Murder Between the Pages
A 1940s Mystery Pastiche
by Josh Lanyon
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Pub Date 28 Oct 2016 | Archive Date 31 Mar 2023
Best of Enemies, Worst of Allies—and Now the Killer is After Them!
When the notorious author of sure-to-be scandalous roman à clef is shot dead by an invisible assailant during a signing at Concord’s staid and stately Marlborough Bookstore, it falls—for reasons still hard to explain—to feuding mystery authors Felix Day and Leonard Fuller to solve a real-life murder.
Despite the fact that they’re technically both suspects, it’s the perfect opportunity for Felix and Len to match wits and sleuthing skills. But while they’re busy trying to outsmart (and impress) each other, a ruthless murderer is closing in on our two intrepid investigators…
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A previously published title -- currently on sale to coincide with Josh Lanyon's Goodreads Group quarterly re-read.
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MURDER BETWEEN THE PAGES is a fun, fast-paced historical mystery. Rival authors Len and Felix find themselves caught up in a murder in which they are both suspects. I enjoyed this more than I expected. The rivalry and the metaliterary aspects of the mystery were really a treat. At points I had a hard time telling Len and Felix apart, and the story moved so quickly that I'm sure I missed things. I wish it had been longer so there had been time to develop more aspects of it. Still a great read!
Murder Between the Pages is a standalone historical mystery set in the 1940s by Josh Lanyon.Originally released in 2016, it's 157 pages and is available in audio and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links and references throughout. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately.
The author is adept and prolific and usually known for cozy M/M romantic mysteries. This entry starts with a (literal) bang with a shooting in a bookstore. It provides the setting for a perfect locked room puzzle leading to a cleverly constructed denouement and satisfying resolution.
There are some pacing issues in the first half of the book but readers are compensated for sticking around with a well rounded and engaging solution. As in much of the rest of the author's oeuvre, an enemies to lovers subplot is a significant part of the read. The romance content is between two rival male authors and there's a fair bit of delightful dialogue where they're sparring about their supposed mutual loathing for each other's fictive sleuth (and one another in general).
Four stars. Short, well written, and fun.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes
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