Review: To Catch A Fox
To Catch A Fox by Geoffrey Knight
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Intrigue, murder, betrayal, suspense and new love, what else can be crammed into this story?
Jon Fox is a rich trust fund baby who's been a rebel without a cause. Angry at the loss of his parents, he spent years finding trouble and causing mischief. As an adult now, he's cleaned up and settled on a job as a private detective.
Duo authors Mr. Knight and Mr. Day captures the reader's attention from the first few pages. The description is distinctive and in high definition. One can easily see the scene play out as a movie. For those who have seen Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, this setting matches the movie style perfectly, just as it's referenced in this suspense tale.
It seems Jon is plagued with bad luck. He just wants to solve cases yet his last case and current one are both crazy. Both involve death and oddly enough, a large white alligator. The way these two authors weave in every little detail, it takes my breath away. An example is how they tie in the large white alligator, Snowflake, from beginning to end.
This story is fast-paced with intricate details. At each twist, the reader gasps with an - "oh no!" The writing is rich and filled with humour to counterbalance the painful reveals of both Jon and Tucker's past. This is a trademark style expected from the talented Mr. Day, and he doesn't disappoint.
The writing tone of this book does feel a bit different in how heavy it focuses on the suspense. One can only guess this is due to the addition of Mr. Knight. This blend of suspense and humour works very well.
The characters in this story are well-designed. Jon is a guy who can't get a break. Meeting Tucker Wilder doesn't seem to help his fortunes. It's as if Jon is a chaos magnet. A simple case of two weeks ends up revealing a long con with Jon's family as the target. How Tucker is involved catches both Jon and Tucker by surprise. This twist was unexpected. It's a pleasure to be caught off guard.
What is most enjoyable about this story is the humour. It is captured best in this scene.
"I'm up to about one near death experience a day this week." Tucker tried on a smile that felt less than genuine. "At this point, I consider anything excluding death or a coma a personal triumph." (p.418)
This story is a 3.5 star for me. It's well written with sweet love intermingled with a riveting suspense and Southern drama. The m/m mystery is recommended to those who love angst and chaos.
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