Book #1 in the Art of Murder series
Novel, Thriller, Contemporary, FBI
Special Agent Jason West is seconded from the FBI Art Crime Team to temporarily partner with disgraced, legendary “manhunter” Sam Kennedy when it appears that Kennedy’s most famous case, the capture and conviction of a serial killer known as The Huntsman, may actually have been a disastrous failure.
The Huntsman is still out there...and the killing has begun again.
"... The Mermaid Murders was all kinds of creepy fun in an ominous setting with all sorts of suspect side characters. I had no idea the whodunnit. None. I thought I did a few times but was then thrown wildly off course."
Katie from Back Porch ReaderReviewer:
"This book was just so, so good!... I spent the entire book either rooting for the two men to make a deeper connection or trying to figure out who the killer was and I wasn't disappointed on either one."
Sarina from Love Bytes"
"I am so looking forward to the next book... It is a really good suspense/thriller story."
Tamika from Oh My Shelves
"Lanyon's writing was a excellent as ever, dragging me into plot, relationship and setting in no time flat. The chemistry between the two guys also grabbed me by the throat early on. The snappy pace of the mystery and the slower pace of the attraction worked perfectly together and kept me completely enthralled."
ABJ from Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
"That was a great read... We have thrilling actions... SEXUAL tension... great dialogues... a quick paced gripping mystery -- I've been puzzling over the real murder almost up to the very end... there is no abrupt finale here. It is smooth and romantic and left me satisfied, beaming with happiness."
Lena Ribka from Gay Book Reviews
"I think I can safely say that this book will be in my favorites... I loved both the mystery and the romance... The mystery was fast paced, really well plotted and not at all predictable. It kept me guessing all the way to the end and I did not see it coming."
Otila from Gay Book Reviews
"Sam Kennedy and Jason West have the potential to be the next Jake Riordan and Adrien English. I know what you are thinking, "that's one helluva prediction". Maybe it is, but considering Jake and Adrien are one of the couples I tend to use as a personal rating system when it comes to romantic mysteries, I think it is more than a prediction. They have the kind of chemistry that ignites your soul to the point that you could care less about the mystery they are actually trying to solve. Luckily, Sam and Jason don't let that "WOW" feeling get in the way of their job."
"It has been a while since I enjoyed a mystery this much. From page one I was hooked. Then there was the romance. Forgive my political incorrectness, but they are such guys. They kind of fell into bed with each other, but god forbid they should talk about feelings and relationships. Readers of James Patterson will appreciate the succinct writing style and well-crafted plot. Highly recommending."
MM Good Book Reviews
"The story is a balanced mix of slow-build romance, conflict, suspense and excitement. Josh's skilful writing style makes this story such a pleasurable reading experience. The words flow beautifully, almost poetically, painting a wonderfully realistic picture of the world and the characters that move within it. The story is well paced, moving the mystery investigation forward alongside the more slower romantic plot with plenty of tension all round."
Gay Book Reviews
"I am so looking forward to the next book. I think these two worked well together with the amount of time that they had. I liked the relationship dynamic that worked it way into their pairing. Jason was a little but more hesitant when it came to liking Sam. Sam had this hard exterior on himself, but those few times that he showed vulnerability of course I swooned hard."
Oh My Shelves
"Lanyon's writing was a excellent as ever, dragging me into plot, relationship and setting in no time flat. The mystery in this one was outstanding, and kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat. The chemistry between the two guys also grabbed me by the throat early on. The snappy pace of the mystery and the slower pace of the attraction worked perfectly together and kept me completely enthralled."