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Nothing up his sleeves. Nothing but murder... Jason West, hot shot special agent with the FBI's Art Crime Team, is recuperating from a recent hit-and-run accident at the Wyoming home of BAU Chief Sam Kennedy when he's asked to aid in the investigation of a suspicious death in a National Forest. When the dead man is found to be the Kosher Conjuror, a much-hated part-time magi Nothing up his sleeves. Nothing but murder... Jason West, hot shot special agent with the FBI's Art Crime Team, is recuperating from a recent hit-and-run accident at the Wyoming home of BAU Chief Sam Kennedy when he's asked to aid in the investigation of a suspicious death in a National Forest. When the dead man is found to be the Kosher Conjuror, a much-hated part-time magician accused of revealing the highly guarded secrets of professional illusionists, it seems clear this must be a simple revenge killing—until Jason realizes an earlier suspicious death at the trendy magic club Top Hat White Rabbit might be part of the same, much larger and more sinister, pattern.


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Nothing up his sleeves. Nothing but murder... Jason West, hot shot special agent with the FBI's Art Crime Team, is recuperating from a recent hit-and-run accident at the Wyoming home of BAU Chief Sam Kennedy when he's asked to aid in the investigation of a suspicious death in a National Forest. When the dead man is found to be the Kosher Conjuror, a much-hated part-time magi Nothing up his sleeves. Nothing but murder... Jason West, hot shot special agent with the FBI's Art Crime Team, is recuperating from a recent hit-and-run accident at the Wyoming home of BAU Chief Sam Kennedy when he's asked to aid in the investigation of a suspicious death in a National Forest. When the dead man is found to be the Kosher Conjuror, a much-hated part-time magician accused of revealing the highly guarded secrets of professional illusionists, it seems clear this must be a simple revenge killing—until Jason realizes an earlier suspicious death at the trendy magic club Top Hat White Rabbit might be part of the same, much larger and more sinister, pattern.

30 review for The Magician Murders

  1. 4 out of 5

    Simone

    ***4 ❤️*** Relationship-wise was this my favorite so far, plot-wise not. And I really do hate cliffhanger!!! Gahhh...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Smartarse

    Jason and Kennedy finally manage to wrangle some time off to enjoy a weekend together, only for our intrepid art detective to get assaulted on his way to the grocery store. For all the severe self-recriminations, and frustrating squabbles courtesy of his lover's sheltering attempts, the two protagonists manage to spend some serious quality time in a secluded location. The not-so romantic part in all this, aside from the whole laying low because you have a stalker, is having to meet the mother(-i Jason and Kennedy finally manage to wrangle some time off to enjoy a weekend together, only for our intrepid art detective to get assaulted on his way to the grocery store. For all the severe self-recriminations, and frustrating squabbles courtesy of his lover's sheltering attempts, the two protagonists manage to spend some serious quality time in a secluded location. The not-so romantic part in all this, aside from the whole laying low because you have a stalker, is having to meet the mother(-in-law). Obviously Jason will inevitably get confronted with shadows from Kennedy's past, thus triggering several alarm bells that will put his self-worth through Hell. But hey, that's just the norm with families, right?! You know, I actually liked the mystery aspect from this book. I can't honestly say I care about magic shows, aside from a vague interest in finding the trick. Getting to follow Jason and his young protege around the magicians' community of a Wyoming small town though, turned out to be lots of fun. Doubly so, due to our hero's recovering injuries which prevented him from more reckless actions. Or so Kennedy wanted to think... *cough* Relationship-wise, it was interesting seeing a bit of Kennedy's background this time around, in spite of the bittersweet feelings that they evoked. I was sincerely surprised to see his mother grow on me during the course of the story, considering how much I disliked the way she brought up her son's murdered ex. I'm actually hoping I get to see more of her later on. Score: 3/5 stars Having finished the book almost a month ago, I seem to be struggling to recall many details. What I can say with certainty, is that I very much liked the magic-related aspects of the case, especially with Jason doing his damnest to ignore the murder aspects of it. I mean, he had promised! Oh and I obviously loved the resolution of the inevitable fight our two protagonists got into. Kennedy may very well try the patience of any saint, but he can also apologize like no other. *swoons* ... and the story ended on a suitably creepy note, to have me immediately start on the sequel. What can I say? Binges always hit me hard. ===================== Review of book 1: The Mermaid Murders Review of book 2: The Monet Murders Review of book 4: The Monuments Men Murders

  3. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    WINTER 2019!?! LANYON, I COULD VERY WELL BE DEAD BY THEN. -- a review with SPOILERS! -- Wow. Okay. I really loved this. I did. Why a 4 and not a 5? Well, I wanted a littttle more out of the mystery plot. I guess it just didn't grab me the way The Mermaid Murders did. I did want more magic in the novel, and not metaphorically. I wanted there to be more actual things relating to magic. Still, Lanyon's writing is on POINT with this book. It's seriously some of Lanyon's best written work yet. So many tidy WINTER 2019!?! LANYON, I COULD VERY WELL BE DEAD BY THEN. -- a review with SPOILERS! -- Wow. Okay. I really loved this. I did. Why a 4 and not a 5? Well, I wanted a littttle more out of the mystery plot. I guess it just didn't grab me the way The Mermaid Murders did. I did want more magic in the novel, and not metaphorically. I wanted there to be more actual things relating to magic. Still, Lanyon's writing is on POINT with this book. It's seriously some of Lanyon's best written work yet. So many tidy sentences and beautiful structures. And my poor boy, Jason. I also thought that certain person was the killer. I 100% thought so too...lol. So... like many of my fellow reviewers have said, I wanted Sam and Jason's relationship to be a little further along at this point. Or (sorry, we're all comparing them to Adrien and Jake just a little, ok?) in a huge, massive burning building of flames, by this point (like in A & J book #3). They're just so.... *makes neck strangling hand gestures* They don't communicate at all. And Jason is dramatic. And Sam is such a prick. And I love them both dearly, but come on. Also, I thought there was going to be more of a story about Sam and Ruby. It seemed like there was going to be more and in the end it was wrapped up kind of with "and then Jason found out that Sam really did love and respect his mother". Which I totally understand but I think I wanted a little more out of that one. Still. I loved it very very very much. And just days prior I re-read the other 2 in the series. And now I have to pray to satan or jesus (whoever can keep me alive longer) and take my vitamins and exercise regularly so that I don't drop dead before the next release in WINTER 2019 (!!!!!!!) so that I can find out exactly how Jason's favorite whack-a-doodle buddy is planning on skinning him alive. Would I rec? Duh. Of course I would.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christelle

    Arghhh…stupid assumptions…I should have known better. This series about Sam and Jason, two FBI agents romantically involved, is not a trilogy….I don’t know if I’m glad about it, as I’m getting really fond of these guys, or sorry, because…cliffie and winter 2019 before more ☹ So, what do we have here : 2 career-oriented FBI agents, with an age-gap, each trying in their own way to build a relationship although it’s mostly a long-distance one, Jason needing to be on equal foot, and Sam afraid to hur Arghhh…stupid assumptions…I should have known better. This series about Sam and Jason, two FBI agents romantically involved, is not a trilogy….I don’t know if I’m glad about it, as I’m getting really fond of these guys, or sorry, because…cliffie and winter 2019 before more ☹ So, what do we have here : 2 career-oriented FBI agents, with an age-gap, each trying in their own way to build a relationship although it’s mostly a long-distance one, Jason needing to be on equal foot, and Sam afraid to hurt Jason. Since their first meeting, they have to deal with a case in each book, this time a quite simple one, and some escalating danger lurking in the background. Less accent on the suspense and more focus on Sam and Jason’s relationship this time, to my delight. Their bond is getting stronger but there is still some work. Will they get their HEA and will they stop their stalker ???...damned these cliffies !!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Martin

    This series is clearly one of the best! It’s like reading a m/m romance master class project. Everything is absolutely spot on. We have our (once again only) POV MC Agent Jason West, the sexy and cute art expert for the FBI’s Art Crime Division And his (let’s just say it, even though you never know for sure) boyfriend, BAU Chief Sam Kennedy, who spends (all of) his time profiling serial killers. How these two ever got together, only the first two books will answer. Because yes, they are an unlikely This series is clearly one of the best! It’s like reading a m/m romance master class project. Everything is absolutely spot on. We have our (once again only) POV MC Agent Jason West, the sexy and cute art expert for the FBI’s Art Crime Division And his (let’s just say it, even though you never know for sure) boyfriend, BAU Chief Sam Kennedy, who spends (all of) his time profiling serial killers. How these two ever got together, only the first two books will answer. Because yes, they are an unlikely and unequal couple, which is the one big obstacle that the tension in the series largely draws from. The plot is absolutely captivating, although I’m the first to say I’m not reading this for the mystery plots, but clearly for Sam and Jason. Their intimate moments are some of the best I have ever seen, probably because Sam and Jason aren’t the juiciest of couples and they do have their differences, so once they get down to some serious romance, it’s life-changing. A few words about the plot. Sam and Jason’s previous cases are still more or less open, but the two guys take a few days off to just *be* a couple for a change. However, Jason trying to get Chinese take-out for Sam ends in a catastrophe and puts Jason on sick leave (once again). However, this time, Sam talks Jason into going to his home town in Wyoming where his mom runs a ranch (among other things). Staying in Ruby Kennedy’s guest house, Jason tries to relax and heal, but is more or less just bored to death, especially when Sam announces to leave for two days to work on a case of his. Luckily, Sam is gracious enough to allow Jason to take on an art crime consulting inquiry from the local FBI branch, helping the local agents find clues about a stolen collection of magic memorabilia (vintage posters of magician’s shows and artifacts from famous magicians like Houdini). Of course, a simple consulting job turns into a murder case with Jason right in the middle – as usual. And with Jason’s injuries and Sam being out of town, things might turn deadly for our poor sexy art consultant slash FBI agent. The plot was great. I loved the magic artifacts and tarot cards that were mentioned several times. I also loved how the whole book (like any book by Lanyon, I guess) has an overall theme that you find throughout the whole story. Even the sex scenes had a magician’s touch. It’s absolutely amazing and captivating. I also love how the whole series is written from Jason’s POV. We never get to see inside Sam. I would even go as far as saying that Sam is the main riddle in the whole series. Sure, he gets unraveled more and more the further their relationship takes us – and so far, I like what I see – but Jason feels absolutely insecure and inferior when dealing with Sam and his wealth of experience, handling the – often brilliant, but almost always mad – monsters that are *his* serial killers. Jason is an art expert, after all. He’s not one of those agents that shoot bad guys. He usually works with art galleries and websites to see where stolen art might show up, so he can retrieve it for the rightful owner. This inequality in their relationship needs to be resolved in the course of this series, and OMG, watching them work through their issues is some of the best stuff that m/m romance has to offer. Enough said. This is a 5 star favorite and one of my best reads in this year!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I admit to holding my breath through a lot of this episode in the story of Jason and Sam (view spoiler)[because another THYS ending was feasible (hide spoiler)] . Since the story is told from Jason's POV, and Sam is (intentionally/habitually) hard to read, the reader can't help but share Jason's professional and personal anxieties. Plus Jason is injured and physically fragile, and stubbornly trying to ignore that. The mystery is layered and complex, and it wasn't until the near end that I could s I admit to holding my breath through a lot of this episode in the story of Jason and Sam (view spoiler)[because another THYS ending was feasible (hide spoiler)] . Since the story is told from Jason's POV, and Sam is (intentionally/habitually) hard to read, the reader can't help but share Jason's professional and personal anxieties. Plus Jason is injured and physically fragile, and stubbornly trying to ignore that. The mystery is layered and complex, and it wasn't until the near end that I could see which threads would be wound up and which will be continued in the next book. There was a surprising potential wind up (view spoiler)[the likely identity of Ethan's killer (hide spoiler)] . As usual, Lanyon's writing is lean, rich, and is interspersed with those luscious poetic passages, especially in the intimate scenes. Note the end of chapter 18 with the references to magic. They shouldn't work, but just do. Beautifully. Josh Lanyon has a gift for picking locations and focal topics, in this case Wyoming and magicians' vintage collectibles, may seem an unlikely combo, but are engaging. Research really does pay off. We get a strong sense of place (and a strong sense of where Sam is coming from), and a taste of the community of magicians. Agent Dreyfus asked the question that I also had (view spoiler)["Why do you think there are so few female magicians?" (hide spoiler)] . Not sure whether I agree with Elle Diamond's response, but it made me smile and was fitting to her character's experience. My own response to magicians has been akin to that of many others' response to clowns. This book and JCP's Magic Mansion have gentled that a bit.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Viv

    The audiobook is wonderful! Loved it, just like most of Lanyon's work. I love being in Jason's head. He is smart and confident in all things...except his relationship with Sam. Jason is human and I relate to him so well. The mystery was really well done and I loved the bit of humor in this. I am also happy that this is not the end of Sam and Jason's story! The audiobook is wonderful! Loved it, just like most of Lanyon's work. I love being in Jason's head. He is smart and confident in all things...except his relationship with Sam. Jason is human and I relate to him so well. The mystery was really well done and I loved the bit of humor in this. I am also happy that this is not the end of Sam and Jason's story!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    I think I have to settle with the fact that I may have to tone down my expectation when it comes to the mystery in this series. Mainly because Special Agent Jason West's specialty is Art Crime (emphasis on Art) and not homicides. So no, he doesn't really need to investigate murders and serial killers. And yes, I have to be satisfied with that. In that sense, I actually enjoyed the mystery here MUCH better than book #2. I liked the magic / magician angle, and how passionate Jason was when he defen I think I have to settle with the fact that I may have to tone down my expectation when it comes to the mystery in this series. Mainly because Special Agent Jason West's specialty is Art Crime (emphasis on Art) and not homicides. So no, he doesn't really need to investigate murders and serial killers. And yes, I have to be satisfied with that. In that sense, I actually enjoyed the mystery here MUCH better than book #2. I liked the magic / magician angle, and how passionate Jason was when he defended explained the "historical and cultural significance" of magic arts and memorabilia. While Jason tried NOT to be involved with the murder angle -- when Jason discovered a couple of magicians have died in a strange way -- he actually ended up solving THAT as well, and that was a winner for him. On the relationship angle, hey, Jason and Sam were moving forward ... albeit SLOOOWLY. Lanyon is the master of playing around with angst of established couple who have trouble communicating (or love with ex-es... seriously, Lanyon's ex-es romances are the BEST!). I loved the progress in here; and there was one moment where I actually felt my eyes got all teary. I am glad that there is still another book in this series because the ending? THAT was awesomely thrilling! I got chills!

  9. 4 out of 5

    MishyJo

    September 8, 2019: Here I am ready for book 4. Here I am ready for book 4. Here I am ready for book 4. Here I am ready for book 4. Here I am ready for book 4. —— January 12, 2019: What a creepy last page! I assume that means the story is far from over. Good thing. I need more Sam and Jason.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jaya

    Wtf happened?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Erth

    Another five stars for Josh Lanyon's excellent book. I love the development of the two MCs, the tensions and resolutions in their ongoing relationship - very convincing indeed. I enjoyed the current case and also the ongoing arc - I found the ending particularly chilling and can't wait for the next book! Another five stars for Josh Lanyon's excellent book. I love the development of the two MCs, the tensions and resolutions in their ongoing relationship - very convincing indeed. I enjoyed the current case and also the ongoing arc - I found the ending particularly chilling and can't wait for the next book!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Vivian

    Murder never rests. Jason West is recuperating in Wyoming after a vicious attack. Yep, the ardent FBI agent for California art crimes is languishing, or recovering at his might-be boyfriend Sam Kennedy's mother's ranch. You read that right. In three books, Jason has succeeded in his quasi relationship with Sam leaps and bounds beyond what Adrien managed with Jake. So diehard Lanyon fans can be reassured that you are not on the same hamster wheel. No guarantees about the angst. Wyoming has its rust Murder never rests. Jason West is recuperating in Wyoming after a vicious attack. Yep, the ardent FBI agent for California art crimes is languishing, or recovering at his might-be boyfriend Sam Kennedy's mother's ranch. You read that right. In three books, Jason has succeeded in his quasi relationship with Sam leaps and bounds beyond what Adrien managed with Jake. So diehard Lanyon fans can be reassured that you are not on the same hamster wheel. No guarantees about the angst. Wyoming has its rustic charm and a field office that has no idea what to do about a large art heist. Bank robberies, yes, guns ablazing. Art theft, much head scratching ensues. So Sam, being the local boy gets Jason to do an unofficial consult before he goes cabin crazy. Jason seems to be a trouble magnet and things start to slide sideways, fast. To be fair, it's not all his fault. Get your Magic Castle itch scratched and indulge in some dare doing and creepy 'it feels like evil clowns' vibe. *Many Faces Challenge

  13. 5 out of 5

    Katerina

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  14. 4 out of 5

    Starr (AKA Starrfish) Rivers

    Not liking this series as much as the other one... 3.5 stars rounded down. The mystery is just not that interesting to me. Not all that suspenseful or gripping. And the romance is fine, but it's not like I read these books for the romance and sexy times. They're few and far between. So if the plot isn't gripping, the rest is meh. Still love Sam. Still like Jason (despite his "cheating" in book 2). Wish we actually saw things from Sam's POV... but part of why I love him is also his mystery so there Not liking this series as much as the other one... 3.5 stars rounded down. The mystery is just not that interesting to me. Not all that suspenseful or gripping. And the romance is fine, but it's not like I read these books for the romance and sexy times. They're few and far between. So if the plot isn't gripping, the rest is meh. Still love Sam. Still like Jason (despite his "cheating" in book 2). Wish we actually saw things from Sam's POV... but part of why I love him is also his mystery so there's that. On to the next! And unfortunately it doesn't seem to be the last one, so the central mystery with Jeremy Kyser will likely escalate but not get resolved. Bah Humbug!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Johanna

    The Magician Murders is a thoroughly satisfying, gripping third book of Josh Lanyon's The Art of Murder series. This series is fast becoming one of my all time favorites with its unlikely but oh so intriguing main couple! The aftermath of a creepy assault on Jason's life forces Jason West and Sam Kennedy to take some time off in Sam's childhood surroundings. Almost magically bodies start to pile wherever these two go. In no time they're not only trying to figure out who is after Jason, but also w The Magician Murders is a thoroughly satisfying, gripping third book of Josh Lanyon's The Art of Murder series. This series is fast becoming one of my all time favorites with its unlikely but oh so intriguing main couple! The aftermath of a creepy assault on Jason's life forces Jason West and Sam Kennedy to take some time off in Sam's childhood surroundings. Almost magically bodies start to pile wherever these two go. In no time they're not only trying to figure out who is after Jason, but also who in earth is wreaking havoc in the close-knit magician circles. I hugely enjoyed the twists and turns of this sparkling mystery and the new shining characters introduced to us. It's fun to witness how Lanyon so skillfully weaves magic into every aspect of the story, not forgetting the bedroom... I love how this book sheds light on Sam and his past life. The story raises some ghosts from the past but also soothes some concerns our main couple are struggling with. Both men are clearly making an effort—in their own way—to understand each other and to stay together. Like always, Lanyon shows us a realistic relationship struggle to which we can relate. While Jason is mulling over their situation with much thought and feeling, considering all details of Sam's actions over and over again, is Sam slowly but surely taking his first baby steps in the stormy waters of his first serious adult life relationship. And because Sam is Sam—a fascinating mix of straightforwardness, restraint and caring—the story is about to get REALLY interesting. The Magician Murders had me biting my nails, laughing, awwing and oohing. I bet it will do the same to you. I highly recommend reading this—it's guaranteed Lanyon quality.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Feb 2021 I don't want to say goodbye!!!!! Each book is perfectly detailed and organized and I wish they were longer just because I do. 😛 I don't know what JL could add to make them longer, but hey, them reading the newspaper works for me. 😏 Read the series. You won't regret it. Brilliant work here. 2019 Loved it! And OMG, JL almost gave me a heart attack making me think these two were going to break up. I would not have been happy if that had happened, but as I predicted these are two mature adults Feb 2021 I don't want to say goodbye!!!!! Each book is perfectly detailed and organized and I wish they were longer just because I do. 😛 I don't know what JL could add to make them longer, but hey, them reading the newspaper works for me. 😏 Read the series. You won't regret it. Brilliant work here. 2019 Loved it! And OMG, JL almost gave me a heart attack making me think these two were going to break up. I would not have been happy if that had happened, but as I predicted these are two mature adults who were able to allow themselves to be vulnerable and open up to each other. Sigh, all is good between them. :) As for the murders? Yeesh! Can't take these two anywhere, lol. Jason is injured in a hit and run and can't remember a few critical minutes from the attack, which makes Sam worried and nervous. Who tried to kill/hurt Jason? There are a lot of possibilities, so Sam hurries Jason out of town and to his mothers place (guest house) to recuperate. Even though Jason was injured these two were able to enjoy their time together (tense almost break up aside). When Sam manages to get Jason brought in on a local "art" theft as a consultant (more or less), things really get crazy on their supposed vacation when bodies start appearing, tarot cards left behind mimic the murders, and some local magicians are acting strange(r than usual). Like I said, I loved it! Super tense moments during the hunt for the killer, but there was some comedy tossed in which is so cool to see Sam relax that way. Of course they get their man and I have to say I was surprised how everything played out. What wasn't a surprise was the ending, which I was expecting as it follows the other books endings. I can't wait to read more of this series and JL has promised more in 2019, so yay! Oh, and we learn a little more about Ethan, which I liked. Sam is a complex man who doesn't open up to people and share. He doesn't see the point in harping on things from the past, and he doesn't think (beyond him joining the FBI) that his past has anything to do with his present. Jason is of course feeling insecure because of Sam's feelings about Ethan. And since Sam doesn't talk about Ethan, or what happened to him, Jason can't help but think Sam loved Ethan more than he does Jason. Which we all know (now at least) not to be the case. Sam doesn't see Ethan as having anything to do with him or Jason and their relationship. But he can finally see that Jason needs something from him because even though Sam doesn't think of Ethan as important (he's important, just not how Jason is thinking), he needs to show that to Jason. And they are able to move past Ethan. JL knows how to add the drama for sure! I didn't want to stop reading! 5 stars and I can't wait to read this series all over again, and again, and again! :-D Of course I highly recommend, but this isn't a standalone - series must be read in order.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ula'ndi Hart

    Overall book rating: 4.5 Audio Book: Kale Williams – 4.5 Book Cover: 4 First of let me just say once again that Kale Williams does this SO well! I love it! Second, if I don’t fan girl about the two MC’s I’ll be untrue to myself. I don’t know what it is about the way Josh Lanyon writes characters but I love it. I absolutely LOVE both Sam and Jason. They are unique and so real. Jason with his emotions pretty much on his sleeve, I just break for him when he tries to keep it under wraps. His thought pr Overall book rating: 4.5 Audio Book: Kale Williams – 4.5 Book Cover: 4 First of let me just say once again that Kale Williams does this SO well! I love it! Second, if I don’t fan girl about the two MC’s I’ll be untrue to myself. I don’t know what it is about the way Josh Lanyon writes characters but I love it. I absolutely LOVE both Sam and Jason. They are unique and so real. Jason with his emotions pretty much on his sleeve, I just break for him when he tries to keep it under wraps. His thought process and feelings makes my heart ache at times. Both from sweet and sad. He’s no push over but he feels things so well. Sam is Sam. He’s NOT an open book and his way of handling and caring for Jason is unique to him. I love him in his own way. I find him interesting and I get super excited for every crumb we get off his table regarding his feelings and emotions for Jason. It’s hard fought and so worth it. I loved the way the story opens and of course, I’m hanging on the edge of my seat to see where this will go. It’s a cliffy but I think it ends in a way you can ‘live” with. I’m rooting for these guys! Like so hard my eyes are stinging!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anke

    WTH was this? It started with an assault, moved on to this Magician Murders thingy only to then end with returning to the beginning and ending with - an open end. Great. And for that I worked through all these pages? I looked up my review for book #2 which ended with 'let's hope the next book will be better'. I have to say, nope it wasn't. And I think I'm done with this series. Besides - next book Winter 2019 (with this author it's more probable to be summer 2020), I'm safe to say then I won't re WTH was this? It started with an assault, moved on to this Magician Murders thingy only to then end with returning to the beginning and ending with - an open end. Great. And for that I worked through all these pages? I looked up my review for book #2 which ended with 'let's hope the next book will be better'. I have to say, nope it wasn't. And I think I'm done with this series. Besides - next book Winter 2019 (with this author it's more probable to be summer 2020), I'm safe to say then I won't remember anything about this book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Miriam

    5 stars audio 3 stars story.

  20. 5 out of 5

    ♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣

    This is a heckuvan enjoyable read. The pacing was spot on, with just one small stretch seeming to carry on a bit too long. Don't separate your leads unless you absolutely must, and definitely don't do it if there isn't much of an explanation as to why one had to leave. 24 hours in a book can = many pages. Innywho, that's probably my only gripe about this book. Jason is as uncertain as he is confident, desirous of a long-term relationship as he is hesitant to upend his current life for a possible This is a heckuvan enjoyable read. The pacing was spot on, with just one small stretch seeming to carry on a bit too long. Don't separate your leads unless you absolutely must, and definitely don't do it if there isn't much of an explanation as to why one had to leave. 24 hours in a book can = many pages. Innywho, that's probably my only gripe about this book. Jason is as uncertain as he is confident, desirous of a long-term relationship as he is hesitant to upend his current life for a possible one with Sam on the opposite coast, and he's not always the best listener. Or rather, he doesn't always let something sink in before galloping towards conclusions. I get it, West, you're flying around in an X-Wing when Sam is more suited to the speed of a Taun Taun when it comes to processing and reacting to new information. I very much like Jason as the narrator even if he makes my head spin a bit sometimes. Sam is still somewhat of an unfinished puzzle. We get more pieces here than in the first two stories in this series, but I'm still doing a head tilt now and then. He does have intense and deep feelings for Jason. He also shows Jason how he feels, offering more and more small but important gestures... he's getting teasingly close to swoon-worthiness. These two have major chemistry, actually talk about stuff, argue, but ultimately arrive at the same place, even if they disagree on where that is. Most of all, they admit, in word and more so in action, that they want to be together. The cast of supporting characters is well-utilized in advancing plot lines, tossing around doubt like candy at a parade, and provided additional glimpses into Sam, in particular. The mystery is pretty well-constructed, and I even almost fell for one of the red herrings. There are several points at which my adrenaline was pumping, that's for sure. Same goes for the level of emotions coming from Jason. My heart was aching, then hopeful, sad, and then excited... for the next book! Yes, that's right, there's to be another. :)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elena

    Apart from the one in the first book, the mysteries in this series aren’t the best I’ve read by Josh Lanyon, but Jason and Sam’s relationship more than make up for it. I love how they are slowly figuring out their way around a long-distance relationship, further complicated by all the struggles of what’s essentially a new relationship, with so many things they still don’t know about each other. It’s not easy, but as Jason so eloquently put it: “every time they weathered one of these conflicts, he Apart from the one in the first book, the mysteries in this series aren’t the best I’ve read by Josh Lanyon, but Jason and Sam’s relationship more than make up for it. I love how they are slowly figuring out their way around a long-distance relationship, further complicated by all the struggles of what’s essentially a new relationship, with so many things they still don’t know about each other. It’s not easy, but as Jason so eloquently put it: “every time they weathered one of these conflicts, he felt like they were that much stronger, understood each other that much better”. I also love the horizontal plot, I understand now why some readers weren’t happy with the ending, but it didn’t bother me much. I was expecting the (view spoiler)[Jason’s stalker problem to not be solved by the end of this book and that it would escalate in some way (hide spoiler)] . I don’t really consider it a cliffhanger, although I do wish the next book was already out.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gabi

    This instalment is perfect in every way. *.*

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tess

    4.25 stars So it turns out this isn’t a trilogy(!) It’s nice to see these guys getting closer but I was hoping they’d be nearer to an HEA by now! The murder mystery maybe wasn’t up to the same standards as book #2?

  24. 5 out of 5

    mwana

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  25. 4 out of 5

    Chris, the Dalek King

    So it turns out the trying to review two Josh Lanyon books at the same time was a bit of a mistake. Mostly proved by the fact that I got two paragraphs into this review before realizing that in fact this story did not involve any side trips to Scotland or fawning book-groupies. It does however have more than its fair share of dodgy magicians and FBI agents who really suck at communication. In their third book, FBI agents Jason West and Sam Kennedy are finally looking like they might get their shi So it turns out the trying to review two Josh Lanyon books at the same time was a bit of a mistake. Mostly proved by the fact that I got two paragraphs into this review before realizing that in fact this story did not involve any side trips to Scotland or fawning book-groupies. It does however have more than its fair share of dodgy magicians and FBI agents who really suck at communication. In their third book, FBI agents Jason West and Sam Kennedy are finally looking like they might get their shit together long enough to become something more than a possibility of a relationship. Then, of course, Jason goes and gets attacked outside a take-out place and suddenly the duo are sent to Wyoming to go to ground till they know why, or at least who, was after Jason. Which puts them right in the path of a magician murderer…and even more terrifying, Sam’s mother. I think I’m going to leave a lot of the plot out of this review, mainly to not spoil anything, but I’d love to talk about it in a more general sense. As well as covering what I feel about this series as a whole so far. While I don’t think this ranks in the top five–or even maybe the top ten, since Lanyon has written quite a few–of her mystery stories, offering up a group of suspects not commonly featured in this type (or most types) of story did a good job of making it fun to read. I do think that it didn’t nearly go as deep with the idea as it could have, though, which is a shame. You have this group of people who make a living out of misdirection and escaping the impossible, which should make for many a great twist, but it is only used on a very surface level here. Mostly the stage-magician aspect was used as set dressing on a fairly typical murder mystery plot. Had it fleshed out that aspect a bit more, I certainly would have ended up loving this story, instead of just liking it. I do however like that it didn’t quite take a typical approach to the investigation, though. I have greatly enjoyed this series and its somewhat out-of-the-box take on mysteries, by having the focus be on the more arty aspects of crime even when they end up swirling around a more common dead center. While death is never far off in the stories, having this somewhat alternate view point with which to view it, makes it feel fresh and interesting. Jason being someone who usually deals in the more white-collar of crimes, paired with Sam who has made a life around catching the worst of humanity, is a very odd dynamic that yet somehow works. The pair don’t spend nearly enough time together on page…though that might just be me wanting them to always be together since they have great chemistry. In fact, while these books might not really compete for my favorite mysteries out of Lanyon, Sam and Jason do rank up there with my favorite couples. Something about their story arc just really works for me. It is not your typical romance, or relationship, yet for all the struggles–or, hell, maybe because of all those struggles–I find myself utterly fascinated by them. Lanyon’s ability to draw out, expand, and deepen a relationship over a series of novels is one of her major selling points, in my opinion. I dearly love her mysteries, but her characters always make me want just one more book so I can learn that little bit more about the characters in them. Overall this is a decent story that mainly focuses its effort on growing the characters instead of digging through the clues. Not that those aren’t in the story, but I got the feeling that the mystery was a bit secondary to nudging our guys along in their rather stutter-and-stop relationship. Not the best book to jump into the series on, but I have a feeling it is going to be a necessary stepping stone to get to the next book. In which I dearly hope we at least get some major movement on the subplot that has been building in the background since book one–and going by that last page of the story, I think we have a rather good shot at it. This book was provided free in exchange for a fair and honest review for Love Bytes. Go there to check out other reviews, author interviews, and all those awesome giveaways. Click below.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    This is, unsurprisingly, a GREAT book. Unsurprising because Josh Lanyon really is the creme of the M/M, Mystery, Romance, Adventure, Comedy crop. Anyone lucky enough to stumble on her for the first time will have the happy experience of reading a smart, amusing, thoughtful author with a great ear for dialog. I don't think there is another M/M author who perfectly blends conversation with exposition, with no fat, ever. The plot is ingenious- find a reason to put the MCs together, add intrigue and This is, unsurprisingly, a GREAT book. Unsurprising because Josh Lanyon really is the creme of the M/M, Mystery, Romance, Adventure, Comedy crop. Anyone lucky enough to stumble on her for the first time will have the happy experience of reading a smart, amusing, thoughtful author with a great ear for dialog. I don't think there is another M/M author who perfectly blends conversation with exposition, with no fat, ever. The plot is ingenious- find a reason to put the MCs together, add intrigue and continue to develop over-arching themes. So, this is a great book. I'd thank anyone who recommended it to me, and I'd recommend it to anyone. Readers should not start with this book before reading The Mermaid Murders and The Monet Murders because there is an increasingly important thread woven through all the books.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    While I liked seeing the small but significant progress in Sam and Jason’s relationship, you can take that ending and shove it six ways to Sunday. And Jason’s conclusion as to the identity of the suspect in the local murders? Preposterous. No way. That felt like lazy writing. There were passages and aspects of this book where the old Lanyon shown through but, honestly, this was mostly a disappointment for me. Makes me sad.

  28. 4 out of 5

    JR

    Best One in Series so Far This is a fun series in my opinion. I like the way it is taking a while for the relationship between Jason and Sam to develop. Looking forward to number four

  29. 4 out of 5

    rowenalovelace

    This one was really good! I liked how they finally get to know each other properly enough and the mystery was exciting as well.. And that cliffhanger! I am already looking forward to next story!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ingie

    Review December 28, 2018 3 Stars - Honestly I expected more. My rating: Just okay. Book #3 ... and happy Holidays! ********************************************** Blurb: « Jason West, hot shot special agent with the FBI's Art Crime Team, is recuperating from a recent hit-and-run accident at the Wyoming home of BAU Chief Sam Kennedy when he's asked to aid in the investigation of a suspicious death in a National Forest. » • I listened to the 6:37 hours audiobook narrated by Kale Williams. Perhaps not ov Review December 28, 2018 3 Stars - Honestly I expected more. My rating: Just okay. Book #3 ... and happy Holidays! ********************************************** Blurb: « Jason West, hot shot special agent with the FBI's Art Crime Team, is recuperating from a recent hit-and-run accident at the Wyoming home of BAU Chief Sam Kennedy when he's asked to aid in the investigation of a suspicious death in a National Forest. » • I listened to the 6:37 hours audiobook narrated by Kale Williams. Perhaps not over-enthusiastic about Williams as a narrator but it was still a quite okay audiobook. • Truly loved the two first in this The Art of Murder series. The plot and crime storyline in this third part wasn’t in my opinion thrilling enough. It wasn’t filled with breathtaking surprises or clever twists to get me in a good crime reading mood. Maybe it just didn’t feel like a full-length novel. I kind of waited for it to start... Hhmm.. — Wasn't I attentive enough? Did I dream away time and missed listening properly? It felt like I missed that usual energy, magic and excitement in a Lanyon book to a great extent. Still, as in every Lanyon, is it always nice to follow her/his main characters in each series, here two FBI agents, and their personal life in everynew book part. • ... and I felt a small (tiny maybe and could be forgiven) but anyway it was a “cliff ending” there. Summary: A good enough but not great Josh Lanyon crime/mystery MM. However, would of course like to meet these characters again in future books. Crossed fingers for a fourth book part soonish (pretty please within a year...). ********************************************** I LIKE - even “okay” from JL

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