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Hot Work in Fry Pan Gulch (Honey Beaulieu - Man Hunter) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 9, 2016
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Lazy Marshal Fripp is none too thrilled to have a woman invading his domain and if it weren’t for his day-long excursions to the Tasty Chicken he and Honey would be constantly banging heads. With Fripp out of the office, Honey straps on her “Peacemakers” and gets a leg up on the career ladder, climbing from clerk-and-cleaner to deputy Marshal. But Honey learns the hard way that Fripp is not about to stand on the sidelines while she hops on the fast-track to success. Plus, “lawdoggin’” doesn’t come close to paying the bills, let alone paying for all of the stray livestock that comes her way. So when a wanted man rides out of town on the back of Marshal Fripp’s horse, Honey is faced with the most important career decision of her life. Should she stick it out as the deputy marshal of Fry Pan Gulch or should she trade in her badge and steady paycheck for a chance to leave the Marshal marshal in the dust and make some real money bounty hunting?
In this hilarious first installment of the “Honey Beaulieu – Man Hunter” series author Jacquie Rogers introduces a lively and engaging main character whose heart of gold shines brightly through her tough-as-nails façade. Saddled with a strong conscience and her own set of rules, Honey sets the good old boy franchise on its ear, proving that they’re no match for a resourceful and enterprising sharp-shooting woman.
In addition to her fresh, new “Honey Beaulieu – Man Hunter” series, award-winning author Jacquie Rogers is well known for her popular “Hearts of Owyhee” western historical romance series and for her highly entertaining story-telling.
Set in the Old West’s rough-and-tumble Wyoming Territory, “Hot Work in Dead Pan Gulch” is a tightly-written, action packed romp that delivers page after page of laugh-out-loud fun—and maybe even a bit of romance along the way.
Honey Beaulieu’s mother, Agnes Thompson, is owner of the Tasty Chicken Emporium. It is a whorehouse and café. Having grown up in such a place, not much phases Honey. According to her mother, Honey is too scrawny to earn much on her back; therefore, she gets a job as an office clerk (and cleaner) at the jail. Honey does all the work and Marshal Fripp gets all the credit. That includes the times that Honey has to pull out her Peacemaker to collect on taxes due from an irate local or two. Eventually it is up to Honey to enforce the law, even though Marshal Fripp receives all the credit for that too. But Mayor Tench knows the truth and Honey becomes deputy marshal, much to Fripp’s disgust.
Honey soon finds herself saddled with a lop-eared donkey (Sassy, short for Sassafras.) who could double as an escape artist, a mule (Pickles) who earned his name, and helping a sixteen-year-old, unwed, pregnant lady named Emma Johnson. Being a deputy marshal just does not pay enough for it all. While looking through the Wanted posters that came in the mail and the monetary rewards, Honey decides it may be time to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a bounty hunter. But how could a gangly, twenty-two-year-old gal do this without a decent mount, rifle, and having to deal with the pesky ghost of a former outlaw?
***** FIVE STARS! I have read many Westerns in my time. (I am still a fan of the old Longarm and Lone Star series.) However, I have never had so much fun as with this one! Honey is a soft-touch when it comes to people in need. She always has to help, even if it costs her precious time and all the money she has saved up. She is definitely someone who lives by the “Do Unto Others” rule.
The story is told in the First Person. The character of Honey is bold, unpredictable, and sassy. (No pun intended.) There are no hot bedroom scenes; though there is one lawman who may someday get a shot with Honey. This story is fast paced, comical, and totally addictive! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews
Honey is very independent and smart. She is trying to keep the town safe, but the sheriff holds her back at each turn. (not on purpose mind ja) He loves taking credit for her accomplishments.
Honey has attracted the love and attention of a Donkey she named, Sassy. Sassy follows her everywhere.
Seems like there is always a new adventure for Deputy Honey to handle.
This is a fun read that is a great start to another fun series by Jacquie Rogers. Looking forward to future books in this series.
Quite honestly the kickass, angry and nasty, ninja-warrior type is boring. It’s been done to death. These “heroines” are artificial constructs. Cardboard tropes that truly do need to be put out to pasture.
On the other hand, Honey Beaulieu is a realistic character. She has ability, yet has self-doubt. She’s determined and resourceful, yet doesn’t necessarily remember everything she needs to at the right moment. And that’s when her guardian ghost often comes to the rescue. But most importantly, Honey is likable. She’s alive. And she's funny.
Ms Rogers is quite a storyteller. The plot is simple. It’s the characters that make this story so fun. I rarely read Westerns, but this one was pure delight.
It’s just too bad about that US Marshall being sweet on Honey, because I think I’m in love.
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This book had me giggling all the way through! I love the character of Honey Beaulieu!Read more