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Book Review: Once Upon A Western Shore (The Tyack & Frayne Mysteries, #9) – Harper Fox

Published April 30th 2018 by FoxTales Publications
Genres & Themes: LGBTQ+, Mystery, Death, Romance, Family
Kindle Edition, 160 pages
ASIN: B07BC9QNTS
Characters: Lee Tyack, Gideon Frayne

Blurb: It’s May Eve, and for once the body discovered in a meadow isn’t Gideon’s concern. The remains are decades old, and Gid and Lee are free to enjoy a proper Cornish Beltane, with maypoles, mirth, and a wild, sexy dash into the greenwood.

When trouble flares, it’s from an unexpected source: Tamsyn, after a quiet few months, suddenly manifests terrifying new paranormal powers. She can’t be kept hidden forever, and working out how to shield her is enough to drive a wedge even between these most united of parents.

Then Gideon’s cold case becomes a hot one for Lee. The dead man in the field has been forgotten by the living, but his memories are vivid and riding wild on the wind from the sea. No-one can act out his unfinished business but Lee, and it’s going to take all Gideon’s strength and love to get him through the ordeal.

Beltane magic past and present sweeps through Cornwall as Tamsyn steps into her powers, and the witches of the western shore look set to pay a dreadful price unless Gideon and Lee can bring to light the truth buried so long ago.This is another wonderful addition to the series! My favorite family! One of my favorite couples of all time! I just loved the whole thing about Tamsyn’s growing powers. She really is becoming what she’s supposed to be – the witch of Bodmin! I loved that we get to see Gideon and Lee’s domesticity here towards each other and towards their little girl. The whole plot feels like an ordinary day for this extraordinary family but it gets to you. The writing, the characters’ dynamics and the future of the series makes you all so excited! This is a superb read for the fans of the series – there’s a few tears here and there and a bit fo a surprise as well! It’s definitely worth reading and buying!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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.

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Book Review: Underhill: A Halloween Story (The Tyack & Frayne Mysteries, #8) – Harper Fox

Published October 28th 2017 by FoxTales
Genres & Themes: LGBTQ+, Mystery, Death
Kindle Edition, 54 pages
ASIN: B076Z66FCH
Characters: Lee Tyack, Gideon Frayne

Blurb: It’s Halloween, and Lee is wrapping up a TV special at Underhill, a haunted house on Bodmin Moor. There’s only one problem – despite its terrible past, this house doesn’t seem to be haunted at all. Not great for the fans of Spirits of Cornwall, but all Lee wants to do is get home to Gideon and Tamsyn in time for their family party. Gid and Zeke are due to pick him up at any minute, so Lee sends his film crew home to enjoy their own Halloween plans .

The moment he’s alone, everything changes. When Gideon and Zeke arrive, they find the house deserted and dark. Zeke thinks Lee must have left with the film crew, but Gid’s instincts tell him otherwise.

The policeman and the preacher must set aside their differences and pool their gifts to pick up Lee’s trail. Will they be in time to save him from the ghosts and strange forces at work in Underhill House?

I’ve read this a week back and have re-read parts of it at least twice now. I absolutely loved this little Halloween novella. It’s so lovely to be hearing from Lee and Gideon again. I loved the feel of the story and the mystery behind it. Although it’s creepy I thought it was fun.

The resolution connecting one of the side characters was also genius. I loved that about Harper Fox. She can write so many characters but you won’t get lost in the story. She knows how to weave it smoothly.

‘Will definitely recommend this to fans of the series!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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.

Book Review: Preacher, Prophet, Beast (The Tyack & Frayne Mysteries, #7) – Harper Fox

Published April 20th 2017 by FoxTales
Genres & Themes: LGBTQ+, Mystery, Family Drama, Xenophobia
Kindle Edition, 200 pages
ASIN: B06XFDW5Q8
Characters: Lee Tyack, Gideon Frayne, Zeke Frayne

This is the seventh book in the Tyack & Frayne Mystery series.

Blurb: Lee would gladly trade all his psychic gifts for a chance at ordinary life with his husband and his little girl. Three years into their marriage, they’re settled in their new home – but the House of Joy can’t shield them from an oncoming threat with the power to uproot their whole world.

Lee can’t define it further, and even his beloved Gideon can’t unmask a monster with no face at all. Gideon is mired in problems and secrets of his own as he struggles to adjust to his new rank and the complexities of plainclothes police work with CID, and for once the devoted Tyack-Frayne partnership is failing to communicate.

Turbulent times in the world at large reach deep into the Bodmin heartland, and the village of Dark is without its guardian constable. More than Lee and Gideon can possibly know has been depending upon their rapport, and as the summer rises towards the longest day, a new and unfathomable kind of Beast is afoot on the moors…

This is another awesome addition to one of my favorite series ever! Yaaaay!!! I thought that the last installment, The Third Solstice was the last one we’ll see of Lee and Gideon so I was on cloud nine when I found out that there will still be more Tyack and Frayne mysterious adventures!

If you’ve read the series from the start – you’d already know the strong undercurrent of darkness in it. Darkness in the form of many mysterious things from the Bodmin ‘beast’ to wondering souls and even the many peculiarity of people with special gifts.

This one is perhaps the darkest in the series. There’s a mounting pressure on Gideon with his new rank and Lee is somehow stuck in not seeing anything that may or may not prevent a tragedy.

Again, Harper Fox was able to deliver a riveting story that will give you goosies and a roller-coaster of emotions from start to finish. I loved the little revelations here and there and it’s so good to see all of the side characters (with my favorite Kitto)appearing in this installment. This is again another definitive proof of the author’s genius in writing!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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.

Book Review: Third Solstice (Tyack & Frayne, #6) – Harper Fox

third-solsticePublished December 17th 2015
Format: Novel
Genre: Paranormal / Romance / Contemporary
Length: 80 pages, ebook
Publisher: Foxtales Publications
Cover Artist: Harper Fox
Ebook ASIN: B019IYQKPM
Characters: Gideon Frayne, Lee Tyack

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Harper Fox released another book on her Tyack & Frayne Mystery series – and I knew I just had to get my paws on it pronto! I’ve re-read the series constantly ever since I got hold of the first book earlier last year and getting a glimpse of ‘em once again just makes me oh-so-happy!

This installment isn’t stand-alone since it includes characters from previous books which made me really happy (much so) since I really loved the “Kitto” one and he’s got a bit of a mention here.

As for the story here, it was all domestic for both Gideon and Lee and their daughter until said daughter started to show her psychokinetic abilities. It was also the winter solstice – also a time for new beginnings and everyone’s becoming what they should be.

I loved how Harper Fox focuses on their family this time and not all the odd things happening around them. I mean, it’s a given they’re an odd family what with all the paranormal stuff but this one feels more emotional in some way. Gideon and Lee’s relationship is stronger than ever, their careers are stable and just the whole domestic side is all so-endearing to read. Their love for their daughter is almost palpable and how they protect each other.

Reading the whole thing was like watching an episode of my favorite TV show. There were some issues at the beginning which got resolved easily at the end and that’s that. Purely enjoyable and you’d definitely want to ask for a repeat or perhaps the new “episode.” Highly recommended for the fans of the series!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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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.

Book Review: Guardians Of The Haunted Moor (Tyack & Frayne #5) – Harper Fox

Guardians Of The Haunted Moor (Tyack & Frayne #5)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

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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.

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Book Review: Kitto (Tyack & Frayne #4) – Harper Fox

Kitto[Book 4 of Tyack & Frayne Series]

Kitto is an interesting twist to Gideon and Lee’s story. This feels like the last installment of the series as the couple decided to get married but not without a fuss. Lee can somehow predict the future and it’s making him crazy adding it to the stress of planning a wedding which he couldn’t see using his “new power”.  This made Gideon decide to whisk Lee away for a little vacay in a creek-side cabin in the mysterious Cornish country. Here, a young handsome man named Kitto appeared that ends up disrupting their retreat. Gideon doesn’t think of the kid much but a nuisance. Lee however was horrified that Gideon could actually see and talk to a ghost!

As the village gears up for their midsummer Golowan festival, Lee and Gideon must also reconcile the difference between the real and spirits world in order to come out of this together.

It makes me sad that this one seemed to be the last installment of the series because I really do love this couple. I loved the whole feel of the series and I feel like I was part of the Dark Village and this Cornish country. The whole fiasco about Lee getting some vision about the future was a great twist into his clairvoyance. Here, their love for each other was somehow challenged and I’m happy that they remained strong for each other despite their little issues on the side.

The writing as usual was superb and I’d definitely miss this duo and I’m still hoping that this won’t be the last one in the series. Nevertheless, thank you Harper Fox for this wonderful series!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Published June 20th 2014 by Smashwords Edition

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Book Review: Don’t Let Go (Tyack & Frayne #3) – Harper Fox

Don't Let GoLee Tyack just moved in with Gideon Frayne and they both love their new lives.  Lee however was still haunted by a ghost from his past. Gideon will always be there to protect Lee but after an injury while on duty, he also realized that he needs protection too. Their love for each other and their shared horror from their childhood will help uncover a decade-long mystery, something that they will have to withstand and not let go of each other.

This is my third book from the series and I loved every minute reading it! Now this one centers more on the balance of their relationship. How Gideon can be so protective of Lee and how Lee could also protect Gideon whenever he needed it. I loved the openness of Gideon’s character more than ever. I also loved that there is now an easy acceptance from his brother Ezekiel regarding his relationship with Lee. It’s sometimes funny whenever Zeke switches on into his old Methodist preacher way.

Don’t Let Go isn’t that spooky compared to the first two books but the emotional pull of this one is much heavier. I think I just about fell for Gideon here so much that I want to marry him myself. He’s so perfect!

The dealio about the Cornish panther was rather reminiscent of that creepy character played by Stanley Tucci in The Lovely Bones and that totally gave me the creeps!!! I loved the ritual at the end and how Lee got some sort of closure about his Dad and the evil shadow that has haunted his childhood.

This is yet again another beautifully written story from Fox. The series is perfect so far and I’d love to go on and on with it!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Published February 11th 2014 by FoxTales

Book Review: Tinsel Fish (Tyack & Frayne #2) – Harper Fox

Tinsel Fish[Book 2 of Tyack & Frayne Series]

It’s going to be Police Constable Gideon Fraynes’s first Christmas celebrating it with a new lover. As he accompanied Lee Tyack during one of his shows in Falmouth, they find themselves in one of Lee’s client houses vanquishing some unwelcome presence. When all goes wrong, strange things started happening with Lee making Gideon confused but still finds himself helping Lee in uncovering what transpired during the ritual.

This series is getting better and better. I loved that in a short period of time, Gideon and Lee’s relationship have developed faster than expected. They surely made a great connection back in the Moor helping find the missing girl. It’s also nice to see how slowly Gideon is coming out of his shell. I loved his easy countenance towards Lee and towards their budding romance.

In the first book, I mentioned that I didn’t get much from Lee because it’s mostly Gideon-centric. Now though, we get tons of Lee moments. We see how he really works and his beliefs at what he does. There’s also vulnerability with both characters that made them more endearing to me.

In the story, Lee was somehow possessed or something like being bullied by a wayward presence. It’s amazing how Harper Fox spin the wheel in this sequel. The mystery in the story was thick, the draw of both Lee and Gideon is still strong and the setting vivid as ever. The conclusion also made me want to know more about Lee and how Gideon will adapt to his lover’s relationship with the unknown.

It’s another great story from Fox who not only delivered a great story but also created a couple you’d root for in a long while!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Published March 18th 2014 by Smashwords Edition