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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.

©2013 Harper Fox (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • CLINTON, MS, United States
  • 12-12-17

Atmospheric mystery romance

3.75 for story & overall
I was enjoying this short story, but started to enjoyed it more with the introduction of Kai (old Cornish word for dog), Gideon's dog, an adorable, love-seeking, past herding female collie with a charming fluctuating personality. Who can resist?
The story is such a small taste of detective Gideon Frayne's life on the moors; that's probably the only disappointment. Included in this tale is clairvoyant and love interest, Lee Tyack, who was called in to help Mrs. Kempt find her missing daughter, Sara. Gideon was bothered by Lee's presence and help. The story had very likable characters. I even had pity for the culprit. And I enjoyed the small village feel. The mystery is ok, intriguing enough for a short story. There's a supernatural element that's left unanswered and remained an intriguing mystery at the end of the story, perhaps to continue in books to follow.
It has 1.5 brief M/M intercourse scenes and 1 spoken of in past tense. The narrator's ability and accent brings the story to life. The story is complete, but it's the start of a series, which is why it is insufficiently short. I wish there was more.
At the end, listeners get a preview of Tinsel Fish but no idea what the mystery will be.