October 21, 2017

Cold as Ice by Julie Mulhern - Spotlight and Giveaway

Book details
Cozy Mystery 6th in Series 
Henery Press (October 17, 2017) 
ISBN-13: 978-1635112672 
E-Book ASIN: B07481MPV2 

Book description
Ellison Russell’s life resembles a rollercoaster ride. And rollercoasters make her ill. Her daughter Grace has a crush on a boy Ellison doesn’t trust and she’s taken to hosting wild parties when Ellison goes out for the evening. Worse, the bank which represents Grace’s inheritance from her father may be in trouble.

When a meeting with the chef at the country club leads to the discovery of a body, Ellison can’t afford cold feet. She must save the bank, find the killer, and convince Grace (and herself) that powerful women don’t need men to rescue them.

Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), amateur sleuth books, book club recommendations, humorous murder mysteries, historical mysteries.

Books in the Country Club Murders Humorous Mystery Series: THE DEEP END (#1) GUARANTEED TO BLEED (#2) CLOUDS IN MY COFFEE (#3) SEND IN THE CLOWNS (#4) WATCHING THE DETECTIVES (#5) COLD AS ICE (#6)

Meet the author - Julie Mulhern
- Julie Mulhern is the USA Today bestselling author of The Country Club Murders. She is a Kansas City native who grew up on a steady diet of Agatha Christie. She spends her spare time whipping up gourmet meals for her family, working out at the gym and finding new ways to keep her house spotlessly clean--and she's got an active imagination. Truth is--she's an expert at calling for take-out, she grumbles about walking the dog and the dust bunnies under the bed have grown into dust lions.

Author Links Webpage – www.juliemulhernauthor.com 


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October 20, 2017

The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry - Review

I received this book free from the publisher. All opinions are my own

Book details
Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (September 26, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 110190562X
ISBN-13: 978-1101905623

Book description
Could a witch hunt happen again in Salem?

For readers of Deborah Harkness's A Discovery of Witches, New York Times bestselling author of The Lace Reader Brunonia Barry returns to Salem with this spellbinding new thriller, a complex brew of suspense, seduction and murder.

When a teenage boy dies suspiciously on Halloween night, Salem's chief of police, John Rafferty, wonders if there is a connection between his death and Salem’s most notorious cold case, a triple homicide dubbed "The Goddess Murders," in which three young women, all descended from accused Salem witches, were slashed on Halloween night in 1989. He finds unexpected help in Callie Cahill, the daughter of one of the victims newly returned to town. Neither believes that the main suspect, Rose Whelan, respected local historian, is guilty of murder or witchcraft.

But exonerating Rose might mean crossing paths with a dangerous force. Were the women victims of an all-too-human vengeance, or was the devil raised in Salem that night? And if they cannot discover what truly happened, will evil rise again?

Meet the author - Brunonia Barry
Brunonia Barry is the New York Times and international best selling author of The Lace Reader and The Map of True Places. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She was the first American author to win the International Women’s Fiction Festival’s Baccante Award and was a past recipient of Ragdale Artists’ Colony’s Strnad Fellowship as well as the winner of New England Book Festival’s award for Best Fiction and Amazon’s Best of the Month. Her reviews and articles on writing have appeared in The London Times and The Washington Post. Brunonia co-chairs the Salem Athenaeum’s Writers’ Committee. She lives in Salem with her husband Gary Ward and their dog, Angel. Her new novel, The Fifth Petal will be released by Penguin Random House/Crown in January 2017.

My thoughts
I have this author's other book The Lace Reader and enjoyed it so I was looking forward to this book as well. The subject matter is something that interests me a lot. I enjoy reading about things happening in Salem especially when they are connected to witches. This book was full of mystery and history - two of my favorite things to read about. There was even a little romance thrown in for good measure. Once I got started on this book I did not want to stop as it was a real page turner for me. I recommend reading this book as it was one of the good ones published this year. 

Hanna Who Fell From The Sky by Christopher Meades - Review

I received this book free from the publisher. All opinions are my own

Book details
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Park Row (September 26, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0778328732
ISBN-13: 978-0778328735

Book description
From highly acclaimed, award-winning author Christopher Meades comes a magical, provocative tale of forbidden love and one girl’s struggle for liberation

Hanna has never been outside her secluded community of Clearhaven. She has never questioned why her father has four wives or why she has fourteen brothers and sisters. And in only one week, on her eighteenth birthday, Hanna will follow tradition and become the fifth wife of a man more than twice her age.

But just days before the wedding, Hanna meets Daniel, an enigmatic stranger who challenges her to question her fate and to follow her own will. Then her mother tells her a secret—one that could grant Hanna the freedom she’s known only in her dreams. As her world unravels around her, Hanna must decide whether she was really meant for something greater than the claustrophobic world of Clearhaven. But can she abandon her beloved younger sister and the only home she’s ever known? Or is there another option—one too fantastical to believe?

With lush, evocative prose, Christopher Meades takes readers on an emotional journey into a fascinating, unknown world—and, along the way, brilliantly illuminates complexities of faith, identity and how our origins shape who we are.

“Beautiful and delicate, Meades has written a powerful meditation on how we define ourselves, the gift and cruelty of faith, and the redemptive act of storytelling. A gorgeous blend of dreamy folklore and gritty reality.” -Erika Swyler, bestselling author of The Book of Speculation

“A strange and beautiful fable with shades of Deliverance, Room, and Winter’s Bone.” -Laline Paull, award-winning author of The Bees

“As she slashes through the mythology that restrains her, Hanna rises like a phoenix. Christopher Meades weaves a feast of paradox and surprise.” -Benjamin Ludwig, author of Ginny Moon

“Compelling and provocative, Meades weaves elements of magical realism into his poignant coming-of-age tale. In Hanna, readers will find a new heroine, one who uncovers the secrets of her repressive society as she journeys toward self-discovery.” -Paula Treick DeBoard, author of The Drowning Girls

“With original characters and graceful prose, Christopher Meades has created an indelible novel about faith, family and love. Your heart will soar and ache for Hanna on her thoroughly original coming-of-age journey.” -Kelly Simmons, author of The Fifth of July


Meet the author - Christopher Meades
Christopher Meades is the author of three previous novels, including THE LAST HICCUP, which won the 2013 Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction. In addition, Meades’s work has appeared in several literary journals including The Potomac Review and The Fiddlehead. He lives in British Columbia, Canada, with his family.

Connect with Christopher
Website | Facebook | Twitter

My thoughts
I thought this was an interesting book. It was a little out of my norm to read this book but sometimes it is good to try something new. This book gave me a look into a different world in which Hanna has had to live. Hanna was a good girl in wanting to take care of her sister but at the same time after hearing stories from another family she wants to leave. How to choose? The author did a good job with his many descriptions from the places and people to the emotions the characters were feeling. His writing style was smooth and easy to read. 


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Secrets and Pies by Jenny Kales - Guest Post and Giveaway

 

Book details
Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series 
Self Published Release Date - October 19, 2017
Approximately 200 pages 

Book description
If you can’t stand the heat, get out of Callie’s Kitchen! Greek-American restaurateur Callie Costas faces down another killer in the small waterfront town of Crystal Bay, Wisconsin. Recipes included!

Summertime in Crystal Bay means tourist season for Calliope “Callie” Costas, owner of Callie’s Kitchen, a Greek-meets-Midwest from-scratch eatery. Business is booming but so is the stress. Callie can barely keep up with the demand for her famous summer fruit pies and savory Greek delicacies, plus she’s agreed to bake dozens of “pitas” for the annual Greek Fest.

When Callie is asked to deliver cast party treats for a Murder Mystery Night at the historic Harris House, it seems like a welcome break from her hot stove. That is, until she finds herself an unwilling player in yet another suspicious death. Worse yet, the victim is a family friend and graduate student working on a project involving Crystal Bay’s colorful past.

Before long, a motley crew of suspects makes things as juicy as the succulent berries strewn around Callie’s Kitchen. And that’s not all Callie’s got on her plate. Add family obligations, a deepening romance with a local detective and unexpected personnel problems to the mix. One thing’s for sure: Callie’s got the recipe for a long, hot summer!

SECRETS AND PIES is the third installment in the Callie’s Kitchen Mystery series.

Meet the author - Jenny Kales
Award-winning writer Jenny Kales is the author of The Callie's Kitchen Mystery series. Though she's worked as a writer and journalist for years, fiction writing is her first love and her marriage into a Greek-American Midwestern family inspired The Callie's Kitchen mysteries, featuring Calliope Costas, food business owner and amateur sleuth. The setting of the story, "Crystal Bay," is inspired by a favorite family vacation spot - Wisconsin's beautiful Geneva Lakes. Kales is an avid reader, cook and baker and she's addicted to mystery TV, especially anything on Masterpiece Mystery or BBC America. She lives just outside of Chicago with her husband, two daughters and one cute but demanding Yorkshire terrier.

Website www.jennykales.wordpress.com,
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jennykalesmysteryauthor/
Twitter https://twitter.com/Jenny_Kales,
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard,
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jennykales_author/
Purchase Link - Amazon

Guest post
Murder on the Menu: The Delicious Synergy between Cozy Mysteries and Food

“Every woman should have a blowtorch.” This quote, attributed to Julia Child, is the epigram to my first Callie’s Kitchen Mystery, ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK. I chose to include it for many reasons (read the book to find out!), but also because it sums up my attitude towards writing a culinary cozy mystery series. Preparing and serving food can seem like an innocuous occupation, and yet it takes a strong woman to succeed in business and help to solve murders! With this in mind, Calliope “Callie” Costas, my Greek-American amateur sleuth and restaurateur, was born.

Callie is the proprietor of “Callie’s Kitchen,” a Greek meets Midwest eatery that serves the locals and tourists of fictional Crystal Bay, Wisconsin. Some readers might wonder why so many cozy mysteries feature sleuths involved in the food industry. My inspiration came from marrying into a Greek-American family, as well as my own interest in cooking and baking, but it’s more than that. Just like a good, spine-tingling mystery, food engages all of our five senses. Combine delectable descriptions of food, along with a puzzling murder mystery to solve, and that’s a recipe for entertainment.

Food plays a central role in Callie’s adventures, and sometimes it even slows her down just when she’d like to get into the middle of an investigation. Food is something that she shares in common with her caring, but sometimes overbearing father, George. George wanted her to take over his business when he retired even though she was determined to strike out on her own. Despite the fact that they butt heads from time to time, he is one of Callie’s biggest supporters and he even enjoys cooking for her, such as his specialty spanakopita, or spinach-feta cheese pie layered in phyllo dough.

Food can also provide an excuse for Callie to snoop and find vital clues. Who can resist her seemingly innocent gifts of baked goods and Greek specialties? Very few people, it seems, which allows her entry into places she wouldn’t otherwise get to investigate. It turns out that the key to many a suspect’s heart is through his or her stomach!

SECRETS AND PIES, my new Callie’s Kitchen Mystery finds Callie smack-dab in the middle of summer tourist season. Click here to buy it! In this third installment in the series, Callie is tasked with baking pies galore, both the traditional fruit kind, bursting with summer freshness, as well the crispy, buttery, savory Greek phyllo “pites” that she’s slated to bake for the town’s popular Greek Fest. When she’s asked to provide the cast party treats for a murder mystery night at a local historical hotel, food leads her into yet another mystery.

One thing’s for sure: even killers need to eat. Hence, the epigram for SECRETS AND PIES: “A hungry stomach will not allow its owner to forget it, whatever his cares and sorrows.” ― HOMER

I hope you enjoy SECRETS AND PIES, and that you’ll check out my first two Callie’s Kitchen Mysteries, available on Amazon.


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October 19, 2017

Beyond Believing by D. D. Marx - Review and Giveaway

I received this book free from the publisher. All opinions are my own

Book Details:
Book Title: Beyond Believing (Book #1)
Author: D.D. Marx
Category: Adult Fiction, 200 pages
Genre: Chick-Lit
Publisher: Beyond Dreams Publishing
Release date: October 2017
Tour dates: Oct 16 to Dec 22, 2017
Content Rating: PG 13 Non-explicit sex, swear words (light...couple f-bombs)

Book Description:
When Olivia gets news of her best friend Dan’s fatal car accident, her entire life is upended. Shattered with grief and struggling to find any meaning or purpose to life, she trudges along with a gaping void in her heart. Finally, when her frustration reaches its peak, Olivia decides to trust Dan’s eternal friendship. That trust allows him to break through to her from the beyond, and Dan guides Olivia through the twists and turns of her life into something new and entirely unexpected.

When Olivia exposes a gigantic internal scandal at work, her career implodes. With no job and no one to turn to, she escapes to Palm Springs for the sympathy and care of her beloved cousin, Garrett. He isn’t quite the comfort Olivia hoped for, but on that journey, meets someone who fills the void in her heart. She’s never experienced such a deep love. It heals her soul and rekindles her spirit - and just may have been the design of her dearly departed friend all along.

Beyond Believing is a sweet, funny and romantic story that touches the heart, serves up delicious twists and turns, and shows the reader that there’s no such thing as “coincidence.” Author D.D Marx regards this book as her love letter to friendship.

To read more reviews, please visit D.D. Marx's page on iRead Book Tours.

Buy Beyond Believing:
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Meet the Author - D.D. Marx
D.D. Marx is a contemporary romantic fiction writer and blogger, as well as a lover of all things social. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton, as well as the Second City program in Chicago, where she currently resides. A proud aunt and self-described hopeless romantic, Marx has always had a knack for humorous and engaging storytelling. Her pen name is a dedication to her beloved friend Dan, who continues to guide and inspire her in her daily life.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Pinterest


My thoughts
This was the first book that I have read by this author and it was enjoyable. It is a story about love and friendship. The character development was very good as the author created some strong characters who could be someone you know. This is one of those books that you could not put down as you did not want to stop reading about your friends. There are some sad parts to this book as well but they have to be there to tell the story. But do not fret there is also some humor to this story. I think this would be a good quick beach read. A bit of trivia about this book is that it was written in memory of the author’s best friend Dan and she calls this book a “love letter to friendship”. If you like romance or chick-lit then you will enjoy this book. This book is a part of a trilogy and I have had the pleasure of reading the entire series. Watch for my reviews.

Guest post
How do you write a novel based in a place where you’ve never been?

When I embarked on the journey with this series, I started with foundational basics. First, my goal was to tell the story from two different perspectives, in alternating chapters. It was important for these characters to be leading parallel lives but in very different worlds. The easiest way to accomplish that was to create physical distance between them.

Olivia’s character was loosely based on my life so that was easy. I wrote about what I knew and what was comfortable. For Finn’s character, who is entirely fictional, I took pieces and parts from people and experiences in my life that were familiar to me. For example, I came up with Finn’s hometown because my neighbor was a lovely woman who was born and raised in Scotland. I loved her accent. She was always cheerful and pleasant. She’d greet me in the morning on my way to work and say, ‘you look smashing’. She told me stories of her childhood and I felt attached. I could envision the places in the stories she was sharing. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a hunk from Scotland? Hello, Gerard Butler and voila, that became the birth of Finn McDaniels.

From there, I went on a quest to learn more about Scotland, through research, to create back stories for this character. I just kept asking questions. Who was Finn? Where did he come from? Did he have siblings? What was his passion? What motivated him to pursue it? Each answer led me down endless winding roads that developed him into who he was. He became a real person in my head. Once I knew who he was and where he came from the rest came easy.

Don’t ever shy away from pursuing your dreams. The sky is the limit

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Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb - Review and Giveaway

I received this book free from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Book details
Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I by Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
William Morrow Paperbacks
Paperback & eBook; 384 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

Beook description
New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor has joined with Heather Webb to create this unforgettably romantic novel of the Great War. August 1914. England is at war. As Evie Elliott watches her brother, Will, and his best friend, Thomas Harding, depart for the front, she believes—as everyone does—that it will be over by Christmas, when the trio plan to celebrate the holiday among the romantic cafes of Paris. But as history tells us, it all happened so differently… Evie and Thomas experience a very different war. Frustrated by life as a privileged young lady, Evie longs to play a greater part in the conflict—but how?—and as Thomas struggles with the unimaginable realities of war he also faces personal battles back home where War Office regulations on press reporting cause trouble at his father’s newspaper business. Through their letters, Evie and Thomas share their greatest hopes and fears—and grow ever fonder from afar. Can love flourish amid the horror of the First World War, or will fate intervene? Christmas 1968. With failing health, Thomas returns to Paris—a cherished packet of letters in hand—determined to lay to rest the ghosts of his past. But one final letter is waiting for him… 

Praise for Last Christmas in Paris

“Beautifully told…the authors fully capture the characters’ voices as each person is dramatically shaped by the war to end all wars.”—Booklist

“For fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society comes another terrific epistolary historical novel that is simply unputdownable [...] this remarkable novel will undoubtedly go on my keeper shelf.” —Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of The Night the Lights Went Out

“Humor, love, tragedy, and hope make for a moving, uplifting read. A winner!” —Kate Quinn, author of The Alice Network

“An extraordinary epistolary novel that explores the history and aftermath of the Great War in a sensitive, memorable and profoundly moving fashion. A book to savor, to share and discuss with friends, and above all to cherish.” —Jennifer Robson, international bestselling author of Goodnight from London “There is a special talent to writing the epistolary novel and Gaynor and Webb have mastered it. Letter by letter, the complex lives of Evie and Thomas unfold as WWI wages on, bringing with it the heartbreaking news of physical and emotional casualties. And yet, in the midst of such sacrifices, an ever-deepening love surfaces, finding a unique way to live on in this devastatingly beautiful work of historical fiction.”—Renee Rosen, author of Windy City Blues 
Meet the authors - Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor
HEATHER WEBB is the author of historical novels Becoming Josephine and Rodin's Lover, and the anthology Fall of Poppies, which have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Elle, France Magazine, and more, as well as received national starred reviews. RODIN’S LOVER was a Goodreads Top Pick in 2015. Up and coming, Last Christmas in Paris, an epistolary love story set during WWI will release October 3, 2017, and The Phantom's Apprentice, a re-imagining of the Gothic classic Phantom of the Opera from Christine Daae's point of view releases February 6, 2018. To date, her novels have sold in ten countries. Heather is also a professional freelance editor, foodie, and travel fiend. 

HAZEL GAYNOR is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of A Memory of Violets and The Girl Who Came Home, for which she received the 2015 RNA Historical Novel of the Year award. Her third novel The Girl from the Savoy was an Irish Times and Globe & Mail Canada bestseller, and was shortlisted for the BGE Irish Book Awards Popular Fiction Book of the Year. The Cottingley Secret and Last Christmas in Paris will be published in 2017. Hazel was selected by US Library Journal as one of ‘Ten Big Breakout Authors’ for 2015 and her work has been translated into several languages. Originally from Yorkshire, England, Hazel now lives in Ireland.
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My thoughts
I enjoy reading books set in Paris so I jumped at the chance to get to read this book. The authors did a good job of describing the setting. I felt as if I was right there with the characters. I also liked the way the book was broken up as letters. It mad the story not only more interesting but also read quickly. You could not help but feel for the characters and the situation they were in. By reading the letters you get to hear everyone's tale. It must have been horrible to have to go through. The writing was detailed enough so that you could understand each of the emotions. I am glad I got the chance to read this book.

Giveaway
During the Blog Tour we will be giving away 2 copies of Last Christmas in Paris! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below. Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on October 20th. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Giveaway is open to residents in the US & Canada only. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. – Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen. Last Christmas in Paris


Blog tour stops
Monday, September 25 Review at 100 Pages a Day Review at Books of All Kinds 
Tuesday, September 26 Review at The Lit Bitch 
Wednesday, September 27 Review at Just One More Chapter Review at History From a Woman's Perspective 
Thursday, September 28 Review at So Many Books, So Little Time 
Monday, October 2 Review at Let Them Read Books 
Tuesday, October 3 Spotlight at Passages to the Past 
Wednesday, October 4 Review at A Literary Vacation 
riday, October 6 Review at Library Educated 
Monday, October 9 Review at A Bookish Affair Review at Suzy Approved Books 
Tuesday, October 10 Interview at A Bookish Affair 
Thursday, October 12 Review at Creating Herstory 
Friday, October 13 Review at Pursuing Stacie 
Monday, October 16 Review at Curling up by the Fire 
Tuesday, October 17 Review at Faery Tales Are Real 
Wednesday, October 18 Review at The Maiden's Court Interview at Faery Tales Are Real 
Thursday, October 19 Review at A Holland Reads 
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Trail of Defects by Sara Candell - Spotlight and Guest Post

 

Book details
Cozy Mystery 4th in Series - 
Author Notes - It is a series but can stand alone. 
Self Published (May 23, 2016) 
Paperback: 260 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1541057531 
E-Book ASIN: B01G3XSOC8

Book description
This modern day mystery contains unpredictable elements, reminiscent of earlier days in the Wild West. Crime waves in a small town can be confusing but it is especially daunting for Sheriff Hobson. It is unclear which side of the law his townspeople are on. Starting with an armed robbery of Kelly’s Lounge, elder abuse, and a runaway child, strange happenings pileup.

Meet the author - Sara Candell
I grew up in a small ranching community in Colorado where I learned to judge beef on the hoof and under wrap. After moving around the country for my husband’s career and catching college courses as I could, I finally found myself in one place long enough to finish my degree. I was an artist (acrylic), raised three children, managed offices, and started my own genealogy resource business before weaving my stories and experiences into novels. I now lives in central Texas with my patient husband and four cats. In my spare time I do genealogy and historical research and nurses orphan kittens back to health for the local animal shelter.

Twitter: @CaudellSara 

P urchase links Amazon B&N 

Other Books in the Series

 

Guest post
Character point of view

Let me introduce myself. My name is Jim Hobson, and I have been the Sheriff of Cimarron County, Colorado for eighteen years. The Sheriff has to run for re-election every four years and the last election no one has run against me. A couple to times a year I threaten the county commissioners that I am going to quit. They usually offer me something to placate me but, it’s never an increase in salary. They offered me a ‘better’ used car last time. I just laughed and told them to put new tires on the old one. They agreed.
Cimarron County doesn’t have much money. We are mostly a ranching community. Hay and beef cattle are our main products. One new guy is trying his hand with an apple orchard. I hope it works out for him.

The interstates are either 70 miles north or 150 miles east, so our tourist trade is minimal. The county seat is the town of Cold Springs, with a population less than 2,700 people. Last count, the county population was almost 12,000. My two deputies and I are the only law enforcement in the county. I am able to call on two young ranchers for part-time deputies in an emergency. We are in the modern world, our town has it’s own website at saracaudell.com. You can learn about the town and the residents.

We don’t have much crime in Cimarron County, just the usual car accident, DUI, theft, assault and an occasional abuse problem. The usual things they have in the big city, just on a much smaller scale but it takes us longer to get there with the size of the county.

A few crimes have happened here that maybe unusual in large cities. An occasional cattle hauler decides to take these mountain curves too fast and turns his truck over. We spend out time rounding up cattle. We had some abused horses shot at one of our rescue ranches. Susie Wheeler who owns the ranch and retrains abused horses is a real nice lady. She has a large black bull as a watchdog for her property that sometimes creates a problem. Colorado Animal protection came in to help us on that problem. We ran in circles for several days, but we found the culprit. (They Don’t Shoot Horses.)

Another time several abused women were brought in from out of state without my knowledge and I wasn’t able to give them the type of protection they needed. Two husbands found out where they were staying and one of them was shot. Several Cimarron County residents heard my complaints about that. I almost fired my part-time deputies, too. (Shattered Sanctuary.)

We even had a crime wave here not long ago. It started with Kelly O’Conner’s Lounge just outside of town being robbed at gunpoint. There were no leads at the time. Then a couple days later, we had an out-of-town woman killed and a young lady decided to runaway from home after an argument with her mother. We had more suspects than I could run down and my deputies had to go find the kid. The investigation got very confusing but I finally figured it out. Explaining it to the District Attorney was interesting. I think he drank his lunch that day, and he is a teetotaler. (Trail of Defects.)

Sorry, my lunch break is over and I need to get back to the office before Dee starts looking for me. Dee is my office help; dispatch, computer expert, janitor. She does a little of everything, including keeping tack of my deputies and me.


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