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**
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...
Where does Somebody Killed His Editor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
While it's not my favorite book, the narrator handled both character dialogue and pacing beautifully. The first book in the series is a perfect standalone, and while I can't recommend all three books as a series, this book was good, and worth the money.
What did you like best about this story?
The slow burn Clue esq mystery. The romance was good, too, definitally an appeal, but I was mostly in it for the crime section of the novel.
Which character – as performed by Kevin R. Free – was your favorite?
The main. Although Moriarty was a close second.
Josh Lanyon writes what are basically bodice rippers starring gay men, and they're cute, good fun, a little bit smutty and a lot of fun. High art these are net, but I do enjoy them whenever I'm in the mood for them. Basically they're the peak of being exactly what they are!
I had difficulty relating to the characters. Other than maybe three central characters, the rest seemed largely undeveloped. The narration carried the story by adding an emotional context that I would have missed.
If the summary is good enough for me (and it is) there's no need for me to reiterate. I know I'll get disagreeing scoffs and head movements, but the Holmes and Moriarity series is probably my favorite out of everything I've read. Sure, I've read every flavor novel, especially mysteries (my favorite genre), but I've never read/listened to another as many times as I've listened to this series (even the well known Adrien English series I could only bring myself to read once for some reason). I've actually lost count as to the number of times I've picked up any format of this series to read, and yes I have the paperback, kindle and audible versions. Besides having a personality so similar to Christopher Holmes it's almost like an untrained eye comparing a yoshino and akebono blossom, the story itself drew me in and didn't let go.
Having read the kindle version first and then listened to the audio I can say that Kevin R. Free did an amazing job and made a great book even better.
People may say not to wish your life away, and I would normally agree, except there's a release date for the next installment of Holmes and Moriarity (December 15, 2017 at present). Now I can't help but to hope myself into dotage just that much faster.
Kevin Free does a fantastic job with Kit Holmes's voice. I was left guessing until the very end regarding the mystery. I wish his voice for JX would have been a little bit more distinct. Overall an enjoyable Josh Lanyon mystery.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Absolutely. I can't think of a Josh Lanyon book that I haven't liked, and this one is no exception. The narration is just icing on the cake.
What other book might you compare Somebody Killed His Editor to and why?
The Adrien English series is probably Josh Lanyon's most famous and this book/series shares a lot of similarities--m/m romance, mystery, literary main character, alpha love interest with law enforcement connections, etc.--but I think this series has a light-hearted humor to contrast with the darker mystery elements that the Adrien English series didn't.
What does Kevin R. Free bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I was very impressed with Free's narration. I enjoyed the print book, but Free brought Kit Holmes to life even more fully than the written words did for me. To be honest, Kit's in a very bad place emotionally during the course of the book. His partner left him for his PA and his writing career is in ruins. Perhaps understandably, he is more than a tad self-absorbed, self-pitying, and whiny. But Free presented the inner workings of Kit's head with a light touch, and made him more sympathetic and relatable than I did on my own. Free also did such a great job with the humorous parts--particularly those relating to Kit's books--that I really did almost laugh aloud. I've already listened to book 2, and can't wait to start book 3. . . and, hopefully, there will be many more to come.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I don't think there was a single moment, but I found the instances where it became evident that the strong J.X. Moriarity was actually very vulnerable where Kit Holmes was involved to be very touching.
Any additional comments?
Fans of Josh Lanyon, mysteries, and/or m/m romance won't be disappointed in this book!
Quite a good crime story, but marred for me by the sex scenes, which I do not enjoy, neither straight or gay, as in this case. Wish Audible could provide some marker.
Absolutely the worst book I've read or listened to in years. Don't waste your time.
Is there anything you would change about this book?
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.
What could Josh Lanyon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Spend more time on plot and less on the unconvincing romance.
What would have made this romance irresistible?