Review: Holmes & Moriarity Series by Josh Lanyon

Source: ebook via Library
Genre: M/M, Romantic Mystery

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The road back to bestsellerdom can be deadly.

Thanks to an elderly spinster sleuth and her ingenious cat, Christopher Holmes has enjoyed a celebrated career as a bestselling mystery writer. Until now. Sales are down and his new editor is allergic to geriatric gumshoes.

On the advice of his agent, he reinvents his fortyish, frumpy, recently dumped self into the sleek, sexy image of a literary lion, and heads for a Northern California writers conference to try and resurrect his career. A career nearly as dead as the body he stumbles over in the woods.

In a weirdly déjà vu replay of one of his own novels, he finds himself stranded in an isolated lodge full of frightened women—and not a lawman in sight. Except for J.X. Moriarity, former cop and bestselling novelist. The man with whom he shared a one-night stand—okay, maybe three—long ago. The man who wants to arrest him for murder.

A ruthless, stalking killer, or a hot, handsome ex-lover. Which poses the greater danger? It’s elementary, my dear Holmes!

Source: ebook via Library
Genre: M/M, Romantic Mystery

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Giving screwball mystery a whole deadly new meaning.

A murderous fall down icy stairs is nearly the death of Anna Hitchcock, the much-beloved American Agatha Christie and Christopher Holmes's former mentor. Anna's plea for him to host her annual winter writing retreat touches all Kit's sore spots: traveling, teaching writing classes, and separation from his new lover, J.X. Moriarity.

For J.X., Kit's cancellation of yet another romantic weekend is the death knell of a relationship that has been limping along for months. But that s just as well, right? Kit isn't ready for anything serious and besides, Kit owes Anna far too much to refuse.

Faster than you can say Miss Marple wears boxer shorts, Kit is snooping around Anna's elegant, snowbound mansion in the Berkshires for clues as to who's trying to kill her. A tough task with six amateur sleuths underfoot, six budding writers with a tangled web of dark undercurrents running among them.

Slowly, Kit gets the uneasy feeling that the secret may lie between the pages of someone's fictional past. Unfortunately, a clever killer is one step ahead. And it may be too late for J.X. to ride to the rescue.

Warning: Contains one irascible, forty-year-old mystery writer who desperately needs to get laid, one exasperated thirty-something ex-cop only too happy to oblige, an isolated country manor that needs the thermostat cranked up, various assorted aspiring and perspiring authors, and a merciless killer who may have read one too many mystery novels.

Source: ebook via Library
Genre: M/M, Romantic Mystery

Synopsis from Goodreads:
It's moving day at Chez Holmes. Somehow, against Kit's better instincts, he and J.X. are setting up house together. But while J.X. is off at a writing conference, Kit unpacks a crate that should contain either old books or new china. It doesn't. Within the mounds of green Styrofoam popcorn is a dead body. A very dead body.

There goes the neighborhood.

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What a great series this turned out to be, and oh my goodness, how much do I love these guys? I loved the mysteries in each book, even though I never solved them, but I always wondered why J.X. didn't participate more. That's just my opinion, but it seemed like he could have helped, especially since he used to be a cop. Also, what kind of crap luck does Christopher have?!?!

It took me forever to warm up to J.X. He started coming around in the second book, but I really loved him by the third book. He's strong and dependable and he's always there when Christopher needs him. But what really won me over was his almost blind dedication to Christopher and his determination to love him despite the roadblocks that Christopher throws in his way. I adored Christopher right from the beginning. He's so self-depricating that it made him very easy to like, and I loved his humor at the most inappropriate times. I also like how level headed he remained, even after the dead bodies start piling up around him. I felt that J.X. and Christopher worked well as a couple. They were opposites, but I liked how they worked through their issues, and they were so entertaining together.

This was a well written series that gave me all sorts of warm and happy feelings. I read the first 3 books in a row, and I've since discovered that book 4 is due on December 15th 2017, so I'm glad I don't have to wait very long!

This is an M/M series with great mysteries, a wonderful relationship, and it's pretty light on the sex scenes (if you're interested in knowing these things beforehand.)

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4 Stars

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