I find it highly ironic and amusing that
I run from my own living room when the TV is hijacked for one
more cop/mystery show, yet I’m addicted to Josh Lanyon
mysteries. Josh’s writing is unique and descriptive. Getting
overly attached and involved with the characters is easy to
do and Snowball In Hell does not disappoint.
The story opens with the discovery of a
murdered prominent Los Angeles society member in the Brea Tar
Pits. Lt. Matthew Spain from the LAPD homicide division and
his partner Jonesy are investigating the scene when Lt. Spain
first meets Nathan Doyle, journalist for the
Tribune-Herald. It’s a week before Christmas and the year
is 1943. Matt is thirty-five, an ex-marine, and was
“hit by sniper fire on Guadalcanal”. Nathan, a few years
younger, served in the Army in North Africa, and survived
“machine gun fire in Tunisia”.
Lt. Spain quickly discovers the murdered
victim was a gambler in debt and a blackmailer.
Snowball In Hell provides a fast-paced who-done-it
with suspects all around, including sexy reporter Nathan
Doyle. But what did the blackmailer have on Nathan and why
would he be a suspect? Matt and Nathan separately work to
solve the crime, but when Nathan is kidnapped and Matt
arrives, a few personal truths are faced. Both men have their
own inner battles and the relationship that unfolds is
compassionate, sexy, and rocky.
Snowball In Hell reminded
me of my fondness for Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Rex
Stout’s Nero Wolf stories, but wasn’t it Hercule Poirot who
liked to gather all of the suspects in one room for a big
climatic finish? Adding the element of M/M romance only made
the mystery more exciting. Snowball in Hell is
definitely a Joyfully Recommended Read!