The Monuments Men Murders

The Art of Murder, Book 4
Narrated by: Kale Williams
Series: Art of Murder, Book 4
Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (160 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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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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Fast losing steam.

I really enjoyed mermaid and magaician murders but Monet and monuments were written by an author not in the mood to write. Barely finished this latest entry. I do enjoy sprinkling art and masterpieces in the narrative but this book was ho him.

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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 can’t get enough of this series~

The beloved characters coming to life again with the marvelous narrator Kale, he certainly knows how to pull every nuance of emotion from the fantastic writing...all I know is I couldn’t stop listening and I can’t wait for the next book. Please Josh, it’d be cruel to make us wait a year for the next installment.

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I adore this series!

The murder mysteries are truly gripping, clever, and interesting - Jason and Sam's relationship is so perfectly paced and the characters are so dynamic and fascinating... In this addition to their on-going story, the tension between them because of certain revelations and a certain special agent had me feeling as nervous and choked up as if it were my own love story on the line! I love each character more and more with every story - even the side characters like J.J. I ate up the buddy cop moments between him and Jason in this! I truly enjoy their developing friendship :) But of course its Jason's and Sam's development, individually and as a couple, that most kept me on the edge of my seat and it was a thrilling ride!

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Love the mysteries, following the clues.

An awesome read, there were heart stopping moments, treachery and heart break. Josh does an outstanding job with the emotions of her characters. Love the book. Love both Jason and Sam. Looking forward to more of them!! I also Love Kale Williams, he's so talented.

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Addictive!

This new story is about art, thieves, crime and dangerous situations. Also Jason West and Sam Kennedy continue to do the passionate and gripping dance around each other we were used to in the preceding books. The narration by Kale Williams is excellent. Enjoyed the whole thing very very much.

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Best one yet!

I enjoyed The Monuments Men Murders far better than the previous books in this series. It hooked me from the beginning and held me captive for the duration. It’s always difficult to talk about the plot without revealing too much. Even more so when it’s a mystery – because what would be the fun reading one if you already have all the answers and know the twists and turns? So normally that would only have me leaving out details of the mystery itself, and me focusing on talking about our two guys. About how they are doing and how their relationship is progressing, but I can’t really do that either. So you could say that I’m a bit of a loss of what to tell you about this book. I can say that I loved it. And that it offered a few surprises – which is always something I appreciate. I love unpredictability in stories, to be kept on my toes and The Monuments Men Murders gave me that. I also love how Sam and Jason felt real to me in a way that they haven’t before. They felt more genuine and relatable. The book opens up with them struggling just a little bit with a long-distance relationship. The love between them was strong and palpable, but you could also feel the strain and the longing it caused. There was never any danger of it causing a break between them – just a craving for being in the same space again. Something Jason’s latest case brings them. It’s also a case that hits closer to home in more ways than one. I think this might just be Kale Williams’ best performance to date. Usually I can take or leave his books, but he really hit it over the park with this one. The pacing, accents, voices and feeling; he nailed it all. Especially in regards to Jason. There were a few scenes that were particularly emotional and revealing, and Williams captured those just right. He made you feel for and with Jason and share the moments with him. I know one thing for sure; if Williams keep delivering books like this – I’m definitely going to look for books by him in the future. The Monuments Men Murders ended in a way that’s so close to being a cliff-hanger without actually being one. One thing is for sure, it’s going to be a loong year of waiting for book five, because I need to know what happens next – and I desperately want to know now. A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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  • Alan
  • 11-16-19

Art theft, murder, and romance!

Agent West is hot on the trail of art stolen by the Nazis and hidden in Montana. He is risking his career, his relationship, and his life to clear his grandfather’s name. For Agents West & Kennedy the course of true love never did run smooth, but is this the last straw? An engrossing murder / mystery / romance!