• The Monuments Men Murders

  • The Art of Murder, Book 4
  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Kale Williams
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (258 ratings)

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The Monuments Men Murders

By: Josh Lanyon
Narrated by: Kale Williams
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Someone is watching. Someone is waiting.

Despite having attracted the attention of a dangerous stalker, Special Agent Jason West is doing his best to keep his mind on his job and off his own troubles.

But his latest case implicates one of the original Monuments Men in the theft and perhaps destruction of part of the world's cultural heritage - a lost painting by Vermeer. Naval Reserve Lieutenant Commander Emerson Harley wasn't just a World War 2 hero, he was the grandfather Jason grew up idolizing. In fact, Grandpa Harley was a large part of what inspired Jason to join the FBI's Art Crime Team. 

Learning that his legendary grandfather might have turned a blind eye to American GIs "liberating" priceless art treasures at the end of the war is more than disturbing. It's devastating.

Jason is determined to clear his grandfather's name, even if that means breaking a few rules and regulations himself - putting him on a collision course with romantic partner BAU Chief Sam Kennedy. 

Meanwhile, someone in the shadows is biding his time...

©2019 Josh Lanyon (P)2019 Josh Lanyon

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Fantastic Story! Kale Williams is Wonderful

I can always count on Josh Lanyon for an interesting, well developed plot, intelligent dialogue, and amazing chemistry between her main characters. The Monuments Men Murders does not disappoint. All of the cases surrounding the Art Crimes Division have been wonderful, and I really enjoyed the story of missing art stolen by the Nazis.

The ongoing relationship between BAU Chief Sam Kennedy and Art Crimes FBI Agent Jason West is at a stable place when the story opens. What happens to cause their discord in Monument Men Murders is a fantastic twist, and gives those on Team Sam even more ammunition! In his defense, Jason has important reasons for doing what he does, and as the captain of Team Jason I’m still going to bat for Jason’s motives.

Sometimes these two men are just such opposites that it’s hard for them to find common ground. Plus the differences in the lives they’ve led and their age gap just have them approaching every situation so differently. Having the whole series from Jason’s point of view, it feels to me that Jason is making all of the concessions (and I think he is). If you agree with me, you’re going to love the way this one ends!

Narrated by Kale Williams, he’s doing a spectacular job with this series. I love the gruff, sexy voice he uses for Sam, and he’s definitely nailed Jason’s younger, often tentative nature.

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enjoying this series more and more with each book

Did the story keep me engaged: yes
Were there any parts I found annoying: no
Did I feel an emotional connection to the characters: yes
Would I listen to it again: yes

I continue to enjoy each book in this series more than the previous. Jason and Sam are both very complex and complicated characters and their relationship reflects this fact. I would have liked this one to be a bit longer with more Jason and Sam getting along rather than the amp'd up angst that seems to always be around them. We do get to know Jason in much greater detail in this one as he assists the investigation into the missing "treasures".

Kale Williams does a fantastic job with these guys, His continuity of the characters, personalities and emotions continues to be spot on 4 books in, bringing life to the audio experience.

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Nooooooo!

Ok normally I am not an emotional basket case, but dear Gawd! The heart ripping up & downs in this one is just... sigh, well spectacular. Take that however you wish. Kennedy & West are one of the MOST complicated, hopeful, crazy, beat your head on a brick wall, did I mention complicated, couples. Josh is one hell of a story weaver & Kale Williams's portrayal of each and every character is beautifully done. This while series, thus far has been a breaking of the ice in MONUMENTAL proportions. As a art history enthusiast each telling, from the folk art of Mermaids, the forgeries of Monet, the rare Magicians posters, to recovering stolen WWII Vermeer have all rekindled the love I have for all things artistic. Can't wait to see where Josh takes Kennedy & West next, because, by God there needs to be a grand finally. Please.

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I couldn't stop listening..😌

Love it, simply like that, the job of description of everything including emotions are different from other authors that I have read, the narrator work is very good and makes me to not stop until is finished.Our guys are, again, showing us another way of how love is, with highs and low, they do everything to understand each other, I think that Sam is now really discovering what love means. I love this author and the narrator.. is awesome.

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Josh can weave a great mystery

Josh Layton is one of the writers that I come back to time after time . I enjoy the stories the and Kale Williams is an great narrator. If you're looking for a good mystery I would highly recommend anything by Josh Layton.

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I really wanted to like it

I love Josh's writings and read most if not all of them so I really hate to admit that this one was such a drag that I found myself skipping through paragraphs of what seems to feel like reading a college textbook on art history. The mystery was not intriguing enough to hold my attention. top that off with Sam and Jason's relationship which is appearing to be frustratingly going no where...if not on repeat. Being through what they have been through, I felt that this book in the series painted their relationship as unstable and flimsy. I wish wr had more Sam and Jason time on this book.

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excellent!

mystery, Montana, art-crimes, art-detective, art-history, art-theft, FBI, local-law-enforcement, secrets, family-drama, family-dynamics, family-history, relationship-issues, relationships, relatives, m/m mystery, investigation, invested-erotica, threats, international-crime-and-mystery, action, unputdownable*****

Special Agents Jason West and Sam Kennedy work on opposite coasts and West is on the art crimes task force currently investigating thefts of several articles from the WW2 hoard. Another difference for West is that he has a murderous stalker on his trail. There are personal implications about the assignment, just as there is a deep personal connection between West and Kennedy. A very intense bit of sleuthing complicated by personal danger and complications with their relationship. Excellent and riveting.
Voice actor Kale Williams has a great voice quality and really knows how to use it to the listener's advantage.

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Soft Porn

Mysteries have helped me through long nights for 45 years. Painting has helped through days and nights for almost as long. l cherish a devlish mystery that teaches me something new, especially if includes something deep about art. They are hard to find, so I settle for a good mystery. This book is about a very immature relationship and the accompanying sex. I have never read a romance novel, but believe that this book should at least be classified such.

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Pretty disappointing…

The last two books in the series have been frustrating, especially the endings. I feel like if there’s another book, we are just waiting for the final death knell of the relationship. I read that Book 5 was supposed to be out in late 2020, but it’s 2022 and I don’t see any sign of it. To have Jason be so shocked that Sam felt betrayed by Jason’s hiding the truth about his grandfather was disingenuous, then he feels betrayed because Sam feels betrayed! And always running off by himself to confront the bad guys, that’s just ridiculous. That’s what partners, and Sam, are for. The one scene in which Sam and Jason have dinner with friends in Bozeman and Jason sees a completely different side of Sam is covered in one sentence. Why not give is some details to make us feel like they aren’t just cardboard characters? I will also mention at this point that it’s Bozeman (with a long o sound), not Bahzman. Check pronunciations! No wonder you didn’t try to tackle Butte.

I’ve read a dozen or so Josh Lanyon books. Most of those I’ve really enjoyed, and reread. This series I need to see light at the end of the tunnel to go on.

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Great story. Great narration.

Another fascinating mystery, more tension in Sam and Jason's relationship, an interesting setting, and priceless works of art, all add up to another great story with equally great narration. I am definitely looking forward to the next book.

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