Murder Takes the High Road is another of Lanyon’s finely crafted mystery stories featuring a tasty side of romance.
This story follows American librarian and recently single Carter Matheson as he goes on a once-a-year exclusive tour through Scotland, visiting sights and scenes as featured in the books of mystery author, Vanessa Rayburn.
Carter should be thrilled to be on this tour, not only because he’s had this trip planned for years and it’s his first time overseas, but because the whole thing is about the life and works of his favourite author, who he will even get to meet along the way. Unfortunately, Carter’s excitement is soured a bit because his ex, whom he originally planned the trip with, is also in attendance… along with the guy he left Carter for ten months earlier. Carter decides to be an adult about it and make the best of this potentially disastrous situation, trying his best to ignore his petulant and confrontational ex along the way and to enjoy this Scottish adventure as much as possible.
The situation is certainly helped when he gets a roommate in the form of the sexy and enigmatic John Knight. Sparks quickly fly between the two men, but Carter can’t help but have his suspicions about John and his presence on the tour, especially when John tends to goes wandering in the middle of the night and more especially when bad things start to befall several members on the tour.
So much of what is happening around him seems seriously suspect to Carter, so, with a little push from some fellow mystery-fan travelers, he decides to do some sneaky investigating to work out what is actually going on.
As per usual, the mystery portion of this particular story plays front and centre. I had no problem with this because by now I know exactly what I’m getting when I crack open a story by Lanyon. Yes, the romance is light, and yes, I was left wanting more than I got in that regard, but the fun of the plot and the skill of the writing itself was more than enough to keep me completely entertained from start to finish.
No doubt, I had a lot of fun reading this one. Mysteries are one of my absolute favourite genres, but unfortunately I don’t read nearly enough of them these days. Thankfully, Lanyon is one of the best in this field and I doubt I’ll ever tire of her skilled brand of mystery/romance. And if this were to become a series? Well, I certainly wouldn’t complain.