All She Wrote (Holmes & Moriarity, #2)
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Giving screwball mystery a whole deadly new meaning.

Holmes & Moriarity, Book 2

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 separat...more
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Published December 28th 2010 by Samhain Publishing
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Ingela
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.

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I was surprisingly pleased about #1 - Somebody Killed His Editor (4.5 stars), the first in this Holmes & Moriarity seri...more
Breann
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...more
Deeze
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...more
Ilhem

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!
Shelley
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...more
Anna
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...more
Anne-Marie
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...more
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
Ami
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
deirdre
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...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.
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
Marc
here's my review of the two Josh Lanyon audio books I listened to back-to-back to prepare for the release of book 3 in 2014.

AUDIOBOOK

Somebody Killed His Editor: Holmes & Moriarity, Book 1
UNABRIDGED
By Josh Lanyon
Narrated By Kevin R. Free
Series: Holmes and Moriarity, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
Release Date: 01-21-13
My opinion [mild spoilers ahead]:

I've read a few Josh Lanyon books before. The "Adrien English" series, "Dangerous Ground", "The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks" and "Fair Game". For me...more
Kati
The "Holmes & Moriarity" books are quickly becoming my favorite series by Josh Lanyon, topping even the "Adrien English Mysteries", maybe because J.X. is not a jerk like Jake was. Also, it doesn't hurt that Christopher's acerbic monologues remind me a lot of Stargate: Atlantis' Rodney McKay, bad back included.

Without spoiling the plot, I have to say that this book was darker than what I'm used to from Josh Lanyon. I felt so incredibly sorry for Christopher and I was so happy that J.X. stuck...more
Lauraadriana
This was just damn good...it kept me guessing until the very end and the twist at the end...awesome!! I love Josh Lanyon and he had hooked me again with Kit and JX.

This is the second installment of this series and am really liking it so far. Kit is so neurotic (not as lovable as my Adrien) but certainly endearing and really funny.

Moriarity just seems Hella hot and so strong ( I keep picturing Josh Brolin :))


This was a great mystery and Kit and JX have the makings of a great romance I will DEFO...more
MLE
Apr 01, 2013 MLE rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: mm, lendle
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 well done, and I enjoyed all the twists and turns the mystery took. The resolution was well done, and I can't wait to read the...more
Marissa
3.5 stars
Kit and J.X. are even better in this installment. The mystery, as usual, kept me guessing all the way through. The secondary characters were okay, some a bit more interesting than others, but Kit, J.X. and Anna stole the show. (Even though I hated Anna from the beginning.)
I do hope the next book gets away from the 'huge group of writers gather here, murder happens, and Kit must solve' happenings. Twice is plenty in one series.
However, still a good read and I will gladly continue this se...more
Irena
Christopher Holmes plays an amateur sleuth again. This time he is helping his mentor. She is afraid someone is trying to kill her. Kit jumps at this to get away from having to deal with J.X. and whatever he is feeling. He was tiresome a bit because of that. He has to be the most insecure character I've ever read.

I loathed Anna. I wanted someone would kill her and get rid the world of her. There wasn't a scene with her when she acted as a normal human being.

That being said, if a character could...more
Debra
This is another entertaining whodunnit. Several months after the first book ended J.X. is frustrated with Kit/Christopher's continuous sabotaging of their relationship and basically puts an end to things as Kit flies across the country to help out his old friend and mentor who he has not seen in years. Of course trouble finds Kit and soon J.X. has joined him as the dead bodies start to pile up.

I really enjoyed the interplay with J.X. and Kit. J.X. obviously loves Kit if he is willing to put up w...more
Sylvie
5 stars

The book picks up three months after Somebody Killed His Editor, and we start off immediately with Kit and JX's relationship woes. The amazing part is their relationship issue segues right into the next case. There's something gratifying about reading a book that has pacing down to an art form - one part romance, two parts mystery - blended, they make a pretty lethal combination. I found myself rolling my eyes at some of Kit's insecurities, but I realized it was exactly how JX felt which...more
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Synopsis:

Giving screwball mystery a whole deadly new meaning.

Holmes & Moriarity, Book 2

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. Moriarity.

For J.X., Kit’s cancellation of yet another romantic weekend is the death k...more
Aoife
I stayed up till after midnight because I just couldn't put this book down, so this already says something.

But before I start squeeing to much let me get this of my chest: A character namend J.X. is weird. Even his boyfriend just calls him J.X. and I can't remember actually learning his real first name. I know it's nothing bad but I simply would never call a person just by some initials, so that was...strange.
Having said that let's get on with the actual relevant stuff: Christopher is one of the...more
Shelby
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...more
Kelly Maybedog
Sometimes I really hate computers. I just lost a 15 paragraph review by hitting the wrong two buttons in a row.

So this will be shorter:

This sounds like the previous book but it's not the same at all and it's even better. There's more action and danger. This is not a traditional cozy mystery like the last one. They are not isolated, Holmes has been asked there, there are only a handful of people at the event and the shindig is not that important. Although I figured it out really early on, I stil...more
Barb ~rede-2-read~
This was a great follow-up to the first in this series but I didn't love it quite as much as the first. Although, I did truly love the way the relationship between Kit and J.X. developed in this one. They are so fantastic together! I can't wait to see where the author eventually takes them.

In this one, the mystery wasn't as good as in the first one and I was able to solve it fairly easily, however, compared to many other mysteries I've read, it was still top-notch. This was more about the roman...more
Irina Z
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
KatieMc
Fun mystery and delicious developments for the Kit and JX relationship. I am just bummed that there isn't a new installment to read.
The Flooze
Ah, Kit. You wonderful, self-deprecating creature. You made me snicker and gasp aloud this week while cooped up in the central jury room. You made my waiting around bearable.

You made me nod sympathetically because so many of your thoughts about relationships echo my own.

You also made me blush madly since you and J.X. are Roawr together.

Thank you, Josh Lanyon, for these cozy mysteries and the toasty feelings they inspire.
Joy
“Kit, you're forty. You look thirty. You act...well, never mind. You're carrying on like you think you're seventy”

These mysteries are quickly becoming like comfort food to me--easy on the soul--I didn't figure out the mystery until late in the book--
orannia
Jan 02, 2011 orannia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
Four and three quarter stars. I feel like I inhaled this books. I will cross my fingers (and toes) that there is a third in the series. Yes the suspense plot is interesting, but I really love Kit - I want to see him grow and develop.
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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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