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Minette Walters
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Fox Evil

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  2,751 Ratings  ·  120 Reviews
Published 2003 by Recorded Books (first published 2002)
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Bonnie Hill
Do you ever get a real feeling of utter satisfaction when you finish a book? You find yourself savoring the book, not wanting it to end and planning the reading of the last page in a special place, like an outdoor swing or a favorite chair. Well this book I am about to recommend gave me such an experience. It was a great mystery set in rural England in the 2000s with the proverbial twists and turns that held my ADD in check for long stretches of time. I may be late to the game, this may be a boo ...more
Amanda Patterson
"Fox Evil was well-named. He used women and children until he lost interest in them, then he killed them. He was the worst kind of predator. He killed for pleasure."

Minette Walters has the uncanny ability to write her characters and plots into a wide range of social situations. She believes in writing stand-alone novels. She never returns or makes any reference to, any of her previous fictional worlds. This is unusual for the crime/mystery writer but probably owes much to the fact that she was p
Stuart Aken
Oct 29, 2010 Stuart Aken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 29, 2009 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read several books by Minette Walters and have enjoyed them all. My usual preference in mysteries are for cozies, but I find Walters' books engrossing and this one was no different. I like the way many of her characters exhibit keen intelligence. Many are always thinking. She gets into the heads of most of the main characters. She was great in this book at making the incidents believable. And as always there is a twist at the end that is rather unexpected. She leaves tantalizing clues and ...more
Jan 01, 2011 Kaylol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely great! After the first 100 pages i had to abandon most of the work I was supposed to be doing and keep reading till the end.

It's incredible how the author manages to go into the depth of what people were thinking. It made me see a couple of things differently. The only thing I didn't love was the last chapter. It was good, but in comparison with the great chapters it could have been better.
I enjoyed this book. Walter sprinkles an ample amount of clues and red herrings to keep you constantly guessing who and what is going on. The only gripe I have is near the conclusion when it seems the real culprit comes out of nowhere and relies on some facts that we, as the reader, never saw. Part of me feels as if that's cheating!

However, after reading the ending, it does make sense and is reasonably satisfying. Please note, there are some descriptions of animal cruelty.
Jul 24, 2014 Dianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, though I really didn't expect to. A random find in a book sale, but the best $3.50 I've spent in a long time. The characters walked straight off the pages and onto the stage, they were so real. The story swept along, with each subplot as interesting as the next. There were no dull patches, just thundering to a gripping finish.
Aug 07, 2011 Gaije rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Minette Walters is compared to Ruth Rendell all the time. Yes, they're both female, British, mystery writers, but that only means so much. Walters is so, so, so, much better than Rendell - and I like Rendell. Walters' books are just smarter and tighter in every way, her facility with language is worlds beyond Rendell's, her plotting more surprising, but never outlandish.
Oct 10, 2007 Sally rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I usually love Minette Walters, but I couldn't get into it after the first 50 pages so I dropped it. Maybe it gets more interesting later.
hunting, adoption, travelers
Jan 22, 2017 Laurel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Far, far too long, and much hammier than I anticipated from Ms Walters. Definitely not her best.
Apr 03, 2015 Misha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although Fox Evil is only second book I've read by Minette Walters, she is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors and there is already a few more of her books waiting on my bookshelf.
The thing I have loved about this book is quite simply pretty much everything. One, the story itself. It's running smoothly, it's captivating, it makes you want to keep reading because you want to know what happens next and somehow you're pretty sure that whatever your guess is, it won't be that.
That is my se
Jun 29, 2015 Lainy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time taken to read - 5 days

Publisher - Berkley Trade

Pages - 400

Blurb from Goodreads

Friendless and alone after his wife dies under suspicious circumstances, Colonel James Lockyer-Fox searches desperately for the illegitimate grand-daughter who could be the only answer to the problems plaguing his name and his life.

My Review

June 2001 the story opens with the murder of a wee fox. We are then treated to a news paper article covering some issues with Travellers camping in areas in England, then the s
Kathleen Hagen
Fox Evil, by Minette Walters, b-plus, Narrated by Simon Prebble, Produced by Recorded Books, downloaded from

Mark Ankerton goes, at the behest of his client, Colonel James Lockyer-Fox, to find his granddaughter, who was adopted as a baby. Her name now is Nancy Smith. Her grandfather, feeling that his two children had done nothing but take advantage of him and their mother, and who now wanted to leave his inheritance to his granddaughter. Nancy Smith makes it clear that she wants noth
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Ian Mapp
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Alan Hughes
Aug 07, 2012 Alan Hughes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fiction, crime
When elderly Ailsa Lockyer-Fox is found dead in her garden, dressed only in nightclothes and with blood stains on the ground near her body, the finger of suspicion points at her wealthy, landowning husband, Colonel James Lockyer-Fox. A Coroner's inquest gives a verdict of 'natural causes' but the gossip surrounding James refuses to go away. Why? Because he's guilty? Or because resentful women in the isolated Dorset village where he lives rules the roost? Shenstead is a place of too few people an ...more
There are several ingredients a thriller should possess. They include suspense 13TICK; tension 13 TICK; believable characters 13TICK; realistic dialogue 13 TICK; well-conceived plot and sub-plots 13 TICK; a neat but unexpected twist at the end 13 TICK. The story should take your imagination gently but firmly at first as it leads you along its convoluted corridors but increasing said tension with pace that boils in a final climatic conclusion. 18Fox Evil 19 certainly does that and whilst it may n ...more
Oct 19, 2016 Cliff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh dear, the stiff upper lip of the British upper classes has quite a lot to answer for, this book being but one of many which makes use of the trait. A family have long owned land and an old house in an isolated Dorset hamlet. A daughter had an illegitimate child which was put up for adoption. Her grandmother dies, the local gossips get together and a whispering campaign including constant phone calls ensue. The illegimate daughter, having been brought up in a loving family, initially wants not ...more
Sep 26, 2016 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: girl-power
The last nearly 275 pages of this book take place in about 18 hours, which is a shock to the system after the slower more hit and miss background stuff in the first 100 pages. This was a pretty intense mystery, but very dark in tone (at least, I find animal cruelty incredibly grim at best) and the plot is murky. Of course, part of the plot is that it is supposed to be murky, because there is a great deal of double-dealing and misdirection going on and no one has a clear picture except for Fox Ev ...more
It took me quite some time to get into the story. The first 100 pages were hard 'cause they confused me a bit. Too many story-strings woven together. In general, I have nothing against multiple strings in a story, quite the opposite.

Secondly the story went on very slow. Too many reduntant pages for my liking.
More details, more information and more twists kept coming. Not all of them were necessary but just kept adding to the confusion. But after a while you were at least interested in the outcom
Existem vários mistérios nesta história: quem matou Ailsa, quem é o pai de Nancy, que leva Fox Evil a ter tanta raiva à família Lockyer-Fox, e por aí fora. Todos são interessantes, a história é um pouco confusa em algumas partes mas o livro é difícil de largar, mas o final acaba por ser um pouco decepcionante. Talvez porque apesar de tanto mistério, os suspeitos são poucos e a revelação final parece um pouco tirada "à força", fiquei um pouco como - mas isto vem donde??
E como gosto de coisas mais
Jan 03, 2012 Renee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Minette Walters wrote a book that I thought I would love, but I ended up just liking it. This novel is well-written and the author did a fine job with plot, dialogue, inner monologues--the whole bit. In trying to figure out where this one fell short for me, I think maybe it is just a matter of taste. The villians were a bit to venal, the heroes a bit too good, and I was just irritated by the chapters told from a child's point of view.

That said, all-in-all I would not consider the time spent read
The first chapter or two of this book were, for me, a bit slow going - suggesting elements of a story I might find unappealing. But then I began to enjoy the book.
However, the last 30 pages or so were disappointing. There was too much expository writing with little or no narrative - as if the author had run out of steam and just wanted to finish the book and be done with it. The reader was given a summary of events over several months, with some important details left out. I felt cheated when I
Louise Mundt
Feb 26, 2016 Louise Mundt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually love Minette Walters and "The shape of snakes" and "Disordered minds" are among my favorite books. The last book of hers that I read, "Acid Row", disappointed me though and therefore it was with anticipation and anxiety I began "Foxevil".

I wasn't disappointed this time around as the story offers all the psychological drama and tragic destinies which are the makings of a good Minette Walters novel. "Foxevil" is not one of the top best of her books in my opinion but it is definitely wort
Aug 31, 2010 onarock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
when i first started this book, i didn't think i was up to reading this "sort" of thing at this time, so i put it down......a few books later, i picked it up again, and was glad. it wasn't what i thought it would be. well written and an intricate tale.......the ending had a bit of a twist which u just knew was going to happen; but i enjoyed the ending...many books that i have been reading have had some not so great endings......the characters r colourful, and ....well, i can't think of the phras ...more
April Hochstrasser
I rarely give 5 stars out. Especially to a book that I just picked at random off the shelves. I usually end up reading just the first chapter of said books and taking them back. However, I was compelled by this author and couldn't wait to get back to the book. I was delighted that she's written 8 others and so I have a treat waiting for me at the library when they come in. She kept me guessing until the end. The resistance of the characters to come to terms with reality was the part that rang tr ...more
Jun 29, 2010 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My mystery maven friend has delivered me another fantastic writer. This is the first Minette Walters I've read but it certainly won't be the last. I loved the density and thorniness of this plot, the complexity of the characters and their twisted relationships to each other. It keeps going until the very end and not just about the murder, but other salient plot points as well. I loved the frustrated bitter outspoken characters, the all but relentless action and the various pov's introduced. My o ...more
Robert Colquhoun
The second Minette Walters book that I have read. I preferred Acid Row. I like the way Walters writes and I look forward to reading more of her novels.
Something just seemed to be missing in this one for me. I can't quite put my finger on what it was. Seemed to conclude quite abruptly. I'm not clear on what alopecia has to do with it. At the outset, I had the impression that the hair loss/bald patches was going to tie in somehow and that never seemed to be the case. Regardless, it was a good read
Feb 11, 2012 Cerys rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
The best thriller I have read in a long time. I haven't read any Minetter Walters for ages so I was looking forward to thsi and it didn't disappoint. Having read some rather lame thrillers recently it was great to get one which was a real page turner and in which I actually cared about the characters. I woke up in the middle of the night thinking I'd solved it all only to find I was totally wrong in the next chapter!
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Minette Walters (born 26 September 1949) is a British mystery writer. After studying at Trevelyan College, University of Durham, she began writing in 1987 with The Ice House, which was published in 1992. She followed this with The Sculptress (1993), which received the 1994 Edgar Award for Best Novel. She has been published in 35 countries and won many awards.

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