The Ghost Had an Early Check-Out (The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks #2) by Josh Lanyon

The Ghost Had an Early Check-Out (The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks #2)

To live and draw in L.A. Now living in Los Angeles with former navy SEAL Nick Reno, artist Perry Foster comes to the rescue of elderly and eccentric Horace Daly, the legendary film star of such horror classics as Why Won’t You Die, My Darling? Horace owns the famous, but now run-down, Hollywood hotel Angels Rest, rumored to be haunted. But as far as Perry can tell, the scariest thing about Angels Rest is the cast of crazy tenants--one of whom ...

Details The Ghost Had an Early Check-Out (The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks #2)

TitleThe Ghost Had an Early Check-Out (The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks #2)
Release DateDec 18th, 2018
PublisherJustJoshin Publishing, Inc.
GenreRomance, M M Romance, Mystery, Contemporary, Lgbt

Reviews The Ghost Had an Early Check-Out (The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks #2)

  • Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
    The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks was one of the earliest Lanyon books I read, after Fair Game and the Adrien English series. I adored Perry and really liked Nick. The atmosphere of the old house full of crazies was perfectly written and eerily portrayed, and the mystery was engaging and just as zany as the people in the house. I've read that book at least three times and enjoyed it more each time.However, it wasn't a book or a pairing that was crying ...
  • Ami
    This is one occasion where I actually took time to re-read the first book before jumping on the sequel. I usually don't do that because I'm not very much a re-read kind of girl. But I practically read the first book almost a decade ago, and I thought, well, I needed a "refreshing course" on Nick and Perry.Now, I'm not sure whether THAT is a good thing to do now, after I finished. On one hand, I thought Lanyon was able to keep the same "tone" of t...
  • Martin
    Now this was cute!I’m not always a fan of following an established couple through a mystery plot, since I read all this mainly for the romance, but this story had such an incredibly captivating sense of place with the mysterious Angel’s Rest hotel and its quirky inhabitants that I absolutely loved every second of it. 70 year old former horror movie star Horace Daly feels threatened. He lives with a few extraordinary tenants in a decrepit hote...
  • Meep
    I approached this warily, seeing no need for a sequel, but having loved the first book so much -it was my first Lanyon and a genre I enjoy- I wanted to read it. And, I still don't think the first book needed a sequel. This doesn't offer anything more.The first 20% could have been condensed into one page. I was struggling, wanting the story to progress but instead being treated to Perry telling me what Nick must be thinking then Nick's concerns fo...
  • fleurette
    Well, this was fast. It’s good to see Perry and Nick again but I would prefer to stay with them a bit longer. I really wished this book wasn’t so short.I really appreciate that Nick and Perry work together unbothered by some unnecessary drama in their relationship. I hate it when the couple squabbles through all the book or split up over some minor issue. Luckily, this is not a case of Perry and Nick and I’m glad about it. The book, but rea...
  • Dumbledore11214
    Disclosure: I have read reviews before reading this book and the book itself was a loan from a book friend. Several more or less recent books by this author were not exactly hits for me, let's put it this way so I worried and I read reviews and I worried more and kind hearted friend offered to loan the book. Thank you Linda. I wanted to love it though, darn I wanted to love it.I have reread the first book before starting this one as well, and wha...
  • Ria
    Heart-breakingly average after years of waiting...After a chance meeting with terrorised senior citizen and retired Hollywood star Horace Daly, Perry enlists Nick’s help in solving the mystery of who’s trying to kill Horace set against the backdrop of a crumbly, gothic hotel. Now. The writing, as always, is skilled. The mystery was well thought out. The romance was kind of sweet at times but lacklustre at best. There was no real character dev...
  • Giedre
    I'm not the biggest fan of the first one, but I did enjoy it. This one, however, just felt really lackluster. In my opinion, this sequel wasn't really necessary in the first place. Anyway, The Ghost Had an Early Check-Out isn't a horrible read, but it does feel filler.
  • Mymymble
    Perry and Nick are the best. A fascinating whodunit. I'll probably write a longer review at a later date.
  • Leanne
    3.5 starsI'm not a big fan of sequels and established couples so my rating reflects that rather than some huge literary disappointment. It was an enjoyable enough read as far as cozy crime novellas go. ; )
  • LynW
    Don't get me wrong; it was a good short story. Keyword short. It was nice to see Nick's love for Perry and Perry was sweet. But after TEN years between books, I read this in one work day! I just wanted it longer.
  • Teal
    Neither better nor worse than the first book.
  • Fenrir
    Short and sweet and a bit hollowI thoroughly enjoyed The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks and this follow-up once again manages to present our beloved characters in their best light. They have not changed much and are still quite enjoyable, on their own as well as as a couple, and the story is nice (but nothing to write home about). Yet, I was hoping for a bit more. A bit more drama, a bit more relationship development, a better glimpse into Nick's and ...
  • Joyfully Jay
    A Joyfully Jay review. 5 starsI fell in love with Perry and Nick in their first novel, The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks. With a ten year age gap and Nick, a former Navy Seal who never fancied that he would fall in love, paired with Perry, who wears his heart on his sleeve and thinks the world of Nick, you couldn’t ask for a more delicious couple. They are as different as any two could be and yet theirs is a stable, deep abiding affection that allows...
  • Chris, the Dalek King
    While it was a bit odd to be reading a Halloween-centric book during my Christmas holiday, I was glad to finally get my hands on this story so I wasn’t going to let that throw me off.This story picks up about 10 months after the ending of The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks. Perry and Nick have packed up and moved from Vermont to sunny California. Perry, so he can go to art school, and Nick so he can get a job in a PI/bodyguard firm in LA. The whole my...
  • Rosa
    I came to this book a bit wary because I have seen mixed reviews about it and some of them by people who I usually share opinions with wasn't good. But in the end, it worked for me. I agree with some of the reviews I've read after I finished the book. The first book ended in a good point and a second part wasn't exactly necessary, but despite that, I enjoyed reading again about Perry and Nick. This book is similar than the previous one, it has th...
  • Alisa
    This was pretty good (well honestly it was pretty ok) but not great for me. The first book is one of my least favorites by this author so I wasn't expecting to be wow'd by this one but I am forever hopeful. It's mostly a mystery story and that was entertaining. Very little development on the relationship which is what I really wanted to see. I didn't feel any connection between the two mc's in the first book but I did here. They clearly love each...
  • Galatea only =')
    3.5 stars, mainly bc I adore Nick and Perry together. They are solid now, which was good to see! But this shortie was waaay too short. =-/ Needs a sequel.
  • DeeNeez
    A great Halloween mystery. I think I fell for ever red herring in this story, never figured out. Nick and Perry get tangled up in the affairs of an eccentric retired actor.
  • Dokun888
    Worth the wait I was a bit disappointed when I found out about the length of the book but damn, Josh managed to fit an exciting, well developed story with a fair share of hot bits in a fairly short story. I shouldn't be surprised though since Josh Lanyon is the only author who can make short stories appealing to me XDD anyways, I was really looking forward to this book. I love the couple and their dynamics (really sweet Q.Q) and the mystery is as...
  • Tess
    3.25 starsI loved book #1 but this was disappointing. I really couldn’t find it in myself to care about the mystery or any of the new characters. Very little in the way of relationship development either.
  • Lisa
    I enjoyed this, the second book in the series. Perry and Nick have moved west to LA and whilst Nick is away on a job, Perry gets involved in a mystery.An interesting story and I didnt guess who the guilty part was.A nice way to spend an hour or twoo.
  • Xing
    This sequel is a long time coming, and I would say it left me wanting more (not in a bad way necessarily). There wasn't as much exploration in the relationship between Perry and Nick, but seeing them together really makes me thirst for more. It was pleasant between them, but I wanted more.
  • Donna
    I read the first book a couple of years ago and I wasn't even aware that there was going to be a second one, so I didn't really have any expectations for this story... other than it being a Josh Lanyon book, which I always enjoy! This one was no exception... Perry was adorable, as always and Nick is constantly amazing himself with all the changes he makes in his life for Perry without even giving them a thought... my kind of guy! *grin*The myster...
  • Liade
    OK, I finished this book. Eventually. I slogged through it. I don't know why it seemed such hard work. Maybe because I didn't really care about/like any of the characters. I think - actually I know - that Josh can do a lot better.
  • Mike
    I hate to say this, given how long Josh Lanyon fans have been waiting for this, but this was a disappointment for me.I gave the book 3.5 stars because, like most of her books, this one is well written, with sharply drawn characters (including an alligator?!). The book is a sequel to The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks, and this one has the same sort of vibe. Unfortunately the story lacks real mystery, and the detecting/romancing happens over a period of ...