Out-Foxed (Skyler Foxe Mysteries #3)

outfoxedTitle: Out-Foxed (Skyler Foxe Mysteries #3)
Author: Haley Walsh
Cover Artist: Winterheart Designs
Publisher: MLR Press
Out-Foxed (The Skyler Foxe Mystery Series) Genre: Mystery, Contemporary, Romantic Comedy
Length: Novel (91,000 words)
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

A guest review by Buda

Summary Review: This third installment of the on-going Skyler Foxe Mysteries series wraps up the biggest mystery of the trilogy so far: who is doing nefarious things at the school and just what are those things. As always, it’s a fun and entertaining adventure with Skyler. If you haven’t read the first two books in the series, go back and do that, then pick up this one.

***This review contains what might be considered spoilers for the first two books in the series.***

Blurb:

Skyler breaks it off with Keith, a teacher is murdered and a student might be involved through some twisted football initiation; Just another week at James Polk High.

Distraught at being outed, Skyler breaks it off with Keith, but they’ve got other problems. Protesters have gathered at the school and the school board has called a special disciplinary hearing. And as if that weren’t bad enough, Alex is getting into fights and skipping class. Might he be responsible for the murder of a teacher? Did Coach Carson send the boy to do the dirty work out of some twisted football initiation? Skyler knows it all has to stop, and he and his friends are on the trail to find a murderer and discover once and for all what is happening at James Polk High.

Review:

When last we left young Skyler Foxe, he was distraught over the news that his mysterious boyfriend, Keith, has been deceiving him. At first, Skyler was concerned Keith was involved in the bad deeds at the school, then he was sure the man who could create so much magic in his bed couldn’t possibly be a bad guy. Then he found multiple forms of identification with multiple different names in Keith’s possessions. Freaking out Skyler travelled to his high school principal’s  home to tell him the bad news. Bombshell of bombshells, Keith isn’t a bad guy; he’s with the FBI. This is where Out-Foxed begins, with Skyler still in Mr. Sherman’s living room.

Not only does Skyler have to wrap his mind around the fact that sexy Keith is a Fibbie (or G-man, as he teases Keith), but because they danced together at the Winter Formal, they’ve now been outed, something Skyler didn’t intend to do. Keith’s confession that his supervisors suggested he out himself to stir up the coaches cabal doesn’t help Skyler’s frame of mind. It immediately turns what was an incredible romantic gesture into something cold and calculating. And it outs Skyler against his will. That’s a tough pill to swallow.

It’s such a jagged little pill (thank you, Alanis) that Skyler breaks it off with Keith. As if all this isn’t enough, the math teacher who was pushed down the stairs is murdered in the hospital. News vans and homophobic protesters descend upon the school, not because of the teacher’s untimely death, but because of the two outed teachers. Did I mention Skyler’s clueless mother hears the news that her beloved only child is gay? How much fun will that conversation be? And Alex Ryan, one of the two students who came out to him in the previous books, is acting very strangely.

Oh yes, it is a tangled web Ms. Walsh has weaved in the third Foxe book. Of course, the over-arcing mystery is solved at the end after much danger and hijinks. As always, the SFC is entertaining and supportive. Keith is frustratingly tight-lipped about the investigation and Skyler is adorable in his inept determination to solve the mysteries seem to keep piling up around him.

I don’t want to give too much away because it is a mystery, after all. If I had niggles, they were few but rather outstanding. One involves the first sex scene after Skyler and Keith get back together (it happens early on, so I’m not giving anything away there). It read like the writer was ticking items off a list. Mention this here, this hand goes here, that one there, say this word here. It distracted me, especially the repeated use of the word “bottom” (as in Skyler’s ass) after Keith had just had his fingers inside said area. The other was the make up dance. While it was a sweet and romantic-ish moment, it didn’t seem realistic. But then that’s kind of the fun of the Skyler Foxe Mysteries.

Overall, I very much enjoyed this book. I did knock the rating down a quarter point because of that incredibly awkward sex scene, but, as always, your mileage may vary there. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series as it comes out.  There is a short “What Happened Later” book following this one, Foxe Den, that I will review soon. Out-Foxed is highly recommended for those who have followed the series thus far and for those who love romantic comedies with a dash of mystery.

Skyler Foxe Mysteries

13 comments

  • BUDA! :biglove:
    It’s so nice meeting you again! I’ve been missing you…not only for your reviews even though you brought several books to my attention I’d have overlooked otherwise. The site just isn’t the same without you! :blush:

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  • I really like this series, the characters are fun, the plot might at time be a bit over the top, but really, the only thing I don’t like are the sex scenes, they pull me out of the story

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  • Buda–Sooooo glad to see you back on here! Hope to see more and I don’t want any freakin’ excuses.
    BTW, thanks for the great review. I agree with you almost 100 %. But hey, you can’t be perfect all the time.

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  • I’d like to see more of Keith in the next one. The chemistry between the two is getting there, but just not yet. It’s a cute series with a fun plot and interesting characters and I think this one is the best one so far.

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  • Buda

    I’m ashamed to say I haven’t read any of these books but this review just might do it. Great job, as always! It seems like this is a fascinating series and you know how much I love mysteries and romantic comedies.

    Thanks for doing this Buda and I look forward to the next review. 😀

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    • Aw, Wave, you haven’t read them yet? After all the pain and anguish I went through to write these now three reviews? I’m hurt. Honestly, I think you’ll like them. They’re fun and funny with just enough “what the hell?” to keep you wondering what’s going on. It isn’t really a secret who the baddies are, but just what they’re doing is surprising.

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  • BU-DA! BU-DA! BU-DA! Wave has been complaining about the depleted state of her man-harem, um.. I mean male reviewers, so it’s good to see your name on a review again. Maybe she’ll get off my back now. :escape:
    I’ve been meaning to get this book since I enjoyed the previous ones. Thanks for reviewing it. Lovely job – I see you haven’t lost your writing skills. 😆

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    • Excuse me Tj but I don’t have a man-harem. 😆 You have no idea what I had to promise Buda to review this book and damn him, he’ll hold me to it. When are you coming back? 😀

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    • Hello, my lovely! Don’t count on Wave letting you off the hook that easily. This is a…well, not a one off since I’ll review the other book, but something close to that. She’s going to need you now more than ever. (see what I did there, Wave?) 😉

      You’ll enjoy this book when you get around to it, TJ.

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  • I have always found Keith the weak link in this series,
    I never got why fabulous Skyler was so taken with him. I love his friends very much though. I liked this episode but thought it stretched everything a bit far. It was great to meet them all again but I am not sure I think there is much more mileage here. 😀

    Thanks for the fun review Buda.

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    • Hi, Raine. I agree it will be interesting to see where the series goes from here. I like that Keith is so painfully in love with Skyler, even though Skyler is such a commitmentphobe. I’m hoping now that Keith’s secret it out, we’ll be able to get a better picture of him and why Skyler is so into him–aside from his hairy chest, great green eyes and dick of death.

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