Gay teacher Skyler Foxe thought teaching English was murder. Wait till he falls into the real thing.
Skyler Foxe is a brand new English teacher in his hometown of Redlands, CA. He loves literature, loves his students, loves his friends, especially his best friend Detective Sidney Feldman. But he doesn't love keeping his orientation a secret, afraid of the backlash in this conservative county. But will murder thrust him into unwanted limelight?
Who killed the principal's son outside a gay dance club? And what's the connection to James Polk High? Is the macho football coach or his mysterious and gorgeous new assistant coach involved? Can Skyler trust anyone at the high school when there seems to be conspiracies around every corner?
©2010 Haley Walsh (Jeri Westerson) (P)2015 Haley Walsh (Jeri Westerson)
My first audible! Had been thinking of reading this for a while. Went to buy it on kindle and saw it was also on audio. Why not give it a try. I'm so glad I did! The story was very entertaining and the performance fun to listen to. Starting book 2 very soon!
This is book one in the series and I'm already going through withdrawal. I finished listening to it about an hour ago and now I want more Skyler.
Skyler, an English teacher, gets caught up in murder and mystery at his school. He's young, enthusiastic, caring and gay but in the closet at his work. When he discovers the body of his principal's son outside of a nightclub, Skyler has to investigate. His friends - and particularly his best friend who is also a detective - warn him but he has to keep going.
Joel Leslie does an excellent job of narrating.
This book is definitely recommended.
"If Stephanie Plum was a gay teacher :)"
Absolutely. Loved the characters, loved the humor. It was so great to read about a gay lead character that had the same quality as mainstream mystery fiction. If you like Janet Evanovich, you'll love Skyler. The narrator is perfect... he doesn't just read the book... he brings the characters to really distinct life. I've already told my friends about it.
I think Skyler is such an endearing character... he has flaws and he's struggling to find himself and own his identity. His relationship with his students is really charming. My favorite thing is probably the quality of the writing... it was so great to read something with gay characters that was of such great comedic quality.
Probably Jamie. He's hilarious - fabulous but full of heart.
There was a point where I actually did get teary... but I don't wanna spoil it.
The books contain some (pretty steamy) sex - but the focus is on the story and the characters. It's was awesome.
"Miss Marple meets Neil Patrick Harris."
It's just like a gay Hardy Boys. It was so refreshing to read such a well written piece of gay mystery fiction. The characters are delightful, the writing is hilarious and the mystery is also well crafted. If you're a fan of MC Beaton and other engaging 'amateur sleuth' series, this is a definitely sexy addition to the canon.
It reminds me a lot of the Agatha Raisin or Hamish McBeth books - but with a wonderful cast of hilarious gay friends. Replace crumpets with cosmos... and you have Skyler Foxe and his friends. There is some really sexy stuff in the book - but that's certainly not the writer's focus. It was great to read adult fiction that was really invested in the story and the characters. Styler may be a horndog- but he's a wonderful role model.
He has amazing versatility with the characters. He has great comedic timing and the dynamic between all of Skyler's friends is hilarious.
There was one scene that made me really sniffly - i won't say what it is... but it's a lovely little surprise that you don't really see coming toward the end of the book. Walsh really makes you care about the minor characters as well.
Can't wait to read book 2.
"Great mystery, hilarious characters."
The narrator does a great job of creating a cast of wild characters. He really brings the book to life. Very funny.
Jamie. He's over the top and full of life. And the narrator does a great job of making him crazy and caring at the same time.
It's a mystery - so I don't wanna spoil it.
It was great to read a gay novel with a real sense of humor, strong characters and still be sexy. This book was really hot in places but most of all it's a great story. I'm looking forward to the others in the series!
"Can't wait for more!"
Sexy, sassy, sweet.
The mystery is very well developed and you become engaged. You feel a real attachment to the characters and you are really rooting for them. The mystery is complex, but believable and the entire story is woven around a larger mystery that she carries through the first three books... so you really become invested. The romantic plot has you just as much on the edge of your seat as the danger that Skyler is in.
He brings the book totally alive. He grabs right onto the big characters and fun energy of the writing. Skyler's friends are big personalities with and the narrator makes them very specific and engaging. His energy for the material is infectious.
There's a trick to solving crimes. And Skyler Foxe has had plenty of tricks.
Loved this series. It was so exciting to read the kind of detective novels that I love in the vein of No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency or Miss Marple...but for it to be filled with characters that I really related to. Walsh not only makes really great characters that you care about - but she fleshes them out and truly cares. It was so exciting to read great detective fiction surrounded by characters that reminded me exactly of myself and my friends and so many people that I know and make me laugh.
"Hot homo handling homework and homicide."
Certainly in the realm of gay-themed fiction I would rate it very highly. Often the narrators that agree to do this kind of material sound more like my grandfather than the characters they portray. The voice for this was spot-on. The writing is smart, sassy and the book also surprises you with real emotional depth. I certainly would listen to more from this series and this narrator.
There is a moment between two of Skyler's students that really took me by surprise...and i loved it. It's always tough to talk in too much detail about a mystery - but this book has plenty of twists and turns. There is a romantic high point in an abandoned classroom between Skyler and Keith that was really hot lol.
I haven't - but I think he has a great energy for this kind of material. He embraces the different characters and makes them very specific and entertaining.
I love the fact that Skyler is flawed... he's not perfect. There's a conversation he has with his friend Phillip that I thought was really great in terms of character development. Walsh invests as much time in her supporting cast as she does in Skyler.
Happy to be a member of the SFC. :)
"Pretty darn fun and frisky. :)"
I loved Skyler and his friends. It's a fresh and fun spin on the m/m genre... The characters are well drawn, and full of life and joy and humor. If you like Janet Evanovich or other mystery writers that have a great comedic tone, you'll really like Skyler. I'm so glad this is a series - just like with No 1 Ladies Detective Agency or Stephanie Plum - you really become engaged with Skyler, Keith and all of Skyler's crazy friends. The narrator is lively and very funny... very much in the Will and Grace style and tone which was perfect for this material. The SFC (the Skyler F--- Club - named because all his best friends are former tricks) are like a Sex in the City spin on Scooby Doo!!
"Can't Wait For More"
I can't wait to listen to more in this series. I love a good mystery that's also fun, and Walsh's Skyler Foxe is a fun character along with the SFC.
"Campy, yet Cute"
It wasn't a bad book, but there were parts that could have been a little more clear. I love the narration Joel provided. The tonality and dictation in his voice made certain moments "exciting". Pretty good read for anyone looking to relax and add a little humor to their daily routine.
"Fun and Drama Packed"
I really enjoyed this book. Skyler is a believable character who gets himself into all kinds of situations throughout the book which kept me both interested and entertained. The writing had just the right amount of humor and the characters the right amount of complexity for the novel to be an absolute delight and one which was easy to listen to at the end of a challenging day.
I particularly liked that this gay novel did not focus a great deal on the erotic element of the sexual preference and didn't dwell on 'between the sheets' activities. I hope more gay fiction writers take note that just because a reader chooses a gay novel it does not mean they want to hear every single detail about the sexual encounters of the characters. Whilst being far from a prude, I do like to be allowed to have some things left to my imagination!
Joel Leslie does a great job as the narrator of this novel. He truly brings the characters to life and skillfully uses timing and emphasis to make comedic moments more funny and to make the reader really understand the awkwardness of some of the book's scenes. His different pitches and accents for the characters were very good, and in the case of Rodolfo, added a great deal of humor.
Overall, this was a wonderful breath of fresh air and a story which I found difficult to turn off once I had begun listening to it. I cannot wait for the second installment of this trilogy!
"Fun and lighthearted mystery!"
3 1/2 Stars to a fast speeded fun adventure. There weren't a slow moment.
I liked theses (there were a big bunch) characters and was quite impressed by this (great) narrators way to give different voices for them all.
More suspense than romance but I'm looking forward to the next audiobook edition to Foxe-book #2.
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