Special Agent Jason West is seconded from the FBI Art Crime Team to temporarily partner with disgraced and legendary "manhunter" Sam Kennedy when it appears that Kennedy's most famous case, the capture and conviction of a serial killer known as the Huntsman, may actually have been a disastrous failure. The Huntsman is still out there...and the killing has begun again.
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"Perfect Lanyon book!"
I love Josh Lanyon. I have read a fair amount of Lanyon books. I didn't think it was possible with how much I fell in love with Adrien English after listening to the audiobooks, but The Mermaid Murders is now my favorite Josh Lanyon book.
I really enjoyed the narration of this one and felt that the voices were absolutely perfect (especially his Sam Kennedy voice!).
This book was just about perfect in my eyes and the only thing that would have made it better was to have Sam's POV. Do we really have to wait for 2017 for the next one? Waaaaahhhh!
"Fabulous!! Narration, characters, story. The best!"
Josh Lanyon is one of the best there is at weaving mystery with romance. Her ability to capture the human condition, to paint all of her characters in a unique and compelling light, is second to none. Sam Kennedy and Jason West are prime examples, as they are each flawed, complicated, and compelling men. The mystery in this story is very tightly written, so intriguing. A definite "read till the end without putting it down" book. I read loads of mysteries and was still surprised at the reveal in this one. Lanyon also writes locations that are so vivid, they feel like actual characters. With this book, I felt as though I was actually there in the midst of the action - seeing, feeling, smelling, tasting. The Mermaid Murders has become one of my favorite Lanyon books and I eagerly await the next book in the series, early in 2017.
I am a huge fan of audio books and have several favorite narrators. Well, add Kale Williams to the top of that list. He took a story I already love and brought it to an entirely new level of awesome. He voices each of the many characters distinctly, capturing their personalities to a T. Nobody sounded like a caricature, no character's voice got confused with another. The character of Sam Kennedy is quite imposing, and Mr Williams absolutely nailed his voice, his mannerisms, his humanity. He conveyed Jason West's strength and sensibilites with sublime detail. To summarize, Mr Williams acted this story to perfection - smoothly capturing each character's emotions, state of mind, and actions His gripping performance had me starting the audio over again the moment I finished it.I am very happy to report that he has agreed with Josh Lanyon to narrate the next two books in this series. Lucky, lucky are we audiophiles!
FYI: It's not about mermaids! I'm a huge paranormal science fiction fan and assumed this was about actual mermaids..... nope, total murder mystery haha! Once I let go of that and actually listened to the audiobook, I could t stop! It is terrific!
"Good Story, Good Characters, Good Purchase"
I like the two investigators: Kennedy and West. I liked Kennedy the most just because he seemed to more complex of the two. The story moved along nicely and the plot works well. The ending wasn't a huge surprise but I enjoyed the way it unfolded. The writing is very good.
It has some good psychological insights and I like that both Kennedy and West are pretty self-aware individuals. I liked that their relationship is complicated and hard to define. It left me wanting to read the next installment in this series.
I have not heard Kale Williams before. He has a beautiful voice and he's quite enjoyable to spend 7 hours with. One minor thing - he has a not-so-great New England accent. I'm from there, and there is a distinct sound to the way people talk. It's not a big deal - it's actually hard to fake. People think you just drop the 'r's on words and you're done. It was just a little thing and it made me smile. I would be happy to have Mr. Williams narrate again for me anytime.
Kennedy -- he's sexy, mysterious, complex, masculine, smart, and he has the good taste to hook up with a guy who I think is really good for him.
The characters ring true and the writing gives them life. The mystery is solid and the story is well paced. If you're on the fence, should I or shouldn't I buy it -- I'd say buy it -- you'll have a good time with this one.
"TOAM is dull.Period."
Yes -- I like Josh Lanyon quite a lot. I just found the first book in the series dull,and I didn't like Jason - who's part of the MC. I found him obnoxious and pushy, and even a little on the whiny side. I liked Sam Kennedy much more.
This just made me wish she'd kept going with the All's Fair series, rather than moving on to this one. TOAM is setting up the arcs for what's coming, so I'm hoping we'll get some development in Jason and Sam's relationship. There's really no romance here at all. Explicit sex isn't a requirement for me to enjoy a story, but these two have absolutely zero chemistry in the two scenes that there were.
As for the writing, there's an annoying amount of adjectives. If you have to remind me in every sentence who's talking, your conversations aren't flowing as well as they could be.
The ending felt like it went on and on and on. It's as if she wasn't sure where to end it. In the last 90 seconds it abruptly switched course, which made it feel choppy. But again, it is a set up for a future relationship between Jason and Sam. It just seemed to be rushed, as if she cut quite a bit out.
I like Kale's performance. I hadn't heard him narrate before, and his use of accents and pitch made it easy for me to identify who was speaking.
No. It's very talky, and there's not much in the way of action, humor, or romance. The mystery is only OK, and it is populated with too many unnecessary characters.
"Decent story, storytelling was off"
Probably not. While the story was decent the narrator's delivery just seemed too distracting.
The mystery was suspenseful and the plot kept moving.
His delivery sounded like a cross between Adam West (the original Batman/Mayor West on Family Guy) and Rod Serling (narrator of the original Twilight Zone). It was almost like he was retelling a missing person's case file.
While I usually like M/M books' sex "scenes" both the writing and the delivery lacked any real eroticism - it was almost robotic. In the end you're supposed to feel like the two main characters had fallen for each other, but that fell flat.
Josh is a writer genius. I can't seem to get enough of his works. This had it all, mystery, excitement, suspense, romance, hot sex, and raw emotions. Josh's characters are believable and relatable. I couldn't stop listening. I have nothing negative to say!
"Love murder mysteries with an sexy edge"
It is a good story. Welldescribed and fetching. I am a fool for the romantic relationship building and would have loved some more time om that. but it is one of my faves
"I know I will always enjoy the books by this author"
Each and every book I read/listen to by this author is as good as the other so it is hard to have a favorite, the stories and the writing are just so good. I am enjoying my way through them and highly recommend to other readers. You will never be disappointed. The narrator of this story is dry enjoyable.
"Another one for my favourites list"
This was s great mystery novel. I loved the pace, the characters were very interesting, the plot was well thought of and the narrator just added the cherry on top of the cake ;)
This was a good murder mystery, well plotted and well narrated, however I never really connected with Jason and Sam, and wasn't convinced about their romance.
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