Foxe Hunt (Skyler Foxe Mysteries #2)

Title: Foxe Hunt (Skyler Foxe Mysteries #2)
Author: Haley Walsh
Cover Artist: Deana C Jamroz
Publisher: MLR Press
Buy Link Amazon
Genre: Mystery, Contemporary, Romantic Comedy
Length: Novel (78,000 words)
Rating: 4.75 out of 5 stars

A guest review by Buda

Summary Review: Book 2 of the Skyler Foxe Mysteries lives up to and exceeds the promise of the first, Foxe Tail. This is one of those instances I’d like to encourage the author to write faster! Book 3 cannot come soon enough.

This review contains what may be spoilers to the first book.

The Blurb:

High school English teacher Skyler Foxe finally hooks up with gorgeous assistant football coach Keith Fletcher. But is the man what he seems to be? Skyler still has his doubts when he spies Keith in some shady circumstances. And there are still some unanswered questions as to what exactly is going on at the high school. Who thought high school could be so sinister? Meanwhile, Skyler’s friends from college have their own problems. Lovers and partners, Evan and Jeff were kicked out of the Army for Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and the depressed Evan is found dead. Suicide, says the police, but Skyler thinks otherwise. It’s Skyler Foxe on the hunt for a killer once more!

The Review:

 Foxe Hunt picks up where Foxe Tail (reviewed here) left off. Skyler has just solved the mystery surrounding the murder of his principal’s son, but he still has suspicions about the odd goings-on at the high school, including those with the football team and their squad of homophobic coaches. As was shown in the excerpt to Foxe Hunt included at the end of Foxe Tail, Skyler and his SFC enjoy a night out at Trixx, their local hangout. While there, Skyler encounters his old friends (and college hook ups), Evan and Jeff. The two men are veterans of the Iraq war and have both been kicked out of the Army. Evan, because he left a leg in the desert, was given an honorable discharge, but Jeff was handed a dishonorable. He has appealed the ruling several times, but no one is listening. So while Evan is learning to live without his leg and the only career he ever wanted (and deal with the depression that comes from losing both), Jeff has to care for Evan and fight to clear his name (and deal with the depression that comes with both).

Meanwhile, the absolutely hunkalicious Keith Fletcher asks Skyler out:

“Skyler, I was wondering if you wanted to go out.”

On the one hand, Skyler was expecting something of the kind. But on the other, it was still a bit outside his comfort level.

Skyler blinked. “‘Out’? What do you mean ‘out’?”

“You know.” Keith edged closer. “To dinner?”

Skyler’s eyes automatically scanned the parking lot again. “You mean…like a date?”

So for those of you wondering if Skyler and Keith actually hook up in this book, the answer is a resounding (and echoing, if you get my drift) yes. Skyler actually lets himself think of Keith as a boyfriend, something he’s never had before. Of course the members of the SFC are practically throwing poor Sky at Keith, but that’s just part of their charm, right? Still, Keith continues to run hot and cold with Skyler, especially once Sky begins his investigation.

Sid, meantime, has boy troubles of her own, which is something Skyler only discovers when he accompanies her to the scene of Evan’s supposed suicide. Evan’s is a fate I feared when I read the excerpt way back in May, but I was hoping I was wrong. When Sid actually arrests Jeff for Evan’s murder, Skyler is incensed. He is immediately determined to find the killer and clear Jeff’s name.

Most of the book, it seemed to me, is devoted to Skyler and his feelings for/relationship with Keith. Sky’s students have a big presence in this book, as they did in the last. Alex and Rick are still clearly into each other, and Rick goes forward with plans to start a GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance student group). When the group is made less than welcome by some anonymous graffiti, Heather and Amber are sucked in to becoming Alex and Rick’s beards.

And can I just say the scene in the book is at the Winter Formal. All I can tell you about it here is … well, I melted–more than a little.

Overall, I loved having time with these characters again. Skyler and his friends are absolutely hilarious. The immediate mystery was solved without revealing anything about the over-arcing mystery, what is happening at the school. Remember, there’s still a teacher in the hospital. Again, Walsh has given us a fun and sexy read without unnecessary angst. If you haven’t read these two books yet, then you’re missing out on a fantastic time with great characters. Highly recommended.

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Skyler Foxe Mysteries

20 comments

  • Wow, you guys. You can only imagine how pleased I am with the responses to FOXE HUNT. I love these guys and I’m just as glad you had as much fun hanging with them as I did in writing them. Book 3, OUT-FOXED, probably won’t be out till next summer/fall. First, I’ve got to write it! But the whole thing was worked out ages ago, so no worries. And after that, in case you were wondering, there will be more Skyler books. There might even be a short story or two between books. And thank you again, JesseWave, for the really wonderful review!

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    • Glad you were pleased with my review, Haley. Skyler and Keith are going to join my list of favorite couples. As for Out-Foxed, all I can say is, get crackin’! We want more!

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  • Great job B! I really enjoyed the first book and after reading your review I’ll definitely be getting the sequel. I had forgotten about the SFC (LOL) and didn’t they also coin my now favorite term ‘compensator’? I still think this whenever I see a guy driving a huge SUV and I even have a little ditty that I hum to the tune of “Tiny Bubbles”. I think you can figure out the words. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Teej! Now you’re going to get me started on that tune. There are a ton of Hummers around here (the four-wheeled kind, fyi). Be sure to let me know what you think of Foxe Hunt!

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  • I loved the first book Buda and thank you for this awesome review. I have this one, but since I could not resist looking at the last page, I now have to ask you is the main mystery in this book at least resolved or goes into book three? This one I doubt I will be able to wait for book three and read them together lol.

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    • Oh, Sirius! We need to have a chat about this peeking at the last page thing! The overarching mystery (the dastardly deeds at the school) is still unsolved, but Skyler does figure out who murdered Evan. Hopefully, book 3 will get more into the school mystery. I hope you love this book, even if you spoiled the second-best surprise in it. 😉

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  • Not reading the review yet, as I am in the process of reading the book. Started last night and even though I was tired, stayed up an extra hour to keep reading. Didn’t want to stop. Not even half way through yet, and already want the 3rd book and wondering when it’s coming out.

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    • Thank you for the comments, Cosmonaut. I feel your pain in not wanting to put the book down! Let me know what you think when you’ve finished. I don’t know when Out-Foxed is scheduled, but I am definitely looking forward to it!

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      • So I finished around 11 this morning and I loved it. I loved watching Skyler go through the emotions of dating and actually having a boyfriend. The winter formal scene was lovely. Can’t wait for more.

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  • Being waititng for your review :strike:
    It was your fault after all I picked up the series 😯
    I really enjoyed the first part but after reading in blurb about Evan & Jeff, I was not sure if the second book was going to be too dark. Keeping it now in my to follow series 😀
    Thank you for your review 😎

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    • Helena, I won’t even feel bad for getting you hooked on another series! Like you, I was afraid of the Evan and Jeff story line, but Haley Walsh doesn’t dwell on their situation. This is still Skyler’s book, after all. As much as Evan’s death bummed me out, the other developments (with Keith) kept me happy. Look forward to hearing your thoughts. 😀

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  • Thank you, Buda! Now, I have to reread (or at least skim through) the first book and then throw myself into this one. I adore Skyler and I hope Keith is good for him. And, of course, SFC are a hoot!

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    • LadyM, I have to admit, I kept getting annoyed at the Real World when it would intrude on reading time. I really didn’t want to put this book down! Let me know what you think of Foxe Hunt, please.

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      • Hey, Buda, I LOVED it! Skyler is such a klutz and his “boyfriend” insecurities were adorable. SFC still rocks! And, yes, dance scene… While it was not exactly stellar decision on Keith’s part, I still melted – more than a little! XD

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  • Wonderful review Buda. I can tell how much you’re loving these characters and the mysteries. Your review made me decide to read these books – I never got around to them before, I’m ashamed to admit, but now I have something to look forward to. Thanks so much to you and Haley. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Wave. I’m afraid I’m a bit rusty in the review-writing department. I really do get a kick out of these characters. Skyler has so much personality, he very nearly jumps off the page. You’ll like him. He has a great sense of humor.

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  • Your review inspired me to grab both books. Thanks. Mysterious goings on at schools are a special favourite of mine, although generally they tend to be English boarding schools or universities (both obviously very dangerous places given the murder and mayhem that often occurs!).

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    • Thanks for the comment, Jen. I hope you enjoy Skyler and company. They’re a fun group, even with the mystery. Come back and let me know what you think.

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