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    REVIEW: In Other Words…Murder by Josh Lanyon

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    Holmes & Moriarity: In Other Words…Murder -Josh Lanyon

    Death reveals all secrets.

    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.

    Well, this answered The Question:

    “I love you, Kit. I just do.”
    I muttered, “Well, you don’t have to sound like it’s against your will.” 

    Compared to the other books in the series, In Other Words…Murder has the most slice-of-life feel to it, the mysteries more or less secondary, even tertiary, to Kit getting a huge deal from publishers, him and JX discussing honeymoon trips, and Jerry being on the loose again. A day in the life of Christopher Holmes certainly doesn’t lack for excitement as he goes from enduring Gage’s presence, sorting through unfinished manuscripts to fending off attacks by a psycho clown, getting JX a happy ever after cake, meeting the ex, feeling guilty about not connecting with old peers as much as he was suppose to, becoming a murder suspect and antagonizing the detectives by being his usual charming self.

    Gad I hate Jerry! The creep just gets into my nerves. Dear System, do you job and please put Jerry away for good.

    Felt sorry for JX. One of these days he might actually get a heart attack from all the life-threatening situations Kit gets into. But JX is rock solid (and healthy). Love him!

    Kit, at long last, realizing Julian Xavier Moriarity is it.

    My gaze wandered to J.X., who was listening to all this with an
    exasperated expression. As I studied his face, realization struck me.
    I’d stand by you. Whatever happens, I’ll be there for you.
    It was kind of shocking. Because it was true.

    Love the fact that he wasn’t in the least bit tempted by the ex’s advances. Good riddance to that loser!

    Kit put the past firmly behind. He has been inching his way forward with a nudge or two since the beginning but this time he wasn’t wavering. Also, he did something nice and romantic! Without being prodded! And he started writing again!

    This is the best Kit yet!


    review of Holmes and Moriarity books here
    review of Josh Lanyon books here

    4 Stars – minor quibbles but I loved it to bits

    Soundtrack: I’ll Be Your Man
    Artist: The Black Keys
    Album: The Big Come Up

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    REVIEW: The Boy With The Painful Tattoo by Josh Lanyon


    Holmes & Moriarity: The Boy With The Painful Tattoo – Josh Lanyon

    It’s moving day at Chez Holmes. Somehow, against Kit’s better instincts, he and J.X. are setting up house together. But while J.X. is off at a writing conference, Kit unpacks a crate that should contain either old books or new china. It doesn’t. Within the mounds of green Styrofoam popcorn is a dead body. A very dead body.

    There goes the neighborhood.

    Poor Kit! Forced to interact with JX’s ex-wife and her kid. I’d have my hackles up if I were in his shoes.

    Kit, who for some mysterious reason is adored by the wonderful JX Moriarity and we’ll just have to take Josh Lanyon‘s word for it, putters around the new house, discovers a dead body inside his crate and does exactly the opposite of what JX, an ex-cop, tells him to do. Typical.

    Also while his boyfriend is still away at some writer’s conference, Kit meets his biggest fan and gains a stalker who shows up at his doorstep bearing gifts and forces him to endure unwanted visits. Was again given dire warning by said boyfriend not to let the creep in. It, of course, went unheeded. Ugh, I totally don’t want to deal with Jerry.

    We all know that Kit could be unlikable but he has redeeming values which at his worst sometimes barely redeems him at all. I don’t expect him to completely pull his head out of his ass but I have faith he’ll get better, eventually. I keep hoping really, for JX’s sake.

    In all fairness to Kit, he’s really trying.

    Also complaining about him is like me grousing about my demon imp cat, Spook, who gives everyone the evil eye and avoids people like they’re diseased. She still gets a hug anyway.

    Lanyon takes a risk by having an MC with a difficult personality which makes for an interesting experience. I agree with one reviewer who said that an unlikable character doesn’t mean bad writing and Kit as a narrator was certainly very entertaining. The Holmes & Moriarity series took some of that cozy mystery elements as found in the Miss Butterwith books and made it gay and snarky. The mystery, this time, was much better executed and more enjoyable than the last although the tattoo in the title had no significance whatsoever.

    That Adrien English cameo!

    Also, Rachel is the best secondary character in the entire series! I love her bloodthirsty drive to put Christopher Holmes back on top of the bestsellers list. Her attempts to reinvent Kit were the funniest scenes in the series.

    Relationshipwise, the couple took major steps forward and since I’m assured they’ll get there (because it says so on the blurb of the fourth book) I enjoyed their journey more and how they grow as a couple without worrying that JL might decide to throw a curveball and send them their separate ways. But who knows, she just might.

    The Boy With The Painful Tattoo is Lanyon‘s take on those grim Scandinavian mysteries minus the snow. Despite his aches and pains, Kit put his “brilliant criminal mind” to use and with JX’s help, solved the mystery, put his house in order, fend off a stalker and survive a day at the zoo. Still not writing those books, tho.


    review of Holmes and Moriarity books here
    review of Josh Lanyon books here

    4 Stars – minor quibbles but I loved it to bits

    Soundtrack: Meet Me Halfway
    Artist: The Futureheads