Detective Fox and the Christmas Caper

Detective Fox and the Christmas Caper Every good Dick needs a sidekick Actor Tom Lewis s world came crashing down when a honey trap and tabloid expose outed him and put pay to his flourishing career The housewives favorite was most well k

  • Title: Detective Fox and the Christmas Caper
  • Author: Isobel Starling
  • ISBN: 9781370254576
  • Page: 228
  • Format: ebook
  • Every good Dick needs a sidekick Actor Tom Lewis s world came crashing down when a honey trap and tabloid expose outed him and put pay to his flourishing career The housewives favorite was most well known for his role as Detective Fox in the quaint British series Malmesbury Murders But after the media speculation about his sexuality, the show is in hiatus and Tom hasEvery good Dick needs a sidekick Actor Tom Lewis s world came crashing down when a honey trap and tabloid expose outed him and put pay to his flourishing career The housewives favorite was most well known for his role as Detective Fox in the quaint British series Malmesbury Murders But after the media speculation about his sexuality, the show is in hiatus and Tom hasn t worked six months.Now things are getting serious, money running out and Tom needs a job desperately So when his agent offers him a seasonal acting job, he reluctantly agrees and takes on the role of Santa for a top London department store.This decision changes Tom s luck When Tom overhears two unidentified store workers discussing a job to get a little Christmas bonus He realizes the job is of the illegal sort Now, Tom could call the police, but then again, wouldn t it be great for his flagging career if Detective Fox saved the day So Fox is on the case, and as every good Dick needs a sidekick, Tom decides a sexy young elf named Eli Mason will fit the role in ways than one.

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    • Heather K (dentist in my spare time) says:

      I DNFed this one at about 40%, but it was difficult to push myself that far. I'm going to try to be kind here. I struggled a lot with the lack of editing. I'm not a professional writer or anything close, but bad editing really detracts from the story. This story needed a few very hard passes through an editor to work out some kinks, especially comma usage, repetitive word usage, and awkward phrasing. I also didn't warm to the characters, and I felt very "meh" about the story all the way through. [...]

    • Lorraine Lesar says:

      3.75*Firstly I want to talk about the good bits -It made me chuckle. I like books like that. I loved that cover. It was bold and suggested fun (and it was). I like books like that.The sexy bits. The author certainly knows how to write the sexy bits. I like books like that.The premise. How one thing leads to unexpected other things. I like books like that.Now let's talk about the not so good bits -In a word. Editing. I don't like books like that.And that's a big shame, because it cost the author [...]

    • Ann says:

      3 3/4 StarsI had a lot of fun reading this Christmas novella. It’s got humor, steam, a bit of mystery and did I mention steam? Detective Fox definitely read like the first in a series to me. Not that that is a bad thing, but there was necessary setup to the characters, plus the mystery plus the lead in to further episodes to cover in a novella length story, so much was touched on without a ton of detail. Again, not a bad thing and I’m hoping the bits I want more of will be further explored i [...]

    • BWT (Belen) says:

      Honestly, how have I not listened to something narrated by Gary Furlong before? This audio was fantastic!The story is well described by the blurb. Told in multiple POV, the plot requires some suspension of disbelief, but this is a fun, quirky Christmas mystery. While it may not be super plausible, it’s lighthearted and amusing, and well-polished by Furlong's narration. There's an obvious love of the location (I just visited London for the first time and this brought me back in my memories), so [...]

    • Mihaela says:

      Oh, God! Where do I start? This novella was all kinds of fun. Beggars can’t be choosers and Tom has realized this after he was outed as gay and is facing unemployment. He’s an actor and he loves it but, he has reached the point where he can’t allow his pride to win and refuse a well paid job just because it might make him look silly.If this means playing Santa Claus for one of London’s top stores, so be it. He’s still not ready to give up being Detective Fox, though and, when the oppor [...]

    • Kelly H. (Maybedog) says:

      Ugh. 1.5 stars rounded down. This was so awful, I don't even want to relive it to put my notes into some kind of cohesive review. So here they are raw:Way too much telling. it was engaging from the outset but quickly fizzled as I was inundated with probably irrelevant new characters and way too much info about them. The plot was superficial. The story didn't know what to be and where to go so it meandered all over the place. Describing Eli's looks without him commenting on it or seeing himself i [...]

    • Lisa says:

      Tom, an actor who was famous for being a cop in a tv show is currently out of work following a sex scandal. To make ends meet he takes the position of Santa at a large London store.There he meets Eli, one of the elves and the 2 start on a relationship.However, this takes a backseat to the mystery of the planned theft from the store.I liked this book, some very hot sexy times. The idea of Tom and Eli solving the crime was nice if not very realistic. The final chase scene was funny.I will probably [...]

    • Idamus says:

      Narration was the best part, DNF.

    • Scarletine says:

      This book is now available in audio, narrated by Gary Furlongaudible/pd/Romance/De

    • Mtsnow13 says:

      Wow! I just finished this cute little romp and it left me smiling from ear to ear. In this story we have some well rounded and fun characters.First there is struggling actor Eli Mason, a fresh young unemployed drama student who is part of an acrobatic juggling duo. He and his goofy best friend/acrobatic partner Jared go through an audition to become Christmas elves for the highly sought after positions in a famous department store in London.Lo and behold, but to their surprise, who will be playi [...]

    • ⚣❣☙ Michaelle ❧❣⚣ says:

      4.3 StarsHoly hell, that was fun!Yeah, I have to admit this started off a bit slow, but once the tale started focusing on the specifics of the "caper" the story really took off. I love the almost slapstick quality found here; during the chase scene I mentally pictured it as a kind of Benny Hill homaged OMG to find out that someone had filmed it, sped up the action, and set it to Yakety Sax proved I was on the right track. In addition, the multiple movie/TV/etc. references and quotes made the cha [...]

    • F. says:

      Tom, a TV detective, has been dumped from his show but his agent manages to find him work as Santa at a leading London department store ( a mix of Harrods and Hamleys). JJ and Eric a duo who have just finished at RADA, are elves at the same store. When Tom gets wind of a crime being planned he sees it as a way to get back to his show. He and Eric begin a relationship and together plot to bring the bad guys down.Enjoyed the final chase scene but thought the basic premise a bit unrealistic. A good [...]

    • Cindra says:

      Cheerful story with a holiday setting. Some great LOL moments. There are more novellas about Tom and Eli in the works. Definitely looking forward to following their romance, and seeing how much mischief they can get into as they solve more mysteries.

    • Lily says:

      3.75*This romantic comedy is indeed a caper.Dictionary definition of caper:a playful skipping movement:an illicit or ridiculous activity or escapadea light-hearted, far-fetched film, especially about crimeThe novella is a cross between a Christmas pantomime production and the BBC’s Midsomer Murders TV show, except there are no murders in this. But there is a TV detective, who is intent on solving a would-be crime in an attempt to deflect publicity away from his scandalous private life and hope [...]

    • Lexy says:

      Have you ever had the pleasure of having a real good chocolately and sugary advent calendar?The one's that makes you just want to open all the boxes in one setting and devour the treats in 1 go? And it not even being Christmas yet?Than you know what I am talking about when telling you about my experience in reading Detective Fox and the Christmas Caper.Just like with the Advent Calendar, the anticipation of what would be behind the carton, is had the same feeling whilst reading the story of Tom [...]

    • Diverse says:

      Detective Fox & the Christmas Caper is a romantic comedy that is light, fluffy and very cute. With so many holiday stories coming out I like the variety and this one is very creative.This novella had a unique quality to it. Sort of like the old fashioned mystery shows. Tom & Eli (The Detective and the sidekick) are trying to catch people involved in a heist that hasn't happened yet. They even use the help of some of their friends.There's a quirkiness to this tale that was a lot of fun to [...]

    • The Novel Approach Reviews says:

      So, poor Tom Lewis, who, up till now, hid the fact that he was gay, and played a brash, steely on screen detective, happens to be the total opposite when it comes to letting his guard down in the bedroom—so much so that he has never really found the one younger man who he can not only trust but depend on to keep his inner submissive happy. When he is forced, due to dwindling funds, to take on the role of Santa at a posh department store, little does he know that one of Santa’s elves is going [...]

    • Mtsnow13 says:

      Wow! I just finished this cute little romp and it left me smiling from ear to ear. In this story we have some well rounded and fun characters.First there is struggling actor Eli Mason, a fresh young unemployed drama student who is part of an acrobatic juggling duo. He and his goofy best friend/acrobatic partner Jared go through an audition to become Christmas elves for the highly sought after positions in a famous department store in London.Lo and behold, but to their surprise, who will be playi [...]

    • Susana says:

      4.5 starsWhen the bad guys run amuck, it’s time for Santa to take matters in his own handsActor Tom Lewis is down on his luck. After being outed by a newspaper, he is having trouble finding work. Even the producers of his very successful character Detective Fox are thinking about replacing him. To make ends meet, he accepts a seasonal role playing Santa in one of London most exclusive department store. What seems a last resource becomes a career saving opportunity when he discovers a plot amon [...]

    • Dixiecowgirl says:

      i absolutely loved Eli and Tom together in the delightful read! I read this story in one sitting because i had such fun reading it and i had to know how it ended. I found myself laughing out loud in several spots and my heart was hurting in others. The chemistry was off the charts and their dialogue was wonderful! i enjoyed getting to know Tom and Eli from their perspectives, i loved the skeptical grump that Tom was and the hopeful openness that Eli brought to the relationship. The physical and [...]

    • Jenn (not Lily) says:

      Very cute story. Poor Tom has been outed and his career as a small screen heartthrob looks to be over. The producers of his show are waffling on greenlighting the next season. But his agent has found just the thingaying Santa for London's Hambling's Department Store Christmas extravaganza. Funny, clever update on a British mystery.

    • kathleen says:

      I became a huge fan of Isobel Starling after reading her Shatterproof Bond Series (if you haven't read these yet you are missing out on a great series!). This book is a bit different. The focus is more on the myster than on romance. I really enjoyed reading Detective Fox and the Christmas Caper and would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story!

    • Skye Blue ☆*~゚ლ(´ڡ`ლ)~*☆ says:

      That was pretty dang cute.The mystery was entertaining. I liked the bad guys game plan. The BUSTED scene was fun. I wish I could watch that video. Some nice sexy scenes to boot.Fun holiday read.

    • Ron-michael says:

      This short story was so well paced it really felt like a full-length novel! There were no massive "where did that come from?" omissions, the characters were likable, the plot fun, a really great holiday read!

    • Donna says:

      Yes, this was a bit unrealistic from time to time but this is FICTION! *grin*It was a quick, entertaining read that tickled my funny bone from time to time so, no complaints on my part! ;p

    • Kat says:

      I was really in need of a quick, pick-up-my-spirits book and author Isobel Sterling did just that!Tom Lewis is a very successful television actor that has housewives all over England drooling with his charming personality and debonair good looks. The “Tomcats”, as they call themselves, are shocked to learn that their television star idol is gay through an article in one of the “gossip rags”. He has recently been outed by a one-time hook-up. The worst part is that the “undercover” rep [...]

    • Carra says:

      Funny, sweet and hot…and filled with it’s own funky brand of Christmas cheer—that’s my quickie thought about Detective Fox and the Christmas Caper. It’s the perfect book to put you in the mood for the season while giving you a bit of a mystery, plenty of laughs and a blossoming relationship between Tom and Eli that is hot and sexy with a touch of kink.To be honest, I thought much of the concentration of the story was on the mystery that Tom and Eli were trying to solve. Their relations [...]

    • Kendra T says:

      I was hoping for something more out of this, but it really wasn't that fabulous for me. The story focused more on the mystery with a relationship as a side story (which is totally fine), but there was a ton of potential to really explore the dynamics of their relationship, and that was ignored. I didn't really get any true connection between Tom and Eli or understand what it was that made them like each other. Also, even though I don't mind hitting the "I Believe" button every now and then, Tom [...]

    • Barbara says:

      This was a really cute and funny story of Tom Lewis, a famous actor whose career is put on hold when a treacherous reporter has sex with him and then outs him in the tabloids. As Detective Fox, Tom's female fans are in an uproar. Running out of money, he takes a gig as a Santa at a famous department store and meets his helper elf, Eli Mason. Over hearing a plot to rob the store, Tom decides he get get his career back in gear if he discovers the thieves himself. Enlisting the aide of Eli and his [...]

    • Suze says:

      This was fun! 3.5*It was a caper, lots of Brit humour - chuckled over the car chase with the mini bin wagon vs man and the Benny Hill reference, can just imagine that!The conspirators sonded like an Ealing Studios Gang from the 50's, all cockney badass!The detectives - Tom and Eli mostly but JJ and Tamika too - take on what should have been reported to the police, not sure how that panned out. An interesting concept of robbery but may have been better if expanded.Tom and Eli were hot together an [...]

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