Murder Takes the High Road

Murder Takes the High Road

by Josh Lanyon

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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?

This book is approximately 60,000 words

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459293595
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 04/23/2018
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 124,271
File size: 684 KB

About the Author

Josh Lanyon's work has been translated into eleven languages. An Eppie Award winner and four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, she is the first ever recipient of the Goodreads M/M Hall of Fame award.

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Murder Takes the High Road 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great Lanyon story, and the hero is a librarian! What more could you want? Librarians are just that awesome, it's true. Do yourself a favor and read this immediately.
MaraJ73 More than 1 year ago
Carter Matheson is on the tour he's been dreaming of for a couple of years now, a bus tour for fans of mystery writer Dame Vanessa Rayburn, unfortunately his ex is also on the tour with the new boyfriend. Unexpectedly, Carter finds himself with a roommate, John Knight, who doesn't appear to know much about Vanessa Rayburn's stories. Between rumors, night wanderings, and attraction this bus tour is starting to look like one Miss Rayburn's novels leaving Carter unsure who to trust. Will Carter survive the tour in one piece? Holy Hannah Batman! Murder Takes the High Road is a great way to kick off my summer reading, okay maybe its a little early to say its kicking off the summer reading but if it was a couple of weeks later than it would be the right timing for that statement. Murder has a little bit of everything: mystery, lust, romance, attraction, drama, mayhem, and memorable characters that hold it all together. Not only is Murder chuck full of everything that has put Josh Lanyon at the top of my favorite authors list but it has the added plus of everything I love about British mysteries. Gossip, rumors, assumptions, and altercations are only a small part of what drives this mystery, that is if there really is a mystery . . . okay there is a mystery to solve but I won't tell you what it is but you are going to love finding out. I was completely surprised and that doesn't happen to me much anymore considering all the reading I do. As for the characters, well Carter is absolutely lovable and I can't even begin to imagine how Trevor could choose the "other guy" over him but thank God he did because Carter deserves better. Which brings us to John Knight, a man on an author tour who doesn't appear to read said author, yeah there's nothing fishy about that As for the other members of the tour, well they are definitely an eclectic bunch that made Murder a wonderfully fun read I just couldn't put down. I'd say who knew murder could be so fun but if you've read Josh Lanyon before than you know exactly just how fun she makes it and if you haven't read her before than this is a great starter for you. I know that Murder Takes the High Road is a one off but if Carter Matheson ever decides to take another bus tour I hope we get to go along for the ride. This is definitely one for my re-reads shelf.
Trio More than 1 year ago
I can't even believe how much I loved Murder Takes the High Road. I really do love everything Josh Lanyon writes, but this was truly spectacular. The mystery was completely original and kept me guessing through the end. The romance was sweet, and quaint, and totally hot - and worked 100% of the time. And the ENDING was wonderful. Lanyon fans will be right pleased and if you haven't had the pleasure of one of my all time favorite authors, this is the perfect book with which to start! Regarding the audio version, Gary Furlong was perfect. He had some challenging accents to deal with in this one and handled them well. I'll definitely look for him again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters, an engaging mystery, and the beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Though this feels like a stand-alone, I really hope that Lanyon writes more stories featuring Carter and John. Definitely recommended. -- lyradora
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Murder Takes the High Road is different from Lanyon's previous works. The beginning started off very slow for me and things didn't really pick up/get interesting until around the 25% mark. Is it wrong for me to say that I enjoyed seeing Carter being upset and miserable because of Trevor and Vance (Trevor is Carter's ex and Vance is the new BF)? I hated Trevor and Vance, and the drama and upset they caused Carter (and several other people of the tour) was disturbing but so over the top that I couldn't help but be amused by it. How could two people be so selfish and self absorbed that they couldn't see that Carter was just trying to thumb his nose at them by being on the tour? Poor Carter. He is well rid of Trevor. The relationship between John and Carter was nice. They didn't exactly jump into a relationship (they wait to sleep together until about the 3rd night, lol) and Carter internally acknowledges that they hardly know each and that a relationship between them is...farfetched to put it nicely. But they also both sense they have a good connection and that it is worth pursuing beyond the tour. It all felt like the beginning of something (which makes sense since it's been a week), and I can't remember if this is going to be a series or standalone. I do hope more is written about them because I would love to see them together. The ending to Murder Takes the High Road leads us to believe that John's job is going to lead to more sleuthing, and he has invited Carter to join in. How cool is that? I want to read all about that adventure. Overall this was an enjoyable story, but it felt different (off) from Lanyon's other novels. Don't mistake this comment for a negative. The story and writing were very entertaining, and the action (once it started) really kept up a fast pace and I was able to read roughly 70% in one day. Yes, there is amateur sleuthing; yes, there is a murder to solve; yes, there is a romance between the two MCs; yes, the guilty party gets caught. The specific differences are tied to the feel of the story, the mysteries, the murders, the detecting and the characters. They were all different from Lanyon's past stories, but it does have the same feel as her All's Fair series (up to a point). I do recommend this and give it 4 stars, maybe 4.25.
ReadingLlama More than 1 year ago
I haven’t read anything by Josh Lanyon before, but I’m always up for a good romantic murder mystery. While this was heavier on the mystery side than the romance side, I still very much enjoyed it. “As much as I loved reading about murder and mayhem, I had never kidded myself I’d make a good detective. The extent of my sleuthing ability was finding misfiled books and lost editions.” Carter is quite possibly the coziest amateur sleuth I’ve ever read about, a complete cinnamon roll hero. He’s a librarian who prefers reading books and gardening to traveling, but this trip is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet one of his favorite authors. Unfortunately, he booked the trip years ago, before his (now ex) boyfriend cheated on him – and they’re both going on the trip, as well. At least Carter has a room to himself – until a last minute addition to the tour is set to room with him. Luckily, the new guy is hot, single and setting off Carter’s gaydar. If only he wasn’t setting off Carter’s something’s-not-right-o-meter, too! The entire book happens in less than a week and is entirely from Carter’s POV, so the romance felt a bit rushed. While I definitely felt the chemistry between Carter and John, I was glad their relationship ended on a happily-for-now note rather than a true HEA, just because a week on a tour bus in Scotland didn’t seem like enough to build a relationship on. I’m honestly hoping that this will be the first in a series starting Carter and John, as I really enjoyed Carter’s POV and his approach to solving the mystery. “I was thinking maybe we should…” Once again, she let it trail. “We should what?” “I don’t know. Investigate?” I gawked at her. “What? Us? How? Why?” She seemed startled at my response. “Why? Well, because.” “Because why?” “We’re all mystery buffs, after all. Who better?” “Police. The local constabulary. The not local constabulary. Scotland Yard. The gamekeeper. The gatekeeper. The keymaster. I don’t know. Pretty much anyone other than us.” As for the mystery piece, there’s lots of red herrings, so it was fun to pick through and figure out what was important and what wasn’t. If anything, I think I’d complain that it’s all a bit too much – there’s too many things going on and too many secondary characters. There are quite a few people – more than twenty – on the bus tour, and some are developed more than others, so it was easy to figure out who was important to the plot and who wasn’t. There’s an entire subplot with Carter’s ex and his new boyfriend that I felt wasn’t fully fleshed out – they seemed to be playing a much larger part earlier in the book and then it just fizzled out « Hide Spoiler. I was pleased with the final resolution of the mystery, though, and especially liked the way Carter solved it. Overall, I very much enjoyed the mixture of romance and mystery, and I’ll definitely be looking up more of the author’s books! Recommended if you like cozy mysteries with a side of librarian romance! I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Murder Takes The High Road by Josh Lanyon Reading this book I believed that the author was a guy…it seemed to feel like a sensitive male author writing a somewhat cozy feeling murder-mystery-romance set on a bus tour in Scotland. I didn’t realize till the end of the book, after reading the author’s bio at the end, that the author is a female. That said…I really did enjoy reading this new-to-me author and would gladly read more of her work in the future. Why would I read more? Because she engaged me in the mystery but even more, she had me invested in the characters of Carter and John. They were so good together, put a smile on one another’s faces and made me smile, too. I was rooting for their romance to flourish and hoping that it would go beyond the limited time of the bus tour. As this was a tour to see Scottish sights…and sites where an author managed to murder characters in her books…it was a bit of a travelogue but as I traveled with the group I got to know the people on the bus and a bit more about a country I would like to visit someday. As with many groups that are gathered together but do not know one another beforehand they have to find their way as a group with each person finding where they fit on the team. There was a comedian, a complainer or two, a loudmouth, a leader or two, a conspiracy theorist and…well….a few others, too. What I liked: * The dialogue between Carter and John * The mystery of John’s night walks * The mystery of why people were disappearing * The information that made me go look to see if Dame Vanessa Rayburn was a real person or not (the fact she was a murderer reminded me of another author who writes murder mysteries) * The way Vanessa’s books were referred to as if they really existed * The interactions between those on the tour * The romance between Carter and John What I didn’t like: * The people meant to be disliked and some of the things they said and did. Did I like this book? Yes Would I read more books by this author? Yes Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin Carina Press for the ARC – This is my honest review 4 Stars