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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Zell Oakley
  • 2019-12-30

My favorite Lanyon standalone

Everything about this book is Josh Lanyon at her best. The main character is a likable intellectual--I'm not as big a fan of Lanyon's FBI agent protagonists, though I like her cops. The mystery is compelling. The romance is fun. The atmosphere is dark but warm, like a cozy room lit by candles or a fancy passenger train hurtling through the night. The narration is top notch like the vast majority of Lanyon's books.

Unusually but not unheard of for Lanyon, there's a twist that's revealed about halfway through the book, perfectly foreshadowed but not telegraphed. It leads to the book having a very intriguing structure. Crucially for a mystery, the ending is good--the solutions to Lanyon's mysteries tend to be better described as "bumbled on" rather than "deduced," but that's not really the point. If you want your main character to be a super sleuth, read another author. The point is not solving the mystery, but rather our journey with Carter--in this particular case, a quite literal journey--through a mystery that unfurls itself like an evening primrose as the darkness closes in.

This is my favorite Josh Lanyon standalone novel (and I've read them all). Someone once asked me why I bother to reread (or re-listen to) mystery novels; do I pretend to be surprised at the solution the second and third time through the book? Again, the point of a good mystery is not just the solution, but the characters, and Murder Takes the High Road has well-developed characters in spades. I genuinely like Carter and John, and genuinely can't stand the characters I'm not supposed to like, such as Trevor and his new boyfriend. We're on a tour with them through places that are mentioned in the works of their favorite author Vanessa Rayburn--a VERY thinly-veiled Anne Perry clone--who actually appears in the novel only briefly but hovers over both halves of it like a wraith. It's a tribute to Lanyon's writing that I was equally enamored with the tour itself--I'm the type of reader who genuinely wants to know where the protagonist eats, or what he does in his free time, as much as I want to get on with the mystery, and Lanyon delivers.

As always with Lanyon, the writing itself is fantastic. Lanyon's books are a breath of fresh air to people who like m/m fiction, particularly mysteries, but don't have any interest in reading a bunch of porn punctuated by brief occurrences of plot. Gary Furlong is an excellent narrator--to be honest I'm not used to hearing him narrate with an American accent, but he's good either way. Highly, highly recommended.

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  • An Avid Reader
  • 2019-11-09

Fantastic Entertainment

This is an amazing read, with a dynamic, amusing and relatable voice. I dont usually enjoy the first person perspective, but it's so well done and engaging in this - Carter is such an everyman, clever and reasonable but also susceptible to the same flights of fancy as any murder mystery fan. The romance in this is nicely paced, realistic and enticing. The mystery is smart and fun. The twists are great and I found myself chuckling aloud often. The tour is brilliant and feels like a little bit of an homage to Ireland hidden inside its purpose as a vehicle for the plot. Exciting work. Josh Lanyon's books get better and better.