Title: Foxe Hunt (Skyler Foxe Mysteries #2)
Author: Haley Walsh
Cover Artist: Deana C Jamroz
Publisher: MLR Press
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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.
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!
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.Buy Link Amazon Global