The Fox, the Dog, and the King – The Cassie Tam Files, Book 2
Themes & Genres: LGBT, Sci-Fi, Mystery, crime, detectives, lesbian
New Hopeland City may have been built to be the centerpiece of the technological age, but some remnants of the old world still linger. The tools of the trade have changed, but the corruption remains the same, even in the criminal underworld…
When PI Cassie Tam and her girlfriend Lori try to make up for their recent busy schedules with a night out at the theatre to watch the Tech Shift performer Kitsune, the last thing they expected was for Cassie to get a job offer. But some people are never off the clock, and by the end of the evening, Cassie has been drawn into a mundane but highly paid missing pet case. Unfortunately, in New Hopeland City, even something as simple as little lost dog can lead you down some dark paths.
Until now, Cassie wasn’t aware that there even was a rabbit hole, let alone how far down it goes.
What I think of the book:
The Fox, the Dog, and the King is the second book in Matt Doyle’s The Cassie Tam Files, but it follows a new case and while it has some characters from Book 1 – Addict, it could be read as a standalone.
Like in the first book, things aren’t as they seem. A case that’s supposed to be small leads Cassie to something much bigger lurking in the shadows, but unlike with Addict, the mystery doesn’t advance the Romantic sub-plot. Actually, Lori is kind of just there in the background a lot of the time, and I think some of the times Cassie thinks about Lori could be omitted from the book without us losing on anything. I know that the detective plot is the main one for the series, but since the author obviously plans on the relationship between the girls to continue, I’d like to see more of said relationship. Right now, I feel Cassie has more chemistry with her ex than with her current girlfriend.
And while we are talking about characters: I didn’t talk about Devin in my review of the first book. He’s a very skillful assassin for hire whose work often makes him cross paths with Cassie and he just oozes personality. There’s so much of it and his moral standing is so interesting, I’d be willing to read a book in which he’s the main character. Maybe Cassie could have her own cameo in it?
But I’m getting ahead of myself. I have no reason to believe the author is even considering such a book. Still, it would be nice to get it.
Who would I recommend this book to? The Fox, the Dog, and the King is a short read that I’d recommend to the people who enjoyed Addict, and also to people who haven’t read the first book, but are in the mood for something slightly futuristic and with a mystery-driven plot.
My rating: (4/5 paw prints)
Would I re-read this book? Maybe.
Am I interested in other books by this author? Yes.
Where can you buy the book?
- Amazon US (link takes you straight to the book)
Add The Fox, the Dog, and the King to your Goodreads shelf (link takes you straight to the book)
Other books by this author that I’ve already reviewed:
- Addict – The Cassie Tam Files, Book 1 (LGBT, Sci-Fi, Mystery, crime, detectives, lesbian)
- Shadows of the Past – The Cassie Tam Files, Book 4 (LGBT, Sci-Fi, Mystery, crime, detectives, lesbian | Novella collection)
Want to know a little bit about the author? Read the interview Matt gave me!
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