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Detective Fox and the Christmas Caper

Dick and the Sidekick, Book 1
Narrated by: Gary Furlong
Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Summary

Every good Dick needs a sidekick....

Actor Tom Lewis’ world came crashing down when a honey trap and tabloid exposé 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 is 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 more ways than one.

Note: This is an M/M romantic comedy with gay sexual content.

©2016 Isobel Starling (P)2017 Isobel Starling
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  • 28-11-17

Fun Christmas Novella

This is a fun Christmas novella about Tom who's an actor who has taken a gig as Santa at a
department store after having his career put on hold due to a scandal.

Tom meets his Eli who is his elf helper at the store.

This is a funny and clever update on a british mystery, even though this was a funny caper (hence the title) it had some hot sex in it as well. Tom and Eli make a great couple, I can't wait to see what happens next with them and hopefully solving a few more mysteries along the way.

As usual Gary Furlong did a great job narrating.

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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Light & Entertaining

This was a light entertaining read/listen. The setup was silly and fun but got a little bogged down in descriptions of rooms, and the entertainments the store was providing for the holidays.

Gary Furlong was as entertaining as always.

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Excellent

I started listening to this immediately after I finished The Shooting Season by the same author. I was certainly drawn in, but could only make slow progress with the audiobook due to the holiday season and illness. So I ended up buying the ebook too.

I love both the story and the narration. Tom Lewis is a brilliant character, superbly brought to life by Gary Furlong. His relationship with Eli the Elf is slightly unusual and all the better for that! The wealth of secondary characters adds to both book and narration and I definitely want to read more about this cast. I also greatly enjoyed the the not so subtle nods to British TV shows and institutions. Truly excellent!

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Lovely Christmas story

Loved everything about this story. So well written and great one liners. Gary is an amazing narrator.

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Great Christmas story

The characters of Det Fox (Tom Lewis) and Eli Elf (Eli Mason) are lovable. they work together and the mystery just adds to the suspense. Great steaming chemistry between the couple. Can't wait to see what the future holds for this couple. Gary did a great job narrating. Given a copy for an honest review.

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Loved it great listening

Tom is life has taken a nose dive, when it gets worse he needs the job of Santa money is getting low. Eli Mason,becomes Toms sidekick
I loved this story. This author puts great details into her characters. With their kinks and all.
Also details in the story is fantastic. It’s a great Christmas listening. With some great one liners
As always Gary Furlong’s has done a perfect voices with the different characters.he just has that voice that smooths you into the story.
Wonderful listening.

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Great Characters, Perfect Narration

I was looking for something light and seasonal to listen to and found Detective Fox.
This was my first Isobel Starling book and will not be my last.
I found the writing LOL funny and the story plot to be clever.
There were A LOT of colourful characters in this book, and the narrator gave each of them their voice and individuality, which gave this a Christmas movie feel. I have to give an extra nod to Gary Furlong for a wonderful performance.

If you are looking for a British farce heist with a kinky M/M twist, then l highly recommend this audiobook

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Christmas Comedy Gold!

Listening to "Detective Fox and the Christmas Caper" was like listening to a Christmas movie.

Gary Furlong really raised the bar with this narration, voicing a whole cast of characters from the moody Northern Actor Tom Lewis, to Eastend baddies. He did it with ease and perfect comic timing. It was just so entertaining and I had face ache by the time I was finished.

The story itself, is very English. It's about an ingenious department store robbery, that Tom- who plays santa and Eli, who plays his elf assistant aim to foil the robbery. The plot is believable and with a colourful cast of side characters, we are swept along not only with the glitter of Christmas, but by the M/M romance between Tom and Eli, and their surprisingly kinky sex life.

The end had me in stitches. This story and the narration are a perfect antidote to the stress of the season.

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  • 10-12-17

Terrific narration

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), some kink if you're into it, a lot of humor and shenanigans - and Furlong pitches his performance to easily cover all the nuances of the story.

It's the first in a new series and ends with a strong HFN and the possibility for the main characters Tom and Eli to develop their relationship more fully as the series progresses.

Gary Furlong provides exceptional narration with a great use of character voices and accents, and terrific timing and pacing. He performs this story like an old radio show, and it's just purely entertaining to listen to.

I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more audios from Gary Furlong in the future.

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  • Michelle
  • 06-01-20

Entertaining and light

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

Light and fluffy, just what I wanted. Listened straight through the short book. Liked the narrator and will look for more from this combination.

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  • Zinnia Rodriguez
  • 26-12-19

Christmas caper

Ms. Starlings are always fun and full of adventure. The sexy time scenes are also extremely hot. Very entertaining and enjoyable book. I would definitely like to read any future sequels if this becomes a series. I love Mr. Furlong's reading as well

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  • Stephanie VO
  • 18-11-19

So funny!

Tom and Eli's story is so funny. I definitely had people looking at me weird as I was listening to this one. This is such an amazing Christmas mystery story. And Gray Furlong does another amazing job with bring the characters to life and pulling me into to the story even more. Such a funny, sweet and sext story!

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  • Eli Haugen
  • 17-11-19

Funny and exciting!

I love Isobel Starling’s stories, and this was no exception. Good feels, sexy times, and a mystery adventure!

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  • Shelley D Chastagner
  • 15-11-19

Tom and Eli

4.5 stars. I truly enjoyed this fun holiday read. Tom and Eli together made for plenty of spice and some laugh out loud moments. The 'chase' with the bad guy still has me snickering.

Audiobook: Loved the narrator and all the accents he used and kept straight was delightful. Nice, clear enunciation and good pacing.

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  • Tina Arnold
  • 10-11-19

Holiday Hijinks and Hotness

How can a story be both charming and extremely hot?--you will have to read this story just to see how well the author balanced both. Great story telling as I could visualize everything from the elves juggling and doing their acrobatic routines to the hurried shoppers in the massive store, As usual Ms. Starling expanded my knowledge of kink and it left me blushing a bit--but oh my was it hot. I would be very interested in seeing more of Eli and Tom and the adventures they get into in the future.

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  • B.McGrath
  • 09-11-19

In the holiday mood now

I like that Tom's luck got a break via his amateur sluth plans and his smexy sidekick Eli. Entertaining, funny, witty , and smexy. I enjoyed the touch of kink as it added that extra slap and tickle to the whole story . Lots of holiday fun in this cozy mystery. The narrator's voice, expressions, and accents brought the story to life for me.

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  • Shin Mon Thway
  • 03-01-19

A good detective needs a juggling elf as sidekick!

When it comes to audios, my biggest discovery in 2018 was definitely the perfect concoction of Isobel Starling and Gary Furlong duo. 💜 So when I listen to Isobel’s stories, my expectations are not high, not even huge, they are gigantic, they ARE Herculean! 😁 And I’m happy to announce that she delivered it this time too. 👏


Granted, this book definitely deviates from her usual contemporary golden writing which is very sophisticated, poignant and emotional. This story is about a sleuthing TV actor and his hilarious sidekick finding love while trying to prevent a Christmas robbery. So this definitely borders on humor, snark and cozy mystery. 😊 And I must admit, I’m very pleasantly surprised by Isobel Starling’s brand of humor. It is funny and cleverly snarky but not overly done. 👍 I was enthralled once I started listening this audio. I was soooooo hooked. 😍 I didn’t even know how 4 hours passed because it’s just funny and interesting and well, did I say .. sexy? 😁*wink wink* 😉 I like how Isobel Starling explores new kind of BDSM kinks with each and every one of her stories. You always get something new, exciting, fun and kinky. And it’s definitely kinky and hot in this one too. 🔥And I loved how Tom finally decided to overcome his fears and went for Eli the cherry elf. And I loved all lovely secondary characters from this story. And Gary Furlong, oh, the guy can really REALLT narrates! 👏 He really elevated an already very fun and lovely story to a whole other level. So I need the other books in the series ASAP. I actually hope this is going to be one long-arse series because well, let’s admit, I’m hooked on detective fox and his charming side kick. 😉



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  • hussfan
  • 27-12-18

Holiday mystery fun

I enjoyed this cute story very much. Listened to the entire book while traveling for holidays, and it made my travels less exhausting and much more fun. Narrator did an amazing job, so many characters and such different voices. I am looking forward to Dick and the Sidekick 2, would like to see what's next for Tom and Eli.