Greer has just recovered from her terrifying experience during the STAGS play. Was she really put on trial by the sinister Dark Order of the Grand Stag? Or was it purely her overheated imagination? The imprint of an ‘M’ for murderer that has appeared on her thumb, though, is puzzling but incomplete evidence . . .
Meanwhile Ty is staying on at Longcross Manor and Greer, Nel and Shafeen are increasingly worried for her safety. When Ty sends a cryptic message directing them to Cumberland Place, the de Warlencourts’ palatial home in London, they decide to risk a visit. There they meet Henry’s grieving parents, Rollo and Caro. Rollo is arrogant, entitled and not overly grieving. Caro, however, while superficially charming, is clearly pushed to the brink of madness by Henry’s death, insisting that Henry is still alive. Which is clearly impossible . . . but Greer has her own troubling doubts about Henry’s death which make it hard to dismiss Caro completely . . .
Can Greer, Shafeen and Nel work out what Rollo de Warlencourt is planning for his deadly Boxing Day Hunt at Longcross in time to save Ty – who has now gone silent? Or will history horribly repeat itself?
What I Thought:
Oh. My. Goodness! When I read S.T.A.G.S two years ago, I was completely hooked into M. A. Bennett’s story of a working class girl trying to make her mark at an exclusive boarding school, and coming up against her upper-crust classmates, and a shadowy secret society. It seems impossible that subsequent books could match up to the first, but here we are three books in and I can’t wait to read more!
F.O.X.E.S opens hot on the heels of the second book, D.O.G.S. Greer has been seemingly tried for murder by the Dark Order of the Stag but could it be true? Could Henry de Warlencourt still be alive? Her friends definitely think not, but can Greer accept the truth?
I was discussing this book with some friends after reading it, and I think I’ve decided that what I love about the series is that it is a contemporary story, but crammed full of history. STAGS and DOGS are tied up with the era of Ben Jonson and William Shakespeare, and English medieval history is sewn through this book too as Greer, Shafeen and Nel try to unravel the mystery.
There is something really alluring about how the aristocracy of this country live and reading about it through Greer’s eyes is fascinating, allowing us plebs to experience her discomfort and feeling of not fitting in and to reflect back on how we might feel in her shoes.
Alongside this, the mystery plot is excellent. There are loads of things going on but the threads do eventually meet – but will it be in time to avert disaster? I couldn’t possibly give that away!
As I said, I’m a confirmed fan of the series, and am eager to read more and find out if Greer & Co ever reach the bottom of this centuries old intrigue.
F.O.X.E.S is published by Hot Key Books.
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Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.