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Death of a Pirate King (The Adrien English Mysteries #4)

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Gay bookseller and reluctant amateur sleuth Adrien English's writing career is suddenly taking off. His first novel, Murder Will Out, has been optioned by notorious Hollywood actor Paul Kane.

But when murder makes an appearance at a dinner party, who should be called in but Adrien's former lover, handsome closeted detective Jake Riordan, now a Lieutenant with LAPD -- which
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Published September 13th 2008 by MLR Press
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Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review completed January 29, 2013*****Loved it--my favorite book in this series!

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Death of a Pirate King is the fourth book in the Adrien English series. Adrien is recovering from pneumonia. It's been about two years since our bookstore owner, part-time writer, and amateur sleuth had last been involved in a murder investigation. Adrien loves to write books but it's not enough to make a living at it. That being said, Adrien did achieve a success though. He sold a book that he wrote to the movies.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

**3.5 stars**

For most of my friends, this was their favorite book in the series. However, for me, it was just too much drama for this mama.

If I want to see train wreck, dysfunctional relationships with little emotional satisfaction I'll tune into my real life friends' relationship problems, thankyouverymuch.

In my opinion, it was too little too late, Jake.

And let me get this straight, Jake- I'm supposed to swoon over the scraps of yourself that you finally, under duress, give Adrien?? Yeah,
This book turned me into a quivering cry baby. I cried because of a blow-job in The Hell you Say and now I cried some more during the love scenes in Death of a Pirate King.

Something must be wrong with me.

Or something is very right with Josh Lanyon.

The last book that actually made my eyes water was GWTW. And let’s face it, that one is SUPPOSED to make you cry. Lanyon is something else. Nothing indicates that he carefully steers you towards the eye of an emotional tornado. His books are not your
Shile loves books
Who was I kidding? I had no idea whether Jake was capable of maintaining a platonic friendship or not. And I didn’t care. Because the bottom line -- and no pun intended -- was that I couldn’t handle a platonic friendship with him. It was just too damn painful.


4.5 Frustrating stars for the story

Chris Patton gets 10 stars for the narration. He was born to narrate this series.

Warning Possible Spoilers and Rant!

This is one of the most frustrating series i have ever read. I keep reading it because
Rosa, really
Josh Lanyon is an evil bastard who enjoys torturing innocent readers everywhere. He needs to be added to the Evil Overlord list for many reasons, most of all for the creation of that creature, Paul Fucking Kane. Kane truly is the fruit of the devil. (And yeah, Lanyon, that means you’re the devil.)

But first: Hey, Paul!


A double-handed fuck you very much!


In other words, I have never enjoyed angsting over a book so much.

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~Mindy Lynn~
5 *****


This is definitely my favorite in this series. I absolutely loved the mystery and all that chaos that was surrounding Adrien.

THE DRAMA!!!! It was strong in this one and instead of rolling my eyes and being annoyed with it, I reveled in it. I really liked that it was a dinner mystery type of story.

As much as JL frustrates me with these characters and their choices, I also have much love for the fact that none of them have it easy. They are al
In my review of The Hell You Say I said I considered it the best installment in the Adrien English series. And I meant it. It was better than the previous two books. But Death of a Pirate King? It beats them all. THIS is the best book in the series.

The mystery wasn't very much a mystery, but it was well executed, and besides, who cared about the whodunit when there Adrien and Jake were, meeting again after two years, sparks flying and tension and angst pouring off the pages in waves. I wouldn't
Adrien will have to convince Jake someone is not what appears
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I loved this book and so far is the best of the serie in my view.

Jake is less asshole... but he is still an asshole and annoyed me a lot

Adrien is more sick...

Adrien's mother is more annoying...

and Adrien love life is a mess...
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all the old same problems to Adrien... BUT the mystery and the prose was (in my modest opinion) the best of the serie! It's certainly in my favorite shelf!

Loved it, can't wait a
Written May 29, 2014

4.8 Stars - A stunning and very slowly told love tale -
so gripping and beautiful to experience

Book #4

Here we go again - another adventure with the gay bookseller and reluctant amateur sleuth Adrien English.
My fourth (of five) novel in this series in just a couples of days.

Death of a Pirate King starts two years after the last book ended. When we last met Adrien in book #3 - The Hell You Say (4 stars) It ended pretty sad and I was of course eager to know how it all would kee
I have been DYING to write a review on this book, even though I probably posted a status update on every single page anyway.

Jesus, I LOVED this book!! 

Every Adrien English book is absolutely amazing, both from the mystery and the romance side, but with 'Death of a Pirate King' the characters have matured and finally reached a stage where they are able to discuss things and be brave enough to risk something by addressing things directly. God knows, Adrien and Jake are not exactly natural communic

The book 4 of Adrien English Mystery seeries is the best sequel for me so far!

I join all 5 and 4 stars exciting reviews and confirm that for me EVERYTHING, really EVERYTHING in the book 4 was good:

*The plot.
*Adrien. (He was the best!!!)
*Jake.( I know, a lot of readers won't share my opinion. Though, LIKING doesn't mean UNDERSTANDING! And I LIKE him. But I swear by God, I didn't understand his behaviour in many situation!!!)
*And of course- the writing, as always.

Just a few words from myself:

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Re-read 8/8/17 and many other times :P

It has been two years since Adrien and Jake parted ways. Now it seems they will come face to face once more, since Adrien got himself mixed up in yet another murder investigation.

After the epic fail that is Jake, Adrien has tried to move on with his life...and he has been doing this with Guy, the professor dude we met in the previous book. I think Guy was oke guy but nothing special. Healthwise Adrien isn't doing really well... he is still recovering from a

I'm tired. This series is emotionally draining. I'm going to try and wrap this review up right quick because this book was so far my least favorite of the series.

I'm tired of this bullshit. I'm drained. I'm exhausted. And I'm starting to not care.
There were exciting parts, but too many of them were overshadowed by my blood lust.

Not looking at me, he growled, “Oh, go to hell.”
I raised my water in a toast. “Sure. I’ll follow the trail of bread crumbs you’re scattering.

Adrien, I love you, bu
This was me while listening to the audiobook for 'Death of a Pirate King':


I wasn't sure how I felt about Adrien. I wasn't sure how I felt about Jake. I didn't know where the murder mystery was going.

And most importantly, I had no clue what to think about Adrien and Jake together. It also didn't help that this time around Adrien was just as irresponsible as Jake.

Yet those misgivings didn't matter at all, because I had no problem with sitting back and watching the shit-show unfold. Do I believe th
Anna  (Bananas!)
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, thriller-mystery
The sexual tension between these two. Give them a few seconds alone and it's on.
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And um...
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Jul 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When Adrien dies, his grave will say: "Here lies the most unfortunate motherfucker ever lived in this city."

He's just got a terrible life: No permanent bf, friends getting murdered, slept with a serial killer, heart condition, a mother that seriously needs to have some pills, annoying police always on his ass, always wrapped up in crime....and I can go on...

Whatever god watching over this man...have
By the time I was 12% through this book I thought I could not hate any character more than I hated Jake Riordan. By about 35% the unthinkable happened and the ice around my heart began to crack just a little, but the ending of the book just floored me and finally put Jake on the fast track to redemption. It felt like everything came together in this book and the emotions felt real. We get to see a different side of both Adrien and Jake. Definitely my favorite of the series so far.

Potential book/
After this reread, Adrien & Jake get 5 stars.

AE is better the second time around. And Jake on audio? *grunts* S'good.

"I'm not insane. This is very simple, very straightforward. Provided he doesn't kill me, it's foolproof."

Adrien seems to find trouble no matter where he goes. Adrien's book, Murder Will Out, has been potentially picked up for a movie script. Adrien is at a dinner party that features some Hollywood execs and what do ya know? The guy next to
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Josh Lanyon has the ability to play with my emotions like a yo-yo. I'm feeling wrung out. I was already feeling sad after To Hell You Say, and then this book added a lot of more stuff. Stuff like soldiering on even if you do not want to, about wanting something you cannot have, about have two wants that cannot live together. I keep imagining Jake waiting outside in the car, his wants and needs fighting inside him pulling him apart, so sad and lonely.

The thing that touches me most is the fact tha
Angela Bee Bee
wow, that was hard to read but oh so good too. the most painful breakup/ reuniting i've ever read.

the first reunion kiss,so angry,.then so sweet....

so now youre back, from outer space. i should have changed that stupid lock, i should have made you leave your key.

J: you were the only person in the world i could be honest with.

...then A just gave it all to him, up against the wall.

J: "oh baby" "yeah" "sorry, so sorry" "hey"
A: "hey" i said, ruefully.
J: "i missed you"

i loved jakes confidence here
Wow. What can you say about this one ! Definitely the best up to now. I adore Adrien and as much as Jake can be so exasperating I still love these two together and just want them to go on forever. The back story in this is perfection.
*review edit * 02/ 02/13
First of all the above review was written way after I first read Death Of A Pirate King because I wasn't into writing reviews round the time I first read it but on reflection after re- reading, is far too trite and short to do justice to this
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No time for a full review.

I will just say...
It's about time.
I hate Paul Kane.
I still love the holy fuck out of Jake Riordan, no matter what.
Poor Adrien, again, and the shit he gets himself into.
Lanyon makes me cry during his sex scenes.
It's about time.
I honestly skimmed a lot of the mystery because I wanted more Jake time.
I don't feel bad for Guy, I never warmed up to him. He's not Jake.
It's about time!!!!

Moving on to the last book. Come to mama, Jake my boy.
Thoughts later, but just so you know. Those stars are NOT because I've changed my mind about Jake. He's still a dick. Those stars are for Adrien English and the mastery of Josh Lanyon's words! Superb!!!
This series was completely stressful to me. I read this entire book feeling like a band was constricting around my chest. Jake is the detective and former love interest of the protagonist, bookstore owner Adrien English. In the last book, Jake left Adrien because Jake knocked up his girlfriend and wanted to have a "normal" life. So he married her and I (I mean Adrien) was devastated. But good riddance, right? Wrong. Jake is back in this book and he makes me madder than ever. The only reason I co ...more
R * A Reader Obsessed *
It's been two years since Jake and Adrien have seen each other and it takes another murder to throw them back together. Once again Adrien finds himself smack dab in the middle of the investigation. Understandably this reunion brings back old hurts and anger. His reactions more jaded and cautious as new, painful revelations come into play.

It seemed at times, I felt sorry for everyone. (view spoiler)
“My heart’s worse. I have to have surgery.”
Jake’s face stilled. “When?” he asked. His voice came out thick and unwilling.
I shook my head. “I haven’t talked to the surgeon yet. It would be soon, I guess.”
He had sucked in a sharp breath when I said I hadn’t talked to the surgeon. He let it out carefully and said, “What the hell are you doing?”
I smiled, thinking how odd it was that he was the only person in the world I could say this to. “I’m scared.”

And I was also scared. Baby is so sick.

So m
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

3.5...we're getting there! Even better this time...

I've grown fond of Adrien...I feel protective of him. I hate Jake. More so in this book than in any of the others...and that says a lot. My heart broke numerous times alongside Adrien as Jake continued to be his jerk self.

But, Adrien proved he's smarter and stronger than we might have even expected in the previous books. The murder on the high seas (and in high society) mystery saga was fun and interesting and not overly in-your-face as in books
Favorite so far! The ending had just the right amount of fairy tale.
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
***Series Spoilers Ahead***

Adrien, Adrien, Adrien! :) He’s at it again. Madness, mayhem, and mystery! This time Hollywood comes a’ knocking bringing all sorts of trouble, possible movie deals, scandal, gossip, and murder (of course) into our favorite sleuthing bookseller’s life.

The fourth book in the mystery series finds Adrien, once again, mixed up with a murder investigation, which brings him face to face with his ex-lover, Jake Riordan. Even though two years have passed since they parted way
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure what to say, but let's see if I can come up with something...

I loved this book with all of me. So let's sort of revise it in parts

1. Adrien - I think I fall in love with his voice harder every time.. (ha! Yes, the narrator's, too. Damn the guy! He has a very sexy voice) I'm not sure how to explain this but it seems to me that with each passing book, the writer got a more firm hold on Adrien, and his thoughts. And his snarky remarks. His hidden feelings. And I just love listening to
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