in the Adrien English series, and was eager to read this story which I think is one of his early novels? The story was excellent, keeping in mind it was a much earlier example of his art.

    Sometimes I enjoy a writer's work so much I forget to check out the audio sample to see if I like the narrator, before I buy the audio version. Because I require a narrator, not a reader, to fully enjoy an audiobook.

    This narrator, Max Miller, at first almost disappointed me, the voice seemed so lacking in energy and the narration was flat. But liking the Josh Lanyon stories so much, I persevered, and thankfully found the narration quickly improved. The individual voices become well delineated after the first couple of chapters, and the background narration itself picks up energy and rhythm as the story progresses.

    I am in the midst of reading and listening to all the Josh Lanyon novels I can find, and I definitely would buy another one narrated by Max Miller.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JD Campbell San Francisco, CA 03-19-13
    JD Campbell San Francisco, CA 03-19-13
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    "Great murder mystery"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would totally recommend this book to friends as it is a good, old-fashioned (with a twist or two) murder mystery set in a crumbling mansion. The action (of all sorts!) proceeds at a nice pace, tension building to a great finish. The supporting characters add local color and this listener could really imagine himself at the scene of the action.


    Which character – as performed by Max Miller – was your favorite?

    I really liked Nick- everything you expect in a Navy Seal and more. Miller's acting (it's really more than just reading) is fantastic, accents and all. He captured the characters so well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have loved to listen to this book in one sitting. However, I mostly listened during my public transit/walking commute to work. The story/performance made my daily commute fly by for a few days!


    Any additional comments?

    I will definitely look up more books by Josh Layton!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly CINEBAR, WA, United States 01-31-13
    Kimberly CINEBAR, WA, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks the most enjoyable?

    I've read the book, and just could not get into it. With the audio, Perry & Nick just came to life!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks?

    Perry discovering the body in the bath tub to start with, but I don't want to give away any thing for the next reader or listener.


    What about Max Miller’s performance did you like?

    To begin with, Max did a great job with Perry & Nick's voices. Could actually visualize them in my mind. Also did a great job with the secondary voices.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Did kind of tense up on the more suspenseful parts and had a couple of aaaaah moments.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend, especially if you had a little trouble with the book. If you loved the book, then this will be a really special treat!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Saratoga Springs, NY, United States 01-07-13
    John Saratoga Springs, NY, United States 01-07-13
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable mystery/romance"
    Where does The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best I've listened to -- by far. The voice narration -- nay, voice acting -- was exceptional, vividly portraying each character, making them easily recognizable without any attribution. It was a little scary how good they were. Accents were good, even making different Vermonters recognizable.

    The book itself is a great old atmospheric gothic tale, though more like the Hardy Boys than an overblown Gothic romance might imply. The atmosphere, descriptions and wry humor were all spot on. Just great stuff.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Perry, who was both a slightly fragile man and a really sarcastic bastard. A bit like Lanyon's Adrien English, but more artistic and painterly.


    Which character – as performed by Max Miller – was your favorite?

    Oh man, they were all good. Mrs Mac was both funny and scary. Nick was a great gruff, traditionally masculine voice (sexy!) and all the Vermont accents were spot-on. If pressed, I'd have to pick Nick.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    As if Perry didn't have enough problems, now he's got a dead body in his bathtub. At least, it was there, and now it's not. The cops aren't particularly getting called out in this weather. What is going on in that great old weird mansion? Is every one of his fellow renters crazy, or is it just the hunt for lost treasure making them act that way? Who keeps murdering people?


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Norman, OK United States 02-21-13
    Amazon Customer Norman, OK United States 02-21-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Very enjoyable story and narration."
    What made the experience of listening to The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks the most enjoyable?

    I have not read this book before, and the story was very entertaining. The narration of all the characters, even for the secondary characters with their East Coast accents was extremely well done.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Perry. Such a sweetheart. I laughed when he turned down an offer of a beer because he had already brushed his teeth that evening.


    What about Max Miller’s performance did you like?

    Good voices, nice inflection and professional narration.


    If you could rename The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks, what would you call it?

    I like the name as it is. What kind of question is that?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Walnut Creek, CA, United States 02-04-13
    Kathleen Walnut Creek, CA, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Wonderful stand alone from Josh Lanyon"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks to be better than the print version?

    Unknown


    What did you like best about this story?

    Perry's spirit and very dry sense of humor, and stone-cold Nicks unthawing the longer he was around Perry.


    What about Max Miller’s performance did you like?

    Fairly good narrator for this story. Would have liked a bit more lower range in his voice, especially for Nick.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I hope there is NEVER a movie made from this wonderful story. Hollywood NEVER gets it right unless the author is in complete control. And unless Josh becomes JK Rowling overnight... that's not going to happen. Leave it be.


    Any additional comments?

    A well written murder mystery surrounded by a love story. Well done!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    EaglesSoar Northwood, NH, United States 01-13-13
    EaglesSoar Northwood, NH, United States 01-13-13 Member Since 2011

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    "It was Colonel Mustard in the..."
    What did you like best about this story?

    A classic “CLUE” game whodunit very well written. The relationship between Perry and Nick grows into something unexpected. For Perry, I thought it was a coming of age – reaffirming his manhood and adulthood all in one. For Nick, letting go and embracing who he is, what he wants and eventually what warms his heart to complete him.


    Any additional comments?

    At first Perry seems somewhat fragile but he is not – just a little naive and inexperienced but in all reality he is just young. Nick on the other hand – X- Navy Seal has been there; done that and has very little patience for anyone let alone a mystery.

    I love the “target practice” scene – ANY questions ??? LOL

    A very touching romantic story

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Henniker, NH, United States 12-28-12
    Amazon Customer Henniker, NH, United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it"

    The reader took a little to get used to, but I've noticed that's the case for me with most books I listen to. But once I was into it I loved it. This is one of my favorite books and being able to listen to it while doing other things is absolutely wonderful!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Gothic caper/cosy"

    The story is reminisant of good old fashioned cosies, Lots of scooby doo running around with hidden passages, strange characters and missing gems. Personally I still like them and so enjoyed this.

    Characters are pretty standard Lanyon fare - big tough guy and slighter, weaker (in this instance asthmatic) guy who is the brains of the outfit. Not the most believable pairing, but I liked the grudging romance that develops between them, the pacing of it was nice.

    The narration is good but I found the character voices distracting. Max Miller creates very different voices for each character and while credit is due his ability there, but for me they didn't sound right, Nick sounds bored and Perry very young; nationality probably has an impact there too - I'm british so less familiar with american accents.

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