Monday, April 21, 2014

All She Wrote (Holmes & Moriarity #2) by Josh Lanyon

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 knell of a relationship that has been limping along for months. But that s just as well, right? Kit isn't ready for anything serious and besides, Kit owes Anna far too much to refuse.

Faster than you can say Miss Marple wears boxer shorts, Kit is snooping around Anna s elegant, snowbound mansion in the Berkshires for clues as to who s trying to kill her. A tough task with six amateur sleuths underfoot. Six budding writers with a tangled web of dark undercurrents running among them.

Slowly, Kit gets the uneasy feeling that the secret may lie between the pages of someone s fictional past. Unfortunately, a clever killer is one step ahead. And it may be too late for J.X. to ride to the rescue. Warning: Contains one irascible, forty-year-old mystery writer who desperately needs to get laid, one exasperated thirty-something ex-cop only too happy to oblige, an isolated country manor that needs the thermostat cranked up, various assorted aspiring and perspiring authors, and a merciless killer who may have read one too many mystery novels.

As much as I enjoyed the first one in this series, this one surpassed what I was expecting.  I still don't think it matches the author's work in the Dangerous Ground or Adrien English series but I definitely found myself getting sucked into the story and the characters.
Once again there wasn't any characters that left you balancing on the fence of love or hate, you definitely either loved or hated them.  The mystery again was quite enjoyable to try and figure out, not only who could it be but whether there was actually a crime happening.
We also get to see the relationship between Holmes and Moriarity give and take.  Trust me, it does definitely give and take in some of the best ways possible and certainly in some of the most surprising ways for both men.  Christopher Holmes finds himself not only facing but wanting aspects of a relationship he never expected or dreamed of for himself.

Rating:  4 & 1/2 Stars

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