Fatal Shadows by Josh Lanyon

Posted August 17, 2013 by Brin in Reviews / 1 Comment

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Fatal Shadows by Josh LanyonFatal Shadows by Josh Lanyon
Series: The Adrien English Mysteries #1
Published by Just Joshin on May 1st 2012
Pages: 198

One sunny morning Los Angeles bookseller and aspiring mystery author Adrien English opens his front door to murder. His old high school buddy (and employee) has been found stabbed to death in a back alley following a loud and very public argument with Adrien the previous evening.

Naturally the cops want to ask Adrien a few questions; they are none too impressed with his answers, and when a few hours later someone breaks into Adrien's shop and ransacks it, the law is inclined to think Adrien is trying to divert suspicion from himself.

Adrien knows better. Adrien knows he is next on the killer's list.

This book caught me totally unawares. I’m not even sure how I ended up reading this but the synopsis sounded interesting so decided to give it a try. Well I ended up being totally sucked into the story and (more importantly) the characters.

Adrien English was a delightful main character and I really enjoyed being in his head. The mystery was interesting and kept me guessing, but it was Adrien that really captured my interest, well that and a certain police detective…

Hopefully Detective Jake Riordan will have a bit more presence in the next book A Dangerous Thing (which I have totally bought already by the way!).

Overall, Fatal Shadows was an engrossing and entertaining tale. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.


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