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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

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Fun mystery with gay hero

In this mystery the protagonist and the detective are gay men and I found it interesting to see how that changed the usual dynamics of romance in a mystery. There are explicit sex scenes, so if that bothers you, you probably will want to skip this book. The setting is a writers' retreat and the satire about the writers is pretty funny. The narration was good.

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Lukewarm semi-erotic fairly fun mystery

I really wanted to love this book, but while it kept me listening to the end, it was really just okay. The mystery was pretty typical and more than engaging enough, as was the flavor of the writer's conference and wry commentary on publishing. The characters were okay, but behaved a bit nonsensically, which detracted from the story. The erotic moments were well written, but hard to fit within the flow of the story and not well supported by the characters' behavior.

If you're driven by teasing out the mystery and don't mind waiting for some nice juicy bits, you'll like this book. If you trip over unlikely human behavior, you might want to skip this one.

I gave the reader three stars because his work on most of the characters was only so-so, but it bears mentioning that I loved the voice he gave to the main character, and I enjoyed the stubborn, self-deprecating, strident protagonist. He was familiar, human, and fun.

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Great narration and story.

Very good narration. Highly recommend the book. Well written and flows easily. Feels like you are really there.

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Kept me wondering...WhoDunnit til the very End!

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I love stories that keep you in the dark to who the actual killer is until the very end and this story does and does it perfectly!<br/><br/>I can't say that I was surprised but I definitely hadn't expected it. Great mystery, made even better with an excellent performance!

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Somebody killed his editor - Josh Lanyon

I've only recently begun listening to ebooks and I am becoming hooked. I find that I really love listening to stories when driving. I think that I now prefer this to music.
I've been a Josh Lanyon fan for a long time and have all of his books as ebooks and I own quite a few of them as paperbacks as well.
I finished listening to 'Somebody killed his editor' and I loved it. Kevin R Free was an excellent choice as narrator as Josh's writing has always had an element of humour and Mr Free brings this to the fore easily.
I definitely recommend this audiobook.

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  • Heather
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 07-29-14

Better heard that read

Kit Holmes is a writer stuck in a rut, and being put out to pasture by his publishing house, while XJ Moriarity is a best selling writer on the uphill climb to fame, they meet (again) at a writers retreat in the back woods of California. Unfortunately for Kit, he stumbles upon a dead body before he even checks in. All eyes turn on him, and the body count rises.

When I first read this book, I did not like Kit. His was the only lead character from Josh Lanyon that I didn't find charming. All that has changed now that I have heard Kevin R. Free narrate him. What in reading seemed to me as whining, comes across as acerbic and self-depreciating (as Josh intended) when spoken.

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I don't regret the read

I just wish whoever was editing Josh Lanyon would ask for more out of him. This story had unrealized potential. What did JX see in our boy Holmes to keep him devoted after so much? Cause all I heard was that he was a self centered jerk. We needed more from the relationship perspective. The mystery was a well-plotted standard cozy, so no complaints there. I just wanted more out of the relationship.

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  • Kathleen
  • Walnut Creek, CA, United States
  • 02-19-13

I liked The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks better

What did you love best about Somebody Killed His Editor?

It's more about what I didn't like about the story...neither of the main characters. And when I don't fall in love with the MCs, I just end up not particularly liking the entire story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Somebody Killed His Editor?

First time Chris and JX made love in Chris' room. Explosive.

Have you listened to any of Kevin R. Free’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've never heard him before. I'd rate him above average, but not spectacular like Shannon Gunn.

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

No, it was difficult to finish.

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I LOVE Josh Lanyon, but I am not fond of this series. Fatal Shadows (Adrien English Mysteries) is far better in my opinion, as is Fair Game and The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks.<br/><br/>I'd rate this book/story at 3-1/2 stars overall.

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I'm loving this new series

Josh my favorite author by far. And I mean it, I don't know any other author I get excited about. Mainly because I love mysteries, also Josh's books are never overflowing with sex scenes.
This a murder mystery but with a lighter touch. Humorous situations with out writer MC, he has his insecurities and hangups. I loved the other characters, all colorful and some weird; which is always a plus.

Narrator was amazing. Suited the vibe of the book.

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Eh, I think I liked it.

I have an odd relationship with Josh Lanyon and her books. For the most part, I don't really connect with them. I've used my own money and bought over 10+ Lanyon books, and while some of the books work for me, it's true that the vast majority don't. I struggle with the lack of relationship development in every single Lanyon book.

However, that being said, I also have a love/hate relationship with the Adrien English series. While the books made me pretty mad at times, they are also some of the most memorable audiobooks I've ever listened to, and the series holds a special place in my heart.

When I saw the Holmes and Moriarity books on sale at Audible, I snatched up the first two, hoping this series would win me over.

Honestly, I really hated the beginning of Somebody Killed His Editor. The narrator for this series isn't nearly as talented as with the Adrien English books, and Kit sounded like a whiny old lady. However, as the book progressed I found myself drawn in more and more, and I ended the book on a positive note, excited to listen to the next one.

One big issue that I had, which many other readers don't seem to have, is how oddly misogynistic this book is, especially because Josh Lanyon is a female author. The female authors in the story are all wearing pink all the time and acting ridiculous, prancing around and writing about things that Kit deems frivolous. It really irked me, and it made me almost put down the book 1/3 of the way through.

I'm curious to see where this series takes me. I hope I see some true relationship development between the two MCs and not just relying on past chemistry. We'll see...