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  • Murder Mystery M/M

    Murder Takes The High Road by Josh Lanyon Reading this book I believed that the author was a guy…it seemed to feel like a sensitive male author writing a somewhat cozy feeling murder-mystery-romance set on a bus tour in Scotland. I didn’t realize till the end of the book, after reading the author’s bio at the end, that the author is a female. That said…I really did enjoy reading this new-to-me author and would gladly read more of her work in the future. Why would I read more? Because she engaged me in the mystery but even more, she had me invested in the characters of Carter and John. They were so good together, put a smile on one another’s faces and made me smile, too. I was rooting for their romance to flourish and hoping that it would go beyond the limited time of the bus tour. As this was a tour to see Scottish sights…and sites where an author managed to murder characters in her books…it was a bit of a travelogue but as I traveled with the group I got to know the people on the bus and a bit more about a country I would like to visit someday. As with many groups that are gathered together but do not know one another beforehand they have to find their way as a group with each person finding where they fit on the team. There was a comedian, a complainer or two, a loudmouth, a leader or two, a conspiracy theorist and…well….a few others, too. What I liked: * The dialogue between Carter and John * The mystery of John’s night walks * The mystery of why people were disappearing * The information that made me go look to see if Dame Vanessa Rayburn was a real person or not (the fact she was a murderer reminded me of another author who writes murder mysteries) * The way Vanessa’s books were referred to as if they really existed * The interactions between those on the tour * The romance between Carter and John What I didn’t like: * The people meant to be disliked and some of the things they said and did. Did I like this book? Yes Would I read more books by this author? Yes Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin Carina Press for the ARC – This is my honest review 4 Stars

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  • An entertaining mix of romance and mystery

    I haven’t read anything by Josh Lanyon before, but I’m always up for a good romantic murder mystery. While this was heavier on the mystery side than the romance side, I still very much enjoyed it. “As much as I loved reading about murder and mayhem, I had never kidded myself I’d make a good detective. The extent of my sleuthing ability was finding misfiled books and lost editions.” Carter is quite possibly the coziest amateur sleuth I’ve ever read about, a complete cinnamon roll hero. He’s a librarian who prefers reading books and gardening to traveling, but this trip is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet one of his favorite authors. Unfortunately, he booked the trip years ago, before his (now ex) boyfriend cheated on him – and they’re both going on the trip, as well. At least Carter has a room to himself – until a last minute addition to the tour is set to room with him. Luckily, the new guy is hot, single and setting off Carter’s gaydar. If only he wasn’t setting off Carter’s something’s-not-right-o-meter, too! The entire book happens in less than a week and is entirely from Carter’s POV, so the romance felt a bit rushed. While I definitely felt the chemistry between Carter and John, I was glad their relationship ended on a happily-for-now note rather than a true HEA, just because a week on a tour bus in Scotland didn’t seem like enough to build a relationship on. I’m honestly hoping that this will be the first in a series starting Carter and John, as I really enjoyed Carter’s POV and his approach to solving the mystery. “I was thinking maybe we should…” Once again, she let it trail. “We should what?” “I don’t know. Investigate?” I gawked at her. “What? Us? How? Why?” She seemed startled at my response. “Why? Well, because.” “Because why?” “We’re all mystery buffs, after all. Who better?” “Police. The local constabulary. The not local constabulary. Scotland Yard. The gamekeeper. The gatekeeper. The keymaster. I don’t know. Pretty much anyone other than us.” As for the mystery piece, there’s lots of red herrings, so it was fun to pick through and figure out what was important and what wasn’t. If anything, I think I’d complain that it’s all a bit too much – there’s too many things going on and too many secondary characters. There are quite a few people – more than twenty – on the bus tour, and some are developed more than others, so it was easy to figure out who was important to the plot and who wasn’t. There’s an entire subplot with Carter’s ex and his new boyfriend that I felt wasn’t fully fleshed out – they seemed to be playing a much larger part earlier in the book and then it just fizzled out « Hide Spoiler. I was pleased with the final resolution of the mystery, though, and especially liked the way Carter solved it. Overall, I very much enjoyed the mixture of romance and mystery, and I’ll definitely be looking up more of the author’s books! Recommended if you like cozy mysteries with a side of librarian romance! I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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  • My first JL read.... I’ll read more

    A nice, easy and enjoyable read. I’m looking forward to reading more. Thanks Josh

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