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AUDIOBOOK SERIES REVIEW: “Holmes & Moriarity” by Josh Lanyon


Book 1: “Somebody Killed His Editor” 

Thanks to an elderly spinster sleuth and her ingenious cat, Christopher Holmes has enjoyed a celebrated career as a bestselling mystery writer. Until now. Sales are down and his new editor is allergic to geriatric gumshoes.

On the advice of his agent, he reinvents his fortyish, frumpy, recently dumped self into the sleek, sexy image of a literary lion, and heads for a Northern California writers conference to try and resurrect his career. A career nearly as dead as the body he stumbles over in the woods.

In a weirdly déjà vu replay of one of his own novels, he finds himself stranded in an isolated lodge full of frightened women—and not a lawman in sight. Except for J.X. Moriarity, former cop and bestselling novelist. The man with whom he shared a one-night stand—okay, maybe three—long ago. The man who wants to arrest him for murder.

A ruthless, stalking killer, or a hot, handsome ex-lover. Which poses the greater danger? It’s elementary, my dear Holmes!

17607936Title: Somebody Killed His Editor
Author: Josh Lanyon
Narrator: Kevin R. Free
Length: 7 hrs, 37 mins
Release Date: 1/21/13
Purchase Links: Audible



Book 2: “All She Wrote”

A murderous fall down icy stairs is nearly the death of Anna Hitchcock, the much-beloved American Agatha Christie and Christopher Holmes’s former mentor. Anna’s plea for him to host her annual winter writing retreat touches all Kit’s sore spots: traveling, teaching writing classes, and separation from his new lover, J.X. Moriarity.

For J.X., Kit’s cancellation of yet another romantic weekend is the death knell of a relationship that has been limping along for months. But that s just as well, right? Kit isn’t ready for anything serious and besides, Kit owes Anna far too much to refuse.

Faster than you can say Miss Marple wears boxer shorts, Kit is snooping around Anna’s elegant, snowbound mansion in the Berkshires for clues as to who’s trying to kill her. A tough task with six amateur sleuths underfoot, six budding writers with a tangled web of dark undercurrents running among them.

Slowly, Kit gets the uneasy feeling that the secret may lie between the pages of someone’s fictional past. Unfortunately, a clever killer is one step ahead. And it may be too late for J.X. to ride to the rescue.

17713446Title: All She Wrote

Author: Josh Lanyon
Narrator:  Kevin R. Free
Length: 7 hrs, 26 mins
Release Date: 3/28/13
Purchase Links: Audible



Book 3: “The Boy With the Painful Tattoo” 

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.

61Nrt1eZd1L._SL150_Title: The Boy With the Painful Tattoo
Author: Josh Lanyon
Narrator: Kevin R. Free
Length: 7 hrs, 36 mins
Release Date: 1/06/15
Purchase Links: Audible


Ok…so…I really really did not like this audiobook set. Which seems crazy since I listened to the whole thing back to back and didn’t even once think of stopping.

I think my loyalty to getting through a beloved Josh Lanyon series overpowered my complete irritation with this narrator. And thus I persisted. But, ultimately, I think it was the narration that may have ruined the series for me.

Kevin R. Free has the kind of voice that sounds…well…perpetually stuffy-nosed. And I don’t mean that to be cruel, it just was something I couldn’t get out of my head. He has a limited number of accents for characters, so when listening to the books back to back, it felt like all the same characters were returning in each book. And in those accents, he often time lost them by the end of the sentence. So you’d hear this old-british-lady accent for 2/3 of the sentence and by the end it was the same voice he was using for Kit, the main character.

Oh, and the sex…so so awkward. I had just been getting used to listening to sex scenes in audiobooks. And this knocked me back 12 steps. It was so…over the top and felt comical. I cringed.

Now, about the stories…

Well, to summarize this series, my main struggle was…I just did NOT like Christoper Holmes (Kit), the main character, the 1st person POV. He’s whiney, selfish, impossible to love, even more impossible to like, lazy, meddlesome, weak…and I honestly did not believe the attraction or relationship between Kit and JX…until possibly the last half of the last book. I kept screaming at my phone “leave his ass, JX!”

I also think mystery is harder to follow in audiobook. You don’t have the luxury of missing any details. And I found myself rewinding a lot because I had, well, missed details.

All in all, this was a disappointment to me, to be honest. I was so hoping for more.


“Somebody Killed His Editor” – 3 stars

“All She Wrote” – 3 stars

“The Boy With the Painful Tattoo” – 3.5 stars (increased because of a few great scenes with Adrien & Jake!)

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This entry was posted on October 2, 2015 by in Mystery / Suspense, Reviewer: Susan and tagged , , , .

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