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Publication Order of All's Fair Books

Publication Order of A Shot in the Dark Books

This Rough Magic (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Bedknobs and Broomsticks Books

Mainly by Moonlight (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Buried a Witch (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bell, Book and Scandal (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hex in the City (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Crimes & Cocktails Books

South of the Border (By: Laura Baumbach) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mexican Heat (With: Laura Baumbach) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Dangerous Ground Books

Publication Order of Doyle and Spain Books

Snowball In Hell (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Holiday Codas Books

Christmas Waltz (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
All I Want for Christmas (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Holmes & Moriarity Books

Somebody Killed His Editor (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
All She Wrote (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Boy with the Painful Tattoo (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Other Words... Murder (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The 12.2-Per-Cent Solution (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of In A Dark Wood Books

In a Dark Wood (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Parting Glass (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of I Spy Books

I Spy Something Wicked (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Spy Something Bloody (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Spy Something Christmas (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Partners in Crime Books

Boy Meets Body (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
I'll Be Dead For Christmas (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Footsteps in the Dark (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Art of Dying (With: Jordan Castillo Price) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Committed to Memory (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Secrets and Scrabble Books

Murder at Pirate's Cove (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Secret at Skull House (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery at the Masquerade (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Scandal at the Salty Dog (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Body at Buccaneer's Bay (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lament at Loon Landing (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death at the Deep Dive (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Corpse at Captain's Seat (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Adrien English Mysteries Books

Death of a Pirate King (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark Tide (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hell You Say (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fatal Shadows (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Dangerous Thing (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stranger Things Have Happened (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
So This Is Christmas (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Funny Thing Happened... (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Art of Murder Books

The Mermaid Murders (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Monet Murders (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Magician Murders (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Monuments Men Murders (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Movie-Town Murders (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Dark Horse Books

The Dark Horse (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The White Knight (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Haunted Heart Books

Publication Order of The XOXO Files Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Hostage (With: Sarah Black,Laura Baumbach) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Strange Fortune (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
To All A Good Night (With: K.A. Mitchell) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Darkling Thrush (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Come Unto These Yellow Sands (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Vintage Affair (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Irregulars (With: Nicole Kimberling,Ginn Hale,Astrid Amara) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood Red Butterfly (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stranger on the Shore (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Out of the Blue (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Short Stories (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in Pastel (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jefferson Blythe, Esquire (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Curse of the Blue Scarab (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
If Only in My Dreams (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Takes the High Road (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seance on a Summer's Night (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Slay Ride (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hide and Seek (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
44.1644° North (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Puzzle for Two (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lemon Drop Kid (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Dark Farewell (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Icecapade (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lovers and Other Strangers (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lone Star (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cards on the Table (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Don't Look Back (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Ghost of a Chance (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Plain Sight (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Everything I Know (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Baby, it's Cold (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Winter Kill (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Case of Christmas (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Watch (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Between the Pages (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Plenty of Fish (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Halloween is Murder (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Boy Next Door (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ghost Had an Early Check-Out (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stranger in the House (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Requiem for Mr. Busybody (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder is Served (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Hearts and Hazards: Writing the Gay Cozy Mystery (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Petit Morts Books

Hue, Tint and Shade (By: Jordan Castillo Price) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moolah and Moonshine (By: Jordan Castillo Price) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spanish Fly Guy (By: Jordan Castillo Price) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pretty Ugly (By: Jordan Castillo Price) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Less Stiff at the Funeral (By: Jordan Castillo Price) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Food of the Gods (With: Jordan Castillo Price,Sean Kennedy) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
London Eye (By: Clare London) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Media Naranja (By: Clare London) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Happily Neverafter (By: Jordan Castillo Price) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Immortal Coil (By: Jordan Castillo Price) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bittersweet Candy Kisses (By: Clare London) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Josh Lanyon is an American male/male fiction author that has written over sixty novels featuring unapologetic male on male romance, great adventure, and twisty mystery. Her excellent fiction has once made her be referred to as the gay mystery Agatha Christie. Her novels have been translated into more than ten languages. Her debut novel was “Fair Game” an FBI thriller was published by the biggest Italian Romance Harlequin Mondadori. Over the course of about seven years, she published her sixty titles in the Adrien English series, the Holmes & Moriarity Series, A Shot In the Dark series, The All’s Fair series, The Art of Murder series among several freestanding novels. Her novellas include The Dangerous Ground series, The Doyle & Spain series, The Haunted Heart series, The I Spy series, The In A Dark Wood series, The Xoxo Files series, The Dark Horse series among other freestanding novellas and short stories. Her novel “Fatal Shadows” was the first foreign-authored title to make the Boy Love novelist in Japan in 2016. The Adrien English series got the All Time Favorite Male Male Couple Goodreads M/M Group Award. Josh Lanyon was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award by Goodreads Favorite M/M Author awards. She also made the shortlist for the Best Gay Mystery at the Lambda Literary Awards on four different instances, and is a four-time Eppie Award winner. She currently lives in Southern California with her husband Kevin Burton Smith.

Josh Lanyon has always wanted to be a writer ever since she was a child and started writing poetry when she was sixteen. She sold her first work to Harlequin right after completing her college studies before she tried her hand in music. Music turned out to be harder than she thought it would be and hence she decided to focus only in writing. She turned out to be quite good at mystery writing and sold an entire series to Penguin and Pocket Books, before she changed genre to write MM as Josh Lanyon. Back in 1996 when she started in MM it was not so easy to publish an MM novel, as mainstream was just not interested in those types of stories. Moreover, being a woman many GLBT preferred titles written by gay men, as they believed these captured the essence of MM relationships. She got 27 rejections with her real name before she changed to the male sounding name of Josh Lanyon. She sent her manuscript to Gay Men’s Press and was surprised when it was instantly accepted, which told her it was more about the author than the story. Having built her brand as Josh Lanyon for over two decades, she decided to just keep the name and even make it her legal DBA. Furthermore, she does not believe that gender should matter in how a novel is received as long as the work is high quality. She believes that the key to writing good fiction is craft, imagination, empathy, and research all of which she has in spades.

Josh Lanyon writes male on male romance in the context of adventure or mystery novels. Her stories will typically have sweary and sex words alongside a lot of smoking and drinking, which are generally be considered adult content. These are gay novels about tough writers, handsome special agents, gorgeous navy SEALs, tough and sensitive artist, and elite cops. From time to time, she writes about witches, though for the most part she likes to write grownup stories about relationships. The novels are typically about civilized grownups that fall in love at the worst of times in their lives, making a relationship seem almost impossible. In some instances, they will have to build their relationship while trying to solve a murder or running for their lives from a malicious killer. However, it is not always about the negative as most of her works have a happily ever after ending. For her protagonists, she writes about civilized people but does not include the dreary bits such as arguments about dirty socks on the kitchen table or whose turn it is to wash the dishes. She prefers to make her protagonists funny capable and smart, even if they make a lot of mistakes just like the usual capable and smart people in real life. Some of the protagonists battle chronic addiction or illness, some may own a cat, some are Democrat or Republican depending on what she believes will make a good story. Overall, she loves to write about multifaceted characters that almost anyone can connect with.

“Fatal Shadows”, the first novel of the Adrien English series by Josh Lanyon is the excellent introduction to the adventurous life of Adrien English. Adrien English is an aspiring mystery author and gay man from Los Angeles, who opens his front door to find himself staring at a dead body. The man laying bloodied on his front lawn is his employee and high school friend, who just happens to have been seen engaging in a very loud and public spat with Adrien eight hours earlier. The cops are now on his neck, particularly the homophobic, intimidating, and sexy detective Jake Riordan. Jake is an obnoxious man whose jerky behavior makes one want to punch him in the throat every few chapters. However, that is the least of Adrien’s problems as his shop is broken into and ransacked a few hours later. Jake thinks Adrien is trying to deflect attention and suspicion, but Adrien believes his life may be in real danger from a mysterious killer.

“A Dangerous Thing”, the second novel of the Adrien English series opens to a frustrated Adrien English. English is struggling to get his creative groove back on while trying to come to terms with a relationship with closeted Jake Riordan, the LAPD Homicide Detective from the first novel. He arrives home to find another dead body on his front yard, but by the time he phones in the murder and goes back onto the yard, the body has gone missing. He is back in the familiar position of being the main suspect in a mysterious murder that forces him once again into amateur sleuthing. The game has now turned deadly and Adrien needs all the help he can get from Jake if he is to stay alive. Jake’s love life may be full of confusion, but one thing he is not confused about is that he has to keep Adrien alive regardless of what it takes. The novel is a great detective mystery full of witty dialogue, humor, subtle play that makes for a riveting thriller narrative.

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3 Responses to “Josh Lanyon”

  1. lois: 1 year ago

    Hi! I just read In a Dark Wood and would dearly love to read The Parting Glass. Any idea when it will be released onto KOBO. I always like to read series in order. Love her books as you can tell. Lois

  2. lois: 2 years ago

    Hi! I’ve been waiting for number 6 in Secrets and Scrabble for ages and today I found number 7 at the Kobo site. What happened to 6? It’s not there. I read in order and love your books. How do I get 6 now? Also waiting for the next Adrien English book, have the rest. I would love to be added to your newsletter. Thanks Lois

    • Graeme: 2 years ago

      Josh posted in a Facebook comment that it will be released next month


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