by Marilyn Meredith
This week we have another mystery with a touch of the old west, this time by mystery author B.A. Neal aka Bobbi Chukran. At the end of this review is a chance to win a proof copy of Lone Star Death. Also, in this same issue we have a guest post from Bobbi about turning plays into fiction. She just did that here at KRL with her short story about Edgar Allan Poe.
This delightful mystery is set in the 1880s in the small town of Lowell’s Crossing in Central Texas.
Newly arrived reporter, Samantha Slater, arrives to begin her new job as a reporter only to find that her boss, George Stanley has been stomped to death by a runaway horse. Samantha takes over the job as editor. Her first story is writing Stanley’s obituary. To do that, she must interview the townspeople. In so doing, she learns that George
Stanley wasn’t exactly loved by the citizens of the small town. He seemed to delight in writing hurtful stories about the locals. The more she finds about the dead man, she begins to realize that many were relieved by his death.
It isn’t long before Samantha has figured out that Stanley was murdered. When this information becomes public, she finds herself being threatened in numerous diabolical ways.
Lone Star Death is a delightful mystery that is sprinkled with the right amount of historical information and filled with colorful and unusual characters. The author has done a great job creating a small town mystery that is filled with unusual twists and turns and a great surprise ending. Oh, and I don’t want to forget, there is also a touch of romance.
Highly recommended to cozy and historical mystery lovers—and anyone who just loves to follow a strong heroine as she figures out who done it and why.
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