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All those late night conversations when Sam had maybe a drink too many or Jason was half falling asleep. All those playful, provocative comments about what they’d do when they finally met up again. Well, here they were. The last thing Jason West, an ambitious young FBI Special Agent with the Art Crimes Team, wants--or needs--is his uncertain and unacknowledged romantic relat All those late night conversations when Sam had maybe a drink too many or Jason was half falling asleep. All those playful, provocative comments about what they’d do when they finally met up again. Well, here they were. The last thing Jason West, an ambitious young FBI Special Agent with the Art Crimes Team, wants--or needs--is his uncertain and unacknowledged romantic relationship with irascible legendary Behavioral Analysis Unit Chief Sam Kennedy. And it’s starting to feel like Sam is not thrilled with the idea either. But personal feelings must be put aside when Sam requests Jason’s help to catch a deranged killer targeting wealthy, upscale art collectors. A killer whose calling card is a series of grotesque paintings depicting the murders.


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All those late night conversations when Sam had maybe a drink too many or Jason was half falling asleep. All those playful, provocative comments about what they’d do when they finally met up again. Well, here they were. The last thing Jason West, an ambitious young FBI Special Agent with the Art Crimes Team, wants--or needs--is his uncertain and unacknowledged romantic relat All those late night conversations when Sam had maybe a drink too many or Jason was half falling asleep. All those playful, provocative comments about what they’d do when they finally met up again. Well, here they were. The last thing Jason West, an ambitious young FBI Special Agent with the Art Crimes Team, wants--or needs--is his uncertain and unacknowledged romantic relationship with irascible legendary Behavioral Analysis Unit Chief Sam Kennedy. And it’s starting to feel like Sam is not thrilled with the idea either. But personal feelings must be put aside when Sam requests Jason’s help to catch a deranged killer targeting wealthy, upscale art collectors. A killer whose calling card is a series of grotesque paintings depicting the murders.

30 review for The Monet Murders

  1. 5 out of 5

    Martin

    BEAUTIFUL! OMG, I loved this book! Granted, I didn't like the first half. It felt like a rehash of what we had to suffer through with Adrien and Jake at their lowest. Not to mention that Sam and Jason are separated by location for most of the book AND SIMPLY DIDN'T COMMUNICATE!!! BUT once Sam and Jason are together on the same page (no kidding), things hit off so beautifully that I was literally drooling. <3 <3 <3 Their sex is one of the hottest moments in any Lanyon novel, I think. I also LOVE how BEAUTIFUL! OMG, I loved this book! Granted, I didn't like the first half. It felt like a rehash of what we had to suffer through with Adrien and Jake at their lowest. Not to mention that Sam and Jason are separated by location for most of the book AND SIMPLY DIDN'T COMMUNICATE!!! BUT once Sam and Jason are together on the same page (no kidding), things hit off so beautifully that I was literally drooling. <3 <3 <3 Their sex is one of the hottest moments in any Lanyon novel, I think. I also LOVE how revealing bits and pieces about Sam (who AGAIN didn't get his own POV - a true 'mystery guy') resulted in establishing Sam and Jason as a perfectly independent couple (I hope) with no more Adrien & Jake vibes. The plot was well done again. I absolutely loved the atmosphere. Misty Camden Island with its many graveyards. The ruined clock tower. Breathtaking. Once again, a real masterpiece, even though I kind of suffered through the first half alongside Jason. A truly great book 2 in that awesome Art of Murder series. I cannot wait for book 3! And I LOVE the connection to Winter Kill. I want to see more of Agent Darling ;-) 5 stars and a favorite!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Smartarse

    Eight months after the events from The Mermaid Murders, there hasn't been much progress in the Jason-Kennedy romance department. They've talked on the phone a few times, and occasionally let loose the odd innuendo or two, but nothing more concrete. When they finally do meet, Kennedy's body language all but telegraphs 'gentle letdown' to Jason. Lucky for him, there's plenty of art crime to keep our protagonist busy... like the overly grisly one responsible for finally bringing him face-to-face wi Eight months after the events from The Mermaid Murders, there hasn't been much progress in the Jason-Kennedy romance department. They've talked on the phone a few times, and occasionally let loose the odd innuendo or two, but nothing more concrete. When they finally do meet, Kennedy's body language all but telegraphs 'gentle letdown' to Jason. Lucky for him, there's plenty of art crime to keep our protagonist busy... like the overly grisly one responsible for finally bringing him face-to-face with Kennedy, in the first place. On a less depressing note, Jason finally realizes that the good press he's been basking in for the last few years, has been master-minded by the (unofficial) president of his fan-club: truly flattering, but possibly not the smartest thing to act on. YOU HEAR ME, JASON?! Additionally, his well-meaning older sisters positively insist on throwing him a teeny tiny birthday party (+/- 100 guests), where they're very helpfully threatening to set him up on a blind date. So yeah, life's just grand for one Jason West! This book was... confusing. On the one hand, I so wanted to get interested in the murder-mystery solving process, but I couldn't really decide on which one to focus: Jason's ongoing investigations into evil double-crossing gallery business, the horrifying Monet-fanatic serial killer, or the very subtle creepy vibe presented by the deranged psychologist from the prequel. In the end, I just stopped caring, and focused my energy on Jason's love life. Or lack there of... whichever way you want to put it. Another aspect I greatly enjoyed, was finding out more about Jason's family background. Although there had been some hints in the previous book, it is here that we finally see the scale of his parents' and siblings' connection to the upper crust. To say nothing of the fan-service in getting to see him "casually" wearing a tuxedo amidst a grisly crime scene. *wags eyebrows* What I didn't enjoy, was the focus put on the the artistic aspect of things. And I don't just mean the murders. Wait, wait, wait: let me explain. I realize that for members of the art crime division an interest in art is crucial (or at least recommended), but that doesn't make me personally less of a philistine, when it comes to appreciating the "classics". Get me a Dali, and I'll happily spend an hour puzzling over the clever juxtaposition of the various creepy details in his paintings. Heck, I'm even willing to give an approving nod to the Renaissance masters. Impressionism and expressionism have never left much of a lasting ugh... impression on me. So don't be surprised to see me run away screaming, when you throw a Tiffany stained glass window in the mix. Score: 2.8/5 stars Once again, it was the romance between Kennedy and Jason that had me reach for the sequel posthaste, even though this particular installment proved to be somewhat unsatisfying in that regard. What can I say, Kennedy just knows how to make a well-timed confession. Incidentally, those puppy dog eyes of his should be illegal: rarely have I felt this guilty about judging a fictional character too quickly... *fidgets uncomfortably* ======================== Review of book 1: The Mermaid Murders Review of book 3: The Magician Murders Review of book 4: The Monuments Men Murders Review of book 5: The Movie-Town Murders

  3. 4 out of 5

    Vivian

    Worth the wait for a crazy little thing called love... and murder. Jason West is working a case of art fraud when a calling card is left by the Santa Monica pier. Not far from the swanky hotels. A summons for his expertise brings him back into contact with Sam Kennedy. That fire has been banked while they each pursue their respective careers separated by a continent. Will it be stoked? So, this was a lovely installment in the Sam/Jason story and the mystery was good and gruesome. Higher flying wit Worth the wait for a crazy little thing called love... and murder. Jason West is working a case of art fraud when a calling card is left by the Santa Monica pier. Not far from the swanky hotels. A summons for his expertise brings him back into contact with Sam Kennedy. That fire has been banked while they each pursue their respective careers separated by a continent. Will it be stoked? So, this was a lovely installment in the Sam/Jason story and the mystery was good and gruesome. Higher flying with art world money front and center and we learn a bit more of Jason's background, which is definitely more rarified than most. This one's a roller coaster so hold on tight.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nark

    ✦ i am really enjoying this series so far. it's been a while since i read any of this author's work, so i'm very glad to see that her books are still as bingeable as i remember. ✦ great writing, interesting cases, nice chemistry between the mcs. very curious to see how their relationship will develop in the other books. ✦ i am really enjoying this series so far. it's been a while since i read any of this author's work, so i'm very glad to see that her books are still as bingeable as i remember. ✦ great writing, interesting cases, nice chemistry between the mcs. very curious to see how their relationship will develop in the other books.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ingie

    Review written November 30, 2017 4.8 Stars - Simply fabulous Lanyon stuff Book #2 in “The Art of Murder” ********************************************** Yay, back to these two... — "The last thing Jason West, ambitious FBI special agent with the Art Crimes Team wants -- or needs -- is his uncertain and unacknowledged romantic relationship with legendary Behavioral Analysis Unit Chief Sam Kennedy." — We remember them from The Mermaid Murders. The Monet Murders was so very good in every way. It hoo Review written November 30, 2017 4.8 Stars - Simply fabulous Lanyon stuff Book #2 in “The Art of Murder” ********************************************** Yay, back to these two... — "The last thing Jason West, ambitious FBI special agent with the Art Crimes Team wants -- or needs -- is his uncertain and unacknowledged romantic relationship with legendary Behavioral Analysis Unit Chief Sam Kennedy." — We remember them from The Mermaid Murders. The Monet Murders was so very good in every way. It hooked me completely and I enjoyed every second of this audiobook listening (most of it in my free day today). Heartbreaking love story, sexy moody feelings, huge understandable attraction and a very good, and in the end thrilling, crime case. Josh Lanyon really knows how to do it. Her/his longer crime-romance novels are always top quality. ~ Looking forward to more stories with these two FBI agents. I “read” the 9 hours audiobook (well enough) narrated by Kale Williams. Recommended series. ********************************************** I LIKE - awesome great JL M/M romances as this one

  6. 4 out of 5

    Simone - on indefinite hiatus -

    ***4.5 ❤️***

  7. 5 out of 5

    LenaRibka

    4,5 stars The waiting was worth it! The second installment didn't disappoint: a great mystery, charismatic characters and a lot of FEELINGS! I’m a BIG fan of Art Crime novels, unfortunately I haven’t come across them too often in the LGBT genre. With The Art of Murder series Josh Lanyon killed two birds with one stone (for me, I don't literally mean the number of deaths in this book, it is slightly more): My mystery-soul is extremely happy and my romance-soul is completely satisfied. Let’s t 4,5 stars The waiting was worth it! The second installment didn't disappoint: a great mystery, charismatic characters and a lot of FEELINGS! I’m a BIG fan of Art Crime novels, unfortunately I haven’t come across them too often in the LGBT genre. With The Art of Murder series Josh Lanyon killed two birds with one stone (for me, I don't literally mean the number of deaths in this book, it is slightly more): My mystery-soul is extremely happy and my romance-soul is completely satisfied. Let’s talk about the mystery. Ve-ry complex, ve-ry creepy, with a brilliantly created spooky environment and thrilling atmosphere. Wow. James West, FBI Special Agent of the Art Crime Team, investigates a fraud in Fletcher-Durrand Gallery. Legendary FBI profiler Sam Kennedy who since their last case together in Massachusetts has promoted to chief of the FBI Behavior Analysis Unit hunts a serial killer, who leaves a Monet painting at the crime scenes. And Christopher Shipka, a reporter for the Valley Voice on his private mission to find out what happened to the German art student Paris Havemeyer almost 20 years ago. But hold on tight: there are much more! The fact that all these cases are connected hasn’t come totally unexpected. Key word ART. What took me (and not just me) by surprise, was a cold and very reserved appearance of Sam at the crime scene and how he purposely ignored his almost boy-friend. (At least it was what we all truly believed, didn’t we?) As if there were no Massachusetts and passion PURE, as if there were no those eight months of sensual phone calls. What the hell is going on? Sam tries to stay aloofly official; James tries to hide his hurt, confusion and embarrassment. Sam pretends they are just good friends, James needs an explanation. And then this case they have to work together on... A COMPLICATED mayhem of feelings! The best prerequisites for an emotional romance with a lot of sexual tension. With Sam & James interaction, Josh Lanyon fulfilled all the most high expectations of the most critical readers of romance novels. Highly enjoyable and beautiful MM Romance Mystery, that left you craving for more! ***ARC provided by the author to GBR in exchange for an honest review. ***

  8. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    Okay, so after reading the real final, I'm gonna give this one a 5er. Wooooop! --- So I guess I'm waiting on an updated version of the book because there was some kinda problem. Whoops! I'm still waiting on it, sooooo... yep. Will change my review accordingly, haha --- Original review: Wait, what? Okay. So close to 5 stars. But like. Okay. Where to start? I love the romance in this book. I adore it. It's not easy and it's not all hearts and rainbows. Not to say it's filled with angst, but these are mes Okay, so after reading the real final, I'm gonna give this one a 5er. Wooooop! --- So I guess I'm waiting on an updated version of the book because there was some kinda problem. Whoops! I'm still waiting on it, sooooo... yep. Will change my review accordingly, haha --- Original review: Wait, what? Okay. So close to 5 stars. But like. Okay. Where to start? I love the romance in this book. I adore it. It's not easy and it's not all hearts and rainbows. Not to say it's filled with angst, but these are messy relationships between people who, okay, don't always put 'love' first. Which is realistic. That's the case for a lot of people. I can relate. I can appreciate that. It makes the happiest of the happy moments better. I really enjoyed the time spent between Sam and Jason in this edition. Except their lack of communication could be frustrating but I kind of enjoyed that. The mystery was incredibly interesting. I loved it, just as I did in the first book. Really interesting side characters, a really sweet-ass island which reminded me of the one from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Artwork, money, privilege, questions. Awesome. Things I didn't love. Uh, Jason seemed a little whiny in this? I think he was a tiny bit more whiny in this book. And insecure. And his constant monologues about how he feels about Sam were getting a little overdone. Annnnd the big thing I didn't love. This is a big one and I imagine most, if not all, reviews are going to at least mention it: (view spoiler)[We don't find out who the killer was. Or killers. There were layers and layers of mystery, but no resolution of the mystery and definitely no resolution of the romance. (hide spoiler)] It's just like... I'm really left hanging here, man. Like I'm okay with relationships taking course over a few books, but leaving that up in the air is pretty major, so that's where one star went. Would I recommend? Yes. Absolutely BUT...maybe wait until the next installment to read this one? Or the whole series? I dunno. I'm left feeling very "Awwww, shit!" about this but I did enjoy it the whole time I was reading it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elena

    I’ve been trying to write a coherent review for a while but I’m in danger of going into stupid-fangirl mode, so this is me trying to keep it simple and concise. I started this book, this whole series really, with the expectation that I’d end up disappointed and, in a weird way, that may have been a good thing, because so far it didn’t happen. The best thing of this book for me was the relationship development, the mystery was interesting but also kind of confusing and fragmented, with too many cas I’ve been trying to write a coherent review for a while but I’m in danger of going into stupid-fangirl mode, so this is me trying to keep it simple and concise. I started this book, this whole series really, with the expectation that I’d end up disappointed and, in a weird way, that may have been a good thing, because so far it didn’t happen. The best thing of this book for me was the relationship development, the mystery was interesting but also kind of confusing and fragmented, with too many cases intersecting. By the time Jason figured out who the unsub was, I’d almost forgotten that character even existed. What really worked for me was Jason and Sam’s dynamic. This is only the second of five books and it shows, it’s clear that they’re only just beginning to make some progress after they connected in the first book, but I love how they interact. When I don’t want to smack him upside the head for it, it amuses me to no end how Sam, who’s so competent on human psychology when it comes to his job, can be so obtuse and make such a mess of his personal life. Not that Jason doesn’t have his moments ((view spoiler)[sleeping with a reporter who a) idolized him and clearly wanted more than sex and b) was involved in his investigation only because he was depressed after Sam dumped him was stupid on so many levels I don’t even know where to start (hide spoiler)] ), but Sam definitely takes the prize. In every sense. When he makes a mess of things, he really makes a mess, but the way he just blurts out the sweetest things out of nowhere in his direct and matter-of-fact way is just disarming. These two made me shake my head in exasperation more than a few times, and I’m sure they’re not even close to be done with that, but I loved their interaction once they finally started talking and I finished the book with a big smile on my face.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Renée

    4.5 stars

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ami

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.25 stars Hmmm ... I am not entirely loving this one. It's more because of preference of the mystery I guess. When Jason is being called into crime scene of a murdered art buyer with a fake Monet painting on site, and how Sam says that the painting is "the calling card of a serial killer", I was ecstatic!! I love serial killer in my mystery. It's my favorite theme, probably. Unfortunately afterwards, Jason isn't exactly involved with the serial killer case. That is Sam's case. And Sam is pretty m 3.25 stars Hmmm ... I am not entirely loving this one. It's more because of preference of the mystery I guess. When Jason is being called into crime scene of a murdered art buyer with a fake Monet painting on site, and how Sam says that the painting is "the calling card of a serial killer", I was ecstatic!! I love serial killer in my mystery. It's my favorite theme, probably. Unfortunately afterwards, Jason isn't exactly involved with the serial killer case. That is Sam's case. And Sam is pretty much missing in this book because he is juggling many cases -- including apparently, Adam Darling's case that is written previously in Winter Kill, since this book and that one sort of overlapped. Instead Jason's main case is investigating the fraud and grand-larceny against Durrand brothers who operate an art gallery. Sure, it IS Jason's expertise, he is the Art Crime Team agent after all... but to me it was slightly BORING. I'm not that into white collar cases, where they only 'victims' are pretty much rich people and nobody is dead. Maybe I'm a little blood-thirsty when it comes to my mystery but I definitely prefer corpses than paintings. In short I wasn't invested with Jason's case, and because he is the MAIN narrator of this book, I was having a rather difficult time to keep my attention. In addition, I was slightly annoyed with Jason's insecurities in this book. He keeps thinking about the relationship problem with Sam. At times I thought it made him lost his focus on the case. Lanyon's brand of angst didn't completely work for me this time around because to me, Jason became a little too immature and whiny. Even if I realize that there is thirteen years age-gap between him and Sam, and a totally different life experience and/or the way they are dealing with relationship. I WAS really interested with the other part of the mystery though ... the one that the reporter, Chris Shipka, pretty much introduces to Jason. A case of missing teenager (possibility being raped and murdered) and how it might be even the key to everything. I guess for me, this one is slightly more than okay but I can't say that I really like it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marte - Thunderella

    I was looking forward to catching up with Jason and Sam, having read (listen to the audio) of The Mermaid Murders not too long ago. It's been about eight months since the plot/case of the first books, where also Sam and Jason (finally) gave into temptation and fell into bed with each other. Sam held back, though, but was frank about it, telling Jason he wasn't a man to be involved with. But Sam couldn't keep away from Jason, and they tentatively agreed on a future dinner date when their paths cro I was looking forward to catching up with Jason and Sam, having read (listen to the audio) of The Mermaid Murders not too long ago. It's been about eight months since the plot/case of the first books, where also Sam and Jason (finally) gave into temptation and fell into bed with each other. Sam held back, though, but was frank about it, telling Jason he wasn't a man to be involved with. But Sam couldn't keep away from Jason, and they tentatively agreed on a future dinner date when their paths crossed again. Since then, they haven't met, but they have kept in touch. There has been numerous late night casual talk that they both appreciated. When Jason gets called in to a scene by Sam in the city Jason lives, Jason gets a cold shoulder from Sam. It's like they haven't met or haven't had all those phone conversations. Jason doesn't get it, but he doesn't push. It seems like Sam's case and Jason's case is connected. Jason is tracking down a person of interest, who has been reluctant to meet him, cancelling several appointments to talk. To sort of force the guy to talk, Jason follows him to his family home, which is situated on an island in the middle of nowhere, in upstate New York. It's remote and only accessible by boat. Jason has also got a journalist dogging his steps. The island was so eerie and creepy. It had a feeling of you just know something bad is going to happen. It was such a great atmosphere to read! Most of the plot takes place on the island. Sam was the frustratingly standoffish love interest, but he finally loosened up a little and revealed something about himself. Jason is a sweetheart. I felt he pined a bit too much for Sam, I would have loved for him to tell Sam off since he was being a jerk. But that's how Josh Lanoyn's character works. And I love the dynamic, even though it can frustrate me to death sometime. This was a typical, solid Josh Lanyon murder mystery with suspense and romance. I'm looking forward to the audio coming out hopefully this fall, and a third book with Jason and Sam sometime next year! Recommended if you like Josh Lanyon's murder mysteries. Note that this is not a standalone book, read The Murmaid Murders first.

  13. 4 out of 5

    ~Preeti~

    The second book in the Art of Murder series takes place eight months after the incidents of The Mermaid murders. This time the mystery revolved around three killings, all of them from the art world. Since these cases involved fake paintings and intersect with another case of Jason, he came aboard to work with Sam. Mystery wise, the book has a much better plotline than the first book. And, I am happy to admit that I couldn't unravel the mystery till the end.🤭🤭 It also has a lot of action scenes, b The second book in the Art of Murder series takes place eight months after the incidents of The Mermaid murders. This time the mystery revolved around three killings, all of them from the art world. Since these cases involved fake paintings and intersect with another case of Jason, he came aboard to work with Sam. Mystery wise, the book has a much better plotline than the first book. And, I am happy to admit that I couldn't unravel the mystery till the end.🤭🤭 It also has a lot of action scenes, but for more than 60% of the book, we do not see Sam and Jason together. They are in different states and have very limited communication. So romance wise, it was a downer. Dear Sam is still his grumpy, detached self and cares only for his work. However, once they came together, their chemistry was explosive.  It was beautiful to see cranky Sam doing everything to help Jason and he was so adorable when he was jealous. 😘😘 Looking forward to the next book and more of Sam and Jason.😇😇

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christelle

    **2.5 stars** Second part of this series about Jason and Sam, two FBI agents who met during a murder investigation in The Mermaid Murders, a book that hold a lot of promises for me. Jason is a young agent specialized in art, invested in his career in the LA office but still stressed after being shot. As for Sam, his reputation in the FBI is both good and bad : he does close a lot of case, especially serial-killer ones, but let's say that he's not very social. Two different personalities and career **2.5 stars** Second part of this series about Jason and Sam, two FBI agents who met during a murder investigation in The Mermaid Murders, a book that hold a lot of promises for me. Jason is a young agent specialized in art, invested in his career in the LA office but still stressed after being shot. As for Sam, his reputation in the FBI is both good and bad : he does close a lot of case, especially serial-killer ones, but let's say that he's not very social. Two different personalities and career paths, but they meshed and decided to explore their relationship. I thought that this book will see their relationship growing stronger and was really looking forward to it. But no. After several months spent over the phone, they finally meet again…only for Jason to realize this will only be about work from now on. Gasp, that’s so not what I enjoy. Sam was almost out of the picture here, his absence even more pronounced as we only get Jason’s POV. As for the plot, well, there were so many investigations and leads that it was a lot and not enough at the same time, if I make any sense. That’s all on me : I don’t fare well with break-up and it was tough to deal with the loneliness that permeated throughout this book, even though the ending of this instalment moves toward a second chance. I will still give a go to the next instalment being released in a few weeks, crossing my fingers it will be with both Sam and Jason. **Note for Lisa : don’t mind my rating. I really thank you for this nice gift and I keep some great and fond memories of our SS exchange. <3**

  15. 5 out of 5

    Erth

    Once again, this book is written in the beautiful style I now associate with JL - fast paced, and completely absorbing. But - the majority of the book had little relevance to the Monet Murders, and very little to do with Sam Kennedy in the person, although there is a lot of Sam Kennedy musing. Despite the fact I did love these two, I wanted more of them together, more interaction, and like book one, it was relationship light leaving most to the reader to deduce from the mention of a series of ph Once again, this book is written in the beautiful style I now associate with JL - fast paced, and completely absorbing. But - the majority of the book had little relevance to the Monet Murders, and very little to do with Sam Kennedy in the person, although there is a lot of Sam Kennedy musing. Despite the fact I did love these two, I wanted more of them together, more interaction, and like book one, it was relationship light leaving most to the reader to deduce from the mention of a series of phone calls. I will definitely read book 3.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ele

    I LOVED the relationship angst, but I found the mystery a little boring compared to the first book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    This book was released in 2017. It seemed that there were some release issues at that time and some readers received wrong or incomplete copies of the work and then waited quite some time for the mess to be straightened out. As a result, the book didn't get very high ratings, because understandably people were angry. I just got the book about two weeks ago so 5 years later...I am more of a "Happy Camper" than some of the others. I have loved and followed Josh Lanyon for several years and believe This book was released in 2017. It seemed that there were some release issues at that time and some readers received wrong or incomplete copies of the work and then waited quite some time for the mess to be straightened out. As a result, the book didn't get very high ratings, because understandably people were angry. I just got the book about two weeks ago so 5 years later...I am more of a "Happy Camper" than some of the others. I have loved and followed Josh Lanyon for several years and believe I have read almost every book she... (Yes, Josh is she) ...has published...and loved every single one. This one is told mainly from the POV of Jason West, FBI Crime Investigator. This didn't get as high a rating from me as some of the others, but it wasn't because I didn't like it...it was because of a couple of behavior issues with Jason. First off...he didn't act like an investigating FBI agent would be expected to act...maybe he missed Sam who had almost no, or very little, part in this story. Also...I have to wonder why in the world he would even give the character of Chris a second glance, much less what happened between them? This is my least favorite of Josh's series, and I'm not a big fan of art, but the story was worth the 3.5 stars

  18. 4 out of 5

    John Wiltshire

    I should preface this review by saying that I am aware John Lanyon is a pseudonym; more, a pseudo identity. I address that chosen identity of Josh when I speak of the author. It seems to me to be the polite thing to do. And I'd do a lot more for Josh if he keeps on writing books like this. I was entranced. Do not go into this expecting lovey dovey romance. I didn't think it was possible, but the relationship between Sam and Jason is even more fraught in this one than in The Mermaid Murders. My s I should preface this review by saying that I am aware John Lanyon is a pseudonym; more, a pseudo identity. I address that chosen identity of Josh when I speak of the author. It seems to me to be the polite thing to do. And I'd do a lot more for Josh if he keeps on writing books like this. I was entranced. Do not go into this expecting lovey dovey romance. I didn't think it was possible, but the relationship between Sam and Jason is even more fraught in this one than in The Mermaid Murders. My stomach was clenched with suppressed angst on their behalf at each phone call, during every terse meeting. Once again, the crime aspects of this were great. I love the setting of the series in the art world--not something I know anything about. It seems to offer amazing possibilities for more in this great series. Don't miss these books if you're a fan of Josh's. He's back on top form.

  19. 5 out of 5

    CrabbyPatty

    2022 reread: It's amazing how we never get Sam's POV here, and Jason spends time enough for the two of them pondering their relationship, and yet it works and I want to know more. Again, the mystery is so well done. Another 5 stars. 2017: Another fantastic book in The Art of Murder series by Josh Lanyon. I love how Jason and Sam's relationship isn't an easy thing - there's anguish and sleepless nights, raw emotions and regrets and at the very end of the book, they still aren't at what I'd call a 2022 reread: It's amazing how we never get Sam's POV here, and Jason spends time enough for the two of them pondering their relationship, and yet it works and I want to know more. Again, the mystery is so well done. Another 5 stars. 2017: Another fantastic book in The Art of Murder series by Josh Lanyon. I love how Jason and Sam's relationship isn't an easy thing - there's anguish and sleepless nights, raw emotions and regrets and at the very end of the book, they still aren't at what I'd call a HFN, but it works in the context of their relationship. The murder / mystery is beautifully crafted and I liked how this book focuses more on Jason's art expertise and his insight and intuition. 5 stars and I'm looking forward to another book in the series!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Starr (AKA Starrfish) Rivers

    Despite the yummy abs on the cover (why can't there be more gorgeous bared male bodies on these covers?!) - I have to give this book 3.5 stars rounded down. Firstly, the whole art murder thing... BORING! I skipped a bunch. Just didn't care. I especially stopped caring when JASON CHEATED!! OK, per my notes, he technically didn't cheat. He and Sam had no real "understanding." But the fact is that he LOVES Sam. He knows it, even if he hadn't admitted it by the time he cheated. Oh, and THEN, the guy Despite the yummy abs on the cover (why can't there be more gorgeous bared male bodies on these covers?!) - I have to give this book 3.5 stars rounded down. Firstly, the whole art murder thing... BORING! I skipped a bunch. Just didn't care. I especially stopped caring when JASON CHEATED!! OK, per my notes, he technically didn't cheat. He and Sam had no real "understanding." But the fact is that he LOVES Sam. He knows it, even if he hadn't admitted it by the time he cheated. Oh, and THEN, the guy gets murdered. BUT HE CHEATED!! He cheated his own heart! He hurt Sam! Who loves him so! This is why I hate any type of sex with other ppl - especially since IT WAS DESCRIBED IN DETAIL!! when we're talking romance books. I was not a happy camper. My liking for Jason went way down. On to the next.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sofia

    Once again JL writes with her eyes, her heart and her pen open to beauty around her. It is an intrinsic part of her writing. Ok then the shadows of dark deeds enter into the story and you can see the contrast between the light and the dark. Second in the trilogy of the story of Sam and Jason - very much looking forward to the next one. - Granville Redmond BR with Therese and Irina Once again JL writes with her eyes, her heart and her pen open to beauty around her. It is an intrinsic part of her writing. Ok then the shadows of dark deeds enter into the story and you can see the contrast between the light and the dark. Second in the trilogy of the story of Sam and Jason - very much looking forward to the next one. - Granville Redmond BR with Therese and Irina

  22. 4 out of 5

    ♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣

    A mystery with a well-defined personality, that's what we have here, first and foremost. It's populated with many a unique character, each carrying around and sharing the bits of themselves that make them interesting. For some, that's a fab sense of humor. For others, it's uh... something much more deadly. This story is told from Jason's point of view, though not in first person. In some ways, this works. His brain is always working, even when he doesn't want it to - I getcha, Jason, same here - A mystery with a well-defined personality, that's what we have here, first and foremost. It's populated with many a unique character, each carrying around and sharing the bits of themselves that make them interesting. For some, that's a fab sense of humor. For others, it's uh... something much more deadly. This story is told from Jason's point of view, though not in first person. In some ways, this works. His brain is always working, even when he doesn't want it to - I getcha, Jason, same here - he reads people rather well, and he kinda doesn't take any shit. The biggest way in which this isn't as successful is Sam. He already operates in a closed-off manner, making it quite the challenge for Jason to get a handle on who Sam is with any level of emotional certainty. This also means we don't get much of Sam, taking quite a long way through the story before there's anything substantial on which to hang one's character-investment hat. It also means that Jason spends much of his inner monologue pondering, wondering, angst'ing, and many more 'ings over Sam. It does feel overdone at times. At the same time, I get it. I understand Jason and how he feels. He knows there's something special, something life-altering in this connection with Sam. Lawdy, though, there's a lot through which to wade and dig and then sort. Until the last quarter or so of the story, Sam and his motivations are hiding out. Despite all of this, the chemistry between, and potential for a 100% fulfilling life together for Jason and Sam are massive and tantalizing and worth every moment spent working on it. There's an event that accomplishes several things in a split second: placing the shoe on the other foot, releasing one from a self-prescribed emotional prison, and injecting self-permission to express love. It's barely acknowledged on page but, wow, my heart was racing. Along those lines, the action scenes are thrilling, sharp, grounded by the emotions of those involved, and advance the story every time. All of this speaks to this be being a murder mystery above all else. It's also a cop story, and a family you're born to vs the family you make story, and it's modern, fitting right in with today's world. Favorite supporting characters: Daisy, she's "local color" personified, and she's got balls and uses 'em; Jonnie, she's the kind of friend colleague you want on your side; Berguan: he might not have a lot of page time but, honey, he takes full advantage of what he's given. I'm looking forward to the next story in this series. I'm curious to see where the relationship twixt Jason and Sam is heading, and how their careers play into it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Feb 2021 Gah, the angst Jason feels when Sam breaks things off!! 💔💔💔💔💔💔 I loved this, angst and all, and somehow I forgot to keep reading the series (during my re-read) when I was done with book 1. I can't wait for the latest book in the series to come out. Squee!!!! 2018 review A great BIG thank you to Christelle for this lovely gift. <3 This was just so good I love Josh Lanyon and am going to jump right in to reading Winter Kill, which is loosely related since it has Sam Kennedy in it. The Monet Feb 2021 Gah, the angst Jason feels when Sam breaks things off!! 💔💔💔💔💔💔 I loved this, angst and all, and somehow I forgot to keep reading the series (during my re-read) when I was done with book 1. I can't wait for the latest book in the series to come out. Squee!!!! 2018 review A great BIG thank you to Christelle for this lovely gift. <3 This was just so good I love Josh Lanyon and am going to jump right in to reading Winter Kill, which is loosely related since it has Sam Kennedy in it. The Monet Murders is a very well written mystery/suspense/thriller/romance. Not going to go into a whole big thing about the story - just know it's awesome and you have to read it. The romance isn't the primary focus of the book, but at the same time it is. (view spoiler)[Sam's boyfriend was murdered many years ago, which set into motion Sam's desire to join the FBI and stop killers. It's complicated so to briefly summarize - Sam has put distance (ends things) between him and Jason because Jason breaks Sam's concentration and pulls him way from his job - catching murderers. Sam is afraid plain and simple, and Jason is hurt so very much by Sam's dismissal. Much of the story is about Jason's inner dialogue about why Sam is doing this and then trying to get over it. (hide spoiler)] The mystery in this book was good - I really enjoyed it and was thinking and plotting along trying to figure out the deal. I love a good mystery that keeps me guessing. Lanyon is brilliant with this and there goes another statue in her honor, LOLOLOL. :D I am so excited to read the next book in the series and from the blurb, it sounds like Jason and Sam might finally be on the same page relationshipwise. Fingers crossed! 5 stars

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ula'ndi Hart

    Overall book rating: 4.5 Audio Book: Kale Williams - 4.5 Book Cover: 4.5 It’s bad... really really bad.. I think I last felt like this with Jacob and Victor in Psy-Cops. Okay. The story. I enjoyed the mystery aspect in Mermaid Murders a great deal more. This one felt sorta kinda rushed? Maybe that’s because like in book one, everything didn’t happen at one location, and also because Jason wasn’t evolved until murder three. So it could naturally just be ME of course, wanting more time between the tw Overall book rating: 4.5 Audio Book: Kale Williams - 4.5 Book Cover: 4.5 It’s bad... really really bad.. I think I last felt like this with Jacob and Victor in Psy-Cops. Okay. The story. I enjoyed the mystery aspect in Mermaid Murders a great deal more. This one felt sorta kinda rushed? Maybe that’s because like in book one, everything didn’t happen at one location, and also because Jason wasn’t evolved until murder three. So it could naturally just be ME of course, wanting more time between the two MC’s. There wasn’t a whole lot of that in this story I have to say. Time between Jason and Sam, that is. But boy oh boy did I FEEL it. Even with them miles apart for most of the story, and even when they were within the same vicinity, the emotional gap made my heart ache!!! Sooooo good! Bitter sweet HURTING! Sam Kennedy is such a “closed book” and I have to say I enjoy seeing him struggle to let Jason in. My heart ached for Jason, and I really felt his emotions and confusion about the situation deeply. Very well done. It made the book special to me because it made me feel it. It’s complicated okay? LOL Also, really happy that Kale Williams did this audio as well. He is really great ;-)

  25. 5 out of 5

    ⚣Michaelle⚣

    4.5 Stars This is the kind of Josh Lanyon story that makes me love the genre; a tight mystery that kept me guessing, lots of investigation, procedure and drama, plus a good bit of romance. I adored how the relationship between Sam & Jason has developed...slow and steady, with some rocky moments and past reveals that perfectly explain their actions and fit their characters. I haven't read the Coda books but I'm hoping there is at least one tale for these guys (or will be, eventually), especially g 4.5 Stars This is the kind of Josh Lanyon story that makes me love the genre; a tight mystery that kept me guessing, lots of investigation, procedure and drama, plus a good bit of romance. I adored how the relationship between Sam & Jason has developed...slow and steady, with some rocky moments and past reveals that perfectly explain their actions and fit their characters. I haven't read the Coda books but I'm hoping there is at least one tale for these guys (or will be, eventually), especially given the mention of a Christmas phone call where Sam realized his feelings for Jason. Actually, I wouldn't mind a whole series of those conversations depicted over the 8 months they didn't see each other. That ending was so very HFN, but with a couple of possible loose threads left dangling I can easily see another book in this series. Gawd, that weird psychologist (psychiatrist?) sending Jason creepy greeting cards is just begging to be a hot mess of angsty, terrifying drama. (I could also be projecting Miro's dealings with his own crazy stalker from Mary Calmes' Marshals series onto this story-line, but that wouldn't make it any less interesting to read!) Also, I absolutely love the side-characters in this story...and a couple of them sound like they might make interesting leading men in new stories/series!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Viv

    Audiobook re-read October 2017 Absolutely loved the audiobook! LOVED it! The Mermaid Murders was my favorite book of 2016 and I was so happy to read this new chapter in Jason and Sam's story. I really identified with Jason's struggle to understand what was going on with Sam. His hurt and bewilderment were painful to read, but Sam eventually came through and the ending was perfect! The mystery was well done and had me guessing until the end. This was definitely a 5 star book and I'm hoping the audio Audiobook re-read October 2017 Absolutely loved the audiobook! LOVED it! The Mermaid Murders was my favorite book of 2016 and I was so happy to read this new chapter in Jason and Sam's story. I really identified with Jason's struggle to understand what was going on with Sam. His hurt and bewilderment were painful to read, but Sam eventually came through and the ending was perfect! The mystery was well done and had me guessing until the end. This was definitely a 5 star book and I'm hoping the audio will be released soon.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gabi

    Audiobook 01/17/2022: This installment was my least favorite in the series before. After I listened to the audio it became my favorite. Jason's suffering bleeds through the pages. I still think the ending was a bit OTT, but I couldn't care less, the rest was amazing. No surprise I'm giving this 5 stars as well. :) _____________ I read this book in 1 day so I did enjoy it, buuuuut I expected something different. For one thing, Kennedy was mostly absent from this book. Later I learned that these event Audiobook 01/17/2022: This installment was my least favorite in the series before. After I listened to the audio it became my favorite. Jason's suffering bleeds through the pages. I still think the ending was a bit OTT, but I couldn't care less, the rest was amazing. No surprise I'm giving this 5 stars as well. :) _____________ I read this book in 1 day so I did enjoy it, buuuuut I expected something different. For one thing, Kennedy was mostly absent from this book. Later I learned that these events happen at the same time when things are going down in Winter Kill. And Kennedy is kind of the boss, so he tried to be everywhere. Poor guy. So that's one thing that I didn't like. (Btw. no need to read Winter Kill, I wasn't missing anything.) Jason was practically mooning over Kennedy through the whole book, I loved that part actually. Suffeeeeer... yes! ;D But then in the end the resolution happened so fast and honestly I found it cheesy. So unlike the men I got to know.  And the whole ending was rushed. -.- Still going slowly forward with the series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Demon

    “Don’t I know you?” Sam whispered. Jason bent down, and Daisy murmured, “Oh my. You will by the end of that kiss.”

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tess

    4.5 stars I liked this a lot!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Xing

    It was such a pleasure to revisit Jason and Sam. The Monet Murders is another of Lanyon's standard recipe of murder, witty main character, a very difficult love interest, and lots of emotions. If you're a Lanyon veteran, you know what I'm talking about. The one thing I will say about The Monet Murders is that it really did set the pace for the relationship development between Jason and Sam. Sure, we got the beginnings of it in the first entry, but now I know this will be a slow, but oh-so-good bu It was such a pleasure to revisit Jason and Sam. The Monet Murders is another of Lanyon's standard recipe of murder, witty main character, a very difficult love interest, and lots of emotions. If you're a Lanyon veteran, you know what I'm talking about. The one thing I will say about The Monet Murders is that it really did set the pace for the relationship development between Jason and Sam. Sure, we got the beginnings of it in the first entry, but now I know this will be a slow, but oh-so-good burn.

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