Author: Josh Lanyon
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/08/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, Historical
Felix Day, author of the Constantine Sphinx mysteries, and Leonard Fuller, author of the Inspector Fez mysteries, are bitter rivals and the best of enemies. Both happen to present when a notorious author of roman à clef is shot by an invisible assailant during a signing at historic Marlborough Bookstore.
Even if they weren’t both suspects, it’s the perfect opportunity to match wits and sleuthing skills.
If only the murderer was equally amused.
I love it when books grab me right away, unfortunately this one didn’t do that. It actually took me awhile to get into it.
There is a slow build to the mystery but I’m sure that was purposeful on the author’s part. This mystery is written to resemble an older Agatha Christie-type. It’s also historical, set post war 1940s, which isn’t mentioned in the blurb. It took a bit to figure that out but didn’t diminish my enjoyment even if I don’t usually read historicals.
Lanyon obviously did her homework because the setting and world building is spot on. (At least it seemed so to me.) There were even words used that aren’t common anymore; vouchsafe and inimical for example.
I liked the relationship between Felix Day and Leonard Fuller and the way they worked together to solve the mystery. Their relationship was interesting even though they resembled Holmes and Moriarty from Lanyon’s other series a bit too much for me.
My other complaint is that the two characters were a little similar and oftentimes I got confused about who was who.
I loved that the relationship between Leonard and Felix didn’t overtake the mystery and that the sex wasn’t overly erotic and fit the tone of the story.
We hugged and humped, faces turning and twisting against each other, rough bearded cheeks and soft, heated mouths. Leonard’s hands stroked up and down my bare back, fingertips raking shoulder blades and spine in long, almost tremulous caresses, our groins thrusting in urgent, ragged rhythm.
If you’re a fan of historical mysteries or of Lanyon I’d recommend this one. Otherwise, just be wary of what you’re getting into if you pick it up.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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