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Publisher's Summary

Death reveals all truths....

Mystery author and sometimes amateur sleuth Christopher Holmes is settling into domesticity with his sometimes rival, sometimes nemesis J.X. Moriarity when he learns a body has been discovered in the backyard of his former home. 

To complicate matters, Christopher's ex turns up accusing Christopher of doing away with his former personal assistant - the man for whom David dumped him.

It's life as usual at Chez Holmes. In other words...murder.

©2018 Josh Lanyon (P)2018 Josh Lanyon

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A perfect marriage of narrator and story.

In Other Words, The One Where Christopher Holmes Grows Up.

This is the fourth book in the series and, much like a fine wine, the series has improved with age. And that’s the nice thing about a series: the author has the time and luxury to let the characters mature and learn and just be.

The story takes place four months after the events of ‘The Boy With the Painful Tattoo’ and we find Christopher Holmes and J.X. Moriarity enjoying domestic bliss. Of course, that comes to a screeching halt when Christopher gets a call from his ex David informing him that a body has been discovered in the backyard of his former home in Los Angeles. To make matters worse, David suggests the body is Christopher’s former assistant (who David ran off with) and accuses him of killing him.

The cops soon appear and Christopher, once again, finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation. The difference here, is this isn’t his first rodeo and he’s actually been paying attention.

The book is well-plotted and well-paced and there are some surprising (and pleasing) twists and turns in the relationship between Kit and J.X. We’re treated to the hilarous insanity that is Rachel Ving and we also see the return of an old frenemy.

Lanyon (as usual) is at the top of her game with punchy dialogue, most notably Kit’s withering self-assessments and witty asides. Of course, J.X. gets his licks and quips in, too. However, the real revelation is Kit’s newfound self-awareness and restraint. I found the book to be eminently satisfying.

But the star here is narrator Kevin R. Free, who turns in another bravura performance, as he seamlessly switches between the distinct voices of Kit, J.X., and Rachel (as well as the entire cast of characters). He doesn't miss a beat as he brings each line of Lanyon's fantastic dialogue alive.

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In other words.... perfect

This is the first book in the series that I actually listened to. But since audios have (kinda) taken over my life I figured I'd give it a go. And I was not disappointed!

Life isn't always blissful. At least not when your ex calls you up out of the blue asking whether you killed the man that particular ex ran off with. And buried said man in the backyard of your home.... To say that Christopher Holmes is less than amused to become a suspect in that investigation is putting it mildly. However, he does want to know who and what happened to the person buried in his former backyard, so of course he starts sleuthing - again. Things get even more complicated, and dangerous, when an old foe from the past makes his return and he does not have peace on his mind.

Kit and J.X.'s relationship started out very rocky and since the first book there has been many ups and downs, twists and turns, fights and arguments, but finally they are enjoying Life as a solid couple, they are at the same place, want the same things (for the most part) - and they are going in the same direction. They are mature and comfortable and after everything it's a nice thing to see.

The mystery was as always a good one, there were a lot of twists and turns and it kept me entertained and guessing. Add in the stalking sub-plot and the book was filled to the brim - what else can a girl ask for?

Kevin R. Free did a fantastic narration of this book. He nailed the feelings, the intonations, he took you into the story and made you live with Kit and J.X. It was always easy to know who was talking as the voices for the different characters were distinct and on point. I haven't listened to Free's narrations before, but this sure won't be the last book of his I pick up.

In Other Words...Murder was a wonderful addition to the series and highly recommended to anyone wanting some mystery to their romance.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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A Favorite!

Loved it! I really hope there's going to be another book to this series.
It was funny and cute, an all around fun love story!
My only complaint is it wasn't longer but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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Another Josh Lanyon Mystry!

When it comes to a great mystery you can’t go wrong with a Josh Lanyon book!

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  • Leigh
  • Taylor, Texas, United States
  • 09-23-18

Expectations Exceeded!

I love this series. This last book was my favorite (I say that every time, but it's true each time) and I've been so looking forward to the Audible release. I was not disappointed. In fact, I am planning to listen to it again, right away.. A truly scary villain, lots of lovely schmoop, and an absolutely hair-raising ending. Oh, and Josh has done a great job with Kit and JX's relationship. From book to book it's been growing, lovely to see. Kevin R. Free -- well, he does a great job with all the character's voices, but he really IS Kit.

If I had to choose between this series and Josh's Adrien English series, I seriously don't know what I'd do.

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I Love Chris Holmes

I'm a big Josh Lanyon fan. I've read pretty much everything he has written. This series is one of my favorites and this is a really fun story. In Other Words---Murder isn't my favorite in the series but it is entertaining and it's still worth reading and especially listening too. Chris still makes me laugh out loud. I particularly enjoyed the way the MC's relationship has progressed.I think fans of J.X. and Chris will enjoy it.

As always Kevin R Free does a great job on the narration. He really brings the characters to life.

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  • Mary
  • 11-02-18

What a lack lustre mess of a story

Sadly the last three Josh Lanyon books that have been released in audio have been terrible- despite the excellent narration. Gone is the sharp plotting and clever twists in the tales.
This story was so convoluted and the first few hrs was nonsense. There are some authors who lose their form yet have such a loyal army of fans that they still get 5star reviews no matter the lack of quality in the work. The narrator was super, its just a pity he had such poor text to work with.

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  • Geraldine
  • 09-22-18

Perfect

Kevin R Free is superb, reviving his role as Christopher Holmes and JX Moriarity. I couldn’t imagine anyone else doing such a great job with these wonderful books and characters. The book was a pleasure to read and listen to, suspense, romance, comedy, and automatic buy for me at any time. Long may this series continue. If you have already read this series you know what I mean, if you haven’t go start at ‘Somebody Killed His Editor’, the story grabs you from the first sentence and doesn’t let go!