4 Stars for Murder in Pastel by Josh Lanyon #MM #Mystery


Title: Murder in Pastel
Author Name & Publisher: Josh Lanyon (JustJoshin Publishing Inc.)
Publication Date & Length: September 12, 2015 – 224 pgs


Ten years ago Cosmo Bari vanished, taking with him his legendary masterpiece, Virgin in Pastel. Since that day no one in the seaside art colony of Steeple Hill has heard from the eccentric painter.

Surrounded by an extended family of Cosmo’s colorful compatriots, mystery writer Kyle Bari believes he has come to terms with being abandoned by his famous father. Then his ex-lover Adam MacKinnon arrives with his new partner, the beautiful but poisonous, Brett.

Brett has an unerring instinct for other people’s weak spots and soon the quiet colony is seething with hostility and suspicion as Brett begin to hint he knows what happened to the missing artist.

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Kyle is a mystery writer who’s father Cosmo was a famous artist who disappeared ten years ago. Adam was his crush and has been for many years. Well Adam comes back to Steeple Hill with his lover which is hard for Kyle to face. Not only because Adam’s lover is a troublemaker but also having to face all his old feelings for Adam from the past.

Now this book was a definite on the edge of your seat mystery which I loved! You get some action and suspense along with steam too. So those all mixed together made me really like this book! There was just the one thing that did bug me a little about this book and I really can’t say without it being a huge spoiler so I will try and explain hoping it makes sense.. Okay honestly Adam and Kyle made no really sense to me especially with who Adam’s lover is. Now honestly if I was Kyle I would have probably ran from that situation after I found out but that is just my opinion. So I was left feeling a little confused about Kyle’s relationship with Adam at the end of this book.

But other than that I have to say I really loved the way this author wrote this story and these characters. Josh Lanyon grabbed me from the start of this book and I could not put it down until the end.

All together I really liked this story and would recommend this book!



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A distinct voice in gay fiction, multi-award-winning author JOSH LANYON has been writing gay mystery, adventure and romance for over a decade. In addition to numerous short stories, novellas, and novels, Josh is the author of the critically acclaimed Adrien English series, including The Hell You Say, winner of the 2006 USABookNews awards for GLBT Fiction. Josh is an Eppie Award winner and a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist.


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