Monday, 31 October 2016

Detective Fox and the Christmas Caper by Isobel Starling - Pre-release Review

Detective Fox and the Christmas Caper (Dick and the Sidekick)
by Isobel Starling

124 pages
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Buy links: Amazon   Amazon UK   ARe

The blurb:

Every good Dick needs a sidekick…

Actor Tom Lewis’s world came crashing down when a honey trap and tabloid exposé outed him and put pay to his flourishing career. The housewives favorite was most well-known for his role as ‘Detective Fox’ in the quaint British series 'Malmesbury Murders'. But after the media speculation about his sexuality, the show is in hiatus and Tom hasn’t worked six months.

Now things are getting serious, the money he made from M.M is running out and he needs a job desperately. So when Tom’s agent offers him a six week seasonal acting job, he reluctantly agrees… and takes on the role of Santa for a top London department store.

This decision changes Tom’s luck. Not only will he have an income for the holiday season, he’ll also be working with a very sexy young elf that he spotted at the auditions, named Eli Mason.

The plot gathers pace when, during a break Tom overhears two unidentified store workers discussing a ‘job to get a little Christmas bonus”. He realizes the job is of the illegal sort. Now, Tom could call the police, but then again, wouldn’t it be great for his flagging career if Detective Fox saved the day?

So Fox is on the case, and as every good Dick needs a sidekick, Tom decides Eli will fit the role, in more ways than one.

My thoughts:

Oh but this book was fun; a cosy and humorous crime-caper come romance is probably the best description I can come up with. I pretty much smiled and laughed my way through this novella from start to finish.

There is a lot to like about this book. I loved both Tom’s gruffness and Eli’s sweet temperament, especially because the tables are completely turned once these two men get naked together. Sexy doesn’t begin to describe their bedroom (and living room for that matter) antics, but as hot as they were, they always erred on the side of sweet.

The crime in this book is rather ingenious and made me wonder about the author’s morality for a moment J I could actually see a set up as the one described in this book work in reality. The way the case ended on the other hand was all high jinks and far from realistic, but all the more fun for it. (And that’s all you’re getting, read the book if you want to know what I mean).

I’ve been a fan of ‘Midsomer Murders’, both the books and the TV series, and was delighted to see the author took her inspiration for Tom from those stories. Now that I’ve finished this story I can only hope the author will revisit Tom and Eli. Surely there are more mysteries and sexy-times in their future, and I for one, really want to read those.

If you’d like a lighthearted, sexy, and funny Christmas story look no further; Detective Fox and the Christmas Caper is exactly what you’re looking for.

About the author:

Inspiration strikes at the strangest of times.

Born in Germany, Isobel Starling spent most of her twenty-year professional career making Art. She relocated to the UK and, faced with the dreaded artist’s creative block, Isobel started to write and found she loved it more than making Art.

Isobel has just completed her sixth book. She adores the M/M genre and enjoys writing about wounded souls and the complexities of personal relationships.

Despite not having found proof yet, Isobel believes in love at first sight and endeavors to give her characters a thrilling journey and a satisfying ending.

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