Snowball In Hell

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Pub Date 04 Apr 2011 | Archive Date 31 Jul 2022

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Los Angeles, 1943

Reporter Nathan Doyle had his reasons to want Phil Arlen dead, but when he sees the man's body pulled from the La Brea tar pit, he knows he'll be the prime suspect. He also knows that his life won't stand up to intense police scrutiny, so he sets out to crack the case himself.

Lieutenant Matthew Spain's official inquiries soon lead him to believe that Nathan knows more than he's saying. But that's not the only reason Matt takes notice of the handsome journalist. Matt's been drawn to men before, but he must hide his true feelings—or risk his entire career.

As Nathan digs deeper, it becomes increasingly difficult to stay one step ahead of Matt Spain—and to deny his intense attraction to him. Nathan's secrets may not include murder, but has his hunt put him right in the path of the real killer?

Previously published, newly revised by author.

44,490 words
Los Angeles, 1943

Reporter Nathan Doyle had his reasons to want Phil Arlen dead, but when he sees the man's body pulled from the La Brea tar pit, he knows he'll be the prime suspect. He also knows...

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Advance Praise

This is a gem of a novel. The language and writing style is flavored with 1940s idiom without being overly slangy. There is nothing extraneous; the shorter length provides a tight, focused plot and story. At the same time, though, the mystery has a satisfying number of twists and turns.

Sunita for Dear Author Reviews



This is a gem of a novel. The language and writing style is flavored with 1940s idiom without being overly slangy. There is nothing extraneous; the shorter length provides a tight, focused plot and...


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This is another great mystery. I loved the 1940s aspect of things. It felt like a very real protrayal as to how not only police investigations may have been handled but the views of sexuality as well.

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I don't read a lot of mysteries in general, but I really enjoyed this one. It was interesting seeing the case from two angles and watching clues come to light. Before the reveal, I figured it out, but only barely. In all honesty, I would have liked to see Doyle and Matt's relationship unfold a little differently, but it wasn't unsatisfying. The jump from attraction to declarations of love was maybe swift but their vulnerability together was so sweet that I was willing to overlook almost anything. I think I'll definitely be checking out the rest of the series.

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This noir-ish murder mystery is satisfying, with a touch of adventure along the way. Lanyon does Los Angeles settings so adeptly, which serves this novel and its atmosphere well. The romance is deeply imbued with the psychological and legal challenges of being gay in the 1940s, and so the whole novel is tinged with melancholy as well as moments of optimism.

This novel is theoretically the first in a series … but there’s been no second novel in the 15 years since the first was published. But I just read this re-released version (apparently mildly revised), thanks to NetGalley, so might that mean that Landon is returning to this series? Fingers crossed!

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