- File Size: 1173 KB
- Print Length: 80 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: FoxTales (October 30, 2013)
- Publication Date: October 30, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GBLQMEA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,130 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Once Upon A Haunted Moor (The Tyack & Frayne Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I've read Harper Fox before, but only her contemporary romance, "Scrap Metal," and that was a while ago. I enjoyed it, though, and was eager to see how she was at writing fantasy. I was not at all disappointed, and I'm eager to continue with this series!
This is a short, concise, elegant little mystery leaning more towards Gothic horror than the paranormal romance I expected. Fox's writing is so lush and cozy, rife with beautiful, chilly, austere descriptions of the English moors. I'm actually a little bummed I couldn't have read it in October, because it is the ideal Halloween mystery--you can easily read the entire thing in one afternoon in your favorite chair with a cup of coffee.
Fox's writing is undeniably romantic, but she's also one of the most refreshing, least flowery romance writers of today. For example, Gideon, our main detective character, is not simply horny and hard, he has had "a lonely, untouched year of it." Like, what a perfect way to say a man needs to get laid. I love it.
This mystery is atmospheric and moody without being melancholy. There's no skimping on the details, especially for a short book--you feel like you're right in the cold, the grass, the dark. It made everything about the plot heightened. I'm glad Gideon and Lee got together quickly in the narrative, because I'm eager to see them work as a team again. Gideon's sharp, analytical mind paired with Lee's visual psychic abilities make for an excellent crime-solving duo.
There was nothing special about the mystery itself. The motive was pretty weak and there was a pretty obvious giveaway line towards the beginning of the story that pointed blinding lights at the culprit. But I'd love to read about these two characters again in this small town, showing us more of the Moor and all the minor characters.
Sweet romantic connection, gothic mist on the Bodmin Moor and small town mysteries. This is a relatively short but very satisfying start to a series mixing mythology and granny tales with murder and constables.
Highly Recommend. Professionally written, smooth dialogue, sharply drawn characters, classic village scene with a psychic twist.
Things I rate mm books on
Sexy scale 1-5=3
One explicit scene, then some brief highlights of a night together. The warmth between these two is so great, both lonely and besieged.
Likable MCs 1-5=4
These two are great men in a quiet local way. And so good together.
Humor scale 1-5=2
Well, there is the dog for some goofy relief, and a little bit of small town shenanigans. But it's a dark tale of a missing child, no time for silliness.
Gideon's despair is the fog that starts off the tale...and he is feeling like a failure in his work of protecting the village, and over a failed relationship. It gets me down, but the whole story is the climb from that low point.
This whole Track and Frayne series is a Highly Recommend from me (in my top MM series shelf). But I have soft spot for this first one.
If you like this paranormal Great Britain mm mystery stuff
Then I recommend
J.L. Merrow's Plumber's Mate series (on my top MM series shelf)
And if you are good with a Psy in your U.S. mysteries
Jordan Castillo Price's Psycop Series. (On my top MM series shelf)
Diana Copeland's A Reason to Believe
This book is short but features a concise mystery (missing child, possible murder) that's balanced with very descriptive and visually simulating descriptions. At times, the language can get a bit dense and difficult to parse, especially when the author uses language specific to the region.
The m/m romance is fast and intense, so those seeking more of a slow burn may be disappointed, but the characters definitely develop a real appreciation and respect for each other. The author reserves the slow burn for the mystery that works it's way through a maze of clues and misdirections. When the right pieces are in place, the mystery concludes with a sudden and intense climax.
I only rated this 3 stars in part because it rushed through some points a bit too quickly and things wrapped up a bit too neatly. I'll likely read the next book to see if the lead characters get fleshed out a bit more. Oh, and I wanna know what happens with the dog ;)
He overcomes his skepticism when it turns out that the psychic is genuine, and genuinely a great guy. This makes Frayne, the cop, realize how lonely he's been, having driven his last boyfriend away for fear of what his community will think if they knew.
A very sweet romance, and an exciting mystery.
I only subtracted a star because I felt it was too short. It should have been longer. At this length, it's more a novelette. But at least, thankfully, there's more in the series to read. I can't wait!
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