Foxe Tail, by Haley Walsh (Skyler Foxe Mysteries, Book 1)
Publisher: MLR Press (September 2010)
Page Count: 288 pages
Genre: Gay (M/M) Mystery/Romance
Rating: 3 out of 5
* I was given a copy of this book from Pride Promotions in exchange for a fair and honest review. *
While reading this, I kept thinking of it as “that book with the twink who needs to learn when to call the cops”. Probably not a flattering thing to refer to it as, but that’s pretty much what it was!
Skyler is a high school English teacher, but when he finds a dead body, he decides to try his hand at detective work as well. The only problem is, he doesn’t realize how dangerous it is until he almost gets himself killed. Multiple times. (Yeah, he just can’t learn!)
There are actually two mysteries in this book: the murder that Skyler stumbles on, and a series of weird events at the school he teaches at. The latter was really distracting… there needed to be just one plot!
And in the midst of all this is Skyler’s crush on his (probably straight) co-worker Keith, who is sex-on-legs and has more mood swings than a pregnant lady. I’ve been told that Keith gets more relatable in later books, but I just didn’t like him in this one. He was an asshole for most of it!
The novel itself was really fun, though. It’s an interesting plot, and Skyler’s students were hilarious and really great to read about. The murder mystery was put together pretty well, and I liked piecing the clues together along with Skyler. But OH MAN, Skyler is the most annoying detective! He finds evidence and then decides not to turn it in to the police, he doesn’t know when to shut up, and he jumps to conclusions based on how much he hates someone, rather than actual facts. (Oh, this person is a homophobe? They must be the killer!)
And the fact that the police searched the murder victim’s room and a) didn’t take his laptop, and b) didn’t find the cell phone that wasn’t exactly hidden… yeah, I just don’t buy it.
Still, don’t think about it too hard and this book is a fun murder mystery with a cast of sarcastic and sassy friends and a lady police detective who’s totally badass. I might try out Book 2, to see if Skyler’s sleuthing gets a bit more tolerable, because it was otherwise an enjoyable book.
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