• Winter Kill

  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (379 ratings)

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Winter Kill

By: Josh Lanyon
Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
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Publisher's Summary

Clever and ambitious, Special Agent Adam Darling (yeah, he's heard all the jokes before) was on the fast track to promotion and success until his mishandling of a high profile operation left one person dead and Adam "on the beach". Now he's got a new partner, a new case, and a new chance to resurrect his career, hunting a legendary serial killer known as the Crow in a remote mountain resort in Oregon.

Deputy Sheriff Robert Haskell may seem laid-back, but he's a tough and efficient cop - and he's none too thrilled to see feebs on his turf - even when one of the agents is smart, handsome, and probably gay. But a butchered body in a Native American museum is out of his small town department's league. For that matter, icy, uptight Adam Darling is out of Rob's league, but that doesn't mean Rob won't take his best shot.

©2015 Josh Lanyon (P)2015 Josh Lanyon
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Well...

I I would have to say that this story was interesting. I thought that the pace was pretty slow so when it picked up I was pretty excited. The relationship between two main characters kind of danced around each other. The narrator's voice was a little on the dry side but after you can look past that it turns out to be a really good story. if you like a good mystery story with a little gay romance ,but not much,then this is the store for you. I would have to say the most exciting part about this book was trying to put the clues together to figure out who killed who and what was going to happen next. Like I said earlier, I'm not lying about the pace being pretty slow. So if you are patient it's worth the wait towards the end but if you're not then this book probably isn't for you.

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Of course it's fantastic!

Josh, a fantastic storyteller, and Gomez, a fantastic teller of stories!
This powerful combo of talent should just be an auto-buy for lovers of great mystery with m/m undertones.
The only regret is the wait period between installments.

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Nice mystery and great performance

This is another really nice Josh Lanyon mystery. Adam (who was first introduced in Fair Game) is a "disgraced" FBI agent who screwed up an assignment and as a result is put on "morgue" patrol chasing a serial killer. This investigation leads him to rural Oregon where he meets Deputy Robert. Although the mystery they are investigating is dominant in the story, the romance between the men is also very present. They start out as convenient f**k buddies and through working together and some pretty hairy situations, romance blooms. There is also a solid cast of supporting characters which really adds to the story. This is a HFN ending, but it was satisfying. I hope to see a sequel with this couple in the future. Gomez Pugh is masterful in his performance. He is a favorite narrator and really delivers.

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Almost gave up on this one too Josh...but didn't..

Any additional comments?

The story is you..definitely you, thank goodness especially after the last one I read of yours. This got better after the first 4 chapters...so Dear Reader, I'd say go for it and hang in there until the end. I really like Gomez reading your books, Josh.

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a mystery till the end love It

loved the story , enjoyed the characters, glad the voices were so clear in creating a clear picture of each character and there pattern of speech
slow romance, which I enjoyed
um I recommend the the book
if u like excitement, mystery and murder with and little romance to top it off
then this is for u , I liked that the whole book didn't focus on sex but the actual plot of the story

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Such a great author

I first listened to this book years ago when I first started on Audible. Having listened to hundreds of books since then it hit me around chapter 3 just how much better this book and this author are to most of the others. I am now going to relisten to all of the books I have by this talented person who has given me great stories that I love so much.

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Good story. Good narration.

This story had an interesting mystery. The plot had enough layers and misdirection to keep the reader guessing. The romance had an antagonists to lovers feel to it. The story can be read as a standalone, but fans who read all of Josh Lanyon's books will find some Easter Eggs. I recommend reading at least the first book in the All's Fair and the Art of Murder series if you want to catch them. This book was published before the Mermaid Murders, but for me this story had more impact when I read it after The Mermaid Murders.

The narration was performed well, and I recommend this story if you want a twisty murder mystery with a dash of romance.

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Love it!

I found an author that I intend to read as much as possible. It's not the first book I've read, and I like the atmosphere and the writing that the author created. I started to explore and understand that there are small connections between stories and other books, which makes me curious and excited to continue reading the author's stories.

Regarding Winter Kill, I practically only took a break from reading, as I was always curious to know what would happen and who was who. I read the book with the Audiobook, and it was beautiful. I enjoyed the narrator's work, and it allowed me to visualize the scenarios and dialogue in my mind.

The story maintains a fast pace while showing us the unfolding of a - immediate - relationship between the two main characters: Adam and Rob. Very different from each other, but closer than they think. Adam is more practical, cold and distant - given his job as an FBI Special Agent. His rhythm is different; he doesn't use emotions but facts and evidence. On the other hand, Rob is more emotional, caring, and empathetic to people - but one of the best cops in the small town where he lives.

When the two collide in the case that falls to their feet, it's interesting to see how their personalities intertwine and their relationship blossoms in a few days. The case is thrilling and keeps us curious about possible theories. I noticed some loose ends (mainly from some background characters), but I've also seen that it's a bit of the author's style, as I felt the same way in a previous book.

I don't think that everything is that fast in real life, especially in making decisions; however, I'm reading a story, and I don't want everything to be real - for that, I already live day-to-day.

I liked it a lot, and I will continue to read the author's stories.

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A very enjoyable mystery...

With a bit of romance. I really liked both of the main characters in this book. The mystery was very good-a serial killer on the loose-that held my interest throughout the story. I wish that there were more books in this series! The narrator was excellent, as always!❤️

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  • 11-15-19

Disappointed

I love Josh Lanyon' books! I especially like the series that this spins off from. However, this book seems so unlike her others. The writing was too simple and not as clever or interesting. I thought my head was going to spin off after the millionth "he said". What got me hooked with her other books were the witticisms, great character build, and suspenseful writing (features I feel fall flat in this one). It didn't quite hit the mark for me.

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  • Becky L
  • 02-15-17

Solid JL tale

This was a good-as-expected JL tale - engaging story with a good romantic element and sweet ending. The narration, if paced a little slow for my preferences, matched the story perfectly with a strong voice that created a good mental picture of the two equally strong main characters.

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  • JBo
  • 06-26-16

Another good rendition of a Josh Lanyon novel

So once again I've really enjoyed listening to the audio version of a Josh Lanyon book that I've previously read. The story is very good, with a well crafted mystery and a believable relationship between the two main characters that ends with a HFN that feels as if it will go into HEA territory beyond the scope of the book.

I was initially unsure about the narration of Gomez Pugh as it felt a little flat to begin with in comparison to the other audio books I've listened to recently, but his voice grew on me over the course of the novel and he differentiated between the characters well. So I will be getting more books narrated by him in future.

Overall, a good story, very well narrated, and something that I will listen to again.

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  • Michael Wild
  • 01-15-22

An entertaining book that is well read.

It makes all the difference when a story meets the right person, or voice, to read it. It good book is made better.
More thriller than romance. Though, isn't it strange how that can also be the reverse? It is more romantic because the focus reversed.

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  • Voor
  • 01-18-21

Excellent thriller

The narrator was excellent, clear distinction voices for each character.

The plot was good and held my attention throughout. The relationship aspect didn't get in the way and was quite naturally incorporated into the story. plot before sex, thank goodness.

I loved the two main characters, they were believable and serviced the story.

I do like Josh's books and would love a follow up to these characters.

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  • LGB
  • 09-29-19

Superb mystery and romance!

This is a well-crafted murder/mystery combined with a budding romance and wonderfully narrated by Gomez Pugh.

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  • roisin mc menamin
  • 08-21-21

Good

Enjoyable interestin romantic engaging meeps you interested. Liked kidnap and fight part. Hea would love 2nd book

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  • C M Silver
  • 10-03-20

Move over Darling ..........

Slow burn typical start to a JL tale, building to a full action finish. Murder in the woods past and present causes the need for an FBI investigation. Adam and Rob solve the crimes but find time for other things: loving but not graphic.

Tear jerking ending, tissues required.

Well written, well planned, beautifully narrated book.

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