Series: Adrien English Mysteries, book 2
Genre: mystery; m/m mystery/romance
Year of publication: 2007
Summary: A few months after the end of Fatal Shadows, Adrien is maintaining a tenuous, sexually charged friendship with Detective Jake Riordan. Jake’s self-loathing homophobia seems to make a real relationship, not to mention romance, impossible. His mixed signals start to drive Adrien crazy, so when Adrien has the opportunity to flee to his grandmother’s old ranch in Sonora, he takes it.
There he finds a dead body, an acre of pot, a group of archeologists digging on his land without permission, another dead body, and a mystery dating back to the late 1800s.
Jake joins him, and as they unravel the strands of murder, myth, and local legend, their relationship deepens and develops, though neither one of them is sure what its nature or future might be.
Thoughts: A good second installment to the series. The plot was fun (if not incredibly believable), and the supporting cast big enough for a good “who-done-it” atmosphere. Lanyon’s has a talent for building memorable characters in small spaces – sometimes just a few lines. Fun, fast, and witty is how I would describe this book.