- MLR Press
- Release Date
- January 2010
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.
What he doesn't love is having to keep his sexual orientation a secret, afraid of the backlash in this most conservative of counties. But will murder thrust him into unwanted limelight?
Who killed his principal's son outside a gay dance club? Is it a hate crime? And what is the connection to the peculiar goings on at James Polk High? What does the homphobic football coach or his mysterious and gorgeous new assistant coach, Keith Fletcher, have to do with it?
Can Skyler trust *anyone* at the high school when there seems to be conspiracies around every corner?
Book Review by Sueroe (author)
Apr 26, 2011 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
197 people found the following review helpful
Isn't it wonderful to discover when you finish a book you've enjoyed that this was just the first of a trilogy? That's how I felt after I finished FOXE TAIL.
On first meeting Skylar Foxe, he seems to be a stereotype first-year English Lit teacher – studious, slight, albeit gay. Events, however, soon put that impression to rest when Skylar's beloved Bug car is smashed to smithereens by one of Skylar's one-night tricks – Rodolpho, wielding a baseball bat. Rodolpho is just one in a series of colorful characters that populate this intriguing tale and there's far more depth to Skylar than first appears.
As if the car-bashing isn't enough to spoil his day, Skylar later stumbles across a murdered body outside a gay-bar and so an intriguing who-dunnit mystery begins. Despite his detective friend Sidney's advice to stay well out of it, Skylar is determined to take on a vicious criminal underworld and he lugs along his "fuck-buddies" with him for the ride. And what a ride – it almost gets him killed.
Ms Haley has woven an intricate plot and succeeds in keeping the reader riveted to the unfolding scenes. She feeds in clues and red herrings as if dealing out gold dust but she ties most of it up in the end. I say, "most of it" because there's a tidbit or two left over to take us, gibbering, into the second volume.
The vast array of characters is never confusing because each of them has been given their own little individual quirks to make them loveable, likeable and downright hateable. Skylar's small frame managing to overcome the big beefy bad guys is a winning element and so is his ability to communicate with and help his problematic students. His passion for teaching comes shining through in Ms Walsh's excellent writing.
Like her sparing dishing out of clues, Ms Walsh is also economical on sex scenes. This suited me just fine because I prefer my LGBT to be less explicit but don't worry, those who like the sizzlers – there are one or two and they're hot with even a touch of kink.
All in all, I think this is a fresh voice that will win through. The author has handled the murder mystery with professionalism and has left us panting to know more about Skylar and has he really found the love of his life?
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