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Summary

Book Five in the Tyack & Frayne Mystery series.

The wedding is just the beginning...Gideon and Lee have spent a year in chaotic married bliss, with all the trimmings - a dog, tricky in-laws, and a baby girl they both adore. But even the best of lives can be fragile, and a shocking family loss hits their new world like a demolition ball.

Gideon has little energy left to investigate a murder that's taken place in the fields outside Dark. He still has his duties to his community, though, and with Lee at his side, he begins to unfold the mysterious death of Farmer John Bowe. It's harvest time, ancient West Country magic in the air, and rumors are flying through the village of an enemy Gideon thought he'd left behind long ago.

Can the beast of Bodmin possibly be real? Everything in Gideon's stoical police-sergeant's nature says no. But Lee has taught him to see the world differently, and now they must pool their resources to unmask a killer before more lives are lost - and somehow find a way to mend their shattered family, too.

©2015 Harper Fox (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Great instalment of this series....

I ADORE this series, and these two men and their growing mental connection are just amazing. Another well-written, eloquent and topical [fracking] story from the author. I cried real tears at their heartbreak over baby Tamsyn, and yes, Elowen did come across as the bitch of the piece...but all's well that ends well, she says hopefully. Baby Tamsyn, the little poltergeist 😉.

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  • Annika
  • 26-01-18

Give me more!

I thought I knew what was coming, but I really didn't. I didn't expect that at all. This book will break your heart, so you might want to have a few tissues handy before starting it.

While reading and listening to this series I've been thoroughly invested in every word of this story. I've loved, laughed, worried and been creeped out all along with our friends in Bodmin Moor. But I can't say the books have left me reeling, they have not been angsty or emotional on that rollercoaster level. They've always had that warm, cosy mystery feel to them, but with a haunting and creepy edge. This book though? This book will gut not only you, but each and every one of the characters we've come to love and care for. You will feel the pain Lee and Gideon are going through, wonder why right alongside with them and wonder if they will ever be happy again.

Even though this book is more angsty than the rest of the series, what shines through the most is unwavering love. The love between Gideon and Lee is indescribable. I truly don’t have words to describe it but I’ll try to muddle through. If you’ve read the books, you will know what I mean. And if you haven’t, you’ve truly missed out on something wonderful.

Their love is something that is unbelievable strong, you can almost see it in front of you as a physical bond between them. And you know that old cliché about two people completing each other - well that's Gideon and Lee. Together they make a whole. The struggles they face in this book make them stronger and you just know that nothing can ever tear them apart. They are it. Come hell or high water, no matter what, they will stand strong together. Together they can face anything.

I find the town of Dark to be a fascinating place. So intertwined by legends and stories of the beast of Bodmin yet at first glance it seems like any other small English town. But secrets run deep and so do the stories about guardians and beasts. The townspeople and the legends are so intertwined and part of each other that at times they can be hard to separate from each other. Or to tell if they really are as they seem? And what does the beast really want? I just love the atmosphere of these books and I just can’t get enough.

As always, Tim Gilbert makes this a book a true joy to listen to. He nails the creepy/haunted feeling that Fox's words create and he brings us a story about love, loss and hope. Highly recommended!

A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes Reviews

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  • W. Floyd
  • 25-07-21

Very Emotional

I was caught by surprise of how emotional and heart wrenching is Guardians of the Haunted Moor. And I loved every minute of it.

Gideon and Lee are fantastic characters and their stories are very entertaining. I love this series.

Tim Gilbert delivered a truly heart felt and passionate performance. He is excellent as always.

#AudiblePlus #AudioFavoriteOf2021

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  • Echo
  • 14-01-21

Great character growth

Wow, this was probably my favorite installment in this series. Lots of family drama. But my favorite part of this series, apart from Lee’s and his copper’s relationship, is the growth we’ve seen in Ezekiel. And Mama Frayne is such a love! I also hope to see more of Lee’s uncle. I’ve grown rather fond of him of late.

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  • Dennis
  • 29-11-20

Birth, Death, Murders and Blackmail

This book has everything you would like Birth, Death, Murders and Blackmail. Lee sister is pregnant and gives birth, the minister dies at the sametime Lee's sister goes into labor and memories of other death and the last the preacher spoke all happen on the same day a year earlier now the question is will take on the spirits of the those who had passed. Another murder happens and made to look like the monster of the bogs and a few days later another there was three brothers now there is one who is found to be mentally ill after he see his older and middle brother murder their mother when he was a small lad now he out for revenge.
There is many storylines here that you be kept busy reading or listening to the who, what, where and why.
The story is well written and the narrator does an amazing job bring each and every character alive specially the witch and up and coming Sargent.

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  • A.N.K.
  • 20-11-20

Loose but solid.

I had trouble finishing this one. And yet I really enjoyed it. It progressed at a good pace and I really enjoyed the writing, as always. Some mild story beat spoilers below...

The thing I ran into with this one was there were too many characters getting in the way of what I like about these books. The narrator did do a perfectly fine job of keeping these characters separate enough that I did not get lost. However, what draws me to these books is the relationship and connection the main couple has. This book focuses heavily on Gideon and his dealings with others, which is all well and good but Lee had little to do in this story.

All that being said, this book did its job well and kept me coming back. I was just hungry for a different story than this was providing. However, that perspective could easily change as I continue on.

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  • J.S. Locke-Russell
  • 24-09-20

Nail biting!

Wow! I find myself so I vested in this series that I literally stayed on the edge of my seat here! The narration is so smooth and the story was so exciting and there were some moments that I genuinely thought it was taking a bad turn, but all's well that ends well.

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  • Albert
  • 05-08-20

Wish for more

The story is now getting a little "watered down". I really hope the next one is back on track.

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  • Zara
  • 25-01-20

Love this series.

I love this series so much, well written with great story and plots and lovable characters.
And Tim Gilbert is doing a masterful job as narrator.
Very enjoyable and highly recommendable.

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  • Carolyn Philpot
  • 13-08-19

Just Okay

Interesting story line. Had suspense and mystery. Kept me listening. Could have developed some of the characters a bit more. Felt it was unnecessary to include the details of the male partners having sex. Would have been a better book without it. Should have went into the emotion of receiving an adopted baby and then have the mother change her mind.

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  • ELSA
  • 06-08-19

an exciting mystery

an exciting mystery filled with everyday romance - believable and natural - like it should be with "real" people and places - so often authors are unable to continue the 'interest" momentum of extended sequels - but so far each of these stories not only continue capturing our interest, but continue to wrap us in the story - off to buy the next book