Fatal Shadows (Adrien English Mystery, #1)
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Fatal Shadows (Adrien English #1)

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Adrien English Mystery Series #1

Someone's out to get Los Angeles bookseller Adrien English. His best friend has been viciously murdered, now he's getting weird phone calls and sinister gifts from a mysterious "admirer". The cops think he's trying to divert suspicion from himself—with the exception of sexy and homophobic homicide detective Jake Riordan.

Is Riordan really suc...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by MLR Press (first published 2000)
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I'm surprised by how much I liked this. It was slow and it dragged a little and the mystery was a bit sloppy and the villain was meh and Adrien's inner monologue could be irritating—if you let it.

But still, I can't describe how much I loved the writing. I now understand why some people claim they would read the telephone directory if a certain author wrote it. Well, when it comes to m/m crime/mystery/romantic suspense, I'll read whatever Lanyon writes.

And, by the way, Detective Riordan! Oh, Dete...more
Aug 20, 2013 Vilda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: M/M Mystery readers!
Recommended to Vilda by: Everyone? Lol!
Rating: 3,5 stars

"Because people don't see you. They see their perception of you. They see what they want to see."

Ever since I read Fair Game and loved it, I've been desperate to pick this one up! I don't know how many have recommended it to me, so I was without a doubt very excited to finally give it a go. Sadly though, I did end up a bit disappointed.

I really enjoyed the story (even if the mystery wasn't too hard to figure out) as well as the characters! I was also quickly drawn into this wo...more
Anna  (Bananas!)
Five stars for being effortless and entertaining, slyly funny and utterly charming. This is true comfort reading.

Adrien is our amusing gay antihero, a simple guy who owns a bookstore that specializes in mystery novels. He's also a murder suspect. Policemen Chan and Riordan arrive on page one to question Adrien about the murder of his childhood friend and employee.

The mystery isn't terribly complicated yet it's still engaging. I was never certain of the identity of the killer and once it was re...more

I know I know, I'm a bit too late with my excitement and my new discovery of a F*CKING ADORABLE COUPLE!!

But better too late then never, right?

So...A late reading has it's advantages also.

I knew already before the reading:

That it is one of the best MM series we have.
That it is one of the best MM couples we have.

I just need to add:

Josh Lanyon is one of the best MM-writers EVER.
I LOVE his writing. LOVE IT!

Do I need to say more?????????????????????????

I ask myself: WHY FGS have I waited so long t...more
The Adrien English series is a must read if you love your m/m. In fact Josh Lanyon should be in your library somewhere. Ok it's more of a slow burner than some but that's what makes it so enjoyable. I love the way these two guys dance around each other all the way through the series. Great underlying murder mystery and I say winner and keeper. Magic!
Isn't it nice to root for a male lead who is such an adorable cookie? The 32-year-old Adrien runs a little bookshop in LA. Getting his hands on rare detectives makes his heart beat faster (ah, the effect books can have on us book nerds!). Speaking of Adrien's heart; it does tend to over-accelerate whenever he gets into a frenzy, a souvenir from a brush with asthmatic-fever.

And lately, Adrien gets into frenzies a lot...

You see, his high-school friend and employee suddenly gets brutally murdered...more

So pleased I finally picked this up (thanks for the push Anna) I finished it in one sitting, and was very tempted to start the next straight away.

I’ll be honest and say I’m not reading this series for the murder mysteries thing, I’m reading (and reviewing) it for the (hopefully) romantic relationship development between Adrien English and Jake Riordaan.

I find that these murder mysteries leave me confused and frowny faced (not good for the wrinkles ya know) distracted and bored. I’m about as lat...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*Audible edition*

A mystery with almost no romance whatsoever and very little sex content? For me? Oy, this book was so not my thing... in theory. But I surprisingly enjoyed it and the promise of what's to come is making me itch for more. I think the fact that this was an excellent audiobook really helped its case. In fact, it is well worth continuing with the series just to hear Chris Patton speak.

All in all, a promising start to a series I will hopefully come to love.
Jul 06, 2012 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Laura by: Read-along with Christina & Angela
Welcome to my world, “Adrien-with-an-e” English! With a quiet, intelligent, lonely, witty-with-a-dash-of-smartass charm, Josh Lanyon’s introduction to the Adrien English Mystery series stole my heart and smiles. Pour me a cup of tea or hell…Adrien’s Ovaltine with a shot of whisky brew! I’m hooked! :D

This crime mystery hits close to home and heart for bookstore owner, author, and amateur sleuth, Adrien English when one of his oldest friends is found brutally murdered in a Los Angeles alley. From...more
Jenni Lea
Nov 19, 2013 Jenni Lea rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jenni Lea by: Natasha
Shelves: 2013-sh-november

What a great start to a series! I loved Adrien! I didn’t love Riordan! A bunch of people died. A bunch of other people lived. There was a mystery. And a Hollywood-esque HFN ending. And there was too sex in this book. I was sucked in and now I have to read the rest of the series. Like, right now. I feel sorry for all my other books that I have to read because they are just going to sit there until I’ve finished with the entire series. And possibly Josh Lanyon’s other series. And his stand-alones....more
Fatal Shadows is, in no uncertain terms, wonderful. I say this with complete and open enthusiasm.

I started reading Fatal Shadows without even looking at the small synopsis Loose Id gives. I didn’t need to; I knew I was going to buy it and read it. And actually, I am glad I did it that way because without knowing about the “hot and handsome LAPD detective Jake Riordan” I can tell you that the romance built so subtly, the attraction ignited so smoothly and naturally, that at its culmination it mad...more

Ummm...yeah...so this books was...surprisingly boring.

Semi-interesting lead character
Forgettable secondary characters
Blah, blah, blah storyline
And I skimmed almost the entire book until I got to the final 20% when the mystery arc finally reached it's pinnacle and I was forced to pay attention.

With that being said, I'm still hopeful that since this is the first of a series, the author was just setting everything up for the sequels. I'm giving book 2 a try, but if it doesn't pick up the entertainm...more
Adrien, Adrien, Adrien.

You might not scare yourself to death, but you just might do me in.

This was a reread (or listen) for me, I know Adrien is too curious for his own good but I didn’t remember him being so STUPID!

Anyway, I loved this. I just love Adrien to pieces and he’s one of my favorite narrators. His POV is just a pleasure to read and I don’t know if I’d get tired of it.

During this reread of the series I’m going to try my darndest not to want to impale Jake with a butter knife.

No pr...more
A+ audiobook! The narrator did a great job. This is a very slow building murder mystery focusing on Adrien English, snarky bookstore owner living in L.A. A lot of sexual tension between Adrien and closeted police detective Jake Riordan (hopefully that will be explored in future books).
Mark ~ Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
Oh I liked this book a whole lot! It really was a great murder mystery story and ends with the beginnings of what is probably going to be a hot a stormy relationship. There was just a smattering of hot sex scenes, but not so much that it detracted from the main murder / mystery plot. This I liked a while lot. Josh Lanyon really brings his characters to life and I could really feel for Adrien who after being alone for so long finds solace in totally the wrong guy. As this books concludes with jus...more
I thoroughly enjoined this first introduction to Adrien English. As usual my deduction skills left me out of the loop till nearly the end, but I did manage to figure out who done it a fraction before I was told lol.

I loved that this book was based on story not instant love/sex. The murder mystery theme is not my first choice, but I’m now eager to read more of Adrien and his mysteries.

I’m also extremely eager to read more of Jake. There was no real love interest in this book, although the seeds...more
Well, I said this started off slowly for me, and it did, but I soon got into it.

I mean, it was fairly obvious who the bad guy was going to be, but the book had the usual Josh Lanyon hallmarks; humour and lots of scrummy, descriptive language with a little bit of sex thrown in for good measure.

I can't wait to see how Adrien's relationship(?) builds with Jake, and knowing Jake, it's bound to be pretty hot with sparks flying everywhere 'cos they both rub each other up the wrong way!! Onto the next...more
Mar 22, 2013 Jon added it
This is the first book about amateur sleuth Adrien English. About 222 pages in large print, author Josh Lanyon introduces the reader to a bookstore owner, aspiring writer who's one-time best friend turned employee is brutally murdered in the back alley outside his home. It's up to English to connect the dots, to discover the connection between the death of his friend and dark threats he's been getting of late.

Josh Lanyon spins a simple tale of innocence, of childhood secrets and lies in a tightl...more
I enjoyed this book - and I liked the promise of more to come that it ended on.

Adrien was a great character I thought, he was understated without being boring. I loved the whole bookshop premise - in fact I would have liked to have seen more of the bookshop, liked it to feature more. Riordan - now there is a cop I want to know more about. Slightly obnoxious and mysterious, has Adrien lined up as suspect No 1, yet protective, yeah I wanna get to know him better.

I liked the other characters as wel...more
It took me a while but I finally 'read' my first Adrien English mystery! I'm not sure why I waited so long particularly with all the rave reviews about the series. And really, being Josh Lanyon, it was always going to be a hit!

I say I 'read' the book because I actually listened to the audio version from Audible. I do own the Kindle version but when I saw that Audible had the first three books for only $1.99 each I could not resist. It was one of the best decisions I have made - I was totally pre...more
4.25 big beautiful stars!

Naturally, a home-run produced by my favorite author, Josh Lanyon.
I've been meaning to read this book (series) for a while, and well, it started off with a bang.
I'm a total sucker for the classic WHODUNIT's and Lanyon also produces great results.

I laughed a lot, said "WHAT THE SHIT?" a lot, and squealed like a pig at some of the awkward conversations/situations, and I loved every second of it. (view spoiler)...more
Smart man is hot. Gay or strait, doesn't matter. Smart is sexy. I liked this book. Ease read. Loved the humor. Love the people who know who they are and live their lives and not somebody else's. The mystery part was really good, spooky at times but well paced. I could use more interaction between main characters, namely Adrian and Jake, but I guess the focus was on the mystery, love part is in fact a subplot of some kind. Jake's character was somewhat hidden. Hope to get to know him better in th...more
I simply plowed through this in one sitting last night. Couldn't stop myself, even if I tried.
I loved Adrien. His whole personality just spoke to me, and I knew we would/could instantly be friends.
The bookstore setting, the mystery writers get-togethers, the wild and ott friends, his loopy, free spirited mom, all the smart dry humor sprinkled throughout...I loved it all. However, I did guess who the killer was earlier than I had hoped, but it was still a really fun, engaging read and did not d...more
First read July 2012 - 2 stars
Second read March 2014 - 3 stars

ETA: When I originally read this it was on the heels of my first SF, TA and CP reads. At the time I was underwhelmed. Having observed many friends read and comment on this series, I decided to give it another go and take this book as the setup for Adrien and Jake. In my second read I already knew whodunit, so I took time to observe the characterizations and enjoy the atmosphere. I am not sure exactly when the story took place, but it...more
Heather C
1st Read
I really like this one. It's a classic who-done-it with a m/m twist. I figured out who the killer was at about 75%, but had an idea early on.

Complaint: frequently I found myself re-reading a converstion because I would get confused about who was speak what

2nd read
Didn't have the speaker problem that I did about. hmm

I loved this story more than I did the 1st time I read it.

I plan to reread the other 4 books very soon.
A light, fast-paced and well-written mystery that was a lot of fun to read. I enjoyed the humorous touches, quirky characters, and the growing relationship between Adrien English, bookstore owner and writer, and handsome, closeted homicide detective, Jake Riordan.
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

The Adrien English Mysteries have been on my radar for such a long time that I decided to finally take the plunge. Though FATAL SHADOWS isn’t the first of Lanyon’s work I’ve read, it is the first full-length one and it wholly consumed me the whole time I was reading it. I could do nothing else but read this book in a single sitting and after I was done, I was still thinking about it, which prompted me to rush out and get book two. It’s like crack!

Adrien English is a gay bookseller by day and a...more
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
I'm reviewing this book after re-reading it. This series is my all-time favorite, so don't expect an unbiased opinion.

What captivated me the first time I read it was the voice of the narrator, Adrien. I don't know how to explain it, but I was amazed at how very there he was for me. Listening to him was like slipping into his skin, even if he does nothing to win the sympathies of the reader. He is sometimes cynical and he has an unforgiving sense of humor with which he deals with what surrounds h...more
This is book 1 and I loved it...

Josh Lanyon is a bloody good author, I aspire to write like him... rofl... he has a Chris Quinton feel to his writing, all description and mood and I was entranced by it. The mystery is very cool and all the classic film references just made me melt... I love Adrien with an e... and I so didn't want the *thing* to occur as I was rooting for the other guy... rofl... not saying too much...

You know me, I like my angst and my romance and unfortunately for me this boo...more
I finish this book within 2.5 hours because it is pretty engaging. Sure, it is classified as "gay mystery" because the hero and the victim (and the friends of the hero) are mainly from gay community. But the sexuality angle is not on blatant -- and that is something I cherish. The hero is very likeable and I'm truly intrigued with how he and the prospective-lover, a closeted cop (no less!) will pursue the possibility of their relationship.

All I'm saying that, it is such a refreshing genre: gay...more
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