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Monday, September 19, 2011

Hang 'Em High...Review

About the book:
When Ida Mae Babbitt receives an invitation to visit her son Keith's dude ranch in Montana, she's excited to mend their broken relationship, but not so excited about spending time with cows. Arlette and Tansy go along with her, ready to take a vacation that does not involve dead bodies or mysteries of any sort - one must have a break from time to time. But it seems a no-good scoundrel has moseyed into Dodge City and is bent on causing all sorts of trouble for the ranch. Unable to keep her curiosity in check - especially when it seems her own son is the most likely culprit - Ida Mae decides to investigate. Can she lasso the varmint and get him to the sheriff in time?

Ida Mae Babbitt returns in another hysterically funny Secret Sisters novel.  When her estranged son invites her to visit his dude ranch, Ida Mae is thrilled at the opportunity to get reacquainted with Keith and mend some broken fences.  The last thing she expects is another mystery.  Arlette and Tansy have tagged along with her and the trio once again finds themselves in deep snow as they try to figure out who is killing Keith's prized stud horses. 

What I really enjoyed about Hang 'Em High, aside from the fact that it's simply just an enjoyable cozy mystery, was the reconciliation that occurs between Keith and Ida Mae.  Amidst all the humor and antics of the Secret Sisters, the conversations between Ida Mae and her son were tender and honest as Keith shared his reasons for leaving and Ida Mae shared truths about Keith's father.

Because they have accidentally solved two mysteries, Ida Mae, Arlette and Tansy all fancy themselves true detectives and their antics in trying to solve this new case, while surprisingly successful, are also hysterically funny. While it's not absolutely necessary to have read the previous books, knowing the history of these three women does add depth and understanding to the story.

To celebrate the release of Tristi's eighth book, she's holding a contest!  If you leave a comment on this review, you will be entered into a drawing for a free manuscript evaluation, done by Tristi Pinkston Editing http://www.tristipinkstonediting.blogspot.com   In fact, you can leave comments on all the blogs participating in this virtual book tour!  Go to Tristi Pinkston's blog at http://www.tristipinkston.blogspot.com

Thanks to Tristi Pinkston for the opportunity to review her book.  You can learn more about Tristi here.  You can purchase your own copy here. You can see other reviews and tour stops here.

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4/5 Stars


  1. I love these three characters. I can't wait to read Hang 'Em High. Plus, I really nedd help with my ms. Thanks!

  2. That sounds like a fabulous book. I'll have to check it out, and having a shot at a manuscript eval is always a plus.

  3. I love this book and her others in the series. I can't wait for the next one!!!

    Oh and I found your blog through Tristi. :)

  4. I just finished Secret Sisters, now I'm reading Dearly Departed. Looking forward to Hang 'Em High. And I would love to win a manuscript review.

  5. Still have not read anything by Pinkston yet.

  6. I agree that Tristi does a great job with her characterization, making the individuals so much more than a name and a face.

  7. I've gotta go get this book and read it! THanks for the review!

  8. Amazing reviews! Can't wait to read it myself.

  9. Such a great book - and a totally fun contest, too. Thanks!

  10. This is such a fun series. I love Tristi's writing.

  11. So looking forward to more adventures (and action figures) from these indelible ladies. :)