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Somebody Killed His Editor by Josh Lanyon

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Somebody Killed His Editor (Holmes & Moriarity, #1)Somebody Killed His Editor by Josh Lanyon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked this book up for my Kindle on a whim and it did not disappoint.

The main character, Christopher–only J.X. calls me Kit–Holmes, is a forty-something author of charming mysteries featuring elderly British spinster, Miss Butterwith. His books have gone out of fashion and his house is threatening to drop him, so his agent sends him to a writer’s retreat–horrors!–to make nice with his new editor, not-so-fondly known as “Satan.” Christopher has new clothes, more hair products than he knows how to use, and is being pushed into pitching a new series about a Regency P.I. and her Demon Lover. To put icing on his cake of misery he runs into J.X. Moriarity, a very successful author–read: more successful than Christopher is now–who just happens to be Christopher’s ex-lover. He’s so miserable the dead bodies almost come as a relief; until he becomes the main suspect, that is.

Christopher is sarcastic, cranky, and I liked him very much. He doesn’t pull his punches, maybe not even when he should, and except for that minor matter of being scared to death of love he’s pretty brave when he has to be. The mystery was solid and kept me guessing until the end. The love story was tender and touching and had me sighing. The sex scenes were realistic, not shying away from the physical but not ignoring the ever-important emotions involved. (For example: “There it was…there…that spate of wet heat and snapping energy, a fireball blazing through nerves and muscles and razing everything in its path, setting the fields of gold on fire. Summer once more.” Lovely, just lovely.)

Writers and readers will get a laugh out of Christopher’s behind the scenes commentary on the publishing world and current popular trends in books. Mystery fans will enjoy Lanyon’s plotting and gentle poking fun at mystery trends past and present. Readers who enjoy well-rounded characters will like Christopher and his supporting cast, most of whom rise above cardboard or token.

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Written by tldegray

January 7, 2011 at 7:49 am

Posted in Book Reviews

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  2. I just finished this book a few days ago. I really liked his commentary on the publishing world. I was like finally someone notices that dead bodies keep showing up around the main character and comments on it too.

    I liked the plot but I found the sex scenes lacking. Oh well I keep reading.


    February 1, 2011 at 9:50 am

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