Jack Liege was acquitted of murder in the deaths of two sheepherders, but that hasn’t stopped the people of Douglas, Wyoming, from treating him as if he’s guilty. And so Jack hits the road, hungry for peace and a fresh start in the small town of Ellis Crossing. But a quiet life isn’t in the cards: shortly after his arrival, he breaks up a gunfight between sheepherder Andrew McGarwin and cattleman Tobe Kranston. In return for saving his life, Kranston offers Jack a job on his sprawling ranch…assuming he can stay alive long enough to claim it.
"Death Comes in Pairs" by Loretta Jackson and Vickie Britton is a true “Cowboy Caper”. The story takes place in 1888 in the small town of Ellis Crossing. Jack Liege is the cowboy hero and the suspected bad guy. Jack arrives in town after being acquitted of murdering two men on the last ranch he worked. He looks forward to a clean slate but soon finds himself in trouble again. After an innocent barroom card game and a trip into the mountains to search for sheep, Jack is once again the suspect in a murder case. The main characters are Tobe Kranston, a rancher who befriends Jack, the McGarwin brothers who are the murdered men, Sanger and Laird who are the mystery men and Vida Wray, the woman he loves, and Dale Willis, the town lawyer in love with Vida. The sheriff is sure Jack is the man responsible for the murder of the McGarwin brothers and the recent fires on Kranston’s ranch and is out to prove his theory correct. "Death Comes in Pairs" is a history lesson, suspense story, mystery and a light romance book. Jackson and Britton have written a book that emotionally attaches you to each character, captures your imagination and pulls you right into the story. "Death Comes in Pairs" had me staying up way too late to discover if Jack was the man “who did it” or the “innocent victim”. "Death Comes in Pairs" is a five star book that I would love to see as a movie. Jackson and Britton have surely made a winner. --Trudi LoPreto for Readers Favorite, Readers Choice Books online, November 2012
WESTERNS-The Luck of the Draw Series
The Devil’s Game
Drew Woodson thought he was running a lucky streak. First he won a claim from Blackjack Logan in a poker game, and then it yielded a lucky strike. But the feeling turned when his stash of gold and his young partner, Tommy Garth, turned up missing. Drew realized that Blackjack Logan, who threw in with Reno Slade's gang, had taken revenge by capturing Tommy and stealing his gold. Drew dreaded telling the beautiful Celene, Tommy's fiancé, that Tommy had been kidnapped and probably murdered. But he keeps his doting feelings for her to himself as he delivers the crushing news. In pursuit of the robbers, Drew finds, not Tommy, but one of the bandits hanged, and he must face the possibility that his own partner has betrayed him. Determined to discover the truth, Drew is forced to become a player in the Devil's Game.
Review for The Devil's Game:
"An exciting book set in the conttext of a time of struggle on the semi-civilized frontier...
If you are pretty sure that you have it all solved, best to keep it to yourself for awhile, in case someone else in the family is reading along with you--there might be another opion along toward the end. Remember, you are an active player in The Devil's Game."
Professor Emeritus Glenn M. Busset--Manhattan Mercury
"A classic western in the best sense of the word. Elegantly crafted, nicely written and grittily realistic. A silver bullet yarn...."
"The Devil's Game" is a riveting novel of the old west, recommended." - Midwest Book Review, November 8, 2008.
"With prose reminsecent of my friend W.W. Southard and plot developments worthy of Zane Grey, the talented team of Vickie Britton and her sister, Loretta Jackson, have burst into the Old Wesst with six-guns blazing. They've done their historic homework, and they bring their characters to life with their usual skill and gusto. Western readers will not be disappointed.
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The Fifth Ace
A friendly poker game at the Red Elk Saloon ends with gubernatorial candidate Oren Perley dead at the table. The other three players claim a disguised stranger shot Perley from the doorway and fled. The only clue is a fifth ace found near the dead man's feet. Fierce gunmen swarm into Leland intent on avenging Perley's death. Drew Woodson's mining partner, Tommy Garth, is wrongfully blamed, but the remaining poker players, afraid to tell the truth, are sticking to their fabricated story. Woodson must save Tommy and find the real killer before the witnesses are eliminated one by one or an innocent man is hanged. The vigilantes soon find that Woodson, too, has his reasons for wanting Perley dead. Now that he's saved Tommy, will he be able to save himself from the hangman's noose?
The Midwest Book Review
The second novel in the "Luck of the Draw" western series, The Fifth Ace is an exciting, action-packed adventure capturing the roughshod spirit of the Old West...a thrilling tale of old-style justice (and injustice!), The Fifth Ace is highly recommended."
"Set in Colorado during 1876, THE FIFTH ACE is a classic western murder mystery with gilded cages, wooden sidewalks, and gold mines. The story centers around Drew Woodson, Garth's partner, as he follows clues through twists and turns while unraveling a mess that could take his partner's life and threatens his own. THE FIFTH ACE is a marvelous read for any reader of westerns, mysteries, or a person who loves a good book.
Michael Thal, Author of THE LEGEND OF KOOLURA
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The Wild Card
Drew Woodson's arch-enemy, Matt Ferris, becomes his new mining partner when Tommy Garth gambles away his share of the Lyra Shay mine in a fateful game of poker. Ferris, wasting no time trying to gain full control of the mine, attempts to sink Drew so deeply in debt that he will be forced to sell out. When Tommy's step-daughter, Marlene, is kidnapped, Drew is forced to borrow heavily against his share to pay the ransom.
Tommy, distraught over his step-daughter's kidnapping and insistent that Ferris cheated him, is vowing revenge. Soon, the situation erupts in violence. Just when Drew thought poker was the worst of his troubles, Tommy turns out to be the wild card in an even more dangerous game.
This tightly written novel appears, on the surface, to be a typical genre piece, but readers who delve below will find both a subtle and though-provoking revenge story and a hero who is torn between his hatred of one man and his need to save a friend from himself. -Booklist --Booklist
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...a subtle and thought-provoking revenge story and a hero who is torn between his hatred of one man and his need to save a friend from himself."
Stone of Vengeance: A Kate Jepp Mystery
Wealthy cattle baron Charles Kingsley is fatally shot in his home, a flat granite stone placed beneath his head. On the wall above his body among Western memorabilia, Kate Jepp notices an original invitation to Tom Horn's hanging. This notorious gunslinger, who tracked and shot cattle rustlers in the late 1800's, also left behind a stone as a symbol of vengeance. Alerted by this link to Wyoming's bloody past, Kate looks for would-be seekers of revenge. Kingsley's new bride has displaced his niece, Mary Ellen, as his heir, and he has been engaged in a fierce battle with Sam Swen, whose foreman, Ty Garrison, may be a modern-day hired gun. Each step Kate takes places her in the path of deadly vengeance.