The Movie-Town Murders (The Art of Murder series, #5)

 The Movie-Town Murders (The Art of Murder, #5)
Author: Josh Lanyon
Publisher: JustJoshin Publications
Release Date: May 30, 2022
Genre(s): Murder / Mystery
Page Count: 227
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 

It has been so long since I read the fourth book in this series, The Monuments Men Murders, that I went back and did a quick reread of the entire series just to get to the point where I could recall enough of the overlying plot in order to read this latest book.

Lanyon has done a pretty remarkable job of making Sam and Jason's relationship an intensely-felt relationship that leans heavily on the longing and light on the actual boots-on-the-ground aspect, yet to me it still feels intriguing and dynamic. I really like their arc and like where they are at this place in the series. 

However, the murder mystery here is not as captivating as others in the series, and while I appreciated Jason's professorial attempts, everything felt a bit too long, a bit too convoluted and by the time I got to the end, I had a moment where a character was murdered ... and I couldn't immediately recall who the victim was, and the final pages left me with a sense of wait, what? rather than anticipation for the next book in the series. 

HOWEVER, I feel that once the next book is released, I will (hopefully) get a better sense of how everything plays out based on what we learned in this book in the series, which seems more of a transitional book instead of a clear stand-alone book. 3.5 stars. 

I received an ARC from the author via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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