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All She Wrote (Holmes & Moriarity #2)

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  2,650 ratings  ·  290 reviews
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. M
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
4 stars. Review completed October 20, 2014

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Christopher (Kit) Holmes receives a cry for help from his former mentor Anna Hitchcock, also known as the American Agatha Christie. Anna's phone call comes in quite handy because Kit has a hard time dealing with the budding romance between him and fellow author J.X. Moriarity. It's been three months since their scary adventure at the Blue Heron Lodge and he's more than ready to take a break. But...wait. Taking a break from what exactly? J.X. isn't the ty
Written August 12, 2014

4.3 Stars - Subtle, witty, ironic, and so damn charming...and our hero is irresistible

Book #2

Woot, I like this kind of stories. These seven hours passed quickly. Once again, nicely done with a good mystery plot. And remain calm; it was much more like a romance with smexy heat this time.


I was surprisingly pleased about #1 - Somebody Killed His Editor (4.5 stars), the first in this Holmes & Moriarity seri
What keeps J.X. coming back for more was more of a mystery to me than the plot of All She Wrote.

It's not hard to grasp that J.X. is from the same mold as Jake from the Adrien English mysteries, which makes it all the more frustrating that he remains one-dimensional. And worse, 2 books into this series and I'm still unsure what exactly he sees in Kit? The latter is whiny and obnoxious in a way that is caricaturesque rather than your typical human being with charming quirks and flaws. Where Jake
Jenni Lea

4.25 stars

So, I still loved this but not as much as I loved the first book in the series. The writing was smart and the mystery was good but I was missing some of the witty banter and snark that was in the first one. This one focuses a lot more on the relationship between Kit and J.X., which is still a bit volatile but not nearly as much as in book one. Still, I highly recommend this and will be reading book three post haste.
A ridiculously entertaining whodunit story.

Kit finds himself in the middle of another murder investigation. (This is a Lanyon story, after all) His long time mentor, Anna, is convinced someone is trying to murder her and asks Kit to come to her aide. ‘Cause asking a mystery writer to help in a murder investigation makes total sense, right? J.X. in not too happy about their weekend together being canceled due to this and they decide to break it off. Now we have a newly single Kit running off to t
I had high hopes for this second book in the series, and I’m happy to report this not only lived up to expectations but exceeded them.

The murder mystery was all I expected from Josh Lanyon. I was guessing and second guessing all the way. I admit at the end I was a little concerned that the ending was not going to work, but I really should have had more faith, the ending turned out to be perfect lol.

My main reason for loving this book so much though is J.X. He has become my dream man lol. He is
This was a bit of a letdown. The mystery was predictable and not as fun as the first one. There was some progression in Holmes coming to terms with his break-up with David and his own personal hang-ups, but not enough for my liking. He still comes off as too insecure and petulant. Plus, I'm not completely convinced with J.X.'s feelings for Holmes. (view spoiler) ...more

We find Kit and JX in another intrigue involving writers, when Kit is called to the rescue of an old friend.

I liked JX's successful attempts to make Kit come out of his shell and smiled fondly at Kit's inner antics. His biggest quality is his lucidity and it allowed him to grow up in this story.

I was captivated by the mystery and what I found truly interesting was how Kit's character development and the intrigue worked as opposite mirrors.

I can't wait to see him in another mystery!
4.5 Stars

Yup, I was right. The Holmes and Moriarity series has the clout to surpass Adrien English for sure. Now don’t choke when I say this: It’s no longer just the romance arc that compels and captivates me – it’s the whole whodunit thing too!

I find myself thoroughly engrossed in the mystery and the whole process of deduction and elimination to the point where I was making side notes. Pfft …not that it did me any good in figuring out who the murderer was. I’m such a doofus, honestly, I think i
This was a charming, funny, more romance than mystery installment in this series. I could tell from early on who done it, but didn't much matter. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Ije the Devourer of Books

I think this is actually my favourite JL. I enjoyed this more than book one in this series and surprisingly I enjoyed it more than the AE series.

In this story we really see Kit's snarky and vulnerable side. He nearly loses JX but an incident brings them back together and they try to find out who is making attempts on the life of Kit's former mentor.

As well as a juicy mystery we also get to see JX and Kit as their relationship develops and the trust between them grows. JX becomes more
I cannot begin to tell you how much I loved this book. This is one of those times when I wish Goodreads would let us rate a book 6 stars, because this one would definitely deserve that extra star. All the wrote is now one of my top 3 favourite Josh Lanyon books. This book also reminded me just why Lanyon is my all time favourite M/M authors; that man is a genius. He can write amazing mysteries and such realistic and strong characters. I have always liked that about his books.

I honestly wasn't e
Christopher "Kit" Holmes has been summoned by his old mentor to replace her in an amateur writers retreat. When Kit gets there, however, his mentor tells him that the real reason behind her request is to ask Kit to find who is responsible for the threat of her life. At first, Kit is a bit reluctant but after he is involved in a car accident and then a real dead body turns up, Kit wonders if the threats are real after all. Helping Kit is his gorgeous lover, J.X. who might not share the same view ...more
fun, enjoyable read BUT . . . it fell short for me

i wanted more . . . more of one of two things . . .either more of the romance/relationship building between holmes and moriarity or more of the mystery plot. neither were fulfilling here.

the relationship . . .
it moved forward. we are most seeing more of holmes' character, as he is understanding more of himself and his new relationship. he is healing and coming to terms with a failed relationship as a new one develops. but is felt like not enough
Tully Vincent
4.25 stars. Enjoyed this one more than book one by quite a wide margin. Was so annoyed with Kit at the beginning and worried that JX wouldn't appear for a while, but once he did... I was a happy camper. Kit is growing on me (and his internal dialogue sometimes cracks me up) and JX is perfect... so glad to see their relationship progressing.
I officially fell in love with these two mid-way through this book. I'm hook, line and sinker for Kit and JX.

I love that this story gives so much more depth to these two characters, especially to Kit, and it makes me very eager to see where the next book will take them. Kit's reluctance and fear to start a new relationship after the betrayal in his previous relationship is palpable and makes it all the more moving when he begins to surrender and submit to JX in way that he never has before. The
Another excellent m/m murder mystery with the dashing J.X. Moriarity flying in to rescue Christopher Holmes (Kit) from the consequences of his sleuthing. Some gorgeous love scenes in this.

'He smiled. Smiled right into my eyes with such unguarded warmth and affection that I felt winded. I couldn't remember the last time anyone had looked at me like that - anyone who wasn't J.X.
"Oh, it's you," I said, as though I'd only now noticed him curled around me.'
I really enjoyed this book, and I am glad to see this series keeps getting better. I felt like I got a better understanding of Christopher in this book, and the fears and insecurities that are hampering his realtionship with J.X. I like J.X even more in this book, and it was nice to see him comfortable and in control, without being overbearing or controlling. The plot was great, and I enjoyed all the twists and turns the mystery took. The resolution was well done, and I can't wait to read the th ...more
2.5 stars rounded up.

Eh. It was okay. It's a Lanyon all right (and I have this soft spot for JX, though he shouldn't be giving Kit The Tool the time of day) but it lacked ... spirit. It's as if Lanyon was striving for mediocrity, and then merely achieved it.

Oh, how I love Kit and his insecurities:-).
This book started out a bit slow for me, since it is a bit heavier on the mystery part than romance. However, once J.X was back in the picture, it totally turned around for me. Or maybe it was enjoyable even before he turned up, now when I think about it. The reason why? Poppy Seed of course! What a fun character (although driving skills are a bit lacking)!
I loved her, she and Kit would have wonderful children together…She had the best lines thro
Wendy F
Another really awesome fun read!

Back with Homes and Moriarty review #2!

Okay, so the cover… I suppose I think it’s a step up from the first books cover, but only one step. For me, it’s still a little too cheesy but then I’m not a huge fan of the whole typical romance cover of half naked people, then add to that that I don’t think either of those guys up there looks anything like Holmes or Moriarity! It is a little bit better this time around, though.

Anyway, I digress…

I’m addicted. Obsessed. I rar
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
My first impression is that the mystery was really good. Maybe the author was distracting me all the time with Kit and JX's relationship, but I didn't get a clue about who was guilty until when Kit himself started to realize it, and I wasn't even sure then. The setting was beautiful. I enjoyed the writing class at the beginning, it was really a way to bring out the secondary characters. I also liked that everyone had a shady past, something to hide or something that could make them suspects. The ...more
I really wanted to like this series, and I did to some extent, but I don't think it's my favorite of JL. Perhaps, the last instalment will recuparate the sparkle that I've come to associate with his works. For me, the problem lay in Kit. I just couldn't connect to his personality. It felt like for all the moaning about his age, Kit actually seemed less mature than JX (whom I liked a lot, by the way). Still, for those familiar with this great author, it would be a treat regardless. It's Josh Lany ...more
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
It took me getting 28% into the book before i cared about the story, before that it was a struggle to keep reading. way too much time just spent introducing all the characters and them just bickering among each other, there were a few laughs but not enough to make the story entertaining.

I didn't get into the story until after an actual event happened (28% into it). if you can last that long the rest of the story was really good and the mystery was entertaining enough.

description- Narrator: Kevin R. Free

4,5 stars

I love this series!!! -> Hobbling to third installement.... Regretfully not in audio :(

MareTara SLiTsReaD Reviews~Lover of all things MM
I love Kit's sarcasm and inner dialogue. I want to eat him up and say all the shit he says :)

Anna was a conniving bitch.

Moral of the story is be mindful of a woman scorned :)

Fun mystery and delicious developments for the Kit and JX relationship. I am just bummed that there isn't a new installment to read.
Trisha Harrington
I find it strange to say I really loved this book, it was so much better than the first one romance wise. It was also a really gripping crime novel. But saying all that, there is one thing that confuses me, and that is, I'm not very fond of the protagonist. Usually I would have to mark a book down because I'm not in love with it protagonist. Funny how it worked out here. I found him okay in the first book, but here, I was able to connect with him a tiny bit more. Not saying I loved him or anythi ...more
I swear I’m reading the gay version of the Ms. Marple/Cat Who/etc books I loved as a kid. It cracks me up every time. I really do adore Kit’s internal voice; his misguided ideas about himself, and his need to help are just so sweet. I will admit I was antsy for J.X. to get his butt into this story as quickly as possible when I realized things were on the rocks between them. I love the two of them together and the backslide was making me go GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

Christopher and J.X. have had a rocky
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A distinct voice in gay fiction, multi-award-winning author JOSH LANYON has been writing gay mystery, adventure and romance for over a decade. In addition to numerous short stories, novellas, and novels, Josh is the author of the critically acclaimed Adrien English series, including The Hell You Say, winner of the 2006 USABookNews awards for GLBT Fiction. Josh is an Eppie Award winner and a three- ...more
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