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Fox Evil [Hardcover]

Minette Walters
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - couldn't put it down! May 26 2003
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Minette Walters just keeps getting better and better! I highly recommend this book to both Walters fans, and those new to her work.
No need to describe the plot of this book - its been so admirably done already. Unlike so many authors, her novels are stand alone rather than series book. And also unlike so many authors, as her popularity grows she just doesn't repeat her plots, nor seem to be selling out or "phoning it in". Yes, the ending is a tad trite - but only just a tad, and thank heavens since the rest of the book is anything but. More of a psychological roller coaster.
Excellent stuff, and hopefully there'll be more of it very soon.
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2.0 out of 5 stars So complex it borders on incomprehensibility Feb. 24 2004
By Larry
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In a small village in Dorset, an elderly woman is found dead on her patio covered in blood. Suspicion is immediately thrown on her husband, Colonel James Lockyer-Fox. The question is what does he gain by her death?
Suspicion soon falls on others including a group of squatters that have moved in on land adjacent to the Lockyer-Fox manor. In this group is a psychopath named Fox Evil who is quite capable of the murder. James looks for his illegitimate and only granddaughter, Captain Nancy Smith. Why? There are many mysteries to be answered in this incredibly complex and confusing mess of a book.
Minette Walters has written several uneven books over the last five years. However, last year's ACID ROW was one of her best works since the incredible THE SCULPTRESS. Her current work sets new standards for complex psychodramas that are so complicated it borders on incomprehensibility. There are still moments of genius in the writing with her ability to set atmosphere and create realistic and powerful characters. . However, the plot is so dense the reader might lose all interest or wrack their brain cells trying
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Previous reviews have covered the plot outline quite thoroughly, so no need for me to do that. I just wanted to voice my opinion that I totally enjoyed this book, aside from the fact that I started it as bedtime reading and ended up staying up to 3AM to finish it. I haven't said that about a mystery in quite a while. Granted, fans of Walters' earlier books may be disappointed by the lighter tone she uses in "Fox Evil", but I was completely satisfied with the characters interactions, the plot, the ending, the quality of the writing. Those who love the "English village" style of mysteries and shun the gruesome will find this a delightfully fresh Miss Marples (not that I don't enjoy her in the right mood). Only warning is references to animal cruelty, but Walters did not beat you over the head with it and for those who avoid brutality in mysteries, those passages are easy to gloss over. I was left at the end wondering how the cast of protagonists got on (though there were plenty of hints). I can't remember how long it has been since I cared enough about one character, let alone an ensemble, to wonder about their futures. I even wondered about what happens to some of the "bad" chacters. "Fox Evil" is not "The Sculptress" or "The Scold's Bridle", but I bet there are many who would enjoy it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay..a good read in a storm Sept. 26 2003
FOX EVIL is Minette Walters latest book and like some of her earlier books you can read it in a sitting or two. I read it with a flashlight during the Isabel-caused-East-Coast-blackout this past week so you can deduce that the book is entertaining enough to get your mind off the lack of light and air conditioning, and presence of rotting food. However, you can read this book under the covers at Girl Scout camp after lights out-its definitely PG-13.
Oh, I thought Walters was going to go somewhere with her plot. I expected the worst. I expected some of these characters to be the 'people of the lie'. But, this is not 'The Sculptress' or 'The Ice House' and this is definitely not the 'Scold's Bridal.' Has Walters returned to writing text for day time tv? Granted, there are some violent scenes involving a fox or two, but what would you expect from characters who get their kicks chasing one poor little helpless animal through the underbrush with a pack of dogs. Other than that, violence or the threat of it is largely nonexistent.
There are a few unnerving scenes, but the protagonist has just returned from a stint with the army in Bosnia, so the reader might not feel as concerned as if the stalker had come upon a little old lady in her nightgown-which he does early on and which is related after the fact. I can't say too much more without revealing the plot, but Walters might have made this book at least as scary as those ghost tales we told round the campfire at Scout camp if she had given Edgar Allen Poe a closer reading
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5.0 out of 5 stars always a pleasure to read a book by Walters Aug. 7 2003
The plot summary on the jacket cover describes the death of an elderly woman, found outdoors wearing only her nightgown, with blood on the ground nearby. I was expecting to read an investigation into the circumstances of her death. But, since Minette Walters is the author, I should not have been surprised to find much, much more going on here, and the book jacket blurb doesn't even come close to summing this one up.
Set in a small rural community in the southwest of England, with an uneasy mix of residents. Farmers and wealthy landowners who have lived in the area for several generations now have neighbors who moved out from Britain's larger cities, investing retirement funds in country houses, and imagining themselves the new lords and ladies of the manor.
New arrivals on the scene are a group of "travelers" who live in camper type vehicles, moving from place to place. Their self appointed leader has discovered a small plot of land with an uncertain ownership history, and has convinced the group that if they manage to inhabit the plot long enough, they can claim ownership.
The stage is now set for what follows. The plots in Walters' books are always hard to categorize. This is not precisely a murder mystery, although we eventually do learn the true circumstances of the woman's death, and it wasn't pretty. "Fox Evil" is a portrait of sadistic manipulation and psychological torture. The itinerant leader together with residents of the community embark on a campaign to badger the elderly widower unmercifully with an eye to obtaining all his wealth. His two estranged adult children may or may not be part of what is going on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes very scary
This author keeps us expecting her characters to act like people we know. But they don't , or maybe that is how the people we know actually do behave? Read more
Published 10 months ago by Andrea Pheasey
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing...
I consider Minette Walters one of my favorite authors, but I didn't like this book very much at all. Read more
Published on June 26 2004 by Angel
2.0 out of 5 stars Fox Evil
Sorry to disagree with the enthusiastic publishers and some readers, but I found Fox Evil an utter bore, with little action, long-winded conversation that doesn't move the story... Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2003 by David Brown
2.0 out of 5 stars Kind of disappointing after her earlier work
Fox Evil is much better than Walters' previous novel, but I still had problems with the pacing. Walters in much of her later work has a tendency to be place too many fragmentary... Read more
Published on July 30 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing page-turner
Minette Walter's can always be counted on for delivering a satisfying psychological thriller and FOX EVIL is no exception. Read more
Published on June 12 2003 by SDRTX
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but ending is too contrived
Elderly Ailsa Lockyer-Fox died a curious death. One cold morning she was found in her night-dress lying dead on the terrace of her large house, the French windows locked. Read more
Published on May 13 2003 by RachelWalker
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating melodrama
In the small village of Shenstead, England Colonel James Lockyer-Fox, decorated war hero and ex prisoner of war, mourns the death of his beloved wife. Read more
Published on May 12 2003 by Harriet Klausner
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