Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Audiobook Review: Foxe Den (Skyler Foxe Mysteries, #3.5) by Haley Walsh

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Title: Foxe Den

Author: Haley Walsh

Narrator: Joel Leslie

Release: 14th September 2015

Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins

Synopsis

Foxe Den follows high school English teacher Skyler Foxe and his friends throughout the holidays, from Thanksgiving to New Year's. Along the way, Skyler gets to inflict his mother on his boyfriend Keith, meets Keith's parents, and just generally tries to navigate the treacherous waters of a brand new relationship.

Unlike the novels, this novella hasn't any mystery to solve. It's the sort of stuff that happens between characters once the audio has ended.

©2012 Haley Walsh (P)2015 Haley Walsh

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Mark’s Review

Now this was a nice change of pace and something to get anyone into the holiday mood. There are no crimes to be solved, bad guys to be caught or Skyler sticking his nose into things where its not wanted. Instead we have the relationship drama Skyler Foxe style.

Well, it’s not really a drama but Skyler on this front likes to build mountains out of molehills. At least that is make take on it, talk about a drama queen – lol! Keith has decided to stay on at school and with Skyler after everything surrounding the school has now been cleared up. However, Keith is still staying officially with Mike, Sidney’s boyfriend. As with any relationship a point is reached where the one person is spending more time at the other’s than in their own place. This is the case with Keith, so the elephant in the room has to be breached. I loved how this all plays out set around thanksgiving. Skyler knows it makes sense for Keith to move in but he just can’t broach the subject. However, with Sidney’s not so subtle help and wanting to get Keith out of Mike’s flat then Skyler is backed into a corner where he least Keith move in.

Now this is a trial by any standards but for Skyler it’s a whole new adjustment having somebody live in his space. I laughed and I smiled at the antics as anyone who has a relationship and lives with someone knows that there will be a phase where you have to get used to each other. I had the giggles listening to Mr Super-Tidy and Spotless Skyler get used to Mr Leave-My-Clothes-Everywhere Keith. But you know it will work and it’s the next step that needs to be taken.

It’s also time to meet the families, Skyler’s mum likes Keith a lot although she is still getting used to the “gay” bit and Skyler goes to meet Keith’s family. Well, this was amusing and entertaining as Keith’s folks are about as different as Skyler’s family could be. Keith has a big family, where Skyler only has his mum. Tow world’s collide but it the best possible way.

I loved this short interlude between the mysteries. It was nice to see the Scooby gang, aka the SFC, getting ready for and celebrating Thanksgiving then moving on to Christmas and the New Year. Even though there are no mysteries to be solved it was again a pure delight to spend time with these vibrant characters who have now become like friends to me. No mysteries but never a dull where Skyler is concerned.

As for the narration? Well, Joel is still doing a great job and loving every minute of it.

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Audio Excerpt

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Meet Hayley Walsh

Haley Walsh tried acting, but decided the actor’s life was not for her. Instead, she became a successful graphic designer in Los Angeles, her hometown. After fifteen years of burning money in the ’80s and early ’90s, she retired from the graphics industry and turned her interests toward writing. She became a freelance newspaper reporter, wrote articles for quirky magazines, published award-winning short stories, and now writes an acclaimed gay mystery series, the Skyler Foxe Mysteries. She’s lived all her life in southern California, sampling wines and chomping chocolate. Yeah, it’s a living.

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Series Reading Order and Purchase Links

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Title: Foxe Tail (#1)

Author: Hayley Walsh

Narrator: Joel Leslie

Release: 14th April 2015

Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins

Synopsis

Gay teacher Skyler Foxe thought teaching English was murder. Wait till he falls into the real thing.

Skyler Foxe is a brand new English teacher in his hometown of Redlands, CA. He loves literature, loves his students, loves his friends, especially his best friend Detective Sidney Feldman. But he doesn't love keeping his orientation a secret, afraid of the backlash in this conservative county. But will murder thrust him into unwanted limelight?

Who killed the principal's son outside a gay dance club? And what's the connection to James Polk High? Is the macho football coach or his mysterious and gorgeous new assistant coach involved? Can Skyler trust anyone at the high school when there seems to be conspiracies around every corner?

©2010 Haley Walsh (Jeri Westerson) (P)2015 Haley Walsh (Jeri Westerson)

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Title: Foxe Hunt (#2)

Author: Haley Walsh

Narrator: Joel Leslie

Release: 21st July 2015

Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins  

Synopsis

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!

©2015 Haley Walsh (P)2015 Haley Walsh

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Title: Out Foxed

Author: Haley Walsh

Narrator: Joel Leslie

Release: 13th August 2015

Synopsis

While chaperoning a high school dance, English teacher Skyler Foxe has just been dragged out of the closet by the hunky assistant football coach - a man he thought he knew. But when Sky discovers Keith has been keeping a big secret, he breaks it off, leaving both of them lonely and confused. With troubles mounting from the press, angry parents, confused students, Skyler's own mom, and a murdered teacher, what's a boy to do but discover - once and for all - who's behind all the dirty doings at James Polk High?

©2012 Haley Walsh (P)2015 Haley Walsh

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Title: Foxe Den

Author: Haley Walsh

Narrator: Joel Leslie

Release: 14th September 2015

Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins

Synopsis

Foxe Den follows high school English teacher Skyler Foxe and his friends throughout the holidays, from Thanksgiving to New Year's. Along the way, Skyler gets to inflict his mother on his boyfriend Keith, meets Keith's parents, and just generally tries to navigate the treacherous waters of a brand new relationship.

Unlike the novels, this novella hasn't any mystery to solve. It's the sort of stuff that happens between characters once the audio has ended.

©2012 Haley Walsh (P)2015 Haley Walsh

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