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Josh Lanyon Books In Order

Publication Order of Partners in Crime Books

Boy Meets Body (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I'll Be Dead For Christmas (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Footsteps in the Dark (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Art of Dying (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Committed to Memory (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Crimes & Cocktails Mystery Series Books

Mexican Heat (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Adrien English Books

Death of a Pirate King (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dark Tide (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hell You Say (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fatal Shadows (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Dangerous Thing (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stranger Things Have Happened (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
So This is Christmas (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Holmes & Moriarity Books

Somebody Killed His Editor (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All She Wrote (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Boy With The Painful Tattoo (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of All’s Fair Books

Fair Game (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fair Play (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fair Chance (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of XOXO Files Books

Mummy Dearest (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Doyle & Spain Books

Snowball in Hell (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Dangerous Ground Books

Old Poison (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dangerous Ground (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Heat (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Run (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kick Start (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of I Spy Books

I Spy Something Wicked (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Spy Something Bloody (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Dark Horse Books

The Dark Horse (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The White Knight (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Shot in the Dark Books

This Rough Magic (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Haunted Heart Books

Winter (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Art of Murder Books

The Mermaid Murders (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Monet Murders (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Man, Oh Man (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Strange Fortune (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
To All a (Very Sexy) Good Night (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Darkling Thrush (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Come Unto These Yellow Sands (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Vintage Affair (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Red Butterfly (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stranger on the Shore (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Short Stories (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wedding Favors (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wizard's Moon (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in Pastel (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jefferson Blythe, Esquire (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Curse of the Blue Scarab (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All I Want for Christmas (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
If Only in My Dreams (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder Takes the High Road (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Dickens with Love (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dark Farewell (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Limited Engagement (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Icecapade (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In a Dark Wood (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The French Have a Word for It (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Until We Meet Once More (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lovers and Other Strangers (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lone Star (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cards On the Table (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Ghost of a Chance (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Perfect Day (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Don't Look Back (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Out of the Blue (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Heart Trouble (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Spy Something Christmas (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In Plain Sight (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Parting Glass (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Everything I Know (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Baby, it's Cold (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Winter Kill (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Case of Christmas (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night Watch (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder Between the Pages (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Christmas Waltz: Holiday Codas (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Plenty of Fish (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Halloween is Murder (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Boy Next Door (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

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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