Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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?
Nothing better than diving into a Josh Lanyon murder mystery! But I have to admit I have a fondness for librarians going back to my childhood and the endless hours I spent with them and their libraries, no matter what state I was living in at the time. And of course, there’s that certain librarian (The Mummy) who stood up and announced with utter confidence in her abilities to handle anything “I am a librarian!”. As well she should. As does Josh Lanyon’s intrepid librarian Carter Matheson deal with everything that comes at him, from the expected to the shocking, in this marvelous tale of murder and romance in Murder Takes the High Road.
Carter, you see, is on a trip of a sort I’ve always wanted to take for myself. So it was easy to slide in next to him, along with the other author and series devotees visiting places important in books written by this author they adored. However, there’s another huge element here. Carter’s recent ex, the one he was supposed to be taking the trip with, is also on the tour with the new boyfriend. The one he wanted Carter’s ticket for, the one that Carter refused to give up and is using now. So many emotions in turmoil to go along with a long awaited tour that Carter had been looking forward to.
Of course, Lanyon pours us into Carter’s soul and the awkwardness and pain of the situation. She let’s no small agony go passed by and soon we are deeply connected to Carter and the story (and everyone on the tour as well). Before you can blink, there’s a murder..and mysteries, and a delightful handsome guy for Carter to share room, clues, and maybe just more with.
Yes, I ate this all up.
And at the end, when all the revelations were laid out, all the murderers exposed…I was totally satisfied. Except that of course as with all of Josh Lanyon’s couples…I wanted more. Of them and more stories. Can’t be helped. It’s just the way of her stories.
So yes, I absolutely recommend Murder Takes the High Road by Josh Lanyon. I loved it. If you are a fan of murder mystery romances, I will you will too. If you are a fan of this author, you’ve already read and know what I’m talking about.
Cover art is spectacular. I just love it.
Expected publication: April 23rd 2018 by Carina Press
Original TitleMurder Takes the High Road