Murder Takes the High Road (Renee’s Review)

Title: Murder Takes the High Road
Author: Josh Lanyon
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: April 23, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary/Suspense/Whodunit
Page Count: 3,773 Kindle locations
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5



From award-winning male/male author Josh Lanyon: a librarian finds himself in a plot right out of one of his favorite mystery novels

Librarian Carter Matheson is determined to enjoy himself on a Scottish bus tour for fans of mystery author Dame Vanessa Rayburn. Sure, his ex, Trevor, will also be on the trip with his new boyfriend, leaving Carter to share a room with a stranger, but he can’t pass up a chance to meet his favorite author.

Carter’s roommate turns out to be John Knight, a figure as mysterious as any character from Vanessa’s books. His strange affect and nighttime wanderings make Carter suspicious. When a fellow traveler’s death sparks rumors of foul play, Carter is left wondering if there’s anyone on the tour he can trust.

Drawn into the intrigue, Carter searches for answers, trying to fend off his growing attraction toward John. As unexplained tragedies continue, the whole tour must face the fact that there may be a murderer in their midst—but who?


This was one of the most fun to read books by Lanyon yet. Going on a years-planned vacation with the ex who cheated. And with the ex’s new boyfriend with whom he cheated.

I knew why “the high road” was in the title with that setup.

But Carter does take the high road with his ex. He’s always wanted to go on this once-a-year, very expensive, bus tour dedicated to his favorite author, and he’s staying!

The antics from the ex were entertaining on their own and made me smile more than once.

But then we meet John – a last minute addition to the group and a man who doesn’t seem like he’s read a single one of the author’s books. Carter is suspicious.

But the antics play out, and the bodies start dropping, and it was your typical Lanyon-style from there.

I found John to be one of the most romantic MCs that I’ve seen from Lanyon, which was awesome.

Fans of the author won’t want to miss this one!

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Galley copy of Murder Takes the High Road provided by publisher through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.


I love boys who love boys! I’m in my 30s, from the southern US, and my crack is m/m romance.

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