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The Fox, the Dog, and the King

(The Cassie Tam Files #2)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  27 reviews
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 th
ebook, 193 pages
Published July 23rd 2018 by NineStar Press
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Lex Kent
3.5 Stars. This is the second book in The Cassie Tam Files. The best way to describe these books would be futuristic mysteries. You could put the sci-fi tag on these but it would be light sci-fi. This is what the future could look like in 20-40 years on earth. While this is the second book in a series I do think you could start here if you had to. Enough background is given I don’t think you would be lost. However, I think you would enjoy the series more and feel more connected to the characters ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cassie Tam is back and so is the corruption that defies time in the futuristic world of New Hopeland City as her latest case involves a missing pooch, a deadly fighting ring and an actor whose true identity shall remain nameless. And it all started when she took time off to spend the evening at the theater with her girlfriend, Lori. Will these two ever have time to spend together?

THE FOX, THE DOG AND THE KING by Matt Doyle has Cassie barking up the most dangerous trees in the city in an effort t
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
This is another solid instalment in the Cassie Tam Files. I got more page time with Bert, the AI gargoyle that I love, there are no particular arseholes or chest-beating types to be found anywhere within the pages either. Rather, Matt Doyle writes an interesting, futuristic tech world with much affection. There is always a mystery to be solved, Cassie is a PI, this time it's a missing dog that leads to more in the Underground of New Hopeland. The end, with the tech shifter details, was superb. W ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book for me.  I enjoyed the mystery and the characters.  Nothing is ever an "easy" job right.  This book was a fun read for me.  I can't wait for more from this series! *This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.* ...more
Rebecca Langham
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Having read the first in this series, I was eager to get my hands on the second. The combination of noir and a not-too-distant-future setting remains intriguing. I'm also always happy to see women at the forefront of genre fiction, an area where there's still a lot of ground to cover in terms of diversity.

One of the strongest elements of the Cassie Tam Files is the development of Cassie's environment in both tangible and intangible terms. Doyle continues to expand New Hopeland, a city that grows
Carol Hutchinson
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant case…solved!

Cassie hasn’t been spending as much time with Lori lately as she would have hoped to, because you know her work is super busy and time off is a luxury she rarely gets. Taking a few hours off the head to theatre to watch a performance but when even that leads to work, Cassie just isn’t getting a break. In a case that seems over the top, Cassie finds herself tracking a missing pet, but when she starts getting to work and finding the clues and answers that help her fi
J.P. Jackson
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cassie Tam is a perpetually grumpy, stubborn, slightly ornery PI, and her gruff nature has once again shone through in the second Cassie Tam book, The Fox, the Dog, and the King. She reminds me of the loveable curmudgeon from Pixar's movie "Up" - you know the type - cane-wielding, arm shaking, "You kids get off my lawn," yelling senior citizen - this to me sums up Cassie perfectly. But in this sequel to Addict, we get to see a bit of a softer side as Cassie's relationship with Lori - the Tech Sh ...more
E.M. Hamill
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Matt Doyle's tech-noir PI Cassie Tam is at it again in the fantastic second book.

Cassie has promised her tech-shifter girlfriend, Lori, to take some easy cases and get a little break. When she reluctantly takes a seemingly innocent missing dog case for a mysterious performance artist, Cassie should have known that she would stumble into something a heck of a lot bigger than that. New Hopeland's seedy underworld of crime lords and dealers are gearing up for a confrontation, and Cassie is, as usu
Beverly Laude
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, kindle, mystery, sci-fi
This is the second book in the Cassie Tam Files and is another solid addition to what is proving to be a very entertaining and different series. This book is set in Utah in the future and has a lot of cybertech in it. I especially enjoyed the "Tech Shift Gear Welcome Pack" at the end of the book that explains the Tech Shift Gear that features so prominently in this series.

Cassie is a Private Investigator that often reminded me of the old film noir type detectives. She is starting a new relations
Jennifer Tooker
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure, I was provided an advanced copy of this book by the author, however, I have voluntarily chosen to write a review. All opinions are my own.

Kings and Pawns

The Fox, The Dog, and The King is the second in the Cassie Tam series of books by Matt Doyle. Picking up approximately 6 months after the close of “Addict”, Cassie and Lori’s relationship seems to be on the right track even if Cassie finds it hard to turn off work to focus solely on her girlfriend. When Lori invites Cassie to a
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I’ve read by this author, and I’m still enjoying every minute. I find the main character to be very interesting, and I want to know more about her, as well as the other minor characters. Throw in an interesting plot, great writing, and some fun action, and you have a book worth reading. I admit to sometimes being thrown off by the explanations of the tech in this book, and I get a little confused about exactly what it being described. However, that doesn’t really stop my ...more
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read the first book in this series earlier this year, and immediately became a fan of Cassie Tam.  She's a confident, successful woman in her PI business, but when it comes to romantic relationships - that's where she's challenged.

In this book, Cassie is struggling to find her footing with new girlfriend, Lori, and  balance their relationship with her workload.  She's still charmingly awkward, and while she may not say exactly the right things, she honestly means well.  With encouragement from
Private Investigator Cassie Tam is back again ready to solve a mystery. While on a night out with her girlfriend Lori, she gets an unexpected job offer. The performer Kitsune, a Tech Shifter, asks for her help to find their missing dog. What seems to be a fairly easy and highly paid job, gets her entangled in a more complicated and dangerous situation that involves the criminal underworld of New Hopeland and its most hidden secrets.

After enjoying Addict, the first book of the series, it was no s
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was supposed to be date night for Cassie and Lori, but, following the performance, the performer asks to see them, having recognized Cassie as a private investigator. Known only as Kitsune, and outfitted in Tech Shifting gear at all times in public, she asks Cassie to locate her missing dog. Thanks to her interfering girlfriend, Cassie takes the case and is pulled into more than just finding a missing dog, something that involves a king of the criminal world.

This is the second book in the Cas
Nina Silva
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars!!
This is Book 2 in the Cassie Tam Files series. I think Book 2 works as a standalone as each story is a complete mystery and any necessary info is repeated, but not excessively, to put off series readers. Besides, it’s only Book 2, if you do want to catch up .
A futuristic novel that takes it’s opening cue from an old Japanese theatre tradition… hmm… Might sound a bit odd but it works really well. Cassie is drawn into this particular case after attending a futuristic version of a kabu
Steph Warren
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received a free copy of this book, with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

Another great sci-fi tech novel from Matt Doyle, featuring the efficient and emotionally strait-laced Cassie Tam taking on her smallest and biggest case yet… and it’s the same case!

A missing dog leads to deeper, darker secrets in the corrupt world of New Hopeland and Cassie has to decide between the lesser of many evils again, taking her further into a morally grey area and out of
This book was provided for free by the publisher and Love Bytes in exchange for an honest review.

This review was first posted to Love Bytes: LGBTQ Book Reviews. It has been slightly edited here for content.

This is the second book in Matt Doyle’s “Cassie Tam Files” series, and I think it is about equal to its predecessor in structure, characterization, and plot. It’s easy to get absorbed into the cyberpunk world of New Hopeland along with a tough PI and her tech shifter girlfriend, but so far, th
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Fox, the Dog, and the King is the second book in Matt Doyle's The Cassie Tam Files, but it follows a new case and while it has some characters from Book 1 - Addict, it could be read as a standalone.

Like in the first book, things aren't as they seem. A case that's supposed to be small leads Cassie to something much bigger lurking in the shadows, but unlike with Addict, the mystery doesn't advance the Romantic sub-plot. Actually, Lori is kind of just there in the background a lot of the time,
Donte McNeal
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My favorite PI returns...other than Jessica Jones. Actually, when I think about it, Cassie and Jessica are pretty similar: They're both smartass, snarky PIs, who are really good at their job. Those around them, who choose to stick around are worthwhile characters themselves, and you can't help but want to learn more about them. Mr. Doyle always succeeds in creating characters you want to care about, want to triumph, and want to fail. That's the beauty of his novels, which I've been following for ...more
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I still really like Cassie, Lori, and Bert. And Charlie too. I’m beginning to be fascinated by Hanson and Devin. Cassie and Lori’s blossoming relationship is sweet. The world they inhabit is interesting.

The trouble I had with this book is the nitty gritty details of the plot just didn’t make sense. I’m not sure if the book was intricately plotted and just not explained in a way I could follow or if the plot really wasn’t planned out at the detail level. Either way, it didn’t make a lot of sense.
Jessica Belmont
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Matt Doyle has done it again with The Fox. The Dog, And The King. It is not a standalone, you do need to read the first novel, but this stood on it’s own as far as a fabulous story. Another fast-paced plot with a mystery that had me reading this one in one sitting.

Once again, the world building is complex and well designed. A bit heavy handed on the descriptions, but I think the concept was well shown.

Caz is becoming an even more interesting character as she grows. I love when a main character g
Kristin L Stamper
Aug 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book more than the first one, and I didn't dislike the first one. I enjoy Cassie as a character and, although I was kind of on the fence about him in the first book, I really liked Bert in this one. It's a short, casual read, and would be great for anyone looking for a quick mystery to pass the time.

I did have a few gripes with it, mostly all of the explaining that goes on in the book rather than having information revealed naturally and gradually. I also found the ending to be a
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cassie Tam is back with missing dog case that is more than what it seems.

You can read my full review here!

I think it is safe to say I am a fan of the Cassie Tam Files! I cannot wait to read book three, LV48.
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I am glad I found out there was more in this series. I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next one.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This review first appeared on the blog Ally's Appraisals:

The Fox, The Dog, and The King is a return to form for Matt Doyle. The second book of 'The Cassie Tam Files' sees us pick back up not long after the events of Addict with Cassie celebrating on a night out with her girlfriend, Lori. After a performance by Tech Shifter Kitsune, Cassie is on the case again searching for a missing dog. Like the first book in the series, The Fox, The Dog, and The King will quickly pull
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoying the series. Cassie is a fun character and I love the world building. It is not advanced as the time period implied, but once I started to think about it as near future it all made more sense. The mystery was fun and I really like the gray zone the author places the things in. I like that the characters are not all good or bad, but somewhere in between. It make everything more realistic. I liked the book a bit less than the first one, because the lack of romantic sub-plot. The ...more
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Matt Doyle is a pansexual/genderfluid speculative fiction author and pop culture blogger from the UK. Matt specializes in fiction with a sci-fi grounding and diverse characters.

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The Cassie Tam Files (5 books)
  • Addict (The Cassie Tam Files #1)
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