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Publisher's Summary

1893 is a tough year in Montana, and any job is a good job. When Big Red and Old Red Amlingmeyer sign on as ranch hands at the secretive Bar-VR cattle spread, they're not expecting much more than hard work, bad pay, and a comfortable campfire around which they can enjoy their favorite pastime: scouring Harper's Weekly for stories about the famous Sherlock Holmes. When another ranch hand turns up in an outhouse with a bullet in his brain, Old Red sees the perfect opportunity to put his Holmes-inspired detective talents to work and solve the case. Big Red, like it or not (and mostly he does not), is along for the wild ride in this clever, compelling, and completely one-of-a-kind mystery.
©2006 Steve Hockensmith (P)2006 Tantor Media, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

Mystery Writers of America 2007 Edgar Nominee, Best First Novel by an American Author
"Sherlockians, western fans, and mystery lovers who enjoy their whodunits leavened with humor should all be delighted by Hockensmith's captivating debut." (Publishers Weekly)
"This first novel will keep both mystery fans and afficionados of Westerns grinning from the first page to the last." (Library Journal)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Fred on 04-24-06

For Holmes Sake

The talented reader added the right amount of western tones to this well written mystery. The ending was unexpected but completely reasonable. There is a lot of "deducifying" done by the Holmes on the range using skills we have had a chance to hone on our own readings of the Canon.
A very enjoyable read.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Janeen on 04-27-08

What a fun listen this was!

I was looking for a new genre and found myself downloading this, although westerns don't usually grab my interest and I've never read a Sherlock Holmes book. I'm certainly glad to have found this series! I loved the story--not too much of a mystery to confuse the daylights out of me; enough western to give it a bunkhouse flavor, and colorful characters abound. The author's pace is perfect.
Certainly, the reader has done a brilliant job of things. If you go into this realizing it's read like a vaudville play, you'll get great pleasure from the listening.
I'm off to download the next in the series now...

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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