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The Boy with the Painful Tattoo

(Holmes & Moriarity #3)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  2,480 ratings  ·  407 reviews
It's moving day at Chez Holmes. Somehow, against Kit's better instincts, he and J.X. are setting up house together. But while J.X. is off at a writing conference, Kit unpacks a crate that should contain either old books or new china. It doesn't. Within the mounds of green Styrofoam popcorn is a dead body. A very dead body.

There goes the neighborhood.
ebook, 228 pages
Published October 5th 2014 by Just Joshin (first published October 3rd 2014)
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Adrienne -kocham czytać- You'll miss a lot of backstory and some references if you read this out of order. It's doable because Lanyon explains everything that's critical to…moreYou'll miss a lot of backstory and some references if you read this out of order. It's doable because Lanyon explains everything that's critical to this story, but you will miss out on some of the charm and good times.(less)
Carol Mello More to come. There is a fourth book.already. There is a fifth book coming out in 2020 (yeah!).

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5 I-try-not-to-gush-too-hard stars. Review posted October 9, 2014

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"Christopher Holmes." I released her, started to retreat, but by then J.X. was behind me so I backed my ass firmly into his crotch, which pretty much illustrated the current state of affairs at #321 Chestnut Lane.
"Hello there," Emmaline greeted him. "We keep missing each other, but I've seen you coming and going this past week."
More going than coming. I didn't say that, obviously.

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Kit's grandmother was Swiss. Das isch ja aber äch
Jenni Lea
My life is now ruined and it's all Josh Lanyon's fault.

I mean, seriously. I've got the worst book hangover after reading this series. There's no way I'm going to be able to read anything else ever again and not compare it to Lanyon's writing. The way she draws me in with her settings and keeps me there with the smart dialogue. The twists and turns that have me spinning in circles. She builds up the story and builds it and builds it until I'm on the edge of my seat in anticipation and then she je
Written October 12, 2014

4.3 Stars - For an adorable charming 'Amateur Sleuth' and his gorgeous Hero-Man - Thanks for letting us visit you!

Book #3

After reading this one over a couple of days (BR with Sofia and Andrea), enjoying every single page, is this happy, warm and fuzzy feeling all around me. This is just so very good romance reading in this M/M crime genre.

Another 'Good One' in a favorite Lanyon series!


The Boy with the Painful Tattoo is the third installment in the Holmes & Moriarity
Rosa, really

I don't want to write a review where I give a book 4 stars and then proceed to complain about it. Usually when I write reviews I like to write 1) good stuff, 2) bad stuff  and 3) good stuff again. Because ending on a positive note is nice, right? Right. Excellent.

So, even though I feel like going right to the venting--here's the good stuff.

I LOVE Kit. I love being in his head. I completely identify with his insecurities, vulnerabilities--a lot of -ties. I love his humor. I love that he finally s
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
***4.5 Stars***

Damn, now even my laugh lines have laugh lines!!!

I almost forgot that this story - apart from also being the most relationship-oriented in this series - is the funniest of all three books. I just love Kit Holmes's dry and sarcastic sense of humor and the audiobook made it even better. Oh, and I loved that Kevin R. Free gave J.X. a more distinctive voice this time. ❤

Now I'm more than ready for In Other Words...Murder, so... next one please! :)
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Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review soon!


This book is gonna rock some serious ass.
I have a good feeling.
~Mindy Lynn~
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I have stated many, many, many times before that Josh Lanyon is my favorite M/M mystery writer. He knows the perfect recipe for a great mystery that includes great humor and fantastic characters. I LOVE HIS BOOKS! I devour everyone one of them I get. I can't get enough of his writing and I absolutely love this series. Kit is my second favorite character of his coming right after the impeccable, Adrien English. The Adrien English series is my favorite and then it's this series fallow
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

I think this one is on me.

I have super duper mixed feelings about Josh Lanyon and this series, and I know I'm always harsh on Lanyon, but this book annoyed the crap out of me.

Kit was a prissy, annoying shrew, and he grated on me in every scene. JX was a saint for putting up with him. Also, who doesn't know how to use a cellphone in 2014 (when the book was written)? Why was Kit so befuddled by technology? He was like an old lady. He was also incredibly TSTL. Like, was he trying to get himself mu
This third installment of Holmes & Moriarity, is, so far, the best to me! I loved the others, mostly the mysteries. But in this one, what I love most was the development of their relationship! Kit and J.X., are living together now, and in spite of Kit's crankiness, he is realizing how much he loves J.X., how much he needs his lover! J.X. is perfect for Kit: he loves him, he is so patient and never gives up on Kit.

I also must say that sex is hotter in this book!

I don't know if there will be m
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it


“Somebody Killed His Editor” – 3 stars

“All She Wrote” – 3 stars

“The Boy With the Painful Tattoo” – 3.5 stars (view spoiler)

Ok…so…I really really did not like this audiobook set. Which seems crazy since I listened to the whole thing back to back and didn’t even once think of stopping.

I think my loyalty to getting through a beloved Josh Lanyon series overpowered my complete irritation with t
Dear J.X.,

These three stars are for you. You're wasted on that overgrown man-child. Leave him and come to me, my love!

With love,
Your future husband


Seriously though. I recently listened to the first two books in the series in audiobook format, and I really enjoyed them. It seems to me that the 4 year gap between when the previous book, All She Wrote, was published and 'The Boy with the Painful Tattoo' really effected the way Josh Lanyon wrote Kit. In the first two books in the series, Kit has ins
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love this series and this 3rd installment did not disappoint.
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This review might contain very slight spoilers.

If you haven’t read Josh Lanyon’s Holmes & Moriarity series yet, I wholeheartedly recommend it because this series is quickly becoming as fiercely successful and passionately loved as Lanyon’s Adrien English books are. I had such feverish, high expectations for the much awaited third book, and the author didn’t let me down, not one bit. The story was everything I hoped for — only much better. And with some wild, awesome surprises!

The Holmes &
4 Stars

Kit and J.X. are finally shacking up together! Yay!

On their first weekend in their new house, J.X. goes to Vegas for a book convention, leaving Kit alone to begin the daunting task of unpacking and organising their new home. Surprisingly (or unsurprisingly, because it's 'bad things magnet' Kit), he stumbles upon a random dead body stuffed into one of his shipping creates....and from here, the crazy, fun, over-the-top, whodunit mystery begins.

I enjoy whodunit murder-mysteries, and Lanyon
Vanessa North
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have sort of mixed feelings about this book, but overall, quite favorable.

What I liked:
Kit being his usual, cranky-bastard self. I don't really like him, but somehow I love him. He's a very true, very real character, and as agonizing as that can be at times, I genuinely appreciate how real he is, even when he makes me cringe. I admire how, in a genre rife with Gary Stu characters, Josh continues to write amazingly vulnerable, flawed MCs. He reminds us again and and again that flawed characters
* A Reader Obsessed *
4 Stars!

Poor Kit. He just cannot catch a break - a break from finding dead bodies, that is. He and JX have made that ultimate relationship step and have newly moved in together, but a murdered victim found in one of their packing crates is not a great way to start their new life together.

As with this particular series, Kit is ever the neurotic fussy guy, full of insecurities and a tendency toward introversion, all of it marked with sarcastic humor and a fatalistic attitude that lends itself to
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-mm
It's Holmes, it's Moriarity, it's murder, mayhem and just generally Josh Lanyon at his best. I loved this book.

It's moving day, Kit and J.X. are combining their lives and making a go of things. J.X. has a conference to go to leaving Kit to his own devices for a few days. What could possibly go wrong? Pretty much everything. Starting with a dead body in the basement.

Kit writes murder mysteries he doesn't commit them or play amateur sleuth or so he says. J.X. has his hands full trying to maintain
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it

Somebody Killed His Editor was the first Lanyon book I had read and I was instantly hooked. Now, I do not know how many Lanyon books later, I got to thinking about what I like about Lanyon’s writing. Apart from his writing style, I also love his people, I may not always like them but I love how he writes them. I like the relationship dynamics he creates. And I absolutely admire how he is able to use the same tropes over and over again and make them new in each book.

I had long been awaiting for s
Ije the Devourer of Books
This was brilliant and my best JL yet.

I really enjoyed Kit and JX in this story especially now their relationship is on a firmer footing.The mystery itself was puzzling with some very entertaining characters and lots of possibilities, but none of them easy to guess. I like mysteries that keep the reader guessing but also entertain them along the way and this story delivers on both counts.

I also really enjoyed the 'guest' appearances and the way in which they were woven into the story. Best of
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Book 3 in the Holmes & Moriarity saga, The Boy with the Painful Tattoo, has now arrived to the delight of Josh Lanyon fans everywhere. When this third installment in Josh’s contemporary mystery comedy series opens, Kit and J.X. have just started living together and have moved into a newly purchased house in San Francisco. First up though, J.X. is off to a mystery fiction convention in Las Vegas while Kit remains at their home to deal with the myriad details of getting everything organized. W ...more
A wonderful addition to the series. I loved that Kit is starting to push himself a bit as far as the relationship with J.X. goes. He recognizes his sometimes irrational reasoning and is actually trying, although not always successfully. J.X. is the perfect, laid back foil to Kit's prickly, grumpiness.

As usual, whenever life gets a bit comfortable for Kit a dead body shows up to add some excitement. Add in Kit's "biggest fan", J.X.'s extended family, a new house in a new city and Kit's growing d
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was the best installment for me, Kit and J.X move in together and strengthen their relationship. Kit and his inner monologue and issues as usual get in the way and J.X.'s pushing creates tension. Throw in a dead body Kit discovers and so sets off this story.

I read these books back to back and couldn't put them down! Lots of fun!
Kit, can we meet? We need to talk about how awesome you are. Just don't tell Adrien, kay?
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kit and J.X. move into a home together in this one and another mystery turns up in a packing crate. Nice cameo in which our heroes meet up with Adrien English and Jake for a book signing.


I reread both book in series prior release and in my opinion The Boy with the Painful Tattoo is the best installment. There is so many good things going on:

Mystery- Ok, it's not fair to say: "Josh is back!" since he released several post-sabbatical works. Stranger on the Shore is a mystery, good one at that, but mystery in TBWTPT was top notch. Kit and J.X. just moved together in their new house in San Francisco. Kit decided to stay and unpack their things while J.X. went to a convention. But, i
Ula'ndi Hart
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ula'ndi by: Simone
Overall book rating: 4.5
Audio Book: Kevin R. Free: 4.5
Book Cover: 4

I couldn’t wait so I just finished it last night.

My final thoughts on the characters

JX: Who in their right mind doesn’t love him? Hell if I know but I am one of his devoted fans. Even though he’s not perfect I’ll cut him a lot of slack for having to deal with his choice in life partner.

I’ll just come right out and say “IT” – What exactly is it about Kit that makes JX love him/care for him/ want him the way he does? Cause...I
Chris, the Dalek King
Christopher Holmes sure does inspire the unholy urge to smack some sense into him. Constantly. But I think that is half his charm (the other half being split equally between his reluctant (and inevitably complicated) love affair with J.X. and his grumpiness at finding yet another dead body lurking in his steps (if dead bodies can lurk)). And in this third book in the Holmes & Moriarity (that's Moriarity, not Moriarty, thank you very much!) Kit sure is his 'charming' old self. Much to my plea ...more
Mimi Villa
Jan 06, 2014 marked it as to-read


♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣
Kit and J.X. You two are still some of my favorite characters ever in the history of character type things. Ever.

Were you two well-served by this particular story? That's debatable.

Is this one of Lanyon's most well-written stories? For my money, it is.

Somewhere between these two points is where my reading experience lands with this latest in the Holmes & Moriarity series.

The first third of the book, for me, was, well, a lot of groundwork, a lot of it unnecessary. The middle third started to
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Josh Lanyon is the author of over sixty titles of classic Male/Male fiction featuring twisty mystery, kickass adventure and unapologetic man-on-man romance.

Her work has been translated into eleven languages. The FBI thriller Fair Game was the first male/male title to be published by Harlequin Mondadori, the largest romance publisher in Italy. Stranger on the Shore (Harper Collins Italia) was the f

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Holmes & Moriarity (5 books)
  • Somebody Killed His Editor (Holmes & Moriarity, #1)
  • All She Wrote (Holmes & Moriarity, #2)
  • In Other Words...Murder  (Holmes & Moriarity, #4)
  • The 12.2-Per-Cent Solution (Holmes & Moriarity, #5)
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