There are only a handful of series that really maintained their consistency from the very first book up to their current / last release and one of them is the Tyack & Frayne series created by one of my most admired authors, Harper Fox.
In this book, Harper Fox took us back to the Bodmin Moor of the Dark village from the very first book where Sargeant Gideon Frayne and his husband Lee Tyack are now settling well and good after their wedding with their dog Isolde and their lovely baby girl Tamsyn. Their domestic bliss was halted when a shocking family event took place leaving our boys gasping for something to hold on into and if that’s not enough, the legend about the Bodmin beast resurfaced resulting to murder prompting Gideon and Lee to gather all their resources to find the killer.
As expected, Harper Fox delivered something that is nothing short of perfect! As usual, there’s the vivid description of the Dark village that will transport you to the place itself. This is where Harper Fox really excel the most – her lyrical storytelling will lull you into somberness and be hypnotized by her story in return.
I loved how rock-solid the relationship of Gid and Lee now like there’s nothing anyone can do to break them. They’re so in sync in every way including the paranormal stuff going on between them. I also loved how awfully realistic the scenario about Elowen and their baby. Gideon was mad and he’s every right to be and I loved that about his character. Despite his almost too forgiving nature, he’s still very human after all. I was actually very pissed with that situation but knowing the author, I don’t think she would leave her readers unsettled with the issue and naturally, she didn’t. I was relieved but still wanted to strangle Lee’s sister just the same.
There was no big twist here. It’s all very perfunctory regarding the Bodmin beast and catching the killer. What we got here instead was the strong connection between Gid and Lee through the years. We got a tour of how they’re living their marital life and a glimpse of their future.
Again, what a beautiful story from Miss Fox. I hope this isn’t the last book in the series.
Thank you, Harper Fox!
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Published August 1st 2015 by FoxTales Publications
About The Author
Harper Fox is an M/M author with a mission. She’s produced six critically acclaimed novels in a year and is trying to dispel rumours that she has a clone/twin sister locked away in a study in her basement. In fact she simply continues working on what she loves best– creating worlds and stories for the huge cast of lovely gay men queuing up inside her head. She lives in rural Northumberland in northern England and does most of her writing at a pensioned-off kitchen table in her back garden, often with blanket and hot water bottle.
She lives with her SO Jane, who has somehow put up with her for a quarter of a century now, and three enigmatic cats, chief among whom is Lucy, who knows the secret of the universe but isn’t letting on. When not writing, she either despairs or makes bread, specialities foccacia and her amazing seven-strand challah. If she has any other skills, she’s yet to discover them.