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The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks Kindle Edition
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Here's the reason for only awarding four stars. The characters are too similar to the Adrien English books. The lead character is young and sickly asthmatic painter, rather than a writer with a heart condition, and the second character is a butch ex navy seal rather than a closeted cop. The only other problem I had was that the weather which is described throughout somehow doesn't really create the feeling of menace and the brewing storm.
All that said, however, this is a high gothic camp thriller, with a hounted house, a batty old lady, a sex bomb on the run from the mob, missing treasure and secret passageways, reclusive neighbours, a grumpy landlady and indifferent police, couple that with an asthmatic painter and a gay navy seal with Lanyon's ability and you get a good read. I am sure he can do better though, it's as though he coasted a bit on this one.
TGWYS has a satisfying whudunnit plot, some nice gothic touches and a very tender romance between the two mis-matched main characters. Nick makes me go-weak-at-the-knees - he's my ideal contemporary hero. But Mr Lanyon also weaves an engrossing story that kept me turning the pages with relish.
Both the descriptions of the Vermont landscape in autumn and its rainy/gloomy weather, and of the creepy house itself are very effective and evocative. The autumnal atmosphere is implicitly put in contrast with sunny California, where Nick goes to have a job interview and might ultimately move to, if he gets the job. Normally I would find the Vermont weather, and the provincial/small town setting of this novel depressing, but in TGWYS they add so much to the Victorian mood and the murder-solving efforts of Nick's and Perry's, that I couldn't imagine their story without this setting and atmosphere. And some of the descriptions of nature are clearly filtered through Perry's painter eyes, which make them even more poignant and special.
One of my favourite m/m books ever.
Detective story and romance...the writing is great, the suspence is great, the romance is great. The title of the book put me off at first, but I decided to buy this kindle edition as the author's other novels were so good. Didn't regret it in the least.
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