Áine reviews ‘Foxe Fire’, book 4 in the Skyler Foxe Mysteries (Published by MLR Press, January 2014).
Can out-and-proud high school teacher Skyler Foxe find the Redlands firebug before he falls prey to a killer?
High school English teacher Skyler Foxe is now out and proud, even though a few months ago he had no intention of being so. But since the cat is now out of the bag, he embraces it as well as his boyfriend, head football coach, Keith Fletcher. But who is that good-looking gay parent hanging around Keith, causing mischief at the school as well as in Skyler’s private life? And then someone from Skyler’s past returns, stirring up trouble. Add to that a firebug and suddenly everyone seems up to no good, especially when a smoldering corpse is found outside of the local gay bar. Skyler can’t help himself and he gets up to his old sleuthing tricks once more.
Cover: I love that Haley Walsh has kept the same model and high school throughout the covers. The cover for Foxe Fire is exceptionally apropos considering the fire bug issues, and it’s just plain hot. ♥
Title: Considering the fires and the firemen inside the cover, it’s prefect!
Story: While you could read alone, don’t! The mystery was great, and not obvious who the baddy was or what was going on, right away. The development of the SFC and their boyfriends was great, thought the timing of the mischief causing parent could not have been worse for Skyler. This is another great addition and made me fall in love with Skyler all over again! Still want to beat Keith over the head, while cuddling the big lovable idiot, though. Because yeah, his green-eyed monster issues are far from over and his decisions made me see red more than once while reading. All fully in line with the character, I just want better for out TSTL adorbs guy, Skyler.
Foxe Fire is addictive, delicious fun and leaves you wanting more time with the Skye-boy, while nicely wrapping up the mystery itself. Thankfully, we know Ms. Walsh is penning another Skyler Mystery as I type. Oh, and the fire… yeah, the firemen alone are totally worth the smoke inhalation.
If you love Skyler (and hey, who doesn’t) then this is a great read! (I’ve already reread it once, lol) (9.5/10 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.