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Twenty years ago little Brian Arlington was kidnapped from his family's Long Island estate and was never seen again. The trail went cold, but investigative journalist Griff Hadley has always thought there was more to the story - much more. When the Arlingtons' patriarch invites him to stay at their estate to research his true crime book, Griff can't say no. It's the story of a lifetime. But not everyone is happy about Griff's presence. Relatives and staff alike regard him coldly, including Pierce Mather, the Arlingtons' attractive lawyer, who is more than a little wary of Griff's motives. When a stranger shows up claiming to be the long-lost Brian, Griff and Pierce are united in their suspicions. Startled to have found an ally in the buttoned-up lawyer, Griff soon realizes it's hard to keep a professional distance. Even in the midst of a groundbreaking investigation, even in the face of a shocking family secret....

©2014 Josh Lanyon (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Possibly the most enjoyable mystery romance I've ever read! Quintessential Lanyon!

When it comes to mystery and gay romance, no other author writes with the mastery and confidence of Josh Lanyon. His story pulls you in immediately and you know that you're in for a completely entertaining romantic adventure.
Lanyon seems to have a formula that always works and always feels new. I say "formula" only because his lovers tend to always start off at odds; one always seems more gruff, restrained, and in the closet. And circumstances conspire to bring the two together often until their mutual attraction is too compelling to ignore.
But I happen to really enjoy a love story where the lovers aren't hopping into bed in the second chapter, but instead have to learn each other's ways, work through misunderstandings and mistakes, and finally develop a true positive regard and appreciation for each other. The hot sex is the icing on the cake,
The mystery itself in this particular story was more moving and engaging because the main character is so very personally involved for the beginning. So much is at stake for him as much as for the possible suspects. Elements of the spoiled rich and class consciousness and references to The Great Gatsby all combine to lend a haunted atmosphere, both ethereal and dangerous. And classic Lanyon.

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Josh Lanyon writes in the style of Hitchcock

I must admit that at first I was unimpressed by the mystery that Mr. Lanyon wrote. However, as the story unfolded, it became clear to me that this was more thriller then mystery. Just like the classic Alfred Hitchcock hero who is in trouble and does not know why, we meet a young newspaper reporter from a small town who is given the chance of a lifetime -- to write about a modern Lindbergh baby kidnapping case with the permission of the family. Slowly but surely as the facts reveal themselves, much more is going on then just the investigation of a 25-year-old crime. Murder and mayhem collide until I was so engrossed by the story, I no longer cared that I figured out the solution to the central mystery only after the first few chapters.

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Cinderfella Lives HEA

An annoying protagonist, a hot attorney, decent sex scenes and a story with enough plot holes to drive Cinderella's carriage through add up to a mediocre read. Try Snowball in Hell instead.

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Did I miss something?

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

Yes, if my friend would like an uncomplicated storyline and an easy listen. I like the way Josh Lanyon involves gay characters as people in non stereotypical roles without making the entire plot about gay angst, sex, and relationship drama. To be sure some of that is present but at least there is something else going on where you could easily substitute straight characters and not miss a beat.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I knew where this story was going very early on and I am not trying to seem precious. It was no stretch. My reaction to the "key plot twist" was more disappointment than surprise. I felt that the author revealed the answer as somewhat of an afterthought and got very little drama out of it. It almost seemed like a chapter or two was missing...or maybe I just fell asleep!

Any additional comments?

Yes....note to Josh....bring back Adrien English!

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A great story and performance

This was my first Josh Lanyon book but it certainly won't be my last. It was so well constructed with some great surprises along the way. Expertly read by Jeremy York.

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Nice suprise

Let me just say up front, that I adore pretty much everything Josh Lanyon writes. I was a little worried right off the bat, because I wasn't grabbed right away. There's a lot of unlikable characters, and it took me a little while to get into the story.

But once I was in, I was IN. Maybe it was all the talk about Gatsby, but this one seemed to be written in an older style, which I adored. And even though my audiobooks are supposed to be for at work listening, I couldn't help but finish this over the weekend!

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  • 12-07-18

kept me on my toes

although I figured out part of the outcome, this kept me on my toes and I really enjoyed it.

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Well I wasn’t expecting that...

I have a horrible habit of ditching audiobooks if they can’t hold my attention right away. I’m sure I’ve missed out on a lot of good ones, but such is life. I listened to this in one sitting. Well, not just sitting, but cleaning and ironing and raking leaves and completely blocking out any conversation directed towards me. I am impressed when I wasn’t really expecting to make it past the first couple chapters. Not only was it my first Josh Lanyon book, but also not my usual “go to” area in the Romance Package. Not a ton of smexy times, but surprisingly enough to still hold my attention. Great mystery, great characters and great narration. I know it’s a top notch narrator when the story melds so much that I don’t realize it’s really only one person telling me the story. Overall, just a great audiobook.

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I like the non-series Josh Lanyon books

Another really enjoyable non series mystery gay romance novel. Griffin is an investigative newspaper writer who has become obsessed with the The Great Gatsby and with a child kidnapping that took place in the 1990s. He gets permission from the head of the Arlington family to write a book about the kidnapping and do some investigative research. Jarrett Arlington says he wants to know what happened to his grandson, Brian, presumed dead, whose body was never found. At the estate of the Arlington family, he meets handsome but arrogant and distrustful family lawyer, Pierce Mathers. Most of the family would prefer not to know what happened to the four year old child Brian. There is a lot of annoying resistance to Griffin's efforts to do research to write the book. Someone even arranges an accident on a foot bridge for Griffin. Meanwhile, Pierce and Griffin are attracted to each other but do not trust each other. It is a sticky situation. As the relationship between Griffin and Pierce becomes stronger, the case of the missing child becomes more dangerous, especially for Griffin. The mystery is well done. (A kidnapped child is a classic mystery novel plot. It has been done by many well known golden age mystery writers and even some modern mystery writers.)

The narration is very good. It is not at all annoying the way some narrations are: too fast or too slow, weird voice characterizations, or characters all sounding the same. It was just right.

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Steamy Gay mystery

It was kind of predictable but very entertaining listen while traveling. I had no idea it was a gay romance until I was well into it and listened to the end. I was surprised by the steamy sex scenes....pleasantly.

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  • JillB
  • 07-30-16

Great mystery story

Another fantastic story from Josh Lanyon with well drawn characters and a central mystery that, although I worked it out before the denouement, was still a pleasure to listen to it as it unfolded.
The narration was very good; there were a few instances where I had trouble differentiating between Griff and Pierce but overall it was very good & I didn't want to have to stop listening to go and do other things.

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  • Loki
  • 11-23-15

Well plotted mystery

An Agatha Christie style mystery with an outsider coming in to a wealthy family, and the clues all nicely hidden in the detail of the plot. A real pleasure.

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  • elly gausden
  • 11-15-15

Nice mystery romance

I enjoyed this very much. Well read, good plot with some twists which I didn't see cominf

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  • Padraig
  • 12-30-17

Delightful mystery romance

Where does Stranger on the Shore rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Upper third

What other book might you compare Stranger on the Shore to, and why?

Other Josh canyon books

What about Jeremy York’s performance did you like?

Clear diction and good separation of persons in the story

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The storyline is improbable and the book is light entertainment that is too distant from reality to produce an emotional reaction.

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  • Graham Buckton
  • 06-02-16

like a south American soap opera without the fun

tierd reading boring story too many useless characters and the most silly ending ever J Landon can do far bettter

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