Desert Foxe by Haley Walsh is a well thought out mystery with just the right touch of humor and romance to keep you turning page after page! I received a copy of this book at no charge from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.
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Desert Foxe by Haley Walsh
Title: Desert Foxe
Series: The Skyler Foxe Mysteries Book 5
Author: Publisher/Date: Published November 7th 2014 by MLR Press
Format/Length: 404 KB/232 pages
Genre: M/M contemporary, Humor, Mystery
Heat Rating: 2
Star Rating: 5
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.
Desert Foxe is actually the first book of the Skyler Foxe mystery series that I have read. While knowing the character’s histories would have been nice, I was able to easily follow the story without having read any of the previous books.
Skyler and his friends are heading to Palm Springs to the White Party. What is the White Party? It seems to be every gay boys dream come true with scantily clad gay men dancing, partying, swimming and just letting loose and enjoying an out and proud weekend. Skyler’s boyfriend Keith isn’t thrilled with the idea of being presented with so many of Skyler’s previous hook-ups but he tries to rein in the jealousy as best he can. Surrounded by several of his very good friends, Skyler is looking forward to a weekend of excitement but certainly not the type he finds!
From the very beginning of Desert Foxe, we get the impression that Skyler is prone to falling into trouble and he is also incredibly well loved by his friends. Trouble comes in the form of a murder on the dance floor and it’s a good thing he is so well loved because he needs every single one of his friends to keep him from getting himself killed, too!
The mystery in Desert Foxe is very well thought out and the author really seems to have done her research regarding Native American culture and customs. I found it incredibly interesting to read! This is a nice long story which really gives the author plenty of time to develop not only the mystery but the characters themselves. I loved getting to know Skyler’s teenage students…maybe there will be a followup story for them so I know whether their relationship survives the test of time!
I really enjoyed the way this story moved from one point of view to another. Each chapter would give us a look at the situation from a slightly different angle and the story would pick up again just a few minutes BEFORE the last chapter ended. It really helped me get a feel for what was going on since there are many characters and several different locations to keep track of.
Overall Desert Foxe was a great read. Just enough romance and humor to keep the book flowing but the mystery was definitely the central focus of this story. I will definitely be checking out a few of the other books in this series!