MURDER, WESTERN STYLE
While there are many excellent mystery series set in the contemporary American West, 2006 has bought four historical mysteries that give us superb glimpses of it’s fabled past.
Iron Ties by Ann Parker: 1880, Silver Rush days, Leadville, Colorado. It is up to saloon owner Inez Stannert to discover the truth about a shooting and railway explosion as the town readies for a visit from U. S. Grant. Sequel to the critically acclaimed Silver Lies.
The critics say: “fascinating period detail”
Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith: 1892, big-sky country Montana. Two cowboys who have heard tell of Sherlock Holmes get the chance to apply the master's methods after the general manager on the ranch where they are working is found dead.
The critics say: “captivating”
Season of the Burning Souls by Ken Hodgson: 1943, exotic Silver City, New Mexico. After several local deaths by spontaneous combustion, the town sheriff and the county coroner search for answers, taking into consideration concurrent events at Los Alamos.
The critics say: “offbeat … zany humor and unforgettable dialog”
Everybody Kills Somebody Sometime by Robert J. Randisi: 1960, mythic Las Vegas. During the filming of Ocean's Eleven, Joey Bishop approaches Eddie Gianelli with a request to help Frank Sinatra. Sammy, Dean, and, yes, even Peter Lawford are woven into this “Rat Pack” mystery.
The critics say: “hilarious, pitch-perfect time capsule”