Thursday, December 1, 2016

Spotlight: Detective Fox And The Christmas Caper by Isobel Starling

Today we shine the spotlight on Isobel Starling and 

Detective Fox and The Christmas Caper 


Every good Dick needs a sidekick…

Actor Tom Lewis’s world came crashing down when a honey trap and tabloid expose 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 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.”


“It’s a good gig.  The starring role of Santa for the Hambling’s Department Store Christmas extravaganzahh” Derek delivered theatrically and waited for his ta-da moment.  However, Tom just looked up blankly at his agent, with those scarily dark eyes.

“Hambling’s… err, Tom, you must know Hambling’s?”  Derek said nervously to fill the silence.

“Of course, I bloody know Hambling’s,” Tom spat “It’s London’s most expensive, exclusive department store.”

“Le Blanc did it two years ago… and The Hoff took the gig last year.  You should be honored, seriously.  They even want you to choose your supporting cast.  Isn’t that great?  You wouldn’t have to deal any with arseholes who’ll run to the papers.  Hambling’s have said they’ll make all the applicants sign confidentiality agreements.  They have top notch security.  If you take the job, they’ll give you carte blanche.”

“Supporting cast”, Tom blurted “Don’t make me laugh.  You mean Elves.” he huffed sarcastically.

“So, will you do it?  Come on Tom”, Derek pleaded “It’s either this, panto, or I don’t know… have you considered teaching?  You can’t go on like this, really.  And though it pains me to say, to be honest, seeing you mope around the place, it’s not good for business, and it’s not good for your brand.  Did you see the Daily Mail on Tuesday?  

Apparently, Tom Lewis ‘cut a lonesome figure, much like the character he’s famous for.”  

“I was shopping for groceries for Christ’s sake.”  Tom roared indignantly “Who the hell’s full of the joys of spring when they’re shopping for toilet roll and detergent?”  Tom threaded his hands through his thick, dark hair, slumped back on the couch and then pulled the cushion back over his face.  My brand, eh?  That was a cheap shot.  The tabloids always tried to pin attributes from characters onto the actors that play them.  It’s ‘cut and paste’ journalism, that’s all.  

There was no way in hell Tom would lower himself to dressing in a red padded Santa suit.  He’d worked damn hard to become a serious actor, and he’d worked damn hard on his washboard abs.  He’d honed his physique, taken sword fighting lessons, learned to ride a horse, and spent years perfecting his range of accents.  Detective Fox was a deeply troubled soul who's ‘seen too much’ and Tom had really dug deep to find the wounded loner Dick who always solved the case -- and had no idea just how devastatingly attractive women found him.  The last series had ended with a cliffhanger.  The actor who’d played his sidekick, Banks, had been shouting his mouth off on set and causing trouble amongst the cast, so in the show, he’d been killed off and Fox never discovered whodunit.  The storyline was supposed to be continued as a sub-plot for the new season as Fox tirelessly searched for clues as to who killed his partner.

Tom had been sure he would be back on the show sometime in the New Year, and the producers would have a less troublesome actor lined up to be the new sidekick.  But then there were whispers in the press about recasting Fox too, and until the producers made a decision Tom was twiddling his thumbs.  

©Isobel Starling 2016

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About the author:

Born in Germany, Isobel Starling spent most of her twenty-year professional career making art. She relocated to the UK and, faced with the dreaded artist’s creative block, Isobel started to write and found she loved it more than making art.

Isobel’s first novel “Fall Together” was a bestseller in the GLBT-Bisexual genre on the ‘All Romance e-books’ site. Her second novel “As You Wish”(Shatterproof Bond #1) is an Amazon bestseller, and its sequel “Illuminate the Shadows”(Shatterproof Bond #2) was awarded a bestseller star on All Romance too. She has just completed her eighth book and signed French and German, translation and publishing rights deals for the whole Shatterproof Bond series.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the spotlight Sandra.

    FYI... This book is 99c on 1st & 2nd Dec only on Amazon.


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