Wednesday, April 27, 2011

My Book Boyfriend: Adrien English from the Adrien English Mysteries

A weekly meme from The Unread Reader
Talk about your fictional crush!

I turned on the hot water. In the steamy surface of the mirror I grimaced at my reflection, hearing again that condescending, “But you are a homosexual?” As in, “But you are a lower life form?” So what had Detective Riordan seen? What was the first clue? Blue eyes, longish dark hair, a pale bony face. What was it in my Anglo-Norman ancestry that shrieked “faggot?”

~Adrien English in Josh Lanyon’s Fatal Shadows

Pale skin, dark hair, blue eyes? Check, check, check.
Cillian Murphy would be brilliant as Adrien English, even if his blue eyes aren't obvious in this pic.
Adrien English is a wry, funny, endearing narrator with a weak heart, a stubborn streak and an unhealthy dose of curiosity. He was a natural choice for my book boyfriend, since I followed him through five books! I had to know if he and Jake Riordan--the smart, tough, ambitious cop who won't acknowledge himself as gay--would ever find a happy ever after.

Adrien has an unfortunate habit of stumbling into murder mysteries--and, for a closeted detective, Jake Riordan has an unfortunate habit of never quite allowing himself to quit the snarky amateur sleuth. Jake can't forget 'Adrien-with-an-e' even when he (Jake) is determined to marry a nice girl and  have a 'normal' life. Having spent five books laughing, cringing and, yeah, even shedding a tear or two with Adrien, I know just why Jake is so addicted!
Now we can see those baby blues!


  1. Oh I love Cillian Murphy and he would make a perfect Adrien. Great choice!

  2. Thank you! I enjoyed your book boyfriend as well. I tried to comment, but I couldn't get it to go through. (I think your blog hates me, lol.)

  3. I haven't heard of this series but Cillian does seem like the perfect pick! He is such a chameleon and just a wonderful person!

  4. It's a wonderful series--although it puts you through the wringer as far as Adrien and Jake's relationship goes! And I agree 100% about Cillian Murphy. Definitely one of my favorite actors.

  5. I think Cullian Murphy is so handsome, and his eyes are mesmerizing, but why do they always have him playing the bad guy.

    From the sound of it, Adrien English fun personality would be a better fit for someone like Cillian to play. :)

  6. I don't know this series either I will need to check it out.

  7. Oh nice. I have yet to read a Lanyon, but I will! I just need the time. :) Looks like I'll be enjoying the books a lot. Especially thinking of Cillian.

  8. Ooo cool pick! I need to get around to reading this series and Cillian Murphy is always a good incentive. ;)

  9. @Missie I know what you mean about the bad guy roles--but I have to admit that I loved him as Jonathan Crane, aka Scarecrow.

    @MyKeeperShelf It's a great series!

    @MelissaJosh Lanyon is always a must-read for me. :)

    @CSIlibrarianHehe. Absolutley!

    @NicYeah, hard to go wrong with Cillian Murphy! ;)

  10. Oooh wow. Sounds like a fun series to read. I love his eyes!

  11. Yeah, it's an excellent series. :)