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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An enjoyable story...

A huge fan of Josh Lanyon's, I was eager to listen to this story. The setting was bit of a surprise but once I got over the initial shock, I became enthralled in the story. The mystery aspect of the story was good and I figured out who dunnit about the same time that Quinton Armiston did but to be honest, I had a hard time understanding the drive that led the villain. I also will admit that I would have loved more development and insight into the relationship between Quinton and Hillary. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed the book as I do most all Lanyon's work and I think that Alexander Masters did an excellent job bringing the characters to live with his narration. A definite recommend!!!
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- Donald

Great period mystery/excellent mix with The Mummy

Would you consider the audio edition of The Curse of the Blue Scarab to be better than the print version?

Not better, but perhaps somewhat easier to engage with do to the dry, slower cadence of the this story. Alexander Masters never fails to be fully engaging, and to completely animate all characters.


What did you like best about this story?

The methodical mind of Armiston, the very slow build of his attraction to Maxwell and how he ended up embracing it fully. I liked how the plot was complex yet very straightforward. Every word exuded atmosphere.


Have you listened to any of Alexander Masters’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've listened to a great many. The man is supremely talented and never fails to voice each character distinctly and unnerringly. He is an absolute joy to listen to - repeatedly.


If you could take any character from The Curse of the Blue Scarab out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Hah!! Hmm, I think I'd take Armiston's manservant, Byrd. He's intriguing in his own right, enjoys good food, plus imagine the gossip he has about the gentry!


Any additional comments?

You can't go wrong with Lanyon or Masters. In combination? The absolute cream of the crop.

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- Dianne T. "I do love a good book. I also love a good audio performance of a good book :-)"

Book Details

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