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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: Romance, LGBT
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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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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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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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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.

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Kinky and funny little romp

A bit of mystery, a lot of fun, and a lot of steam, this is a short and easy listening that had me wondering about the rest of the series.

The narrator is fantastic, and the characters are entertaining, as the plot is.

I really enjoyed it.

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Solid 3-Star Cozy Mystery/RomCom

I enjoyed this, probably more in audio than if I'd read it outright. The plot is light and has a romantic comedy feel to it. There is a mystery but it is mostly cozy and fanciful. Still, the plot and pacing was decent and fun. The characters were good, although the relationship between our two MCs wasn't wholly satisfying to me as it felt they didn't grow enough... But still, the relationship did progress and I'm thinking we might get more in the next book.

Gary Furlong as narrator did really well and lifted the story to an enjoyable 3-star rating. His pacing and comedic inflections made this a fun listen. The best part was the "caper-ish" scene at the end... Furlong did so well that I had a clear mental picture of the last scenes and was laughing out loud.

Overall, a decent listen with some good, funny moments. I'm thinking I will probably re-listen around Christmas time, just for fun.

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ho ho ho in the top drawer....

SO do not listen to this openly if there are others around, I knew there would be some adult scenes but didnt realize it was that graphic haha. Typical falling in love trope but the other twists keep it interesting and the feel was very detailed, as if the writer knew the process of auditioning.

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

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A Fun Christmas Romance - Can't Wait for More!

Actor Tom Lewis, the 40-something star of a British murder mystery series, has been outed by the tabloids and the series is on hiatus. Not having worked in 6 months, Tom accepts a job playing Santa Claus at a high end department store in London. Young Eli and his friend audition to play elves. Tom overhears a plot to rob the store on Christmas Eve, and so does Eli. Tom and Eli hook up in more ways than one to solve this crime, hoping it will bolster Tom's career and get the show back on track. But for Tom, this isn't just a one-off with Eli.

Gary Furlong brings wonderful life and depth to Isobel Starling's characters once again. If you haven't heard him before, you are in for a treat.

This is a short, but it will leave you wanting more of Tom and Eli for sure!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Great!

Fun story with great narration! I can't wait to check out more in this series!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it

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Hilarious

When the bad guys run amuck, it’s time for Santa to take matters in his own hands..
Actor Tom Lewis is down on his luck. After being outed by a newspaper, he is having trouble finding work. Even the producers of his very successful character Detective Fox are thinking about replacing him. To make ends meet, he accepts a seasonal role playing Santa in one of London most exclusive department store. What seems a last resource becomes a career saving opportunity when he discovers a plot amongst the employees to rob at the store during the holidays. Instead of going to the police, Tom decides to investigate on his own, with the help of three very clever and resourceful fellow actors playing elves. The sundry team sets to prevent the felony, with hilarious results…
This was a great seasonal story, with endearing characters and an entertaining plot. I loved the budding relationship between Eli the elf and Tom. Although as a general rule I find it difficult to believe in romance based on insta-attraction, this was different, as Eli had had a crush on Tom for some time. They match each other needs perfectly, and their association both in the bedroom and out of it has very satisfactory results… The rest of the characters are likeable as well. The plot is simple but it works, all in all making for a very amusing story.
As for Gary Furlong’s narration, I enjoyed it a lot. His performance is smooth and the light tone which pervades makes it very easy to follow. He had me smiling most of the time, and even laughing out loud with Tom and Eli’s harebrained adventures…

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A fun Xmas listen!

This is a fun story with great narration. Gary Furlong brilliantly portrays the characters, accents and humour of the story. I can't wait to see if there is another installment.
I would definitely listen to this again.

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  • Lo
  • 11-28-17

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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  • Donna Hirsch
  • 12-06-17

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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  • Jackie Thorogood
  • 11-28-17

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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  • Annie
  • 11-22-17

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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  • Mary
  • 11-21-17

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.