Title: Once Upon a Haunted Moor
Author: Harper Fox
Availablity: Now available
Rating; 5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Gideon Frayne has spent his whole working life as a policeman in the village of Dark on Bodmin Moor. It’s not life in the fast lane, but he takes it very seriously, and his first missing-child case is eating him alive. When his own boss sends in a psychic to help with the case, he’s gutted – he’s a level-headed copper who doesn’t believe in such things, and he can’t help but think that the arrival of clairvoyant Lee Tyack is a comment on his failure to find the little girl.
But Lee is hard to hate, no matter how Gideon tries. At first Lee’s insights into the case make no sense, but he seems to have a window straight into Gideon’s heart. Son of a Methodist minister, raised in a tiny Cornish village, Gideon has hidden his sexuality for years. It’s cost him one lover, and he can’t believe it when this green-eyed newcomer stirs up old feelings and starts to exert a powerful force of attraction.
Gideon and Lee begin to work together on the case. But there are malignant forces at work in the sleepy little village of Dark, and not only human ones – Gideon is starting to wonder, against all common sense, if there might be some truth in the terrifying legend of the Bodmin Beast after all. As a misty Halloween night consumes the moor, Gideon must race against time to save not only the lost child but the man who’s begun to restore his faith in his own heart.
Harper Fox is one of my favourite authors for the very reasons I attribute 5 stars to this novella. Her writing is always correct and intelligent. I feel comfortable embarking on one of her books knowing it will be an entertaining, thoughtful read, that I will enjoy. Her writing, whether in a contemporary or ‘period’ story is always appropriately atmospheric and that is wonderfully illustrated in the Once Upon a Haunted Moor. The fogs, verbal textures, imagined sounds, ruins of tin mines, Cornish flora and fauna and the bleakness of Bodmin, invest this tale with life and shivers aplenty. Gideon, a real Cornish Copper and the intriguing Psychic Lee, are really sympathetic characters, they are real, tangible, I believed in them. By the end of this tale Gideon and Lee are at the beginning of a wonderful relationship with each other and the reader. The mystery of a little girl’s disappearance has equal importance in the story as the relationship between the two men. This is a complete story, beautifully balanced and finished. A story to curl up with on a cold night with a hot drink.
On 21 December 2013 the sequel, to ‘Once Upon a Haunter Moor’, is published. ‘Tinsel Fish‘ by Harper Fox will be reviewed here soon.
Where to Buy
Once Upon a Haunted Moor can be purchased at Amazon
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