Murder in Pastel

Murder in Pastel
Title: Murder in Pastel
Author: Josh Lanyon
Publisher: JustJoshin Publishing, Inc.
Release Date: September 12, 2015
Genre(s): MM Romance/Mystery/Thriller
Page Count: 224
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


Ten years ago Cosmo Bari vanished, taking with him his legendary masterpiece, Virgin in Pastel. Since that day no one in the seaside art colony of Steeple Hill has heard from the eccentric painter.

Surrounded by an extended family of Cosmo’s colorful compatriots, mystery writer Kyle Bari believes he has come to terms with being abandoned by his famous father. Then his ex-lover Adam MacKinnon arrives with his new partner, the beautiful but poisonous, Brett.

Brett has an unerring instinct for other people’s weak spots and soon the quiet colony is seething with hostility and suspicion as Brett begin to hint he knows what happened to the missing artist.

Why I really enjoyed Murder in Pastel – beside the writing that has never been disputed – is the scenery and the atmosphere of Steeple Hill, a small seaside artist’s colony.

But we have also a complicated mystery here: a disappeared painter, a disappeared canvas(it happened twice!), more than one dead body along the story and enigmatic family’s secrets.

It was spectacular how the author managed almost every single person in Steeple Hill to have skeletons in their cupboard. I couldn’t guess until the very end WHO DID WHAT and WHY.

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And because I have a weak spot for writers as MCs, I liked the romance part as a matter of course.

A very JOSH LANYON’s novel. IMO.

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Galley copy of Murder in Pastel provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.


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