Zach Davies

Created by Josh Lanyon

” You can’t just…just pick up and become a PI on a whim.”

That’s the “friendly” advice given to CPA turned fledgling private eye ZACH DAVIES, whos struggling to keep his late fathers struggling detective agency  afloat. Thats a lot of struggling.

Of course, it doesn’t help that the advice being given is coming from smug rival gumshoe Flint Carey, who wants to buy out the Davies Detection Agency—and its client list.

Not that the list is all that extensive—since his dad’s death, new business hasn’t been exactly been pounding on the door.

Which is why Zach reluctantly agrees to take on Alton Beacher’s oddball case, in Puzzle for Two (2023), a soft-boiled, screwball yarn by M/M author Josh Lanyon with decidedly cozy overtones.

How cozy, you may ask? Well, the Davies Detection Agency is in a shopping centre. And Carey Confidential is at the other end of the same shopping centre. In the small sleepy beach town of Ensenada del Sello, California, up near Monterey.

Now that’s cozy.

And of course romance does rear its ugly head. Handsome, hunky Alton is also a wealthy whackadoo, the founder of the Beacher Toy Company, and he wants Zach to pose as his boyfriend, while Zach tries to figure out who’s sending Alton increasingly disturbing death threats.

But it’s not his eccentric client who piques Zach’s interest—that would be his across-the-strip mall rival: Flint.


An Eppie Award winner and a four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, an Edgar nominee, and the first ever recipient of the Goodreads All Time Favorite M/M Author award, Josh Lanyon is the author of the critically acclaimed Adrien English amateur sleuth series. She’s also the author of  the hard-boiled Nathan Doyle & Matthew Spain series, about a Los Angeles reporter and a cop set in the 1940s, and the Neil Patrick Rafferty P.I. series. The author is married and lives in Southern California with a good looking Canadian.


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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