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Tight pacing and real danger glue all of this together into a package that’s uniquely Lanyon. When it comes to creating men who seem like they could walk and talk in the real world as well as the page, he stands tall in a very elite group. - Book Utopia "Josh Lanyon has a rare talent for using humour, even on the most solemn or dangerous occasion, and he had me doubled up with laughter." - Jessewave Reviews

About the Author

Over the past decade, multi-award-winning author Josh Lanyon has written numerous novels, novellas and short stories as well as the definitive M/M writing guide Man, Oh Man: Writing M/M Fiction for Kinks and Ca$h. He is the author of the Adrien English mystery novels, including The Hell You Say, winner of the 2006 USABookNews awards for GLBT fiction, and co-writer of the Crime and Cocktails series with Laura Baumbach. Josh is a two time Lambda Literary Award finalist. Somebody Killed His Editor, first book in a brand new mystery-romance series, is his 21st published title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605046078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605046075
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Arguably the single most influential voice in m/m romance today, JOSH LANYON is the author of the best-selling and much beloved Adrien English series -- in addition to over sixty titles of gay mystery, adventure and fantasy.

Josh's work has been translated into nine languages. The FBI thriller Fair Game was the first male/male title to be published by Harlequin Mondari, the largest romance publisher in Italy. Josh is an Eppie Award winner, a four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist for Gay Mystery, and the first ever recipient of the Goodreads Favorite M/M Author Lifetime Achievement award.

Josh is married and lives in Southern California.

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jessewave on June 17, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
Somebody Killed His Editor opens with lots of danger and 'atmosphere'. Armed with his new wardrobe which consists of silk Calvin Klein's underwear and designer outerwear purchased on the advice of his agent Rachel to revamp his frumpy look and writing career, our hero Christopher Holmes (is this a take on Holmes of Sherlock Holmes fame?) is on his way to a writers' conference in Northern California. After abandoning his disabled car close to his destination, he's caught in the driving rain on a bridge that is breaking up and he doesn't know if he will get to safety before it and he fall into the raging torrent below. He barely makes it to the other side in time in his impractical but fashionable Bruno Magli boots. Exhausted, he stops to change his new boots which are ruined, and just when he's congratulating himself on escaping death by the slimmest of margins he comes across the body of a woman who has obviously been murdered, and worse, he gets the feeling that someone is watching him. He rushes out of there as fast as his feet can make it in their uncomfortable new shoes to find the location of the lodge where he and the other authors are supposed to be staying.

When he arrives at his destination, if Christopher thought that at least there would be some relief and good times he's mistaken, because the first attendees he sees other than his agent are his new editor who has him in his sights, Steven "Satan" Krass, and former cop and now best selling author, J.X. Moriarity. Christopher and J.X. had a 'past', having met ten years ago when they had a brief fling but had not seen each other again until the fateful weekend. How the tables have turned in terms of Christopher's and J.X.'s fortunes! When they met all those years ago Christopher was a successful author and J.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on November 23, 2009
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Christopher Holmes is attending a writers' conference, trying to resurrect his writing career, when he stumbles on a dead body in the woods. The conference takes on an eerie quality now that the news is out and everyone is wondering who killed Peaches. Despite his efforts, Christopher's career is still sliding downhill and now he's wondering if he could be the next victim. To make matters worse, J.X. Moriarity is attending the conference, too. J.X. is an ex-cop turned writer. Christopher and J.X have a little history together and it's repeating itself. With a murderer on the loose, they may never get the chance to see what might have been.

Somebody Killed his Editor is a suspenseful and witty tale. Christopher and J.X. do a good job of tearing each other up emotionally, making their eventual reconciliation that much sweeter. Josh Lanyon's usual blend of intense romantic angst and a cast of colorful characters make Somebody Killed his Editor a real page-turner. What makes Somebody Killed his Editor a little different from Lanyon's previous books is the light-heartedness of the story. The suspense is high, but the investigation is often a lot of fun. Christopher made me laugh a lot. When I read a Josh Lanyon book, I prepare myself for hot guys, a dead body or three, and an unconventional romance. I usually cry before I get my happily-ever-after. And I look forward to it every time!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Meyer on June 22, 2009
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On page 280 (of 410) of the e-version of Somebody Killed His Editor, the latest gay mystery novel of author Josh Lanyon, I was finally SURE to know the murderer ... well, I was wrong in the end. But I could just as well have been right for the wide variety of suspects out there in a remote hotel in total wilderness all having believable and strong motives to - well, if not kill, so surely hate the killed persons. So I was enthralled till the end.

The book shows again how easily Josh Lanyon creates fascinating characters, and not only in his main protagonists. Those though were brilliant, Christopher, the writer in a career low and JX, the slightly younger ex-cop/writer both trying to keep each other from being killed out there. Their interaction - because of their former meeting, a one-weekend-stand ten years ago that left a lot bitter feelings with JX and some guilt with Christopher - is very emotional from the start, but also funny and last not least very sensual in the end.

The pairing constellation is in the same range Mr. Lanyon uses also with other mystery couples but I don't mind - they are favourites of mine and just plainly ideal for solving a mystery - they simply just complete each other with their different abilities and backgrounds. Not that I won't like to read a story with some totally other kinds of characters - okay, well, I am not a critic and I simply read everything from Josh Lanyon because it is so much fun. And this is the beginning of a new series. I am SO looking forward to it.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Reece Notley on June 20, 2009
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I am a Josh Lanyon reader. I fully admit this. I've been an avid reader of his for years.

Josh consistently hits the story and characters. That's the best way I can put it. I purchased this as a pre-order. I knew it was coming and said that I would finish another book prior to reading this one. So I did. Hit the last page of the other book and said... yeah, that was okay.

Then I read the first page of this one and thought, but damn, this really is a writer.

Josh creates people and places. There are questions and intrigue without it seeming forced. A bit of lightness and mystery blended into something that will keep you turning the page. Or in the Kindle's case, hitting the next page button.

I enjoy reading Holmes and Moriarity. I'm writing this review without even being at the halfway point because it's that good. A different relationship than Adrien and Jake. Also different from the other pairs that he's constructed but very engaging.

I like Christopher Holmes' human-ness. He's less sure of himself than he should be and Moriarity is definitely a good foil.

Very much looking forward to the second half of this book. Thanks Josh. Thanks for writing this.
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