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Someone is watching. Someone is waiting. Despite having attracted the attention of a dangerous stalker, Special Agent Jason West is doing his best to keep his mind on his job and off his own troubles. But his latest case implicates one of the original Monuments Men in the theft and perhaps destruction of part of the world's cultural heritage--a lost painting by Vermee Someone is watching. Someone is waiting. Despite having attracted the attention of a dangerous stalker, Special Agent Jason West is doing his best to keep his mind on his job and off his own troubles. But his latest case implicates one of the original Monuments Men in the theft and perhaps destruction of part of the world's cultural heritage--a lost painting by Vermeer. Naval Reserve Lieutenant Commander Emerson Harley wasn't just a World War 2 hero, he was the grandfather Jason grew up idolizing. In fact, Grandpa Harley was a large part of what inspired Jason to join the FBI's Art Crime Team. Learning that his legendary grandfather might have turned a blind eye to American GIs "liberating" priceless art treasures at the end of the war is more than disturbing. It's devastating. Jason is determined to clear his grandfather's name, even if that means breaking a few rules and regulations himself--putting him on a collision course with romantic partner BAU Chief Sam Kennedy. Meanwhile, someone in the shadows is biding his time...


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Someone is watching. Someone is waiting. Despite having attracted the attention of a dangerous stalker, Special Agent Jason West is doing his best to keep his mind on his job and off his own troubles. But his latest case implicates one of the original Monuments Men in the theft and perhaps destruction of part of the world's cultural heritage--a lost painting by Vermee Someone is watching. Someone is waiting. Despite having attracted the attention of a dangerous stalker, Special Agent Jason West is doing his best to keep his mind on his job and off his own troubles. But his latest case implicates one of the original Monuments Men in the theft and perhaps destruction of part of the world's cultural heritage--a lost painting by Vermeer. Naval Reserve Lieutenant Commander Emerson Harley wasn't just a World War 2 hero, he was the grandfather Jason grew up idolizing. In fact, Grandpa Harley was a large part of what inspired Jason to join the FBI's Art Crime Team. Learning that his legendary grandfather might have turned a blind eye to American GIs "liberating" priceless art treasures at the end of the war is more than disturbing. It's devastating. Jason is determined to clear his grandfather's name, even if that means breaking a few rules and regulations himself--putting him on a collision course with romantic partner BAU Chief Sam Kennedy. Meanwhile, someone in the shadows is biding his time...

30 review for The Monuments Men Murders

  1. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    Letting go of Sam and Jason is harder than almost any other pairing. Something about these two really kicks me in the heart. I'm sure it's all about the art history. :-P Anyway, I'm comforting myself writing yet another coda for them... Letting go of Sam and Jason is harder than almost any other pairing. Something about these two really kicks me in the heart. I'm sure it's all about the art history. :-P Anyway, I'm comforting myself writing yet another coda for them...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Smartarse

    Jason has bitten off a taaaad more than he should've in his current investigation. He is well aware that he shouldn't take part in an investigation involving his grandfather, and is ready for full disclosure... just as soon as he clears the old man's reputation. Something that will fall under heavy doubt, due to Jason's aforementioned involvement. As expected things start to go very very wrong, with our intrepid hero managing to step on everyone's toes. Twice, at the very least. And when Kennedy Jason has bitten off a taaaad more than he should've in his current investigation. He is well aware that he shouldn't take part in an investigation involving his grandfather, and is ready for full disclosure... just as soon as he clears the old man's reputation. Something that will fall under heavy doubt, due to Jason's aforementioned involvement. As expected things start to go very very wrong, with our intrepid hero managing to step on everyone's toes. Twice, at the very least. And when Kennedy turns up with an adoring fan of a coworker, Jason's moping rises to astronomical levels. Could things get any worse? This book was just sooooo frustrating: starting with the random shoot out at the beginning. I hadn't even managed to grasp just who Jason was pressing for a meeting, when bullets started to wizz around. And the subsequent amount of stink-eye Jason found himself facing, was just inexplicable for me. Perhaps all this was intentional storytelling, but I kept feeling as if I had skipped a few dozen pages, for the remainder of the book. I even double checked things a couple of times, just to make sure I hadn't zoned out... or something. Next, there was Jason's mulish determination to finish the investigation, even knowing that everyone and their pet chihuahua would accuse him of tampering with the evidence. I suppose this is just one of those things, that would make me a lousy criminal: I'll start shaking in terror just at the thought of a cop, compromising myself instantly. So West's constant inner arguments just kept stressing me out, more and more. Last but not least, the argument (TM), that always rears itself between Jason and Kennedy was sooo... unsatisfying. Once again, it all comes down to: "You don't trust me, even though I'm doing an idiotic thing!" vs "I should cut all ties with you, but eventually end up giving a heart-breaking love confession, and PLEASEDON'TLEAVEMEEEEEEEEEEEEE". Score: 2.7/5 stars TL;DR: DAMN YOU Kennedy, for literally making my throat constrict every time you oh-so-casually throw down some sort of romantic declaration. Such things should be illegal, especially when I'm trying-- erm I mean JASON is trying to be pissed off at you! As for you, Mister/Miss/Ms. Lanyon, I hate your cliffhangers! It's a lousy way to ensure that I buy your next book. I won't fall for it anymore!!!!!1one! ... so, when did you say the sequel is out? =============== Review of book 1: The Mermaid Murders Review of book 2: The Monet Murders Review of book 3: The Magician Murders

  3. 4 out of 5

    Simone - on indefinite hiatus -

    Audiobook: ***5 Stars*** Story: ***4.5 Stars*** I really do love this series, but both guys are testing my patience at times... *slaps Jason upside the head for being stupid* *shoves Sam for being an a**hole* *grumbles at the author for making me wait again* But at least I know it'll be worth it... 😉 Audiobook: ***5 Stars*** Story: ***4.5 Stars*** I really do love this series, but both guys are testing my patience at times... *slaps Jason upside the head for being stupid* *shoves Sam for being an a**hole* *grumbles at the author for making me wait again* But at least I know it'll be worth it... 😉

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Feb 2021 There just aren't enough words and I've said the one's I've found many times over to describe JL. It is simply stunning JLs talent. Rare, RARE is this level of talent found in writers, and I've read A LOT. It's hard to describe how good the writing is and basically all I can say is, you can tell the difference between GREAT writing and okay writing when you read it. You can just tell. All the stars and I am so excited, still, for the next to come out. 2019 review A complimentary copy was pr Feb 2021 There just aren't enough words and I've said the one's I've found many times over to describe JL. It is simply stunning JLs talent. Rare, RARE is this level of talent found in writers, and I've read A LOT. It's hard to describe how good the writing is and basically all I can say is, you can tell the difference between GREAT writing and okay writing when you read it. You can just tell. All the stars and I am so excited, still, for the next to come out. 2019 review A complimentary copy was provide via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. First, you have GOT to be kidding me with that ending!!!! JL, we've talked about this. Well, I've talked about it. 😊 These endings are not allowed. How am I supposed to wait for a year to read the next book? I hate it when my men are not happy. I am totally emotionally invested in these fictional characters and I love it. 5 star read for sure and I highly recommend. This is not a standalone and must be read in order. Oh how I wish this never ended and how I wish I knew these guys if only to console them and knock them on the head, lol. Murder, mystery, lost treasure, romance, long distance relationships, two strong men who love each other and are navigating their way they in a relationship that is still new to them. They've never had a relationship like this before and it's hard. I was so upset when the thing happened. I wasn't sure what JL was going to leave me with. Sure they are in the same room when it ends but they are not back to where they were. Love really screws with reason and logic. Toss in a stressful job and both working hard cases, it's ripe for drama. Jason is working a case that involves his deceased grandfather. He is also still getting over the trauma of Dr. Kyser from the last story. Sprinkle in a family who will do anything to keep looted Nazi treasure, including murder, and Jason is beyond stressed. And Sam, when is he not stressed? Same old same old with Sam. But then he learns that Jason is essentially lying about the case with his grandfather, and I am surprised Sam didn't have a stroke. I don't really want to say too much about what actually happens plot wise because that will ruin the suspense. I am addicted to JL and this series. I am so in love with Jason and Sam and really hope the series continues for a long time. The amount of research JL did to make this story real is astounding. How is she not living on a mountain with people pilgrimaging to bring her gifts and services daily? She is a GOD!!!! And the sooner people recognize this the sooner she will have mercy and write more, write faster and grace us with her presence as she bestows upon us those gifts. 😍😍😍😍😘😘😘😘 In case you missed it I am a super fan of JLs. Don't make me wait until 2020!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elena

    Another great addition to the series. It still surprises me how this series maintains a consistency of quality throughout the different books. In other Lanyon series, I usually have distinct favorite books, not so much in this one. Some mysteries have kept my interest more than others, this one for example I enjoyed a lot because of Jason’s personal stakes in it added another layer to an already interesting case. Relationship-wise the level is always high and this book was no exception. I love h Another great addition to the series. It still surprises me how this series maintains a consistency of quality throughout the different books. In other Lanyon series, I usually have distinct favorite books, not so much in this one. Some mysteries have kept my interest more than others, this one for example I enjoyed a lot because of Jason’s personal stakes in it added another layer to an already interesting case. Relationship-wise the level is always high and this book was no exception. I love how Jason and Sam’s relationship is shaping up, and I love that their path to building a solid relationship isn’t a straight line. There are deviations, steps forward and steps back, but the final balance is always positive. They both make mistakes, they aren’t perfect, in any aspect of their lives, but they are willing to work for what they have together. They make an effort, because they want things to work out and they (hopefully) learn from their mistakes. I especially like how Sam’s character is evolving, I like him more and more with each new book and that’s in large part because he’s not afraid of putting himself out there, of changing his usual patterns of behavior when he needs to. Or better, he’s probably terrified of doing it, but he does it anyway because his relationship with Jason comes first, and that’s something huge for me. Especially coming from a man like Sam, so used to distancing himself from everything. Which is why I didn’t appreciate much (view spoiler)[Jason putting him in a difficult position by showing him the case’s files and then getting upset because Sam reacted the way he did. Sam’s concerns, and even his anger and disappointment, were completely founded in my opinion and Jason was in the wrong and pretty selfish when he didn’t consider for a minute to what consequences he was exposing Sam. I would have liked seeing that aspect addressed more strongly. Especially because at a certain point I had the impression that Jason was turning the tables by making it all (or mostly) about how Sam had shut him out and, according to Jason, hadn’t come to his help when he needed it. I guess I’ll chalk it up to both of them being prone to reacting emotionally, a tendency that is bound to generate some friction when they aren’t seeing eye to eye on the same issue. In the end, the conflict was handled and resolved in a way that ringed true to both characters, so I can overlook what didn’t quite work for me. (hide spoiler)] And now the wait for the final book begins. Thank you to Rosa and Teal for another amazing buddy read, our conversations and your thoughts always make my reading experience so much better. 😘

  6. 5 out of 5

    mwana

    I can't believe this book has the audacity to end. I can't believe this book has the audacity to end.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Renée

    4.5 stars Mmmmmm. Relationship angst gets me every time. Love knowing there's a book 5. Hate knowing it's an 18 month wait. 4.5 stars Mmmmmm. Relationship angst gets me every time. Love knowing there's a book 5. Hate knowing it's an 18 month wait.

  8. 4 out of 5

    ~Mindy Lynn~

    4 stars ! It's been a minute since I read a book with these men in it but I had no problem falling back into their world. I am no expert in art and most talk about it goes over my head. BUT I find myself interested in the mysteries JL creates around the subject. I was really invested in this mystery since Jason has a personal interest in the case because it involves his grandpa. The characters/suspects were quite interesting as well. I especially liked the older gentlemen who was the decease's fri 4 stars ! It's been a minute since I read a book with these men in it but I had no problem falling back into their world. I am no expert in art and most talk about it goes over my head. BUT I find myself interested in the mysteries JL creates around the subject. I was really invested in this mystery since Jason has a personal interest in the case because it involves his grandpa. The characters/suspects were quite interesting as well. I especially liked the older gentlemen who was the decease's friend. He sure knew how to not answer a question. My issues with the book came with the lack of time we got with Jason and Sam being together. They were literally on page together a handful of times and I just needed more depth and growth. I wanted to see them be on a deeper level. The ending did make up for some of it. Still, I needed more. The wait for the final book is such a long wait. Brutal. Happy reading dolls! xx I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review by Netgalley and the publisher.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Erth

    I loved the book. It's shorter than the other three, I think, but it doesn't feel like it's missing anything. I liked the "mystery/investigation" side of it, which is closer to what I suppose it's Jason's everyday job - with all the art involved. And then, the romance. A roller-coaster of feelings, angst and sweetness, gut and heart-wrenching, tears and relief. I wanted to scream and smack both Jason and Sam's heads together, and then hug them, and then again kick first one and then the other. D I loved the book. It's shorter than the other three, I think, but it doesn't feel like it's missing anything. I liked the "mystery/investigation" side of it, which is closer to what I suppose it's Jason's everyday job - with all the art involved. And then, the romance. A roller-coaster of feelings, angst and sweetness, gut and heart-wrenching, tears and relief. I wanted to scream and smack both Jason and Sam's heads together, and then hug them, and then again kick first one and then the other. Did I say it was a roller-coaster? It is perfectly written, utterly satisfying, and the characters' growth, oh so good. You suffer along the way - a lot! - as much as them, and that makes you live the book while you read it. Can't wait for the next installment -

  10. 4 out of 5

    ~Preeti~

    The 4th instalment of the Art of the Murder series revolves around a stolen collection of paintings and artefacts during WW2. In this case, Jason has his personal concern because of his grandfather's involvement. The case is interesting plus we get a lot of random art trivia.  On the romance front, I was a bit disappointed when Sam, the serial killer hunter, overshadowed Sam, the boyfriend. However he redeemed himself in the end., Yet, I realised this series is not for someone who expects romance The 4th instalment of the Art of the Murder series revolves around a stolen collection of paintings and artefacts during WW2. In this case, Jason has his personal concern because of his grandfather's involvement. The case is interesting plus we get a lot of random art trivia.  On the romance front, I was a bit disappointed when Sam, the serial killer hunter, overshadowed Sam, the boyfriend. However he redeemed himself in the end., Yet, I realised this series is not for someone who expects romance and a lot of relationship development. This is for those who enjoy a good mystery with the side of romance. Looking forward to the release of the next book in Nov 2021. "It doesn’t matter how it started or what I once felt. It doesn’t matter that it scares the hell out of me. I want it, and I’m willing to do whatever you want. Whatever will make you happy. If I can. I’m not saying I won’t make mistakes or screw it up again, but if you could just remember that however…fucked up I seem, however, fucked up I am… I love you.” Art of Murder series 1. The mermaid murder-4star 2. The money murders-4Star 3. The Magician murder-4Star 4. The mountain man's murder-4Star 5. Yet to be released

  11. 5 out of 5

    MishyJo

    So so good. The last 2 minutes had me holding my breath. The relationship wasn’t a big part of the action, but it was everything in the end.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    I wish Lanyon still wrote relationships like Adrien and Jake, or Tucker and Elliott. Those extraordinary relationships were firmly planted in the middle of fascinating plots, great supporting characters, atmosphere you could cut with a knife, and excellent world building. The passion the author showed in building those stories was phenomenal. Those characters stay with me to this day. That does not describe this book. I am glad I borrowed it from a friend and did not buy it. What a disappointment I wish Lanyon still wrote relationships like Adrien and Jake, or Tucker and Elliott. Those extraordinary relationships were firmly planted in the middle of fascinating plots, great supporting characters, atmosphere you could cut with a knife, and excellent world building. The passion the author showed in building those stories was phenomenal. Those characters stay with me to this day. That does not describe this book. I am glad I borrowed it from a friend and did not buy it. What a disappointment... spending so little time with the protagonists together. I found the storyline brittle and dry, and simply couldn't care less if the case was ever solved. I didn't like watching what little time our heroes had together absolutely fall apart as they both acted half their ages. Not impressed.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Jason and Sam find themselves in the rare circumstance of both being in the same place at the same time as Sam wraps up a task force while Jason investigates the possible existence of paintings looted by an American GI during WWII. Both are looking forward to sharing more than a few times together. Jason’s case forms the entirety of the mystery plot, and he finds that a beloved member of his own family may have been more than "involved". There’s a lot of discussion of history, and art in particu Jason and Sam find themselves in the rare circumstance of both being in the same place at the same time as Sam wraps up a task force while Jason investigates the possible existence of paintings looted by an American GI during WWII. Both are looking forward to sharing more than a few times together. Jason’s case forms the entirety of the mystery plot, and he finds that a beloved member of his own family may have been more than "involved". There’s a lot of discussion of history, and art in particular, which I could have done with less of.... but I did really like the case and their task of making sense of it after so much time had passed. The hard sell of the plot though, is the building relationship between Jason and Sam. These two are really great characters.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    Ahhh, I'm wavering, but I'm going with 4.25 stars. RTC Ahhh, I'm wavering, but I'm going with 4.25 stars. RTC

  15. 5 out of 5

    CrabbyPatty

    Lanyon gives us a compelling story here, combining the mystery of Nazi-plundered art treasures (and the possibility that Jason’s beloved grandfather was involved in illegal theft) with the continuing arc of Jason and Sam’s relationship. Jason is passionate about proving that his grandfather had nothing to do with the misappropriation of a Vermeer painting worth millions and he is willing to flaunt FBI rules and regulations to do so. Jason’s adamant misguided insistence in lying made me crazy, (an Lanyon gives us a compelling story here, combining the mystery of Nazi-plundered art treasures (and the possibility that Jason’s beloved grandfather was involved in illegal theft) with the continuing arc of Jason and Sam’s relationship. Jason is passionate about proving that his grandfather had nothing to do with the misappropriation of a Vermeer painting worth millions and he is willing to flaunt FBI rules and regulations to do so. Jason’s adamant misguided insistence in lying made me crazy, (and I spent far too much time yelling at my Kindle). Jason has always been committed to his career, so it seemed somewhat disingenuous when, after finally coming clean to Sam about his connection to the case, Jason is stunned to realize he has potentially destroyed their relationship and his career. Also the vague subplot about SA Travis Petty and his past with Sam and Jason’s jealousy felt a bit contrived. But as always, the best part of an Art of Murder series book is how Jason and Sam manage to make their relationship work, and by the end of the book, I was already looking forward to the next book in the series and seeing how Jason and Sam are meshing their lives together. Another great read from Josh Lanyon. 4.5 stars I received an ARC from the author, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Review posted at Gay Book Reviews - check it out!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sofia

    It's a case of either me needing more depth or else Lanyon was in a real hurry with this one and skimmed through the basic story. It's a case of either me needing more depth or else Lanyon was in a real hurry with this one and skimmed through the basic story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Trio

    I can always count on Josh Lanyon for an interesting, well developed plot, intelligent dialogue, and amazing chemistry between her main characters. The Monuments Men Murders does not disappoint. All of the cases surrounding the Art Crimes Division have been wonderful, and I really enjoyed the story of missing art stolen by the Nazis. The ongoing relationship between BAU Chief Sam Kennedy and Art Crimes FBI Agent Jason West is at a stable place when the story opens. What happens to cause their dis I can always count on Josh Lanyon for an interesting, well developed plot, intelligent dialogue, and amazing chemistry between her main characters. The Monuments Men Murders does not disappoint. All of the cases surrounding the Art Crimes Division have been wonderful, and I really enjoyed the story of missing art stolen by the Nazis. The ongoing relationship between BAU Chief Sam Kennedy and Art Crimes FBI Agent Jason West is at a stable place when the story opens. What happens to cause their discord in Monument Men Murders is a fantastic twist, and gives those on Team Sam even more ammunition! In his defense, Jason has important reasons for doing what he does, and as the captain of Team Jason I’m still going to bat for Jason’s motives. Sometimes these two men are just such opposites that it’s hard for them to find common ground. Plus the differences in the lives they’ve led and their age gap just have them approaching every situation so differently. Having the whole series from Jason’s point of view, it feels to me that Jason is making all of the concessions (and I think he is). If you agree with me, you’re going to love the way this one ends! a copy of The Monuments Men Murders was provided by NetGalley for the purpose of my review Just an additional note - I listened to the audio version of The Monuments Men Murders. Narrated by Kale Williams, he’s doing a spectacular job with this series. I love the gruff, sexy voice he uses for Sam, and he’s definitely nailed Jason’s younger, often tentative nature. Josh Lanyon's Patreon gift last month was a 15 minute coda narrated by Kale Williams. (view spoiler)[It's the story of what happens after Jason he walks out on Sam. The book ends with Jason opening the door and letting Sam in, and this is where the coda picks up. The men are debating where to go in their relationship, what will happen when Jason (most likely) looses his job. I'll just say that Sam knows how to make up for his jerky behavior, but Jason is a little bit wiser as well. (hide spoiler)]

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    Finally, after several "nice books", there's another Lanyon's book that I can say "I loved it" to. As I mentioned in my update, this is the first time I'm quite invested with the ART crime of the story. You see, I was lucky enough to be able to see Vermeer's painting, Girl with a Pearl Earring (and View of Delft) directly at Mauritshuis, The Hague, The Netherlands, more than a decade ago. So I know of Vermeer's paintings. The fact that this story evolves around the possibility of rediscovery of Finally, after several "nice books", there's another Lanyon's book that I can say "I loved it" to. As I mentioned in my update, this is the first time I'm quite invested with the ART crime of the story. You see, I was lucky enough to be able to see Vermeer's painting, Girl with a Pearl Earring (and View of Delft) directly at Mauritshuis, The Hague, The Netherlands, more than a decade ago. So I know of Vermeer's paintings. The fact that this story evolves around the possibility of rediscovery of one of missing Vermeer's panting (A Gentleman Washing His Hands in a Perspectival Room with Figures, Artful and Rare) made me really excited about it. Even if I questioned about Jason's way of thinking, making himself involved in the investigation... As for the relationship - well, we finally have emotionally constipated Sam says something to Jason. Those last two chapters alone, shows how Lanyon is still very skillful when writing about "men who cannot communicate their feelings". I loved those two last chapters. Very, very, much.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Niinii

    4.5 stars. The case was alright, but I really didn't like how the angst was introduced in the beginning (with Petty). I thought Sam and Jason were beyond that. I was also as confused as Jason about Sam's behavior even though Jason was also at fault. Overall I enjoyed it but expected more from Josh Lanyon. I can't believe the wait is that long for the next book. I'd totally be Okey with the wait if I knew Josh Lanyon would give us a romantic as fuck épilogue. But yeah not gonna happen. 4.5 stars. The case was alright, but I really didn't like how the angst was introduced in the beginning (with Petty). I thought Sam and Jason were beyond that. I was also as confused as Jason about Sam's behavior even though Jason was also at fault. Overall I enjoyed it but expected more from Josh Lanyon. I can't believe the wait is that long for the next book. I'd totally be Okey with the wait if I knew Josh Lanyon would give us a romantic as fuck épilogue. But yeah not gonna happen.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jax

    Great pacing with a nice balance between the mystery & the romance. And Jason & Sam finally said some things to each other that I've been wanting to hear. I gobbled this right up! Now we anxiously wait for the final book. Great pacing with a nice balance between the mystery & the romance. And Jason & Sam finally said some things to each other that I've been wanting to hear. I gobbled this right up! Now we anxiously wait for the final book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    Is it just me or do Josh Lanyon’s recent books feel like she’s just going through the motions? I wasn’t too impressed with book three in the series already- it was too short and was rushed at times - but it still wasn’t as wooden and unimpressive as this book. I was shocked by how bad the first twenty percent were - it was as if most of it consisted of descriptions of people’s looks and scenery, interspersed with short and blunt sentences that lacked any kind of elegance. I actually stopped and Is it just me or do Josh Lanyon’s recent books feel like she’s just going through the motions? I wasn’t too impressed with book three in the series already- it was too short and was rushed at times - but it still wasn’t as wooden and unimpressive as this book. I was shocked by how bad the first twenty percent were - it was as if most of it consisted of descriptions of people’s looks and scenery, interspersed with short and blunt sentences that lacked any kind of elegance. I actually stopped and looked at a different book to make sure it wasn’t just me. The crime plot here is ridiculous and unconvincing, the murder was absolutely unnecessary for the book and the only thing that made it not a complete waste of time was the bit of Sam and Jason at the end. But even their interactions were only shadows of what they were like in books one and two. I know it’s presumptive to make assumptions about an author’s feelings, but this read like she had to force out every single sentence and didn’t have much fun writing this book. Maybe she should have made it a three book series rather than five (or more? But I seriously hope she stops after the next one.) I won’t buy another book by her that isn’t in this series, but I do want closure for Sam and Jason.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Let's accept that readers have just cause to feel nervous about book four in a Lanyon five-book series (or an originally 5-book series). :) In this episode, Jason has way too much on his plate, not just job-wise, but emotionally. He's juggling his self-justification for withholding information from his superiors, partner, and Sam, while dealing with the ongoing repercussions of having been shot, nearly abducted, injured, and stalked. The strain is about to break him. Or break something. I love the Let's accept that readers have just cause to feel nervous about book four in a Lanyon five-book series (or an originally 5-book series). :) In this episode, Jason has way too much on his plate, not just job-wise, but emotionally. He's juggling his self-justification for withholding information from his superiors, partner, and Sam, while dealing with the ongoing repercussions of having been shot, nearly abducted, injured, and stalked. The strain is about to break him. Or break something. I love the details and insights about art, artists, and the location Lanyon brings to her books. Here she spotlights Vermeer and Montana. I love the very complicated main characters she creates, and Jason and Sam are among her most complicated. This book is a rough ride and a treat.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gabi

    Audiobook 24/01/2022: *.* __________________ I blinked and I was already halfway. Either I was reading too fast or too much at once. XD I was surprised I didn't find this story too dry, because this kind of investigative work can bore me to death. But I liked seeing Jason in his element. He really does love art; searching for it, talking about it and just looking at it. His passion really shows here that I hadn't really realized before. And I wasn't too bothered that the romance took a backseat... Audiobook 24/01/2022: *.* __________________ I blinked and I was already halfway. Either I was reading too fast or too much at once. XD I was surprised I didn't find this story too dry, because this kind of investigative work can bore me to death. But I liked seeing Jason in his element. He really does love art; searching for it, talking about it and just looking at it. His passion really shows here that I hadn't really realized before. And I wasn't too bothered that the romance took a backseat... in a way. I hope the next book won't be the last, coz I'm enjoying the hell out of this series. 4.5 stars.

  24. 5 out of 5

    fleurette

    I haven't read a book in this series for a long time. It was good to come back to it, although I'm not sure if I got what I expected. I've always liked these main characters, although I think I liked them the most in the first book. Later their relationship became terribly turbulent and complicated. And this is something I am not looking for in my books, when the same couple are the main characters of subsequent books in the series. I don't like it for Sam and Jason either. I would love to see ho I haven't read a book in this series for a long time. It was good to come back to it, although I'm not sure if I got what I expected. I've always liked these main characters, although I think I liked them the most in the first book. Later their relationship became terribly turbulent and complicated. And this is something I am not looking for in my books, when the same couple are the main characters of subsequent books in the series. I don't like it for Sam and Jason either. I would love to see how they work together and how they develop their relationship through cooperation, not more arguments. At this stage, I sometimes wonder if they really fit together that well. Luckily we got that last scene, I really don't like a lot of this kind of drama. In this book, Jason deals with a case in which his beloved great-grandfather may be involved. But as I said, Sam is not part of this investigation. Jason is handling the case with his partner J.J. The relationship between the two is interesting. Just like the case they are working on. At times this book turned out to be a bit darker than I expected. Especially since it is not about a serial killer. Overall, it's a good addition to the series. You can read this book very quickly and easily. Hope Sam and Jason work on communication.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sun

    This is, surprising to me at least, becoming one of my favorite Lanyon series. It started slowly for me. But with each new book, and with bit of Sam Kennedy chipping away as he falls deeper for Jason West, I am loving each. And with the every present fear of Jeremy Kyser lurking around, I’m drawn to every twist and turn that happens in these books. BTW, the last chapter, the last exchange between Sam and West had me crying. My heart may not recover. I need the next book immediately.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Argona

    *4.5 stars rounded to 5*

  27. 4 out of 5

    Snowforest

    I'm a big fan of this author and have read most if not all of her works. I particularly fell in love with Mermaid Murders so maybe I'm being overly critical. I'm just frustrated with the lack of progression with the plot both in the romantic department and in the main antagonist. I feel like since the second book it's been a rehash of the same plot with the added treasure hunt. I don't feel a connection with the characters or the writing any more, like maybe the passion has gone out (not sure if I'm a big fan of this author and have read most if not all of her works. I particularly fell in love with Mermaid Murders so maybe I'm being overly critical. I'm just frustrated with the lack of progression with the plot both in the romantic department and in the main antagonist. I feel like since the second book it's been a rehash of the same plot with the added treasure hunt. I don't feel a connection with the characters or the writing any more, like maybe the passion has gone out (not sure if it's on my part or the authors). That and the added cliff hanger that hasn't been resolved since the first book, I have patience but it doesn't span years especially when I don't see progress beyond a total of three lines per book. I hate to say I'm disappointed, but I am.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rosa

    Awesome BR with Ele and Teal! 😍😍 I loved this one. I enjoyed it much more than the previous book because I'm not too much into magic and magicians so, while I liked The Magician Murders, I liked this one better. I love art and, specially, painting, so I really loved the idea behind this book. How incredible would be participating in returning some old masterful piece for humankind after years of being missing! Another think I find interesting is that it deviates from the previous books pattern reg Awesome BR with Ele and Teal! 😍😍 I loved this one. I enjoyed it much more than the previous book because I'm not too much into magic and magicians so, while I liked The Magician Murders, I liked this one better. I love art and, specially, painting, so I really loved the idea behind this book. How incredible would be participating in returning some old masterful piece for humankind after years of being missing! Another think I find interesting is that it deviates from the previous books pattern regarding the crime. (view spoiler)[For a while I thought there wasn't going to be any murder in this one, because everything seemed to rotate around the lost treasures and Jason decision about investigating it despite having a huge conflict of interest. Not your more brilliant moment, Jason... I can't wait to see what are going to be the consequences about that. (hide spoiler)] I also love how some new aspects of Jason and Sam personalities are shown to us, and I liked the way the relationship between them evolves. (view spoiler)[ I loved seeing Sam's vulnerability and how that aspect affect his relationship with Jason, but, I was so mad at Jason. Putting in danger everything he has because he couldn't stop and think things carefully! That impulsive streak of him is going to put him in a really tough situation one day. (hide spoiler)] They, finally, have come near the crux of the problem and started to talk. Hallelujah! I hope this opening in the communication continues for the next book, I think they're going to need it. I can't wait to put my hands on it. Why is Winter 2020 so far away?

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mirjam

    I loved it! I bought this book last night (ok, this morning) so that I could read it today, but... once it was on my laptop, I could not bring myself to go to bed. Instead I read the whole book in one sitting and ended up going to bed at 3:30. NO REGRETS. I loved all the Jason/Sam moments. There were so many of them! And so many tender ones too. Based on the playlist, I thought the angst would set in a lot sooner, but nope, lots of lovely, stolen moments beforehand. And once the angst did arrive, I loved it! I bought this book last night (ok, this morning) so that I could read it today, but... once it was on my laptop, I could not bring myself to go to bed. Instead I read the whole book in one sitting and ended up going to bed at 3:30. NO REGRETS. I loved all the Jason/Sam moments. There were so many of them! And so many tender ones too. Based on the playlist, I thought the angst would set in a lot sooner, but nope, lots of lovely, stolen moments beforehand. And once the angst did arrive, it was beautifully written. I love that their relationship may seem a bit static (and that Jason actually said as much to Sam: It feels like we've been here before), but that there's still a lot of important development in every book. Obviously, I get why Jason wasn't sure he could put up with it anymore, because while Sam is making compromises for him, he's still very much set in his (hot 'n' cold) ways -- and that's not gonna change. But still, he's trying so hard for Jason, and it's so telling! I loved that I understood where both of them were coming from this time around. In previous books, like Jason, I was sometimes a bit impatient with Sam's lack of communication skills. But this time? I totally got why he was angry and disappointed. Then again, maybe Jason needed to fall off his pedestal for Sam to see him for who he truly is: A well-meaning but not quite straightlaced guy. It's a shock, sure, but it's not like Jason ever pretended to be anyone he isn't: It's just that Sam's "innocent" perception of him apparently didn't match the truth. But now it's all out in the open, and they're stronger for it! The mystery plot was great too. I kept thinking Jeremy Kyser was behind certain stuff throughout the book; Jason's paranoia is rubbing off on me. Honestly, I love that Kyser, who only ever appeared in one (1) scene, essentially overshadows the whole series. The suspense is amazing. Oh! And I appreciate that Jason and J.J. are growing closer.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alisa

    4.5 stars Romantic & angsty & super entertaining. My favorite is the series so far.

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