Title: The Mermaid Murders (The Art of Murder #1)
Author: Josh Lanyon
Publisher: JustJoshin Publishing
Release Date: February 29th, 2016
Genre(s): Suspense/MM Romance/Contemporary/FBI Romance/Thriller
Page Count: 243
Reviewed by: Otila
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Special Agent Jason West is seconded from the FBI Art Crime Team to temporarily partner with disgraced, legendary “manhunter” Sam Kennedy when it appears that Kennedy’s most famous case, the capture and conviction of a serial killer known as The Huntsman, may actually have been a disastrous failure.
The Huntsman is still out there…and the killing has begun again.
I think I can safely say that this book will be in my favorites for 2016. I loved both the mystery and the romance.
The mystery was fast paced, really well plotted and not at all predictable. It kept me guessing all the way to the end and I did not see it coming.
The slow-build attraction between Sean and Kennedy is great. Kennedy is your typical Lanyon Alpha jerk who wants nothing to do with the young agent assigned to “babysit” him. I liked that Jason wouldn’t take his
“I’ve been asked to try and make sure you don’t step in it again, sure, but I’m not here to hold your cape, Batman. I’m your partner on this case whether either of us likes it or not. And, for the record, I don’t like it—any more than you do.”
One of the things I love about Lanyon’s series is that she gives the relationship time to build. The ending is HFN but it’s completely satisfying and not at all abrupt or jarring like some of her standalones. I love the potential these two have and I’m excited to see where they go.