Murder Takes the High Road
by Josh Lanyon
Expected publication: April 23rd 2018 by Carina Press
Genre: MxM Adult Romantic Cozy Mystery
In a Flutter: So much fun!
Librarian Carter Matheson is determined to enjoy himself on a Scottish bus tour for fans of mystery author Dame Vanessa Rayburn. Sure, his ex, Trevor, will also be on the trip with his new boyfriend, leaving Carter to share a room with a stranger, but he can’t pass up a chance to meet his favorite author.
Carter’s roommate turns out to be John Knight, a figure as mysterious as any character from Vanessa’s books. His strange affect and nighttime wanderings make Carter suspicious. When a fellow traveler’s death sparks rumors of foul play, Carter is left wondering if there’s anyone on the tour he can trust.
Drawn into the intrigue, Carter searches for answers, trying to fend off his growing attraction toward John. As unexplained tragedies continue, the whole tour must face the fact that there may be a murderer in their midst—but who?
Worldbuilding: Scotland, tour by bus setting – really awesome. Every stop included some sightseeing and I loved the gang on the bus.
Characters: Carter is a librarian which ofc made me like him instantly. On top of that, he’s a mystery lover, so double love from me. He’s also very smart, very funny, and kind of sweet but still properly snarky when needed. I loved how well-behaved he was around that little shit, Trevor – the patience of a saint, I tell you.
John is very interesting, all mysterious and funny too. I couldn’t get a read on him for a good while there, which made him even more exciting.
Plot: The initial cozy mystery/amateur sleuth thing was fun and picturesque. I loved the pacing of events. The last murder is very interesting, and I loved her everything came together. I loved every step of the way!
Writing: First person, past tense narrative, Carter’s POV. Looooved his sense of humor and his voice. Awesome style, I chuckled throughout the read. One of my top 3 ever styles, in fact – right up there with Darynde Jones, in fact.
Curb Appeal: Fantastic cover, hooking blurb – impulsive buy material for my cozy mystery needs.
I recommend Murder Takes the High Road to fans of Mystery/Romance mixes, witty and charismatic characters, and delightfully amusing and well-told stories.
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