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The Monet Murders

The Art of Murder, Book 2
Narrated by: Kale Williams
Series: Art of Murder, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
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Summary

Jason West and Sam Kennedy are back!

All those late night conversations when Sam had maybe a drink too many or Jason was half falling asleep. All those playful, provocative comments about what they'd do when they finally met up again.

Well, here they were.

The last thing Jason West, an ambitious young FBI Special Agent with the Art Crimes Team, wants - or needs - is his uncertain and unacknowledged romantic relationship with irascible legendary Behavioral Analysis Unit Chief Sam Kennedy.

And it's starting to feel like Sam is not thrilled with the idea either.

But personal feelings must be put aside when Sam requests Jason's help to catch a deranged killer targeting wealthy, upscale art collectors. A killer whose calling card is a series of grotesque paintings depicting the murders.

©2017 Josh Lanyon (P)2017 Josh Lanyon

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Wow, I love it!

This time around we got a little more of Sam & Jason relationship <3

Although this is a 5 star listen to me, I did not enjoyed so much as the first book. The romance have a little more space and we got to see the struggle of their relationship. They were flirting for 8 months trough phone calls and texts when finally they have a case overlapping their paths.

This time they didn't work together together, there ar two different investigations: a murder and an art forgery. The investigation was a little different from the first, it didn't have that suspense and unease and mystery the first one had, but it was still a little unsettling when they arrive at the island. I think Jason's job is a little boring if comparing with serial killers investigations. But one think I did like a lot here, is the author didn't solve one of the investigations, showing that not everything can be solved as in the movies. Don't worry, the murders investigation is solved though ;)

Kale Williams... Oh but I fell in love with your voice <3 I'll repeat what I said in the first book: His voice is so beautiful, soothing, deep. And he has this ability to make the voices so distinct, it amazed me. He speaks a little slow, but I just speed up a few seconds and was good to go. He also does all the right pauses. Overall, he did an spectacular job with this series!

This audiobook was given to me in exchange of my honest review.

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  • Annika
  • 01-06-18

I Like!

It's been eight months since we said goodbye to Jason and Sam and their tentative beginning of something more. Life and cases has kept them in different parts of the country. That all changes when a German national ends up murdered and Sam calls in Jason for help as a painting resembling Monets works has been found on the scene.

In the last book, I never really warmed to Sam, but I did have some hope by the end of it that he had and would continue to change going forward. Lo and behold, it's now 8 months later and he's back to square one. I wasn't happy. Relationship-wise I feel like we just started over, like the first book never happened. I was back to disliking Sam. Feeling Jason was back to being a bit of doormat who constantly being kicked around by Sam and that's not a feeling I particularly enjoy. While we got to know Sam a bit more and understand his reasons for pulling back from Jason, I still don't feel like that was enough. The constant back and forth with Jason is getting a bit tedious and exhausting, almost like watching a tennis match.

I'm deliberately not talking much of the mystery as I don't want to give anything away - I mean, what fun is a mystery if you already have all the answers? I will say that as always Lanyon delivers a great mystery plot with lots of twists and turns – just as it should be.

I feel like Kale Williams struggled a bit with this book. The voices he had for Sam and Jason were at times exactly the same so the read wasn't as effortless as it could've been or was with the first book. I still very much enjoy listening to his voice, and the narration of this book, I just wish he differentiated more between the different characters and keep them differentiated throughout.

The Monet Murders should be read for the mystery, not the romance. The mystery will keep you on your toes and guessing who the culprit is right up until the explosive end. While I didn't enjoy aspects of the book, the mystery alone made this a very enjoyable read, which is why I'm jumping straight into the next book in the series.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes

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  • Sue C
  • 01-12-19

enjoyed it

Did the story keep me engaged: yes
Were there any parts I found annoying: Jason's (regular) inner 'why did Sam dump me' for the first half of the book.
Did I feel an emotional connection to the characters: I did by about the three quarter mark - but it took a while to get there.
Would I listen to it again: I wouldn't not listen to it again, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

Good mystery with a good pace. I liked it more than book 1, but i'm still on the fence about the two main characters. I liked Jason better in this book than the first and Sam is showing some redeeming qualities (he feels slightly 'softer' in this one), so they are both growing on me.

Kale Williams does a great job of bringing characters to life.

Josh Lanyon is the master at dragging out a relationship - now that the relationship is moving forward i'm more interested in giving the rest of the series a listen.

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  • Gail Staggs
  • 29-10-19

Bloody paintings & lovely endings

Josh Lanyon is a must read and this is no exception. Brilliant in all ways. Kale Williams's voice simply purrs along with all the characters and their quirks. I love Sam Kennedy. His perfectionism being tossed out of his box by Jason was a pleasurable thing indeed. They each try to figure out the hows and whys of some bizzar killings while also finding their own footing.

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  • Zell Oakley
  • 21-10-19

Well-written mystery with a few issues

I hate to give a less than stellar review of anything Josh Lanyon writes, because I really enjoy her writing style and the mysteries she creates. However I never really warmed to either Jason West or Sam Kennedy in The Mermaid Murders the way I did Lanyon's other protagonists, and this book only soured my impression. Kennedy comes across as a sociopathic jerk and Jason is his human doormat, and spends half the book wondering whether Kennedy likes him and generally acting like he's in middle school.

The other half is spent doing investigative work, and while I enjoy the mystery, I can't help thinking that Jason West really isn't all that great an FBI agent. In the first book (also not my favorite from Lanyon), I feel like West just let the mystery happen around him and the outcome of the case would have been pretty much the same without his involvement, which is, er, not something that you want anyone to say about your protagonist in a mystery/suspense novel. Here he's marginally more independent and useful, but not much; everyone else seems to do his investigating for him, and he's way too emotional and whiny for an FBI agent and, frankly, a bit of a wimp. I don't necessarily need him to be a superagent but it would be nice if he were just a little bit less, um, noticeably unfit for his job.

One last thing, and beware of minor spoilers here. At one point, Jason discovers a body, and is immediately hauled in by the police for questioning and treated very poorly. Now, I guess I don't know how these things work, but I find it very, very difficult to believe that an FBI agent, working on a case, would be treated as poorly as Jason is here. I'm not the type of person who stops reading something every five seconds to say "No, no, that's not how things work!" but in this case: no, that's not how things work. On the other hand, maybe the police just sense the kind of emotionally needy, useless wreck that Jason is and figure they can get away with it.

The book is well written like all of Lanyon's books, and the mystery is fascinating, but the unlikable protagonists really take this one down a few notches for me. Kale Williams does a fine job as usual, neither detracting from nor particularly adding much to the experience.

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  • Aethena Drake
  • 22-01-19

Great story. Great narration.

The connection between Sam and Jason is a bit tense this book. The over arcing plot thread and the tension between Sam and Jason are pointing in an interesting direction.

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  • Euge
  • 02-11-18

Kale Williams rocked this narration!!

AWESOME! Can’t believe it took so long for Kennedy to get his head out of his rear. But, the procedure was a success and thus other things were able to go in there instead.

I liked this almost as well as the first in the series. But again, it’s the way that Kale Williams narrates Kennedy that really makes this audiobook!


RTC.....maybe....I’m feeling lazy these days!

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  • VHB
  • 02-04-18

What a great story

Great story, liked the the MCs
Excellent narration.
Will listen to the prior books.
I recommend this one for sure.

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  • Kristina
  • 17-03-18

West! Kennedy!

After listening to book 1 I knew book 2 was an auto-buy.

What I liked: Kale Williams is fast becoming my favorite narrator. His voice is all sorts of things: intriguing, soothing, and hot as heck. I’ve already searched through audible to find other books he has narrated....

What I like part 2: I am in love with this couple. They are so different yet you can understand why they are drawn to each other.

What confused me for a bit: someone else mentioned in their review that West had sex with someone else and this seemed to not sit well. I get that however it was an important part of the plot and the relationship of West and Kennedy. Note: West was not cheating on Kennedy.

What irritated me: Jason West has a lot of inner dialogue with himself and at times I wanted to scream GET ON WITH IT!

Book 3 has recently been released (but not yet on audible). I’ll be warring with myself re: should I wait for the audible version or if I’m going to break down and buy the kindle version.

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  • Dennis
  • 17-01-18

Great Book

Josh Lanyon is in fine form. It’s a good mystery and he wrote with the confidence to leave loose ends. I enjoyed this thoroughly.

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  • Diane
  • 20-12-17

Good addition to this series

There were only two things that stopped this from being a 5 Star read for me. For the majority of the book, they were not together and we saw so little of Sam. The other was Jason hooking up with someone on page. Yes they were not a couple so technically it wasn’t cheating but, he was in love with Sam. The mystery was really good and I loved the investigation. Can’t wait for the next book in the series.