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Book Review: In Other Words…Murder (Holmes & Moriarity, #4) – Josh Lanyon

36546081Published July 13, 2018 by Josh Lanyon
Genres & Themes: LGBTQ+, Mystery, Murder, Romance, Family
Ebook Edition, 215 pages
ISBN13: 9781945802263
Characters: Christopher “Kit” Holmes, J.X. Moriarity

Blurb:
Mystery author Christopher Holmes, now comfortably married to sometimes rival, sometimes nemesis J.X. Moriarity, is starting a new career as a true crime writer when threatening anonymous notes start arriving.

Even worse, Christopher’s ex also arrives–asking for help locating the man he left Christopher for!

It’s life–and death–as usual at Chez Holmes. In other words… Murder.

It’s been ages since I’ve read something from Josh Lanyon and reading the fourth book off her Holmes and Moriarity series made me realized how much I missed her storytelling and it reminded me how much I absolutely loved almost all of her catalogue!

In Other Words…Murder is no exception. I absolutely adore this installment of the series where we see J.X. and Kit being all so domestic with each other, much more the inscrutable and super adorably funny Kit! I could totally picture him being all so awkward, snooty and of all things – romantic!

I totally enjoyed the mystery here. There are three things that are happening at the same time so I was a bit puzzled at first on how the author would tie up all the loose ends and being the awesome Josh Lanyon, ofcourse she’d find a way to do it neatly and I’ve to say that I’m more than satisfied with it.

This is highly recommended for the fans of the series and for those who have not had the chance to read anything from Ms. Lanyon, I suggest you start with this series and you’d definitely won’t regret it!

My only problem about the whole thing is the last page where she said that the next Holmes and Moriarity installment is still in 2020!!! Ugh. That’s like forever!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
A distinct voice in gay fiction, multi-award-winning author JOSH LANYON has been writing gay mystery, adventure and romance for over a decade. In addition to numerous short stories, novellas, and novels, Josh is the author of the critically acclaimed Adrien English series, including The Hell You Say, winner of the 2006 USABookNews awards for GLBT Fiction. Josh is an Eppie Award winner and a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist.

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Book Review: Winter Kill – Josh Lanyon

Winter KillIt’s should not come as a surprise how good this one would turn out. I mean, it’s Josh Lanyon and he’s like one of the best writers in the MM genre and shall I say, in general.

Winter Kill centers on Special Agent Adam Darling who is trying to resurrect his career after a high profile case set a dent on his professional record. Now handling a new case with a new partner, Adam finds himself in the midst of a quiet mountain resort in Oregon searching for a serial killer.

He then meets Deputy Sherriff Robert Haskell – the closeted and very efficient cop townie who isn’t too thrilled about the FBI’s involvement despite their initial attraction towards each other. Now, it’s up to them to work well together and bring the case down to a close and their budding romance – well, one has got to give.

Now this one, I really did enjoy to bits. This is only the fourth book I’ve read from Josh Lanyon and I can already tell his style from other authors, which promise so much for me in the future since I am planning to read a lot off  his catalogue!

I just loved the whole feel of the story. There’s this melancholic vibe at the beginning about the guy who got murdered by his (apparently) lover and that angle of the story alone already set a precedent on how the mystery of the story will go about and to discover the reason behind it in the end. Ugh. I’m like, damnittohell! That was totally heartbreaking!

The boys are equally likable. Adam reminds me so much of Ty Grady from the Cut and Run series or maybe it was just a different version of J.X. Moriarity from the author’s Holmes and Moriarity series. I also loved that Rob’s such a *whispers* slut. The term casual sex totally defines his lifestyle. Of course, there’s a turn around with our two MCs who can’t seem to get enough of each other and now I am so thrilled about how it ended because it seems to be that we’ll be getting one more book out of these two! I sure can’t wait to have that one!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Published May 31st 2015 by Just Joshin

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About The Author
A distinct voice in gay fiction, multi-award-winning author JOSH LANYON has been writing gay mystery, adventure and romance for over a decade. In addition to numerous short stories, novellas, and novels, Josh is the author of the critically acclaimed Adrien English series, including The Hell You Say, winner of the 2006 USABookNews awards for GLBT Fiction. Josh is an Eppie Award winner and a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist.

Book Review: The Boy With The Painful Tattoo (Holmes & Moriarity, #3) – Josh Lanyon

The Boy with the Painful Tattoo[Book 3 of the Holmes & Moriarity series]

“I’m just not sure if I’d go directly into the third installment. I guess I need to have more motivations to go ahead with this couple… – This was me a month ago. I did get a lot of recommendation to read this book and I finally conceded. Reason being was that though I’m really not a big fan of mystery novels and ‘am not exactly the biggest fan of this couple, I came to really appreciate them over time. It’s nice that Christopher Holmes (Kit) and J.X. Moriarity finally decided to live together. But not without any fuss – both still have some doubts if this would work out and they are also willing to give it their best shot. I think this was definitely a bigger deal for Kit since he’s the one who’s got to sell his house and migrate across the state. The fun though didn’t stop as Kit’s amateur sleuthing was put to a test again when he found a dead body from one of the boxes they packed at the new house. Then there’s the stalker, Miss Butterwith and Mister Pinkerton look-alike neighbors, the cray-cray family and the boy with the painful tattoo (like seriously, that’s just…)

I didn’t think that I’d enjoy this immensely contrary to what I’ve been blabbing about a month ago. I loved the snarky nature of Kit and how J.X. seemed to really try to play it up and make it work.  It is only now that I appreciate how refreshing their partnership is. It’s realistic and there is a sense of vulnerability in it that you can’t help but really root for them to really make it work. This time though, I didn’t really care to guess who the the culprit. I was more focused over the development of Kit and J.X.’s relationship. This one is definitely not the last in the series because it looks like we’re up for more Holmes and Moriarity sleuthing and them dealing with the more pressing issues involving their families and careers. I hope in the next book, it’s the other way around where J.X.’s would be the doing the sleuthing and Kit’s career comes into focus. And yeah, Rachel can also go with Anna Hitchcock…she was a very irritating character… other than these observation, I just want to say that I really enjoyed reading this book NON-STOP and that should tell you something about it…

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Book Review: All She Wrote (Holmes & Moriarity, #2) – Josh Lanyon

indexI actually enjoyed this way better than the first book of the series. I thought it was meatier and the couple here is more present. On the downside, I was a bit annoyed with Kit’s character here. What he’s having was like Titanic-major midlife crisis. His insecurities are just too much for me and the age thing!!! I was like, “get the fuck-over with it! He’s like five years your junior so get a grip!” I actually liked him a ton better in the first book. I thought he was quirky, feisty though still self conscious but here he was just a big hot mess. J.X. on the other hand was simply swoon-worthy here. I loved that he cares so much about Kit. I guess what I was saying is that, though I enjoyed the interaction of the couple here I was under the impression that Kit’s characterization was brutally murdered here. It was like J.X. got all the accolades.

On a more positive note, I loved the story development here. I loved the obvious hints throughout the story and this time, I didn’t mind being able to guess that it was that biatch all along manipulating the game.

It was a good read if I may say. I’m just not sure if I’d go directly into the third installment. I guess I need to have more motivations to go ahead with this couple…

Rating: 3.5 out 5 stars

Book Review: Somebody Killed His Editor (Holmes & Moriarity #1) – Josh Lanyon

via goodreads

via goodreads

I’m first to admit that I’m not really a big fan of mystery novels but I do enjoy reading one every now and then. Though I was not entirely sold on the dynamic of this story, I actually liked the couple here. Both are charming and they’ve a great chemistry. I was able to guess the culprit prior to the big reveal and I guess that’s what made me a bit disappointed with the way things panned out with the murder [ala Detective Conan-style] and the route of J.X. and Kit’s relationship. I was maybe looking for more and asking for less suspense. I don’t know, perhaps I’m just not the type to liken mystery themed novels that much. One thing I’ve to say though, even if I didn’t enjoy that much, I still think that Josh Lanyon writes incredibly well. The feel of his technique was there so I’ve to give it to him. I’ve the second and third book of this series and I’d sure scheduled them to be read sooner.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars