Title: The Eagle and the Fox (A Snowy Range Mystery #1)
Author: Nya Rawlyns and Nick J. Russo (Narrator)
Publisher: PubRight Manuscript Services
Release Date: December 29th 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Mystery, Romance
Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Josiah Foxglove is given a second chance when he takes over his family’s spread in the shadow of the Snowy Range. A veteran of the Gulf War, he came back broken in body and spirit.
Marcus Colton buried his long-time lover and best friend three years ago. Lonely and still grieving, Marcus finds solace in protecting Petilune, a pretty girl with learning difficulties, who will surely become a victim of abuse and neglect without his help. But that doesn’t help him get through the long, dark nights.
When violence wracks the small community of Centurion, WY, it’s easy to place blame on Petilune’s mysterious new boyfriend, Ojibwe teen Kit Golden Eagle. It looks open and shut, but for Josiah and Marcus the facts simply don’t add up.
Something’s rotten in Centurion, something that smacks of a hate crime….
The Eagle and the Fox has a stark, but beautiful setting, interesting main characters with a dual POV, terrific narration by Nick J. Russo, some romance, and an compelling mystery.
I thought the pacing was slow, and I felt like one of the side characters, Kit Golden Eagle, wasn’t really given a lot of backstory, but otherwise the main and supporting cast is pretty well fleshed out and the plot was quite engaging.
Part of that comes from Russo’s narration of the story. He brings all the emotional nuances out, truly voicing the characters and their lives in a way that draws the listener in raptly instead of simply reading the words as presented.
While the ending isn’t a cliffhanger, per se, it does leave quite a bit unresolved and the characters with only a HFN ending, hopefully open-ended for closure in another installment in the series. However, when I checked on Timber Lake, which is book two in the series it follows a different set of main characters so I don’t know how that will play out in the end.
Ultimately, this was a pleasure to listen to. I’m hoping that Nick J. Russo will return to voice more of the A Snowy Range Mystery series. I’m certainly interested in seeing how everything eventually plays out.
Dual POV, slow-paced mystery and romance with some hurt/comfort, a HFN ending, and terrific narration.