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

1 comment:

  1. Ooh, fun premise! Is this author based on Agatha Christie? Glad you enjoyed it overall!
    Jen Ryland Reviews

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