Reviewed by Vicki (Tori)
SERIES: Tyack and Frayne #7
AUTHOR: Harper Fox
LENGTH: 160 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 20th, 2017
This is the seventh book in the Tyack & Frayne Mystery series.
Lee would gladly trade all his psychic gifts for a chance at ordinary life with his husband and his little girl. Three years into their marriage, they’re settled in their new home – but the House of Joy can’t shield them from an oncoming threat with the power to uproot their whole world.
Lee can’t define it further, and even his beloved Gideon can’t unmask a monster with no face at all. Gideon is mired in problems and secrets of his own as he struggles to adjust to his new rank and the complexities of plainclothes police work with CID, and for once the devoted Tyack-Frayne partnership is failing to communicate.
Turbulent times in the world at large reach deep into the Bodmin heartland, and the village of Dark is without its guardian constable. More than Lee and Gideon can possibly know has been depending upon their rapport, and as the summer rises towards the longest day, a new and unfathomable kind of Beast is afoot on the moors…
I LOVE this series! I can’t tell you how happy I was to see this latest release….
If you aren’t familiar with these books, you really should be. They are set in and around Dark Cornwall, and follow the lives of Gideon Frayne, local policeman, and the strange and wonderful Lee Tyack, psychic. In the first book, the two work together to find a missing child, and form a close bond. As the series progresses, we follow them through several years of adventures, mystical mysteries, incredible sex, and a very deep and true love.
In this latest installment, we see Lee and Gideon settled into their new lives, Lee staying home with their daughter Tamsyn, only taking 0n the occasional psychic reading, and working on scripts for his on again off again TV show. Gideon took a promotion and is no longer the local cop for Dark, and is now struggling with his new job. The folks of Dark aren’t happy with the situation, as Gideon finds out at one point in this story, as he gets a visit from a local contingent, asking for his help with some issues. Pot growing, overflowing garbage bins, and the like. There is also some family drama going on with Zeke, Gideon’s brother, who seems to be having a moment of doubt in his life as a preacher. Elowen, Lee’s sister and Tamsyn’s birthmother also comes back on to the scene, causing trouble. There is some racial strife happening, which was rough to see, but probably realistic given the times we live in. We see the return of people from past books, both good and bad. There is also something happening to Gideon, he’s showing signs of a summer flu, or could it be something else? Is something magical going on again? Could be….
We get lovely glimpses of happiness. The family celebrating Zeke’s birthday. Quiet moments in the garden with Lee, Gideon, and Tamsyn. Isolde, the goofy family dog pops up. There are some beautiful sexy times for Lee and Gideon. There is also drama and strife, both from external sources, and internally between Gideon and Lee. This was so hard to watch! They have been so perfect, seeing a flaw was awful. There is some supernatural interference, as usual, but it took a different and drastic turn. I loved that part!
So this book is pretty much perfect. I’ve loved these guys since book one, and this series just seems to get better and better. Harper Fox has such a deep love for the magical land, the myths, the legends, the characters, she shows that so clearly in these books. I believe every bit of it. Even the unreal parts! Sometimes these books freak me out a little, the stories can be scary, but this one not so much. I loved seeing the other characters from past books, I loved the “solution” to the issues in this book. I loved the drama between Lee and Gideon, even though it shocked me. I loved that I was so emotionally invested in this men, that it physically hurt me when they were…. well I can’t say!
I loved Tamsyn! What a cool little kid. I can’t wait to see the person she grows in to, I so hope we get to see more of her. I love Ma Frayne, she has progressed so drastically over the series, from someone who didn’t approve of Gideon and Lee, to a staunch supporter of gay rights. Same with Zeke, his progression has been as dramatic. I really liked him in this book especially. He’s not about a lot, but just enough to see what kind of man he’s turned in to. Everything is just perfect, the characters, the writing, the details, the story, the sex, the emotions, all of it. I don’t know what else to say!
This is really not a standalone book, you need to know these characters before you’ll understand this story. I highly recommend the entire series, and of course, this is a fantastic addition to the series. Please Harper, give us more!