Can out-and-proud high school teacher Skyler Foxe find the Redlands firebug before he falls prey to a killer?
High school English teacher Skyler Foxe is now out and proud, even though a few months ago he had no intention of being so. But since the cat is now out of the bag, he embraces it as well as his boyfriend, head football coach, Keith Fletcher. But who is that good-looking gay parent hanging around Keith, causing mischief at the school as well as in Skyler’s private life? And then someone from Skyler’s past returns, stirring up trouble. Add to that a firebug and suddenly everyone seems up to no good, especially when a smoldering corpse is found outside of the local gay bar. Skyler can’t help himself and he gets up to his old sleuthing tricks once more.
This story is the best one of the series so far. I liked that Skyler didn’t go looking for trouble as much as in the previous books, though he could definitely use some reality checks with taking his friends and getting them into trouble. This time around Skyler trouble seemed to just find him or he happened upon it. I still think he needs to be more up front with information to the police and less impulsive. But he’s learning, just like Sidney said. I felt bad for Skyler and Keith in this one. Skyler was hurt by Keith not listening and Keith was hurt by seeing what he saw. I think they needed to get through that hurt for them to be able to get over some of their issues. They definitely came out the other side very happy together and with a future ahead of them. I also liked that all of Skyler’s friends seem to be in relationships now too and all kinds of happy. I like when side characters get happy endings, or at least happy beginnings of happy endings, as well. The mystery was really well done. I didn’t see the who and the why until it was revealed. Ms. Walsh writes wonderful mystery pieces. She lays everything out for you, leaving some red herrings along the way. Yet you don’t feel you’re being led wrong at the time. It’s not until the end that she’s telling you that no, it was actually Professor Plum in the library with the candlestick all along. And you realize that, yup, those clues were there you just didn’t see them until it was too late. This is how mystery is supposed to be.
Haley Walsh tried acting, but decided the actor’s life was not for her. Instead, she became a successful graphic designer and art director 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 a critically acclaimed GLBT mystery series, the Skyler Foxe Mysteries. She’s lived all her life in southern California, sampling wines and chomping chocolate. Oh, and she also writes a multi-award nominated medieval mystery series under another name. Yeah, it’s a living.
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