When itinerant ranch hand Buck Ellison took a job with Sarah Watkins at her ranch in the Sandhills of Nebraska, he thought he had found the place where he could park his pickup, leave the past behind, and never move again.
On a rainy July night, a dead body at the south end of Sarah’s ranch forces him to become a reluctant detective, digging into the business of cattle breeding for rodeos and digging up events from his past that are linked to the circumstances surrounding the murder of Sam Danielson.
Working with his boss Sarah, her nephew Travis Martin, and the cook Diane Gibbons, Buck unmasks the murderer, but at the cost of learning the reality of past events that he chooses to keep to himself.
I found this mystery a pleasant one to read. The most interesting aspect of the novel was the pace of the action. It was slow and steady. While reading, I almost felt like I was following in the steps of a cowboy, deliberate in his gait. There was no intense action nor heart throbbing suspense. There was just the methodical reasoning through of puzzling events by several characters.
In addition to enjoying a steady unraveling of secrets, I learned quite a bit about the rodeo and raising bulls for the events. I had no idea of the importance of testing and DNA. That aspect of the novel definitely added interest.
This is a good book for readers who like fun mystery in a style different from the typical suspense laden ones. The characters are realistic and portrayed well. The plot is a bit complex but not confusing. The setting is interesting too. Definitely an enjoyable mystery.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Book Details:Genre: Mystery, Amateur Sleuth
Published by: Down and Out Books
Publication Date: April 27, 2019
Number of Pages: 216
ISBN: 1643960121 (978-1643960128)
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads | Down & Out Books
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WARREN EMBREE and his wife grew up in the Sandhills of Nebraska. He did both farm work and ranch work during those years, and he still keeps track of what goes on in the hills. After leaving the area, he pursued an academic career in English, Classical Languages, and Divinity. He lectured at a couple of institutions and preached at a few churches, and he now works in Lincoln as a data analyst for the University of Nebraska. His knowledge and love of the unique culture of the Sandhills, his education in languages and literature, and his analytical skills contribute to his story telling. He and his wife currently live in Nebraska and have 3 grown children.
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