Title: Mummy Dearest
Author: Josh Lanyon
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (Release Date: 10/4/2011)
Pages: 85 (.pdf)
Characters: Dr. Drew Lawson, Fraser Fortune
POV: 1st person
Setting: Walsh, Wyoming
Cover Rating: 4
The truth is out there. Way, way, way out there!
The XOXO Files, Book 1
Drew Lawson is racing against the clock. He’s got a twenty-four-hour window to authenticate the mummy of Princess Merneith. If he’s not at his boyfriend’s garden party when that window closes, it’ll be the final nail in their relationship coffin.
The last thing he needs traipsing on the final shred of his patience is brash, handsome reality show host Fraser Fortune, who’s scheduled to film a documentary about the mummy’s Halloween curse.
The opportunity to film a bona-fide professor examining the mummy is exactly the aura of authenticity Fraser needs. Except the grumpy PhD is a pompous ass on leave from his ivory tower. Yet something about Drew has Fraser using a word he doesn’t normally have to draw upon: please.
With no time to waste—and a spark of attraction he can’t deny—Drew reluctantly agrees to let Fraser follow his every move as he unwraps the mummy’s secrets. Soon they’re both making moves behind the scenes that even the dead can’t ignore…
Whosoever shall open this tomb, er, book shall suffer the curse of the Pharaohs. Okay, maybe not. But set aside a chunk of time for marauding mummies, too many cosmopolitans, illicit sex in hotel rooms, and other non-academic shenanigans.
Jinkies, gang! Mark your calendars for October 4, 2011, because you won’t want to miss the release of Josh Lanyon’s latest novella Mummy Dearest, a fast paced, funny, and fearsome frolic into the world of questionably reputable television, ancient Egyptian lore, mummies, curses, and, as you would expect from Mr. Lanyon, two very engaging heroes who say goodbye far too soon.
Dr. Drew Lawson is a university professor who forgot how to have fun when he fell in love with the erudite and uptight Dr. Noah Chadwick. Noah may look like George Clooney, but his idea of a good time would be a bit of a snooze to anyone with a pulse, and Drew has done his best to dial his fun-factor down to the standards of sophistication Noah sets.
Drew’s in a bit of a bind, needing to compose an article worthy of publication so all those pesky whispers about his qualification for tenure can be put to rest. Being in a relationship with Noah, Drew’s boss, complicates things a bit. So, it’s off to the sleepy town of Walsh, Wyoming and the Lasse Dime Museum (which literally is on its last dime) to study the mummified remains of Princess Merneith. Drew has determined that she will provide the basis for the article that will prove his worthiness to his colleagues and to the world of anthropologic academia.
But when Fraser Fortune—TV personality, host of the top-rated documentary series The Mysterious, and all around thorn in Drew’s side—shows up with his crew and equipment, it complicates what should’ve been a simple 24 hours in Drew’s life. But trust me, that’s when the fun begins, as myths are debunked and a mummy goes traipsing through the streets of Walsh, peeping in windows and leading the men on a merry chase.
Whether you celebrate Halloween, Samhain, All Soul’s Day, the Día de los Muertos, or just enjoy a story that’ll draw you right in, Mummy Dearest and its October release go perfectly together. This one should go directly on your to-be-read shelf. It’s sure to make you pray for a quick release of the sequel.
Reviewed By: Lisa