Reviews: A Case of Christmas / Halloween is Murder by Josh Lanyon

Halloween is Murder by Josh Lanyon
Published October 30th 2017 by JustJoshin Publishing, Inc.
Page Count: 53
Genre: M/M, Romance, Suspense

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When his enigmatic partner takes off on an annual fishing trip, City of Angeles gumshoe Barry Fitzgerald is left to handle an All Hallows’ Eve kidnapping case on his own.

The victim? A murdered millionaire’s penny-pinching son and heir. The culprit? That’s where it gets tricky. According to the missing man’s sister, vampires are behind Patrick O’Flaherty’s disappearance.

Barry doesn’t believe in ghosts, goblins or vampires, but when the case goes—literally—to hell…well, who you gonna call?

This was a nice, but really short Halloween story. Not scary, although I did find it interesting. I really needed more Mike, since he wasn't on page long enough for me to form an opinion about. There was zero heat, which was disappointing, but not unexpected from this author. And I'm still confused about what year it was supposed to be. Overall, this was an okay read for me.

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Published December 13th 2015 by Just Joshin
Page Count: 73
Genre: M/M, Christmas, Romance

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Christmas on Catalina Island--it's just what the doctor ordered.

Injured in the line of duty, FBI Special Agent Shane Donovan is longing for a few days of peace and quiet. Some nice meals, a couple of good books, and maybe a bottle of the best. No family, no friends, no Fa la la la la...just a little time on his own to think things through.

But an offshore storm, a geriatric treasure hunter, and the guy who dumped him without a word two years earlier are about to unwrap all Shane's carefully laid holiday plans.

This was a very nice read with characters that were likable. I really, really enjoyed the banter in the first half of this novella. Most of the misunderstanding between these 2 guys was due to the fact that neither could communicate for crap. Once they actually started talking to each other, the story managed to move in a direction that I liked. The story isn't too Christmas-y, but it was perfect for kicking off my holiday reading.

My Rating: 4 Stars

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