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Kindle Customer Cathy L
4.0 out of 5 starsRounded up to 4 stars, barely.
Reviewed in the United States on April 29, 2018
I almost didn't finish this book. The character of Jake is far too unbelievable. He's so far in the closet, I believe he's nothing but a forgotten wire hanger stuck back behind your high school prom dress. I don't know why Adrien is attracted to him. It's the story and the grandmother's house that kept me reading. I found that aspect, and the historical old town fascinating reading. Lanyon's writing is still superb, and I find myself liking Adrien more and more. Jake, still... not so much. The story is good. The mystery is well written. I just want to see Jake accept his sexuality, and acknowledge that Adrien is the kind of strong man that can hold his own.
Liked this one from page one. Spoiler alert for those who don't want to know what the book is actually about.
This on starts with Adrien English getting a little fed up with his on again off again relationship with Jake Riordan the cop. English is also in a mind melt trying to write the sequel to his first sold manuscript. He's getting nowhere in either situation.
Adrien knows Jake is bi sexual. He has a girlfriend as well as Adrien. Jakes a cop and he doesn't want any of his cop buddies to know he and Adrien are more than friends. Hell. He's so far in the closet he can't even see the damned door.
Adrien understands Jakes phobias but he sure as hell doesn't have to like it.
Adrien decides to get out of LA. He leaves the shop in the hands of his assistant Angus and decides he will head for the ranch his Grandmother left him.
The ranch is just north of Senora near the little town of Basking.
Adrien's grandmother raised Arabian Horses and she was the black sheep of the family. She did exactly as she pleased and didn't give a tinkers damn what anyone thought about it. Summers at the ranch were the best times of Adriens life.
Granna died when Adrien was eight. Adrien inherited half of what she left him, which was everything at age twenty one. Adrien will get the rest when he's forty.
His first inheritence funded his purchase of the property for his business. Adrian hasn't been back to the ranch since Granna died. Well. Now he's headed to Pine Shadow Ranch.
Upon arrival in the night the first thing Adrian sees is a dead body in the road.
So begins a pretty nifty read.
This one has Adrian, Jake, two dead men, a missing body, an archeological dig, missing gold, an attack on Adrien, a missing and found mine, a guy named Kevin, an Indian girl named Melissa, a Dr. Livingston, a field planted with marijuana, strang chantin and noise at the old mine, a dog that was literally ripped into peices and Adrien English figuring the whole thing out and saving Jake to boot.
5.0 out of 5 starsAdrien English and The Trouble at Ol' Pine Shadow Ranch!
Reviewed in the United States on March 30, 2014
If the first book Fatal Shadows is noirish, than A Dangerous Thing is definitely a Western--*Adrien English Rides Again!*. Or perhaps *Adrien English and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre!*. (*said in movie announcer voice*)
Lanyon definitely knows how to infuse a book with the right sort of atmosphere. From the 2 old "geezers" telling jokes about Custer, to Jake eating his morning "vittles," to the Sheriff telling Adrien not to leave town, you never forget that you could be reading *Adrien English and The Trouble at Ol' Pine Shadow Ranch*. LA is gone...this here's mother lode country, wipper-snappers! Lanyon almost made me completely happy when Adrien said, "There's gold in thar hills!" ("Them thar hills" would've done it.)
What makes this book an homage and not a caricature (not to mention a fantastic read in general) is Adrien himself. He's just as surprised as the reader to find himself staring in *Adrien English & The Tale of the Missing Corpse* (last one I swear). I like how Adrien (Jake, too) is completely aware of the ridiculousness of his situation.
"I'm a thirty-something gay man with a dodgy heart. I sell books for a living. Who wants to read about that?"
Normal people in the "real world" don't constantly stumble across dead bodies and then solve their murder.
[Jake] "Adrien, people get killed all the time. Since when is it your job to find out what happened to them?" "I'm not usually suspected of murdering them." "You have been as long as I've known you."
Sometimes authors seem to forget that in the "real world" someone like Miss Marple would've been strongly suspected of being a complete sociopath who did more than knit baby booties with those needles of hers. Lanyon doesn't and that makes reading this series even more enjoyable.
As for the romance, it's bittersweet. Jake is the perfect romance hero: a loyal friend, heart of gold, hot--& more than capable of some serious emotional effery.
But Adrien isn't some Barbara Cartland heroine. At one point he says to Jake, "you came after me...every step of the way." And that's true, but Adrien also meets Jake step for step. There are no virginal innocents here.
25 years of romance reading tells me it's all going to come out right in the end--after all Josh Lanyon did say he believes in HEAs. The tortuous jerk.
Still good on the reread. It’s been a while since I read this one so I forgot who did it. Turns out my money was on someone else, oh well.A good murder mystery. The local LEOs drove me nuts in this one with their whole inaction. I did enjoy that both Jake and Adrien used different methods but both ended up on the same page.
I really enjoy Jake’s character arc over the series. I think it is well done even when at times his denial is hard and annoying to read, it feels kind of realistic for someone so far in denial. His banter with Adrien is entertaining and I do enjoy that Adrien gives it back to him and doesn’t let him get away with treating him like a hidden secret.
Adrien has writer's block and takes a vacation to his Shadow Ranch to regroup and try to finish his book. But the adventures start when he arrives and finds a dead man on the road that disappears. The adventure takes off even more when Jake shows up. I like Jake's character even though he is so far in the closet he couldn't get out if he wanted to which he doesn't. This tail of murder, hidden gold and archeology was interesting. Josh Lanyon is a great mystery writer.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 12, 2018
I enjoyed this story, not as much as the first book, but overall it was good. The main problem for me was starting to get annoyed with Adrien for putting up with Jake and his issues. It was a complex story with lots of things going on which kept my interest all the way through.
4.0 out of 5 starsPI/police procedural mystery with strong romantic subplot (m/m)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 25, 2015
Second in series, told in first person in Adrien's witty voice which conceals his thoughts as much as it displays them. It's a tightly-written mystery with plenty of character development, and the only less credible aspect is how an apparently ordinary bookseller keeps coming across dead bodies! Adrien's involvement with Jake continues and I was hoping so much for things to work out well for them. Although I like this type of mystery, I read it for the strong romance and sensual element and was not disappointed. This side of the book doesn't dominate but is always there, enriching the story.
When you think about escaping away from the city for some peace and quiet at the old ranch your Gran left to you when she died and you find a dead body on the drive of said ranch, you might want to read this book. Adrien is having trouble, with his "partner" Detective Jake. So he decides to make a sudden trip to Shadow Ranch to escape from Jake, LA etc but instead of being able to get settled down and get on with his second novel, he finds a dead body lying in the drive of the ranch. Getting out to see what he believed it was, he discovered the dead had recently just died by the fresh bullet hole inside of him. From there things tend to get worse, and Adrien winds up in hospital after getting bashed over the head. Thankfully keeping a certain detective's card in his wallet, Jake is the first thing he see's when he wakes up. I know I've said this about the other books in this series, but this is such a great read! If you loved the first one of this series, you're going to love this one. Recommend to all.
5.0 out of 5 starsOne great series ,excellent in every way.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 21, 2013
There is not a lot that I can say about this book or the series that has not already been said by other reviewers Josh Lanyon is one of the best authors I have bought books by for the kindle His books make it feel like you are reading about real life . This is an excellent book with great charaters and a great story Two very different guys both quietly falling in love and not really knowing what to do about it. Worth reading and keeping just for the two guys
4.0 out of 5 starsturn off your phone and settle back and enjoy. I have bought the remaining 3 books
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 24, 2016
Are these my guilty pleasure? I seem to be more interested in Adrien's emotional well being and how he gets on with his mother - Lisa than the actual murder investigation - is that wrong? Of course there are stereotypical gay characters, unrequited desires and some requited desire. Just pour yourself a glass of wine, turn off your phone and settle back and enjoy. I have bought the remaining 3 books. I am not going to have any great life changing experiences or philosophical insights reading Josh Lanyon but I am going to enjoy reading them.