The Curse of the Blue Scarab

  • by Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by Alexander Masters
  • 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Who or what is responsible for the gruesome deaths of members of the secret society known as the Order of Osiris?
Dr. Armiston, an irascible, confirmed bachelor who believes in medicine, not mysticism, is certain the deaths are only tragic accidents.
The members of the Order of Osiris suspect something more sinister is at work. They profess to believe an ancient curse has been visited upon their society. Handsome and mysterious Captain Maxwell requests Armiston's help.
Tarot cards? Egyptology? Spiritualism? Armiston has little patience with the superficial and silly pastimes of the rich, but he does love a good puzzle. Or could it be that he is more drawn to young Captain Maxwell than he wishes to admit?
Either way, Armiston must solve the secret of the cursed sarcophagus very soon, for Captain Maxwell is the next slated to die....


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Customer Reviews

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Fun Victorian M/M mystery

As a monster mash-up this wasn't quite what I expected, generally those take a classic book and add monstrous elements (zombies, vampires, sea monsters) but in this case it takes a classic mystery with Edwardian occult overtones and then adds a gay romance.

Where the book excels is the creatively added M/M romance element. The book is conspicuously careful to keep the degree to which the men can express their affection reasonably minimal and I like the slow pace with which it is trotted out.

What didn't work as well for me was the mystery itself. The mystery of what is going on with a group of young men who belong to a fashionable spiritual society makes no sense but in a mystery that can be forgiven if the "I suppose you're wondering why I've called you all here" reveal is especially clever or inventive. But no, the book just lurches to a halt.

Again, the mystery itself seems to have been in place in the original 1912 novel and the romance, which is well done, is the addition but for me I wanted more mystery and more mummy.

I also add that the cover of the book makes it seem like a young adult horror adventure and that isn't the case.
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- Charles Harrington


What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Had the author not attempted to use a stilted 19th Century English and the narrator not employed a British accent that seemed to drift into an American accent from time to time.

Has The Curse of the Blue Scarab turned you off from other books in this genre?


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alexander Masters?

I don't think the narrator was at fault as much as the style of writing trying to be Victorian and Alexander trying to plough through the story attempting to use speech in the manner of that period.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


Any additional comments?

I am a real fan of Josh Lanyon. I hope this was an experiment he doesn't repeat.

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- Chris R

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-14-2017
  • Publisher: JustJoshin Publishing, Inc.