Review: To Catch A Fox (Fox Mysteries #01) by Geoffrey Knight and Ethan Day

June 3, 2013 Review 0

Review: To Catch A Fox (Fox Mysteries #01) by Geoffrey Knight and Ethan Day

Sex. Murder. Blackmail. Revenge. Life in the Big Easy can be a real bitch.

Meet Jon Fox, a sexy New Orleans private detective with more family secrets than even he knows about. But his latest case is about to bring more to the swampy surface than Fox himself could ever have guessed—

A polite old lady with a plot to murder a stranger;
A mother whose secret sent her insane;
An uncle with complete control over the family empire;
A father whose suicide might once again tear his family apart;
And a hot, handsome, clueless blond with a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Yes, meet Jon Fox. A New Orleans private detective whose complicated life...just got a little more complex.

Title: To Catch a Fox
Author: Ethan Day, Geoffrey Knight
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: At Piper's Point, Self Preservation, Love Me Tomorrow, Dreaming of You, The Boy From Brighton, Miami Moon, Cairo Curse, The Pearl
Published by Wilde City Press
Source: Author
Published: 29 September, 2012
Genres: Male Male Romance
Pages: 389
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Stars: two-stars
Flames: four-flames

When I started this book, it felt very much like the noir pulp fiction detective novels, so easy to devour in an afternoon. The initial set up and story was engaging and quite cleverly written. What I have discovered is that I am not a fan of co-authored works when the authors in question have vastly divergent styles, as the plot felt choppy and disconnected, and that led to great difficulties with my appreciation of the characters.

While I found the female characters to almost fall into stereotypes: greedy, mad, or calculating; the males didn’t fare much better. Jon Fox was arrogant and self-centered, overly reliant on his looks, and rather callously boastful about his sexual conquests. His love interest, Tucker, didn’t feel authentic to me, more a foil and juxtaposition personality-wise from Fox.

Another difficulty was in the frequent POV switches, while the mysteries were mostly clever, there were several points where I had to go back to see where in the mystery/scene we were at because of the switches.

Yes, there were really well written scenes, and there were beautifully described settings, but both were too infrequent to hold my interest and keep me anxious to find the solution to the puzzles, rather than to just be done with the story. With some steamy scenes set in that were little more than voyeuristic and often felt like filler, even the romance fell short for me. Sadly, the most memorable part for me in the book was Snowflake: a clever pet addition.

I received a copy of the book from the author for purpose of honest review for the Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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