Book Review – The Fox, The Dog, and the King by Matt Doyle

Another mystery/thriller which kept me enthralled till 3am… I gotta stop the midnight reads… But this book was such a lure. A truly fabulous read, it required my entire concentration to read through the mystery surrounding the 2 cases which were interconnected yet different from each other.

As the title says it starts with a fox, a kitsune, asking the private investigator Caz to find his dog. This soon leads her to the Kings of the Underworld of New Hopeland. And the crawl into the unknown world starts along with Bart, her familiar A.I. Ooooh I don’t mind a metallic gargoyle who is artificial intelligence for my birthday… Anyone listening?!!

The complexity of the mystery had me smiling, as I traversed the landscapes of the pages.
The worldbuilding of New Hopeland Underworld was detailed and well carved out, with its tunnels and shady accountants and elite dealers of stimulants, the Tech Shifters. Well, you have to read it to understand this, but start from book 1.

Caz was wonderful but in this read, I found her to be more intelligent, this had more investigation than romance as compared to book 1. She was bold and brave walking the two worlds of light and dark which even the Kings didn’t dare, or did they?

What slowed me in my read were too many descriptions in some pages, some a bit difficult to imagine, and secondly, this book took time to build up its plot. But all that forgotten by that chilling climax which just blew my brains away. At 3am, I had so much adrenaline coursing that it took another hour to calm down. Wowzer!!

As Caz says in the book New Hopeland works, I say Matt Doyle works. His brain can plot the story like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle slowly pulling the reader in with each piece an enticing clue.

Absolute explosion of a story with well etched details and an ending which blew my mind!!

I received a digital copy from the author, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!

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Matt Doyle is a speculative fiction author from the UK and identifies as pansexual and gender fluid. Matt has spent a great deal of time chasing dreams, a habit which has led to success in a great number of fields. To date, this has included spending ten years as a professional wrestler, completing a range of cosplay projects, and publishing multiple works of fiction.

These days, Matt can be found working on multiple novels and stories, blogging about pop culture, and plotting and planning far too many projects.






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New Hopeland City may have been built to be the centerpiece of the technological age, but some remnants of the old world still linger. The tools of the trade have changed, but the corruption remains the same, even in the criminal underworld …

When PI Cassie Tam and her girlfriend Lori try to make up for their recent busy schedules with a night out at the theatre to watch the Tech Shift performer Kitsune, the last thing they expected was for Cassie to get a job offer. But some people are never off the clock, and by the end of the evening, Cassie has been drawn into a mundane but highly paid missing pet case. Unfortunately, in New Hopeland City, even something as simple as little lost dog can lead you down some dark paths.

Until now, Cassie wasn’t aware that there even was a rabbit hole, let alone how far down it goes.

Publication Date: 23rd July 2018

Publisher: Nine Star Press



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40 thoughts on “Book Review – The Fox, The Dog, and the King by Matt Doyle

  1. So, it has elements of sci-fi/fantasy as well? Sounds like my kind of read. And, yes… You have to stop with the midnight reads!! GET SOME SLEEP, GIRL!
    Also, I will TOTALLY get you a metallic gargoyle with artificial intelligence for your birthday…. As long as you’ll return the favour. Sounds like something I could use. 😅

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    1. Well apparently Bert is one of several available on the New Hopeland market. I tell you, we have to ask Matt! Lol.
      And yes, the lady who also doesn’t sleep is giving you good advice about getting some sleep! Jeez. The two of you! Sleep!

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      1. Hahaha… My cozy babe, I sleep… The BWD does not… Nicole is juggling too many things… I am not…. Awww another 1 of my resolutions… I forgot the rest… Netflix was one… Rest I have forgotten… Ah well

        I did hint to Matt for the gift… Ahem ahem gift list… But no bite… He said the finger print locked pen drive would be in 5 years… No idea about Bert caw caw… Sad…

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      2. Hahahahahaha. Well at least you tried. Bert will know you wanted to give him a loving home 😂😂

        If you forget the resolutions before it’s even 2019, we’re gonna have problems helping you achieve them! 😉

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      3. I thought so too… Maybe I should hope for a good journal… Wow that goes into my birthday gift list. Cozy babe, you are so sly, giving me hints like this for my year long birthday gifts… 😂 😂

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      4. I’m not juggling too many things!!…. Just because I’m full time now… Trying to keep my blogging up… Trying to get school work done, my hrs are weird and off and I’ve had multiple days of work where I’m alone serving over 100 ppl…….. I’m FINE!! 😅💖

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  2. Books that keep you up late are the best ones… but they are also the ones that make you the most tired 😂 I’m not sure I would pick something like this up normally because I don’t tend to go for books with scifi elements, but the story looks really intriguing. I also love the cover 😍

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