Friday, November 22, 2013

Once Upon a Haunted Moor by Harper Fox ~ Review

Title ~ Once Upon a Haunted Moor 
Author ~ Harper Fox
Publisher ~ FoxTales Publication
Genre ~ M/M (contemporary)
Ratinggold star

The Blurb

Gideon Frayne has spent his whole working life as a policeman in the village of Dark on Bodmin Moor. It’s not life in the fast lane, but he takes it very seriously, and his first missing-child case is eating him alive. When his own boss sends in a psychic to help with the case, he’s gutted – he’s a level-headed copper who doesn’t believe in such things, and he can’t help but think that the arrival of clairvoyant Lee Tyack is a comment on his failure to find the little girl.
But Lee is hard to hate, no matter how Gideon tries. At first Lee’s insights into the case make no sense, but he seems to have a window straight into Gideon’s heart. Son of a Methodist minister, raised in a tiny Cornish village, Gideon has hidden his sexuality for years. It’s cost him one lover, and he can’t believe it when this green-eyed newcomer stirs up old feelings and starts to exert a powerful force of attraction.
Gideon and Lee begin to work together on the case. But there are malignant forces at work in the sleepy little village of Dark, and not only human ones – Gideon is starting to wonder, against all common sense, if there might be some truth in the terrifying legend of the Bodmin Beast after all. As a misty Halloween night consumes the moor, Gideon must race against time to save not only the lost child but the man who’s begun to restore his faith in his own heart.
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Mark’s Review

This little gem of a story is the ideal thing for a spooky Halloween night. It only takes a little under two hours to read it, but Harper Fox manages to pack a whole lot into a few pages.

Set on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, a place already steeped in mystery, folklore and strange happenings, there couldn't be a more atmospheric place to write a great spooky chiller-thriller. A young girl has gone missing from the village of Dark. Now all the leads are running cold and the chances of finding her alive are diminishing with every day. The village policeman Gideon is about to give up hope of finding her when Lee Tyack a psychic is sent from Truro HQ. Gideon is none too pleased to say the least and is extremely sceptical. But Lee has a charm that Gideon finds hard to resist and helps him put the pieces of Lee’s visions together. Through this the affection for each together develops into a bigger emotional pull and Gideon finds himself falling for the psychic and his charisma. However, they still have a missing child to find. I loved the MCs, and Harper’s description of Lee is perfect for your typical Cornishman, also the names are typically Cornish.

It's very difficult to write a review about a mystery without getting too spoilery. However, Harper manages to conjure up the scene of a dark, misty brooding moor and its odd village inhabitants very well. Of course I could be biased being a Cornish lad and knowing the area intimately, but then I think when you do know the area then the descriptions have to be spot on from the author. For a novella the action, clue solving and mystery part is well paced and timed. I found myself connecting to the characters immediately. Harper once again has shown her knowledge of locals, their quirkiness, traits and oddities. I can vouch for the authenticity there! Also the local area, mentioning well known places on the moor. e.g. The Cheesewring..….


The most famous myth arising from this area being The Beast of Bodmin Moor and here no spooky, chiller-thriller could miss out on this opportunity. It's all woven into one nice little package, with a HEA. Maybe some more tales, mysteries and crimes to solve from these unlikely two? I really hope so, as I find it a real treat to read something that you can immediately connect with

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  1. It sounds like a great read for a chilly night. I'm adding it to my wishlist. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I'm sure you won't regret it. Enjoy!!

  2. I'm a recent convert to Harper Fox so this one is going on the get list!

    1. I love Harper's Style too Suzi. Can recommend this little Gem.