Rating: 4 stars out of 5
To live and draw in L.A.
Now living in Los Angeles with former navy SEAL Nick Reno, artist Perry Foster comes to the rescue of elderly and eccentric Horace Daly, the legendary film star of such horror classics as Why Won’t You Die, My Darling?
Horace owns the famous, but now run-down, Hollywood hotel Angels Rest, rumored to be haunted. But as far as Perry can tell, the scariest thing about Angels Rest is the cast of crazy tenants–one of whom seems determined to bring down the final curtain on Horace–and anyone else who gets in the way.
The second in The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks mystery series, The Ghost Had An Early Check-Out by Josh Lanyon continues with our newly established couple Nick Reno and Perry Foster now living in LA and working on the dynamics of their relationship and living together. I love how Josh Lanyon writes relationships…relationships of all kinds and then threads them through her stories. In this case a mystery story.
Nick is sketching an eerie old Hollywood hotel, an architectural wonder or horror depending upon reviewpoint, when he hears screams coming from the hilltop. That begins Nick’s introduction to Horace Daly, wildly eccentric and on the ancient side, it’s his scream that Nick hears and it’s his mystery that Perry (bringing a reluctant Nick) tumbles into.
It starts with Horace, that crazy hotel and its inhabitants, along with all those old horror movie props. Lovingly if not gleefully described by the author through her characters. If you have ever watched an old Vincent Price or any other horror movie it that ilk, then you will have no problem imagining the movies, the props, and even Horiace in his heyday. Perry, inhaler in hand, wants to help Horace who is convinced someone is trying to kill him. Nick wants to watch over Perry on his time home, not happy its at a dusty old hotel with a quirky old actor asking for his boyfriend’s help.
As usual, there is a whole wonderful cast of secondary characters, even a pet alligator named Wally to help or thwart our heroes in their investigation at the hotel and the danger to Horace. As the plot twists and turns, our couple also continues to work on their own relationship and love affair, the narrative spotlight turning from the mystery to the couple and back again. It all intermingles effortlessly and the story moves forward quickly.
The Ghost Had an Early Check-Out (The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks #2) by Josh Lanyon is a wonderful mystery romance, full of terrific characters and a complex storyline. I love this couple and can’t wait to see what ghostly romp they will fall into next.
Cover art works for the type of mystery the novel is about and sets the tone.
Kindle Edition, 180 pages
Published December 18th 2018 by JustJoshin Publishing, Inc.
Original TitleThe Ghost Had an Early Check-Out
Edition Language English
Series The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks #2
setting Los Angeles, California (United States)