Reviewed by Annika
TITLE: Third Solstice
SERIES: The Tyack & Frayne Mysteries #6
AUTHOR: Harper Fox
NARRATOR: Tim Gilbert
PUBLISHER: Audible Studios
RELEASE DATE: December 4, 2017
LENGTH: 3 hours 29 minutes
BLURB: Gideon’s managed to swing a few festive days off, and he and Lee are looking forward to celebrating their little girl’s first birthday. But duty calls, and Gideon is too good an officer to ignore the summons. He finds himself on the streets of Penzance, helping police the midwinter Montol celebrations.
It’s his third winter solstice with Lee, and disturbance, danger and magic are in the air. His daughter is beginning to show some remarkable gifts, and not all the family can cope with them. As the Montol festivities reach their fiery heights, will Lee and Gideon find a way to keep those they love best on the right side of the solstice gate?
Third Solstice, more than the others, is not meant to be read as a standalone. To be able to enjoy and follow the story you need all the background knowledge the previous books will give you. Not to mention the great reads they are, so don’t miss out on them, start at the beginning you won’t be sorry.
Who ever said raising a baby was easy?
Oh yeah – no one. And raising a child in the small town of Dark, where legends and myths intertwine with everyday lives, brings its own set of challenges. Gideon and Lee soon finds out there’s a lot more to their dear Tamsyn that meets the eye. (They might want to teach their guests to duck.)
This book reads more like an interlude between books. It’s more focused on family than the others have been. Everything else surrounding Lee and Gideon’s family was secondary and there was no real mystery to it. But do I mind? Not in the least, I’m loving every word Ms. Fox writes about these people and the troubles they find themselves in. And imagining all the trouble Gideon and Lee will face when Tamsyn grow up brings a huge grin to my face. I can’t wait for it – but I bet it will give them nightmares 😉
With each new book in the series we get more and more insight in the supernatural world of Dark. The secrets that are publicly hidden. And that there are so many more people involved and they all have their duties to fulfill. And it’s all so much complex than what it seemed when we started out on this journey. I for one can’t wait to see where we all end up, and I am more than happy to come along for the ride.
If you’ve read my previous reviews of this series, you all know I’m a big fan of Tim Gilbert’s narration of these books. This book is no exception, I was wonderfully lost in his voice and narration and was not a happy camper when the book ended – it was just too soon. This book was over way too soon for my liking, but I think I’ve said that before too. This series needs to be full length novels so that we have enough time to bask in this wonderfully haunted village and spend some quality time with the people we’ve come to love.