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Somebody Killed His Editor

Contemporary Mystery, Amateur Sleuth, Comedy

For sixteen years reclusive mystery writer Christopher (Kit) Holmes enjoyed an very successful career, thanks to the popularity of elderly spinster sleuth, Miss Butterwith and her ingenious cat, Mr. Pinkerton. But sales are down in everything but chick lit and Christopher's new editor doesn't like geriatric gumshoes. It's a pink, pink world for Mr. Holmes.

At the urging of his agent, Christopher reluctantly agrees to attend a mystery writer's conference at a remote Northern California winery. But no sooner does he arrive then he discovers the pajama-clad body of a woman in the woods.† If nearly two decades of mystery-writing are anything to go by, the woman doesn't appear to have died a natural death.

With a storm in full force and a washed out bridge making it impossible for law enforcement to come to the rescue, it's practically like all those classic murder mysteries in isolated country manors that Christopher has been penning for sixteen years! If only Miss Butterwith was on hand. Or even Mr. Pinkerton...

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WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

This first-in-a-series (thank you, Josh Lanyon!) is a hilarious mystery with lots of colorful quirky characters, and, most especially, really engaging main characters. There are lots of side-plot secrets and very few clues as to who the actual murderer might be. It seems that almost everyone in attendance had a motive of some sort, most especially Christopher and even J.X. I have to admit that I didn't know 'whodunnit' until the very last second. This is a fantastic read from a mystery standpoint, enhanced by the sexual tension between Christopher and J.X. I can't wait for the next book to see how THAT comes out!
Rainbow Reviews
Josh Lanyon is a master at developing realistic, quirky characters. Somebody Killed His Editor is filled with them. There was a plethora of suspects in this story, where everyone had some sort of secret, a secret that could be construed as a motive. Witty rejoinders abound as do references to movies and television shows and we are left with few clues to guess who the culprit is. Christopher had a smart mouth that led him into danger. It would appear as if Mr. Holmes may have to depend on his arch enemy Moriarity to save him this time. Or is that the reverse? Hop on for a ride with Josh Lanyon and his latest clever tale. You will not be sorry you did.
Sensual Erotic Romance and Erotica Reviews
Since this is set up to be a mystery romance series, there is the inevitable comparison to his popular Adrien English series, one of my favorites by the way. The romance between Christoper and J.X definitely have a different feel from Adrien and Jake I am glad to say. However, the murder mystery and the way it is played out is set up very much similar to Lanyon's other mystery books. There are many characters introduced that could have a motive to murder, and the lead character is one of the suspects. This book reminds me very much of Lanyon's The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks. However, Lanyon knows how to write a great mystery, bring in great supporting characters, sweet romance and always just enough wit and quirkiness that makes me giggle and not want the story to end. I can not say enough how well his books are written."
Smexy Books
Overall, I have to admit this was a fantastic beginning for this series. Somebody Killed His Editor has action, suspense and enough drama to give the soaps a run for their money, with strong well-developed characters, and a creative plot. The setting pulls everything together constructing a location that brings frights and romance to mind in healthy doses. These elements make this book is a winner. The story was a treat to read and I’m looking forward to the next installment of the series."
Literary Nymphs Reviews
Somebody Killed His Editor is the first book in a new series by Josh Lanyon - Holmes and Moriarity. Maybe lightning will strike twice and H & M will take the place of the Adrien English series in terms of fan appeal. Book 1 is an excellent start and I'm looking forward to the new adventures of our intrepid pair of authors, turned detectives. One of the keys for any successful series is that even though the plots are very important, readers have to love the characters and be invested in them and I think that Lanyon made brilliant choices in Christopher and J.X.who have great chemistry together. It also doesn't hurt that the sex between them is emotional, funny and hot. Somebody Killed His Editor reminds me in some ways of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot, complete with dramatic denouement scene.
Reviews by Jessewave
This is probably the funniest Lanyon book I’ve read to date, with the vast majority of the humor coming from Christopher’s observations and wry delivery. The skewed inside look at the publishing industry gives him plenty of fodder. The enjoyment in this comes from the narrator’s voice and the carefully constructed action and environment, more so than either the romance or the mystery. Either way, that doesn’t stop me from whole-heartedly recommending this. It’s swift, shrewd, and irresistible, the qualities I’ve come to expect and appreciate from Lanyon.
Book Utopia
Somebody Killed His Editor is a great murder mystery as well as a lovely romance. The twists and turns of each event will fascinate the reader.  I loved this story. It was a delight to read and a marvelous mystery. Most of all it was a wonderful story of a second chance for two men who deserved it.
Love Romances & More Reviews
First let me say this: the story is fun. The author uses first person narrative, so we get to hear the grousing, grumblings, and yearnings of faltering author, Kit Holmes. Second, the mystery--solving a double-murder that happens at the resort while all are stranded and cut off from civilization--is well plotted, offering plenty of clues without relying on coincidence or fortuitous happenings. I highly recommend this insider's tongue-in-cheek look at writing.
Whipped Cream  
... author Josh Lanyon knows how to develop his characters and reveal the secrets of his cast. He clearly shows that a M/M romance is often as fraught with misunderstandings and missteps as any traditional love story. This is the first in a new series, and I look forward to reading more about the oddball, yet totally believable, characters Layton does so well.
The Romance Studio
It's been a while since I've read a good whodunit, in fact I can't remember the last time I did. Since I completely suck at board games like Clue, I need a mystery that will hold my hand and guide the way. Josh Lanyon writes a mystery in such a way that I didn't even feel like I was reading. When I sat down with my Kindle, I became engrossed in the mystery and I may have even begun to plan out my own alibi at one point or another.
Kindle Vixen for Smokin Hot Books
Josh Lanyon is a master at developing realistic, quirky characters. Somebody Killed His Editor is filled with them. There was a plethora of suspects in this story, where everyone had some sort of secret, a secret that could be construed as a motive. Witty rejoinders abound as do references to movies and television shows and we are left with few clues to guess who the culprit is. Christopher had a smart mouth that led him into danger. It would appear as if Mr. Holmes may have to depend on his arch enemy Moriarity to save him this time. Or is that the reverse? Hop on for a ride with Josh Lanyon and his latest clever tale... You will not be sorry you did.
Elise Lyn for SensualReads.com
Somebody Killed His Editor is laugh-out-loud funny (for real -- my family thought about having me committed while I was reading because I kept laughing so much) and a great read. The smexy scenes were fairly tame, but were hot enough that I needed to turn on a fan. And I loved the fact that the two main characters (the love interests of the book) are named for infamous archenemies Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty. While this wasn' technically my first m/m, it was the first one that I enjoyed. So, KC told me I could go ahead & grab the badge. Maybe I should've asked if I could grab the Josh Lanyon badge too
Mama Kitty Reviews


Somebody Killed His Editor
E-book
August 2016,
JustJoshin Publishing Inc.
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
iBooks
Kobo

Smashwords
Trade paperback
August 2016,
JustJoshin Publishing Inc.
Amazon
CreateSpace
Audio book
January 2013,
JustJoshin Publishing Inc.
Narrated by Kevin R Free
Audible.com
Amazon
OTHER EDITIONS
E-book
June 2009, Samhain Publishing
No longer available
Trade paperback
April 2010,
Samhain Publishing
No longer available

Honorable Mention

Nominated for
Best Mystery/Suspense Book 2009

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