Two New Book Reports

After I read this I found out it is the second book in the Everett Hitch Trilogy. Appaloosa, the first book, was made into a movie. I’ll have to look that up.

This is the tale of two gun-men. But they aren’t like your average gun-men, they have high morals and integrity. Hitch went to West Point and is quite well read. Virgil was a lawman at one time.

Hitch takes a job in the new town of Resolution working for Amos Wolfson as a lookout at the Blackfoot Saloon. Wolfson owns the store, the hotel, pretty much most of the town. Eamon O’Malley owns the coppermine and a saloon across the street. Stark owns the lumber mill. Wolfson wants it all. The local ranchers owe their souls to his ‘company’ store and he is taking their land in payment for their debts. O’Malley brings in 2 gunmen of his own as he wants the whole town for himself too. There is no law and order in this town yet. As tensions build Virgil Cole, Hitches friend, arrives and stays to help Hitch. As Wolfson gets greedier and greedier he asks the men to do things they don’t believe are right. So we have the feud between O’Malley and Wolfson, and Wolfson and the ranchers. Oh and some Shoshoni Indians have escaped from the reservation! Lots of action in this western! I did enjoy it although it did have a lot of swearing which I don’t really like but my library doesn’t have a really good selection of audio books so what’s a girl to do?

The second book I finished is a cosy comfy read…

This lovely small book came all the way from Scotland to my mailbox! Thank you Katrina! I adore it! It’s a small old, old book and I love the feel of it in my hands and the smell of it as I read. O. Douglas (Anna Buchan) books are always sweet, feel good reads and I always enjoy them immensely. This one was a little different as it really is Anna Buchan’s autobiography thinly veiled as a piece of fiction. In this book she is Ann, the main character, who lives at ‘Dreams’, her lovely comfy home, with her old mother and two servants. One that has been with the family since she was a child. She spends evenings listening to her Mother’s tales of her life and reminiscing about her life growing up and writing it down to make a journal of her mother’s life. I loved it!

Check out Katrina’s review of it Here
and Here is another great review I came across of it the other day.

If you have yet to read an O. Douglas you really should! There are several free in digital form available online. Penny Plain is a wonderful one to start with!

Back Story by Robert B. Parker

‘Renaissance man Spenser – he of the acerbic social commentary, the gourmet cookery, and the steely abs – turns his considerable talents to the unraveling of a 28-year-old murder mystery. During a 1974 holdup in a Boston bank by a revolutionary group calling itself the Dread Scott Brigade, Emily Gordon, a visitor cashing traveler’s checks, is shot and killed. Despite security-camera photos and a letter from the group claiming responsibility, nobody saw who shot her, and the perpetrators have remained at large for three decades. Enter Paul Giacomin, the closest thing to Spenser’s son. When Paul’s friend Daryl Gordon, Emily’s daughter, decides she needs closure regarding her mother’s death, she turns to Spenser, who must reach past the lack of clues and missing FBI report to seek the truth.’

Just finished this audio book. My first Robert B. Parker. This seems to be the year for new authors for me! Of course I saw the old TV show with Robert Urich years ago, but never got around to reading one of the books. My car now has a CD player, Yea! I grabbed this at the last library book sale just to have something to read in the car. I was surprised that I really enjoyed it! It was narrated by Joe Mantegna from Criminal Minds. He is Spencer to me now! They should re-do the TV show with him as the lead. 

There was more foul language than I usually read, but not enough to ‘spoil’ it for me. The characters more than made up for it. I especially liked Hawk, the hood who ended up being Spencer’s right hand man and friend. A complex who dunnit with a satisfying finish. I think this was the first time Sheriff Jesse Stone from Paradise was introduced too! He later got his own series of books and TV show. 

Peggy Ann