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5.0 out of 5 stars Never fails, 21 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Kitto (The Tyack & Frayne Mysteries Book 4) (Kindle Edition)
Harper Fox never fails, I mean, to delight, move, appall, chill and thoroughly entertain. The characters are SO well depicted I can almost see them, the plots are intricate but well tucked in at the ends but most of all I love the use of language. The style is sparse, not a word wasted, and the most complex emotions are rendered in shining phrases that go straight to the heart.Thanks, Harper, for getting my weekend off to such a good start and - please, tell me this isn't the end for Tyack and Frayne?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classy and Intriguing as ever, 30 Jun 2014
This review is from: Kitto (The Tyack & Frayne Mysteries Book 4) (Kindle Edition)
Rain hit the glass overhead, a vibrant midsummer drum. Noise pitched and ebbed as crowds of tourists milled around the covered space.

These are the opening lines to Kitto the fourth in the Tyack and Frayne Mysteries and an example of why I love this author’s work so much. There is no word, metaphor or adjective that is extraneous to the final result. Her words not only invoke location but season and the atmosphere that will pervade the story.

In this installment life, after the eviction of the malevolent spirit from Lee’s mind, is not idyllic. Gideon is waiting to hear if he can return to active duty in the police force and Lee seems to be going crazy planning their upcoming nuptials to the smallest detail. After a vision puts Lee once again in the role of unwilling hero and fodder for the press, a break to a small remote village with no mobile phone signal would seem to be a good idea.

However, after a very hot and sexy moment al fresco, they meet a beautiful strange young man called Kitto. Is this voyeur a lost boy in need of Gideon’s help or a lost soul in need of Lee’s. The answer becomes a bone of contention between our couple that needs resolution and the mystery unfolds. Again it is Harper Fox’s use of language, which is the real star as in the example below where small details of authenticity transform the ordinary to the extraordinary,

'At last Gideon could see the musicians. They emerged from their hiding places around the square, almost hidden behind the discs of their great crowdy-crawn drums.'

Here she refers to the Cornish traditional drum made of a wooden circle with a skin stretched tight over the top and banged with a short stick. A small detail that transports the reader to the midsummer festival in remote Cornwall. I know the author has recently moved from Cornwall to Northumberland and look forward to seeing how the return to her home landscape will affect her writing but what for the very Cornish Tyack and Frayne, will they return?

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tyack & Frayne 4, 24 Jun 2014
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Who is the model on the cover of this book? Beautiful. Another great story from the pen of Harper Fox, number 4 in the Tyack and Frayne series.
I prefer my literary sex in this genre to be vanilla in the extreme, so I was a little shocked that this time Ms. Fox pushed the boundaries.
Another great paranormal story, set in the wilds of Cornwall, Gideon and Lee approach their wedding day and things start to go ....weird! Gideon starts seeing things that only Lee can see, are they both now psychic?
Great story, great plot, lovely characters, great prose. So...yes, I am a fan.
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