Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Folly at the Fair: An Annie Oakley Mystery Review & Book Tour Giveaway

I love mysteries and historical fiction--so, finding a mystery series featuring Annie Oakley quickly found its way onto my reading list! What did I think of Folly at the Fair by Kari Bovee? Read my thoughts, learn about the book and the author and be sure to enter the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Book Title: Folly at the Fair (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 322 pages
Genre:  Historical Mystery
Publisher:  Bosque Publishing
Release date:   June 2020
Tour dates: July 13 to August 11, 2020
Content Rating:  PG-13 for some swearing, violence, and mature themes.

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About the Book

She never misses a target. But unless she can solve this murder, she’ll become one… Chicago World’s Fair, 1893. “Little Sure Shot” Annie Oakley is exhausted from her work with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. But when a fellow performer scuffles with a man who threatens her harm, she has to keep her eyes peeled. And when the heckler is found dead under the Ferris Wheel, Annie won’t rest until she proves her defender is innocent. Before she can rustle up any clues, an old friend asks Annie to protect her young daughter. And as more bodies turn up around the grounds, she’s going to need all her sharpshooting skills just to stay alive. Can Annie live up to her reputation and put a bullseye on the killer? Folly at the Fair is the third book in the Annie Oakley Mystery historical fiction series. If you like strong heroines, Wild West adventures, and suspenseful twists and turns, then you’ll love Kari Bovee’s fast-paced whodunit.

My Review

Folly at the Fair is a fun historical mystery.  This is definitely at book that my grandmother and I would have shared.  The writing style highlights the strong female characters--and keeps the action moving from character to character with backstories and subplots mixed in from time to time.  While the actual mystery is not difficult to solve--it is still interesting to watch the characters move through some twists and turns to reach resolution.

The author offers a fast paced story. The writing style reminded me of Nancy Drew Mysteries--without a lot of real emotions from the characters or dialogue.  The author serves very matter-of-fact storytelling and murder mystery solving.  The story moves quickly from scene to scene, jumping between characters to tell some side stories and build the main plot.  Although, I felt as though I had solved the mystery fairly early on--I read the book in one sitting from cover to cover because it was fun to see how the characters discovered and sorted the mystery details. 

Folly at the Fair is a standalone mystery.  This book comes in the middle of Bovee's Annie Oakley mystery series--but, can certainly be read as a standalone story.  The author does a great job filling in the "who's, where's and "whens and whys"  for readers as characters are introduced or characters revisit the past a bit and reflect as the stories build. 

Would I recommend Folly at the Fair from the Annie Oakley Mysteries by Kari Bovee?  I enjoyed the story and the characters.  It is a fun trip back in time that blends the Wild West Shows with historical Chicago, the unique Annie Oakley, and a string of mysteries and murders.   I will definitely look for more books from the series and the author.  

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Meet the Author

When she’s not on a horse, or walking along the beautiful cottonwood-laden acequias of Corrales, New Mexico; or basking on white sand beaches under the Big Island Hawaiian sun, Kari Bovee is escaping into the past—scheming murder and mayhem for her characters both real and imagined, and helping them to find order in the chaos of her action-packed novels. Empowered women in history, horses, unconventional characters, and real-life historical events fill the pages of Kari Bovée’s articles and historical mystery musings and manuscripts.

An award-winning author, Bovée was honored with the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards Hillerman Award for Southwestern Fiction for her novel Girl with a Gun. The novel also received First Place in the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards in the Mystery/Crime category, and is a Finalist in the 2019 International Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards and the International Chanticleer Goethe Awards, as well as the Next Generation Indie Awards. Her novel Grace in the Wings is a Finalist for the 2019 International Chanticleer Chatelaine Awards and the International Chanticleer Goethe Awards. Her novel Peccadillo at the Palace is a Finalist in the 2019 International Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards and the 2019 International Goethe Awards, as well as a Finalist in the 2019 Best Book Awards Historical Fiction category.

Bovée has worked as a technical writer for a Fortune 500 Company, has written non-fiction for magazines and newsletters, and has worked in the education field as a teacher and educational consultant. She and her husband, Kevin, spend their time between their horse property in the beautiful Land of Enchantment, New Mexico, and their condo on the sunny shores of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

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