Author: Haley Walsh
Narrator: Joel Leslie
Publisher: MLR Press
Run Time: 8 hours and 9 minutes
At a Glance: Haley Walsh and Joel Leslie combined are simply perfection!
Blurb: Gay teacher Skyler Foxe thought teaching English Lit 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 his 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?
Review: So, I actually won this Audiobook in a contest and adored it so much I asked Lisa if I could review it for the site. If anyone knows me, they know I love me a good mystery and a good comedy. This story was all that and so much more.
Skylar Foxe is in the closet and the book opening is simply one of the most amusing scenes I have read in a while. This scene set the tone for so many highs that this story flowed effortlessly. A murder, a gay club, a best friend/police detective/sassy pants, and a club of ex boyfriends round out this amazing group of friends and lovers as we follow Skylar while he pieces together a mystery that seems to encompass the school that Skylar works in, a homophobic football coach, a troubled teen and a sexy new teacher that Skylar is tongue tied around. I actually stayed up all night listening to this and at the end screamed, NOOO! Haley Walsh gives a masterclass in solving a mystery, but leaving the overall story arc hanging so that I immediately went and bought the remaining books in the series. I could go on and on and on about this, but I will summarize this one this sentence: you will laugh, cry, sit on the edge of your seat, and want more when it is over. How have I not read this before?!
Narration: After I listened to the audiobook I did two things: I messaged Haley Walsh and Joel Leslie and told them I thought they were amazing, and then went and looked for other books written and narrated by them.
More than any other audiobook I have listened to, I felt that Joel Leslie not only embraced the characters of this story…but he had a personal connection with them. I almost heard his investment in the story. I don’t think I can imagine reviewing this book, reading it and not listening to it, because I can’t separate the two. He is as much a part of this story as Walsh is the author. I am so excited to see what else Joel Leslie has to bring to the table because he is in my top three narrators as of now. Thank you for brightening my week!
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