Somebody Killed His Editor is a murder mystery by Josh Lanyon. This is the first book I have read by this author and I found this book by way of an online book club I am in. It is this month’s selection. The detective is Christopher Holmes, a mystery writer whose sales are declining. His agent told him to attend a small writer’s conference where the main speaker will be his editor. He absolutely does not want to go, but he concedes to her request. His agent has also told him to drop a new story idea to his editor that he does not have in his head yet in order to keep writing. Upon arrival, he finds a murdered body at the Lodge and is a leading suspect. The next day, he finds another dead body! The search is on for the killer and the reason why. Christopher is assisted by J.X. Moriarity, a writer who is an ex-cop.
What I liked about this book: First, I love a good murder mystery and this one kept me interested. It is a good little “whodunit”. What surprised me most was the humor in the story, largely due to Christopher. This character’s internal banter is refreshing, at times self-deprecating, but quite humorous. I do not expect to laugh during a murder mystery, but I did in this book. There is a subplot of a romance between Christopher and J.X., but the author develops it slowly. I thought the writing was tight in this book and the pacing of the story felt right. I believe I will be reading more by this author.
I was not crazy about the titling of the book and I thought the cover art was a bit too “cheesy”, but just put all that stuff aside and enjoy the story which is the most important thing anyway. Pick it up—I think you will like it.