Review: Murder Takes the High Road by Josh Lanyon


Murder Takes the High Road by Josh Lanyon
Publication: April 23rd 2018 by Carina Press
Kindle Edition, 250 pages
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Mystery, Romance

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Librarian Carter Matheson is determined to enjoy himself on a Scottish bus tour for fans of mystery author Dame Vanessa Rayburn. Sure, his ex, Trevor, will also be on the trip with his new boyfriend, leaving Carter to share a room with a stranger, but he can’t pass up a chance to meet his favorite author.

Carter’s roommate turns out to be John Knight, a figure as mysterious as any character from Vanessa’s books. His strange affect and nighttime wanderings make Carter suspicious. When a fellow traveler’s death sparks rumors of foul play, Carter is left wondering if there’s anyone on the tour he can trust.

Drawn into the intrigue, Carter searches for answers, trying to fend off his growing attraction toward John. As the unexplained tragedies continue, the whole tour must face the fact that there may be a murderer in their midst—but who?


I'm always excited to read a new Josh Lanyon book, so I was pleased to get approved for an arc of Murder Takes the High Road. This was another wonderful multi-layered mystery from this author. The story was filled with just the right amount of heat, humor, and murder to be very entertaining. I loved the old school feel of the murder mystery and I enjoyed Carter's amateur sleuthing.

The Scotland bus tour provided an intriguing setting and an endless list of suspects. The characters were nicely developed and very engaging. Some of them were likable, some not so much, but they sure were an interesting group!

I'm pretty sure the reason I've always enjoyed Lanyon's characters so much is because they tend to be a bit older and have already been through a lot. Their experiences brings a maturity to the relationship that is deep and meaningful. I quite enjoyed Carter. I liked how he was able to deal with his ex being on the tour, while simultaneously attempting to start something with John. But John I wasn't too sure about. I didn't get to know him well enough, but I think he proved his worth by the end of the book.

Murder Takes the High Road had everything that I love in a Josh Lanyon book! This was a highly anticipated book and it did not disappoint.

Next up for me is The Magician Murders, which I purchased from Amazon and have waiting for me on my Kindle.


An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: 4 Stars
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Waiting On Wednesday (335) Ride On by Gwen Cole


Expected publication: May 22nd 2018 by Sky Pony Press


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, previously hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The law can't help her. But one outlaw can.

In the near post-apocalyptic future, the skies are always gray and people are constantly searching for the sun. For teenage outlaw Seph, it’s the only world he’s ever known. With his horse, his favorite pistol, and his knowledge for survival passed down from his dead father, Seph knows it’s safer to be alone. But after a run-in with a local gang that call themselves the Lawmen, and having been wrongly accused of murder, Seph teams up with Avery—a determined girl whose twin brother has been taken by the same gang.

After living in a small, rundown town her whole life, Avery knows nothing of the Wild—the lands controlled by nobody where travel is risky. With Seph’s help, they track down her brother but quickly find the tables have turned and they are now the ones being hunted. With rumors of mysterious dangers to the south and a safe sanctuary to the west, they’ve only got one option, but getting there won’t be easy with the Lawmen on their trail. The only thing that matters in the Wild is how fast your trigger hand is, but Seph doesn’t know if his will be fast enough to save them all.

I have not been reading much YA for the past year, but this western is definitely something I am looking forward to reading. I have an arc that I'll hopefully get to read soon.

What are you waiting on this week?
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March 2018 Recap and April 2018 TBR


Better late than never! Welcome to another lovely edition of my monthly recap!!
I've been really happy with the amount of reading I'm doing. There are SO many books that I want to read, both old and new, so it's good to have the time to get to them.

I really, really shouldn't stay up late reading every night, but it's so addicting! And I just HAVE to keep reading and find out what happens! All of this reading is keeping me away from my sewing room, and since that is my job, I really need to work more work into my schedule.

I've also been wanting to redo my blog. I still haven't brought my old posts up to date after losing Photobucket. But reading is taking priority right now.

Read in March 2018



Everything I Know by Josh Lanyon
The Heir Apparent by Tere Michaels
Get a Grip (Bluewater Bay #19) by L.A. Witt



Hide And Keep (Boys of Lake Cliff #1) by K. Sterling
Safe And Sound (Boys of Lake Cliff #2) by K. Sterling
Spark And Flame (Boys of Lake Cliff #3) by K. Sterling



Dine & Dash (Cut & Run #5.5) by Abigail Roux
When I Say When by Tia Fielding
Sightings by Kari Gregg



The Mermaid Murders (The Art of Murder #1) by Josh Lanyon
The Monet Murders (The Art of Murder #2) by Josh Lanyon
Winter Kill by Josh Lanyon



Why Love Matters by Jay Northcote
Coming Home by Jay Northcote
Twisted and Tied (Marshals #4) by Mary Calmes



In The Kill (Lavender #1) by K. Sterling
Blended Whiskey (Agents Irish and Whiskey #4.5) by Layla Reyne
Personal Relations by Anna Butler



Murder Takes the High Road by Josh Lanyon
Three Player Game (Bluewater Bay #20) by Jaime Samms
How the Cookie Crumbles (Bluewater Bay #12) by Jaime Samms



April 2018 TBR







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Waiting On Wednesday (334) Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy Anstey


Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by Swoon Reads


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, previously hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Shy aspiring artist Imogene Chively has just had a successful Season in London, complete with a suitor of her father's approval. Imogene is ambivalent about the young gentleman until he comes to visit her at the Chively estate with his younger brother in tow. When her interest is piqued, however, it is for the wrong brother.

Charming Ben Steeple has a secret: despite being an architectural apprentice, he has no drawing aptitude. When Imogene offers to teach him, Ben is soon smitten by the young lady he considers his brother's intended.

But hiding their true feelings becomes the least of their problems when, after a series of "accidents," it becomes apparent that someone means Ben harm. And as their affection for each other grows—despite their efforts to remain just friends—so does the danger. . .

I keep adding this author's books to my tbr, even though I've never read ANY of them!!! They sound good, I just haven't made reading them a priority.

Have you read this author before?

What are you waiting on this week?

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Waiting On Wednesday (333) The Complication (The Program #6) by Suzanne Young


Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by Simon Pulse


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, previously hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

How do you go back to a life you can’t remember? Find out in this sixth novel in the New York Times bestselling Program series from Suzanne Young.

Every cure has a cost.

Tatum Masterson learned this after years of being monitored by The Program. She witnessed it when her boyfriend, Wes, came back changed, erased. And now, even the newest “cure” has a heavy cost—one she and Wes paid.

The Adjustment came into Tatum’s life just when she thought she needed it most, a promise for Wes to get back his forgotten memories. But when the procedure went wrong, a revelation shattered everything Tatum thought she knew.

Now, with no one left to trust, Tatum must find out what really happened last summer. And with the help of the boyfriend she lost, Tatum will have to dig into the past and future of The Program and its handlers.

And discover the true cost of a cure.

I can't believe I'm behind on this series! I need to find time to catch up.

What are you waiting on this week?
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Waiting On Wednesday (332) White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig


Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by Feiwel & Friends


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, previously hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Rufus Holt is having the worst night of his life. It begins with the reappearance of his ex-boyfriend, Sebastian—the guy who stomped his heart out like a spent cigarette. Just as Rufus is getting ready to move on, Sebastian turns up out of the blue, saying they need to "talk." Things couldn’t get much worse, right?

But then Rufus gets a call from his sister April, begging for help. And then he and Sebastian find her, drenched in blood and holding a knife, beside the dead body of her boyfriend, Fox Whitney.

April swears she didn’t kill Fox—but Rufus knows her too well to believe she’s telling him the whole truth. April has something he needs, though, and her price is his help. Now, with no one to trust but the boy he wants to hate yet can’t stop loving, Rufus has one night to prove his sister’s innocence…or die trying.

This is another one of those books that I'm still considering whether or not to actually read. I never did get around to reading this author's previous book, Last Seen Leaving. So while I'm interested in it, sometimes my interest fades before I can make myself read the book.

What are you waiting on this week?
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Waiting On Wednesday (331) Murder Takes the High Road by Josh Lanyon


Expected publication: April 23rd 2018 by Carina Press


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, previously hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Librarian Carter Matheson is determined to enjoy himself on a Scottish bus tour for fans of mystery author Dame Vanessa Rayburn. Sure, his ex, Trevor, will also be on the trip with his new boyfriend, leaving Carter to share a room with a stranger, but he can’t pass up a chance to meet his favorite author.

Carter’s roommate turns out to be John Knight, a figure as mysterious as any character from Vanessa’s books. His strange affect and nighttime wanderings make Carter suspicious. When a fellow traveler’s death sparks rumors of foul play, Carter is left wondering if there’s anyone on the tour he can trust.

Drawn into the intrigue, Carter searches for answers, trying to fend off his growing attracton toward John. But as unexplained tragedies continue, the whole tour must face the fact that there may be a murderer in their midst—but who?

I was happily surprised to be approved for an arc of this via NetGalley, so of course I can't wait to read it. I've been loving this author's books recently, and I especially love her characters.
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Waiting On Wednesday (330) Chaser (Dive Bar #3) by Kylie Scott


Expected publication: April 17th 2018 by St. Martin's Griffin


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, previously hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Given his well-earned bad boy reputation, Eric is having a tough time scoring.. When single Jean moves to town, she seems heaven sent by the sex gods. Only problem is, she not only wants nothing to do with him, but it turns out that she's pregnant.

Starting over in a small town, Jean is determined to turn her wild lifestyle around and be the kind of mother she always wished she'd had. Since local bar owner and all round hottie, Eric Collins, is now determined to steer clear of her pregnant self, it should be easy. When she goes into labour during a snow storm and her car slides on some ice, it's Eric who comes to the rescue.

There seems to be a bond between them now, but is it enough? And can Eric give up his manwhore ways to be the man Jean needs?

I'm not exactly 'looking forward' to reading this book, but I'm willing to give it a chance. I read this author's original series, Stage Dive, and the two previous books in this spin off series. But this book not only went through a cover change, but a release delay too, so I'm finding that I'm over caring about what happens next. Plus, this character was my least favorite, so...
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