• Murder Takes the High Road

  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (384 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From award-winning male/male author Josh Lanyon: a librarian finds himself in a plot right out of one of his favorite mystery novels

Librarian Carter Matheson is determined to enjoy himself on a Scottish bus tour for fans of mystery author Dame Vanessa Rayburn. Sure, his ex, Trevor, will also be on the trip with his new boyfriend, leaving Carter to share a room with a stranger, but he can’t pass up a chance to meet his favorite author.

Carter’s roommate turns out to be John Knight, a figure as mysterious as any character from Vanessa’s books. His strange affect and nighttime wanderings make Carter suspicious. When a fellow traveler’s death sparks rumors of foul play, Carter is left wondering if there’s anyone on the tour he can trust.

Drawn into the intrigue, Carter searches for answers, trying to fend off his growing attraction toward John. But as unexplained tragedies continue, the whole tour must face the fact that there may be a murderer in their midst - but who?

©2018 Josh Lanyon (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited
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  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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Well done!

A murder mystery in which the mystery and solution are more important than the angst of the protagonist! Better yet, a protaginist with low angst! Bravissimo!

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Entertaining mystery tour in Scotland with romance

Carter stubbornly refuses to give his expensive mystery tour ticket, booked years in advance, to his ex-lover Trevor to use for Vance, Trevor's new partner. Carter is still bitter a year after the breakup. Trevor and Vance are really obnoxious. It is always fun when there is an awful ex around in romance novels to hate. Carter gets an unexpected roommate for the tour. John, the roommate, acts suspiciously but Carter is attracted to him and John is attracted to Carter. Rumors fly that one of the passengers on the previous tour died. Then, a passenger on Carter's tour dies.

Good surprises in the mystery tour and a good new romantic partner for Carter. I really enjoy Josh Lanyon's novels.

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Makes me wanna go to Scotland!

There’s this librarian who’s on a journey to meet his favorite author. There’s a catch of course, his ex and the current flame is on the said journey with him. All of these are on the blurb. What’s not on the blurb is how much you will love Carter. He’s the most relatable MC ever. I adore him. He’s level headed but also not above being petty with his ex. He’s smart but also not above entertaining fanciful thoughts like any mystery fan. The supporting characters are great too. I can’t stand Trevor and Vance, but I think they were written that way. And Yvonne, oh lort, she cracked me up several times and up until the very end. John was a mystery and I was really thinking he’s either a cop or a fed. I like the evolution of Carter and John’s romance. I wish there could have been more of that. But it is a mystery book more than anything.
The pacing of the story is great. The characters are well developed. The twist was awesome too. And this book makes me want to take a tour to Scotland, not a murder mystery one though.
Gary Furlong did great with the narration.

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Probably my favorite from this author!

I am a fan of most of Josh Lanyon's work. This might be my favorite yet. It was an interesting listen. Not just a mystery, not a romance. Like a lot of her work it's a good read that happens to have a gay protagonist.
The reader really drew me in and I believe it added to the enjoyment of the story. It takes place in Scotland which added even more.
I recommend it!

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Best Lanyon Mystery in a While

Mr. Lanyon put together a nifty little mystery in an homage to Dame Agatha Christie’s “Nemesis”. A new hero is created in the form of a librarian who sets out to see his mystery author hero. Characters are written to respond naturally to each situation and not much is forced. I appreciated the unusual structure of the story. With luck, Mr. Lanyon will create a new series based on his new sleuth.

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Very good narration.

This is my first time trying a Josh Lanyon audiobook and, just like the novels themselves, they didn’t disappoint. Gary Furlong's voice and narration did very well to bring the story to life. It was well-paced in writing and reading. The story is overall fun and I, personally, find mysteries to be the best audio books. The romance wasn't too explicit which is another preference of mine because I find explicit narrations to often be laughable or embarrassing. For me, this was a great choice for my Audible credit and I can see myself buying more audiobooks from this author and narrator.

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  • Lo
  • 04-28-21

A little disappointed

As an avid fan of this author, I was quite disappointed with this book. The ending was horrendously rushed and the story lacked any sort of real climax. While the relationship felt pretty natural and they had good chemistry, it felt too cheesy during the resolution. It was well built with relatable characters then we get hit with the “after 2 days of knowing you and three conversations later, I love you” trope which ruined it for me. They both seemed pretty relatable until the end.

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Great vocal performance of a rather bland story.

I very much enjoyed Gary Furlong’s narration. It was very smooth, the characters were well delineated, and the accents were spot on. The story, however, was a bit bland and not very suspenseful. My one observation that I feel needs comment is Mr. Furlong’s pronunciation of andirons. He pronounced the word “an-dee-rons” rather than “an·
dai·urnz”. ‘Nuf said.

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Good mystery

I liked the mystery part. It was thrilling and I got surprised several times. Performance by Gary was very good, it really enhanced the story. I was a little disappointed with the romance of the book. It went too fast. But overall I liked the book and I will look for other books from Josh.

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It was good.

I finished it in one sitting. Great job with Scottish accent from the narrator, all n all a good read.

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  • JBo
  • 07-17-18

Loved this book!

I am a Josh Lanyon fan, but I don't like all books equally however this is one of my favourites of Josh's. I've read it twice - first switching between reading and listening, the second time just listening to the audio version and I found it an engaging - and often humorous - experience. Carter is a great character, well aware of his flaws in the role of amateur sleuth and the other people on the trip with him were interesting in varied ways (some were awful!)
I really got drawn into the story, the narration was great and I just enjoyed the whole thing!

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  • C M Silver
  • 04-18-21

A Highland Fling

Lightweight drama where all the tools in JL's writing kit are used: mystery, suspense, a good plot, humour, nice MCs you can like and enjoy, a mm romance, and a ending worth waiting for. This story is like a prototype for Winter Kill, and there are so many reflections of Adrien English style dialogue you have to stop to realize which book you are listening to. Have flown into Glasgow Airport and visited several of the locations mentioned, so could picture the scenery and places. Usually in a JL book, there is a dark undercurrent of menace and malice, this was here in spades albeit in a light cheery way.

The Gary Furlong narration is the icing on the cake; he voices all the accents perfectly.

ENJOYABLE

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  • Naomi
  • 06-08-18

Very Enjoyable

Such an enjoyable listen! I loved the plots little twists and turns which were all added to by a smattering of holiday romance and snarky ex boyfriends.
Highly recommended if you want a light murder mystery with a little romance thrown in.

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  • Nathan Cairns
  • 07-05-22

not normally my thing.

Normally my preferred genre has paranormal or supernatural or magical themes, so its very rare a book like this holds my attention. i guessed one of the twists before the boat scene, but did not expect it to go the way it did. So thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Paul Travill
  • 04-05-22

Brilliant narrator

Story keeps going with some great twists and turns. The narrator is brilliant, made me want to listen to more read by him

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  • Torric
  • 06-15-20

Great fun

An excellent story with great voicing by the narrator. A bit like a gay Murder She Wrote with a male lead, and it keeps you guessing 'til the end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-22-18

Perfect

Really enjoyed this. Everything a murder mystery should be. A classic tale in the fantastic old style with added humour and that touch of romance. Loved it.

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  • Dermot McCaul
  • 09-26-22

Good in parts

An enjoyable mystery novel with enough twists and turns to keep the interest up, and the Scottish setting is nicely done. Carter, the central character, is pleasant enough but the subplot involving his vile ex-boyfriend and his equally vile new partner goes nowhere and simply becomes tiresome; why doesn't he just tell them both to **!! off?! So, good in parts.

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  • A. J. Bergman
  • 06-01-20

More please

A good listen. Not so gripping that I couldn’t do other things at the same time, mainly craft, but enough interest and entertainment to keep me hooked through to the end. I hooe we have more books featuring these guys.