Title: Desert Foxe (Skyler Foxe Mysteries #5)
Author Name: Haley Walsh
Publication Date & Length: November 7, 2014 – 232 pgs
Skyler and his friends go to Palm Springs for the annual White Party and find murder!
Out and proud high school English teacher Skyler Foxe and his posse of friends go to the annual Palm Springs White Party for a weekend of fun, frivolity, and luscious men. But there are boy troubles of all kinds ahead. Skyler’s boyfriend and high school coach Keith Fletcher has to endure an embarrassing number of Skyler’s former hook-ups, one of the SFC might be going solo, Skyler encounters unexpected and unwelcome participants at the party, and there’s a murder on the dance floor, literally at Skyler’s feet! Both Skyler and Keith are drawn into investigating more than murder when the FBI asks Skyler to do the unthinkable.
I have not read the other books in this series, but did not feel that I was missing too much. The author made sure that this was a story that could be read as a standalone.
Skyler and Keith were a great couple. They both respected each other’s careers, each other and loved each other – despite neither of them being too great at expressing it. This was a story of learning to show your love – to grab it, hold it and never let it go.
The plot was thick, with twists and turns that were not easily guessed, until Walsh wanted the reader to be aware. I really liked the story – the characters were funny, loving, loyal and the younger ones were mischievous.
Keith is a brawny man who loves Skyler fiercely. Even though Skyler has a colorful past, Keith is able to look beyond Skyler’s many past lovers and agrees to go to the white party – which Skyler used to use as a place to hook up. While there, the murder that takes place is strange and mysterious. What follows is a story with so many ins and outs; the characters who are friends with Skyler and Keith have their own issues, but when they realize that their friends might be in trouble, nothing will stop them from helping out.
The two young boys, who Skyler and Keith have both mentored and taught make for a more light story line, but one that is crucial to showing the reading that both Skyler and Keith have helped to shape young lives.
I also liked how the protagonist was not really a bad person; more misguided than anything, he tried to do the right thing in the end. There was really no vilifying him, which I liked. I believe people can change – should be allowed to change. Walsh did an excellent job at showing that compassion in this protagonists’ life.
I really enjoyed this story and would love to read the ones prior to this – however, like I stated at the beginning of this review, the previous books were not necessary.
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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.
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