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Publisher's Summary

Someone's out to get Los Angeles bookseller Adrien English. His best friend has been viciously murdered, now he's getting weird phone calls and sinister gifts from a mysterious "admirer." The cops think he's trying to divert suspicion from himself - with the exception of sexy and homophobic homicide detective Jake Riordan. Is Riordan really such a great detective - or does he have a few secrets of his own? Is his offer to help Adrien on the level or is he out to nail his favorite suspect - to the wall?

©Copyright 2012 Josh Lanyon (P)2012 Josh Lanyon

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Starts well, unbelievable ending.

Starts rather well, but too predictable... The ending is just too ridiculous. One thing to set yourself up as live bate, but it's another to sleep with a someone you know is a serial killer...

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Came for Josh, stayed for Chris

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I'd recommend it to the extent that I have a thing about reading a series completely. But I struggled to finish it. There were a lot of threads to follow. I got confused and stopped caring about who did it.

Would you recommend Fatal Shadows to your friends? Why or why not?

Josh Lanyon is one of the best out there. I still have more of her work to read, but I can't say that this was her finest effort. Maybe it was my difficulty in feeling sympathy for Adrien English. He was a bit of a tool. Why people felt pulled to his acerbic personality was the real mystery. I hope I warm to him.

Which scene was your favorite?

I did like the coffee klatsch that Adrien held at the bookstore with the other writers. It rung true, and was really funny to me.

Was Fatal Shadows worth the listening time?

Five hours and twenty five minutes. Sure. I wouldn't ask for my money back. It wasn't poorly written, and where I thought the story flagged, the narrator kept me invested. Perhaps it was just a little over-complicated, maybe it could have been a little tighter. I just can't gush over it.

Any additional comments?

I liked the narrator, Chris Patton. He didn't camp up the gay voices, and the women's voices weren't comically breathy. They do that sometimes. It drives me up a wall.

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Good mystery

Where does Fatal Shadows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

it ranks high up. The right narrator and a good story. I love a good mystery. And though there is no 'obvious' romance I enjoyed it. I think this is one of these books where you either get into it or not.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like Adrien, but then he is the main character. So I'd say I like his mother Lisa. She is so funny without meaning to be.

Have you listened to any of Chris Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No this is the first book.
I've listen to the rest of the series. Worth mentioning he gained some confidence with every book. First book he seems I don't know maybe nervous or trying hard. But towards the end he was there.

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

"Polka dress"

Any additional comments?

This is one of my favorite series. There is a mystery: who did it? and why.
The narrator was great. Each character has a different pitch or voice. And you know when Adrien is speaking out loud or thinking. You won't get lost.

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Best narration in any audio book I've read so far.

Big fan of Josh Lanyon- I read everything he writes. I've only listened a few audio books but I've enjoyed it immensely. I've discovered I enjoy listening to books while I walk my dog!

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  • Rebecca
  • Alpharetta, GA, United States
  • 05-26-15

Interesting Characters

Would you listen to another book narrated by Chris Patton?

He was a good narrator, but I did not like how he portrayed Adrien. When I had read the books, I read Adrien as more matter of fact. Chris Patton made him over dramatic. I didn't like it. I got used to it and began to overlook it as the series goes on. He did fine with the other characters.

Any additional comments?

Even though this is a mystery, its one I can listen to over again even though I now know who did it. This is because the characters and plot are so interesting.

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4.5 Overall Stars

Fatal Shadows is the first book in Josh Lanyon’s Adrien English series. This book isn’t a romance, nor is it an erotic read. What it is is one hell of a murder mystery!

My friends have been raving about Mr. Lanyon’s books for awhile now, and now I get why. He’s got a unique style when it comes to storytelling, and toss in an interesting cast and an intriguing mystery loaded with twists and turns, Fatal Shadows turned out to be a refreshing, totally entertaining read!

Chris Patton is the narrator and he does a fantastic job bringing the characters to life! His voice is so attractive and comfortable to listen to that I have to admit I'm just a little bit in lust with it! The sound quality is pretty good, but there were a couple other issues which could be resolved with better audio editing during production.

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Another winner, super writing!!

I thoroughly enjoyed the book . Story and performance excellent! I'm on my 9th Josh Lanyon book and haven't had one disappointment.

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  • Heather
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 07-30-14

A great start for a great series

Adrien English wants to write mysteries not live them out, but fate has decided that he needs to be in the middle. Friends are murdered, mayhem happens and the cops think it's Adrien himself. Detective Riordan is as straight as they come........or is he? So who can Adrien trust in finding out who really killed his friends, and without getting killed himself?

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Loved it!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The narrator is phenomenal! I was occasionally frustrated with the main characters but in a fun way! The tension between them was great. The mystery was good and had some surprises!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes...There were frequent twists in the plot.

What does Chris Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Yes! I love the various voices and his inflection. He does an amazing job!

If you could take any character from Fatal Shadows out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Adrien, of course...I would want to knock some sense into him about Jake! LOL

Any additional comments?

Well worth the time! I've already read book two and on to book three.

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  • Ryan
  • MURFREESBORO, TN, United States
  • 01-12-14

Loved the Mystery

What did you love best about Fatal Shadows?

The mystery kept me guessing and entertained.

Would you recommend Fatal Shadows to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, but a small warning about the connections of the main characters.

Have you listened to any of Chris Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not, but i did enjoy his performance.

If you could rename Fatal Shadows, what would you call it?

Memories, Suggestions, and love.

Any additional comments?

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