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Stripped Bare: A Novel (A Kate Fox Mystery) Hardcover – September 6, 2016
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"Baker serves up a ballsy heroine, a colorful backdrop, and a surprising ending."--Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
SHANNON BAKER lived for twenty years in the Nebraska Sandhills, where cattle outnumber people by more than 50 to 1. Baker was named the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers 2014 Writer of the Year. She now makes her home in sunny Tucson. She is the author of Tainted Mountain, Tattered Legacy, Broken Trust, among other books.
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Now Kate needs to find Carly and find out who killed Eldon and shot Ted. Unfortunately while she is doing her own investigating she uncovers some secrets that change how she feels towards the man she has loved forever. How can she prove his innocence when the whole town knows the secret and the last person she wants anything to do with who has the power to destroy everything wants to team up with her in the investigating ?
Stripped Bare, A Kate Fox Mystery, by Shannon Baker takes you to a place far into the country where the cows outnumber the townfolk and daily life is hard work but as long as your family has your back, you can handle anything !!!
Our heroine, Kate Fox is married to County Sherriff Ted Conner, but she’s truly in love with the life they’ve built at his family’s ranch. When Sherriff Ted is found shot and severely injured at the scene of the murder of a local land baron, Kate’s carefully constructed life flips upside down as quickly as the early spring weather changes in the Nebraska Sandhills.
The Sandhills provide a unique and enjoyable setting for this series. I anxiously await the next Kate Fox mystery. Highly Recommended!
Note: I won an advanced reader copy of STRIPPED BARE in a contest.
Kate Fox Conner's life revolves around working on the Frog Creek cattle ranch and supporting her husband of eight years, Grand Country Sheriff Ted Conner. Kate's life is turned upside down when Ted is shot at the murder scene of local cattle rancher Eldon Edwards. Kate finds out that Ted is having an affair with Roxy Edwards, his ex-girlfriend and Eldon's daughter-in-law. And if that isn't enough, Eldon's granddaughter and Kate's niece Carly is also missing, leaving authorities to list both Ted and Carly as person of interests in Eldon's murder. Concern for her husband and niece leads Kate to embark on an amateur investigative adventure to clear their name and find the real killer, even when danger lurks in their Nebraska Sandhills community.
Stripped Bare is an intriguing whodunit tale that easily peaked my interest. This riveting tale has enough quirky characters, witty banter and humor, drama, secrets, betrayals, a growing list of suspects, and surprising twists and turns, that will easily keep you guessing the identity of the murderer. You can't help but get caught up in the drama and calamity that ensues as Kate tries to solve the murder and prove Ted and Carly's innocence. Kate's amateur investigative adventure unfolds with a wonderful balance of comedy, drama, and suspense, that easily left me wanting more. I loved the surprise ending, and I can't wait to read the next installment of this sassy lady's adventures!
I would be remiss if I didn't mention how much I really enjoyed the author's rich description of the midwestern setting. The author transports the reader to the rustic Nebraska Sandhills small town of Hodgekiss surrounded by cattle ranches, railroad tracks, the large Fox clan and memorable townsfolk.
Stripped Bare is a fast-paced suspenseful tale that mystery fans will enjoy reading.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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