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.
For The Huntsman is still out there…and the killing has begun again.
This was a delicious romantic murder mystery. It had perfect amounts of enemies-to-lovers, unresolved sexual tension, and then resolved sexual tension (hubba hubba), a head-scratcher whodunnit, and some seriously creepy bits that had me sleeping with the lights on!
The Mermaid Murders follows a trail of missing young women in a town already once-stricken by a serial killer in the past. Enter in Agent Sam Kennedy, the man who captured the original serial killer known as The Huntsman. However, Sam is a bit of a rogue, forget-the-rules, loner. So he’s assigned a partner in the up-and-coming-star of the FBI, Jason West.
There’s a lot to love about Sam and Jason. I’ll start by saying I kinda liked how the author mentions that though Sam isn’t traditionally handsome, there’s something about him that Jason is attracted to. In a world of perfect heroes, the imperfect ones are the ones that catch my attention.
Sam and Jason do not get along in the beginning. And for awhile, I wasn’t sure they could ever find their way into each others hearts…or even each others beds! Alas, the author gives a big payoff to the patient readers who rode out the “I hate him, I hate him, I kinda hate him, oooohhhh yeah baby I like him, I may even love him” storyline.
But the romance plays a nice second fiddle to a really creepy mystery plot. Being introduced to a creepy serial killer in jail was disturbing enough. Then not knowing if it was a copy-cat murderer, an accomplice, or a disciple…added to my unrest. I felt like I haven’t read a REAL page-turner in some time, and this one reminded me how GOOD it feels to be so gripped to a story that you almost want to cheat and peek at the end.
A really enjoyable read. I’m so looking forward to book 2!
Josh Lanyon is an auto-buy author for me. Throw in a full-length 200+ page novel and I was squealing like a pig with excitement! This one was well worth it! Nice introduction to a new couple that I’m looking forward to reading more about!
One of the stronger mysteries in Lanyon’s library…and that’s saying a lot. I love a good serial killer storyline…especially one with a lot of possible culprits!
Lanyon doesn’t pull any punches with this one when it comes to gore and yuck. There are some hard-to-read graphic scenes. But, I’m a wimp so I may be extra sensitive.
Lanyon fans. Mystery fans. FBI romance fans.
TITLE: The Mermaid Murders
AUTHOR: Josh Lanyon
RELEASE DATE: February 29, 2016
BUY LINKS: Amazon