Dana reviews The Eagle and The Fox (A Snowy Range Mystery) by Nya Rawlyns (Published by PubRight, June 9, 2015, 274 pages) A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Title: The Eagle and the Fox
Series: Snowy Range Mystery
Author: Nya Rawlyns
Cover Artist: Dreams2Media
Length: 93265 words
Release Date: June 9, 2015
Blurb: Kit Golden Eagle is running. From poverty, from abuse. Forced to live by his wits, the Ojibwe teen slowly succumbs to living a life of hate and lies.
Josiah Foxglove is given a second chance when he takes over his family’s spread in the shadow of the Snowy Range. A veteran of the Gulf War, he came back broken in body and spirit.
Marcus Colton buried his long-time lover and best friend three years ago. Lonely and still grieving, Marcus finds solace in keeping his business afloat but that doesn’t help him get through the long, dark nights.
Three damaged souls converge as violence wracks the small community of Centurion, WY. The town protects its own so when Kit Golden Eagle shows up, it’s easy to place blame on the stranger. It looks open and shut, but for Josiah and Marcus the facts simply don’t add up.
Something’s rotten in Centurion, something that smacks of a hate crime…
Marcus whispered. He wasn’t sure why he did, but it seemed appropriate, although his idea of stakeouts was limited to what he’d seen on TV. The actors always complained it was boring. It wasn’t, not if your stomach was tied into knots, and the whiskey you chugged in a fit of pique decided to revisit you in the form of acid reflux.
Josh hissed through the speaker, “Don’t know if we missed him, or if I’m farting in a stiff breeze.”
“Don’t mention stiff, Foxglove.”
Josh snorted, the sound rocketing through the cab and sending Marcus into a giggling jag. He’d barely gotten himself under control when Josh yelped, “Sunny bitch. I think I see the van. Damn fool’s coming down that mountain dark. Jesus Christ.”
Marcus warned, “Best not to start our engines until he’s made the turn and gets ahead of us.”
“Copy that. I’ll take point. Stay back. I don’t want you running up my ass if I have to stop fast.”
“You’re making it hard to concentrate, cowboy.” They’d been teasing each other, slinging innuendo like hash at a country diner. It had helped diffuse the tension.
Josh murmured, “Here he comes.” Marcus tensed, waiting. “What the hell?”
“What? What’s going on?”
“He just flashed his left turn signal.”
Marcus frowned, perplexed. “That’s kind of dumb. Why’d he do that?”
“Signal? Who for crying out loud? We’re the only idjits out here.”
“Maybe we aren’t.”
The cover: I don’t always discuss the cover of a book, usually only if something really stands out to me. The cover is nice looking, however, for me it seems a bit misleading. For me, a cover with animals usually lends itself to a shapeshifter story. There are no shapeshifters in this book, to be clear. I imagine the eagle is for Kit “Golden Eagle” and the fox for Josiah Foxglove. It didn’t effect the way I look at the book, I just thought it should be noted.
The Story: I have to admit that the blurb and title threw me off regarding the true story of this book. With Kit, Josiah, and Marcus featured in the blurb, I had thought it might be a menage story at first. Early in the story, though, Kit is introduced as young and possibly in love with a teenage girl with learning disabilities.The story is really about Josiah and Marcus who are significantly older. Josiah is an ex soldier who came back with metal in his leg, scarring, and PTSD. Marcus is a business owner who has been alone since his partner died many years before. Both men have been in the closet. I really liked seeing them fall in love. I don’t think we are given an exact age for Marcus but I assume the two of them are in their 30’s or 40’s. They are hardly ancient, but it was refreshing for the main characters to be a bit older.
The info on Kit in the blurb is the most the reader learns about the character. He comes in as a mysterious protector of one of Marcus’ employees. He leaves the same way, as a mystery. The only thing they know about him is that he is fighting against someone or a group of someones intent on spreading drugs through the small town. The Eagle and The Fox appears to be book one in the Snowy Range Mystery series so maybe we will learn about Kit more in future books. The mystery in this book is good. We know some of the players involved in the troubles the town is having, but not all. Unfortunately at the end of the book it is still a mystery. There is not a cliffhanger ending, but there was definitely an unresolved ending. But it might just be that this story arc will continue into book 2.
Based on the fact that I am still stumped though I have my suspicions, I would consider this book a good mystery. The romance was sweet, the sex scenes more glossed over, but still present. I definitely want to find out what happens for these characters next.
Nya Rawlyns has lived in the country and on a sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay, earned more than 1000 miles in competitive trail and endurance racing, taught Political Science to unwilling freshmen, and found an avocation in materials science.
When she isn’t tending to her garden or the horses, the cats, or three pervert parakeets, she can be found day dreaming and listening to the voices in her head.
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