Áine reviews ‘Foxe Den’, book 3.5 in the Skyler Foxe Mysteries (Published by MLR Press, December 2012).
FOXE DEN follows Skyler Foxe and his friends through the holidays, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, in this collection of short stories. 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 book cover is closed; a gift of “DVD extras.”
Cover: Love seeing Skyler and his tree. ♥
Title: It’s the perfect title considering this is a collection of shorts centered about the home and family at the holidays 😉
Story: There’s Thanksgiving, the Turkey Extravaganza, Christmas, and New Year’s as your holiday vignettes.
In each you get to follow along with skyler, Keith, and out favourite friends as they traverse that which is the holidays, with boyfriends in tow. One top of the holidays, there is the issue of ‘will Skyler ask Keith to move in’ which I am torn over. I’m in love with the couple, but is Skyler really ready for that? Is Keith secure enough in his place in Skyler’s life to make it work? And will Sidney back the heck off for a minute?!
Skyler brings Keith home to meet mom. Keith brings Skyler home to meet the family. Skyler cooks enough to feed an army. Oh, and even the teens he teaches make appearances!
Great set of shorts for the series. If you love Skyler (and hey, who doesn’t) this is a great little holiday read (8/10 Pots of Gold).
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.