Twenty years ago young Brian Arlington, heir to Arlington fortune, was kidnapped. Though the ransom was paid, the boy was never seen again and is presumed dead. Pierce Mather, the family lawyer, now administers and controls the Arlington billions. He’s none too happy, and more than a little suspicious, when investigative journalist Griffin Hadley shows up to write about the decades-old mystery. Griff shrugs off the coldly handsome Pierce’s objections, but it might not be so easy to shrug off the objections of someone willing to do anything to keep the past buried.
Josh Lanyon always give us solid writing, interesting locales, fascinating mysteries and real, charismatic MCs. Stranger on the Shore holds true to this pattern. In fact, in this book we have all that, plus a slight homage to “The Great Gatsby” that he acknowledges early on in the story.
This feels like a classic “who-done-it?” with bitchy cousins, mysterious servants, suspicious accidents and a vaguely un-trustworthy lawyer, all working together to keep the young, idealistic reporter from getting his story.
I enjoyed getting to know all of the side-characters and imagining their role in the mystery. They were cloaked with an old school intrigue and bathed in old money which made for a delightful, rich reading experience.
The romance between Griff and Pierce was slow building but ended in a somewhat startlingly happy note in a short amount of time, but was, neveretheless, very sweet. The mystery plays out very well and the ending is just fantastic.
I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to any Gatsby fans, Lanyon fans, and really, any mystery fans who like a touch of romance thrown in for good measure.
I give it 4.5 of 5 stars.
Copy provided by publisher for honest review