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Publisher's Summary

From award-winning male/male author Josh Lanyon: a librarian finds himself in a plot right out of one of his favorite mystery novels

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. But as unexplained tragedies continue, the whole tour must face the fact that there may be a murderer in their midst - but who?

©2018 Josh Lanyon (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Loved it

This book was awesome. I loved Carter so much. He was such a fun POV character. I loved the entire set up for the story, the location, basically everything. And as usual Gary Furlong delivered a stellar performance. The mystery kept me guessing, and the romance was so sweet. If I could give this book more stars, I would.

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This book was a bit disappointing, truth be told. I found the relationship between our heroes to be adequate (for a Josh Lanyon book--which isn't saying much), but it was the mystery that didn't quite hit the mark. Also, there were way too many characters.

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  • BrotherBob
  • 2019-01-01

Well done!

A murder mystery in which the mystery and solution are more important than the angst of the protagonist! Better yet, a protaginist with low angst! Bravissimo!

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  • Carol Mello
  • 2018-09-08

Entertaining mystery tour in Scotland with romance

Carter stubbornly refuses to give his expensive mystery tour ticket, booked years in advance, to his ex-lover Trevor to use for Vance, Trevor's new partner. Carter is still bitter a year after the breakup. Trevor and Vance are really obnoxious. It is always fun when there is an awful ex around in romance novels to hate. Carter gets an unexpected roommate for the tour. John, the roommate, acts suspiciously but Carter is attracted to him and John is attracted to Carter. Rumors fly that one of the passengers on the previous tour died. Then, a passenger on Carter's tour dies.

Good surprises in the mystery tour and a good new romantic partner for Carter. I really enjoy Josh Lanyon's novels.

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  • April Reads and Listens
  • 2020-05-05

Makes me wanna go to Scotland!

There’s this librarian who’s on a journey to meet his favorite author. There’s a catch of course, his ex and the current flame is on the said journey with him. All of these are on the blurb. What’s not on the blurb is how much you will love Carter. He’s the most relatable MC ever. I adore him. He’s level headed but also not above being petty with his ex. He’s smart but also not above entertaining fanciful thoughts like any mystery fan. The supporting characters are great too. I can’t stand Trevor and Vance, but I think they were written that way. And Yvonne, oh lort, she cracked me up several times and up until the very end. John was a mystery and I was really thinking he’s either a cop or a fed. I like the evolution of Carter and John’s romance. I wish there could have been more of that. But it is a mystery book more than anything.
The pacing of the story is great. The characters are well developed. The twist was awesome too. And this book makes me want to take a tour to Scotland, not a murder mystery one though.
Gary Furlong did great with the narration.

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  • Lark Knitter
  • 2018-10-09

Probably my favorite from this author!

I am a fan of most of Josh Lanyon's work. This might be my favorite yet. It was an interesting listen. Not just a mystery, not a romance. Like a lot of her work it's a good read that happens to have a gay protagonist.
The reader really drew me in and I believe it added to the enjoyment of the story. It takes place in Scotland which added even more.
I recommend it!

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  • Dennis
  • 2018-08-04

Best Lanyon Mystery in a While

Mr. Lanyon put together a nifty little mystery in an homage to Dame Agatha Christie’s “Nemesis”. A new hero is created in the form of a librarian who sets out to see his mystery author hero. Characters are written to respond naturally to each situation and not much is forced. I appreciated the unusual structure of the story. With luck, Mr. Lanyon will create a new series based on his new sleuth.

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  • Adele S.
  • 2021-11-28

Very good narration.

This is my first time trying a Josh Lanyon audiobook and, just like the novels themselves, they didn’t disappoint. Gary Furlong's voice and narration did very well to bring the story to life. It was well-paced in writing and reading. The story is overall fun and I, personally, find mysteries to be the best audio books. The romance wasn't too explicit which is another preference of mine because I find explicit narrations to often be laughable or embarrassing. For me, this was a great choice for my Audible credit and I can see myself buying more audiobooks from this author and narrator.

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  • Lo
  • 2021-04-28

A little disappointed

As an avid fan of this author, I was quite disappointed with this book. The ending was horrendously rushed and the story lacked any sort of real climax. While the relationship felt pretty natural and they had good chemistry, it felt too cheesy during the resolution. It was well built with relatable characters then we get hit with the “after 2 days of knowing you and three conversations later, I love you” trope which ruined it for me. They both seemed pretty relatable until the end.

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  • David Phillips
  • 2020-07-06

Great vocal performance of a rather bland story.

I very much enjoyed Gary Furlong’s narration. It was very smooth, the characters were well delineated, and the accents were spot on. The story, however, was a bit bland and not very suspenseful. My one observation that I feel needs comment is Mr. Furlong’s pronunciation of andirons. He pronounced the word “an-dee-rons” rather than “an·
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  • Domi
  • 2020-05-30

Good mystery

I liked the mystery part. It was thrilling and I got surprised several times. Performance by Gary was very good, it really enhanced the story. I was a little disappointed with the romance of the book. It went too fast. But overall I liked the book and I will look for other books from Josh.

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  • Mikee Smith
  • 2022-07-27

It was good.

I finished it in one sitting. Great job with Scottish accent from the narrator, all n all a good read.