Folly at the Fair (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee plus GIVEAWAY




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Book Details:

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.

Book Description:

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 KariBovee’s fast-paced whodunit.


When I saw this book about Annie Oakley I was intrigued because this is a person I have always heard about but didn’t really know that much about her. But now th name Annie Oakley has a whole new meaning. Folly at the Fair gives a new twist to this historical name. Set in Chicago during the 1893 World’s Fair, Annie Oakley, better known as “Little Sure Shot” performs endlessly with the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and she is totally exhausted. And then things started to happen. Bodies started popping up, the daughter of Annie’s good friend shows up on her doorstep. And since Annie loves a good mystery, she is on to these stories with her friend Emma.

This was a fun and interesting story. I enjoyed following Annie and her friend Emma as they finally started finding some clues that just might help the case. I thought I had the case solved early on but I will mistaken, but the second person I suspected was right on so that wasnt so bad! There are several other storylines going on in this book that were certainly intriguing as well. This was not a boring book, that is for sure. It will keep you quite entertained. And in the end, author Kari Bovee weaves together all of the loose ends for an enjoyable and entertaining read. If you are a history buff, this is one you will enjoy!

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

**And just a note. I encourage you to read the interesting interview with the author.  You will learn lots of things about this author and the books she writes

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Interview with the Author

1. With your books are you looking to entertain or illuminate?

Both, of course! Entertainment is the main goal for me, but I also want people, especially young girls and women, to be inspired by the women I write. I’m passionate about empowered women in history and what we can learn from them. Women have come so far—although we still have a way to go—but some of the women of the past who had much fewer rights, privileges and opportunities than we do today, didn’t let society dictate who they wanted to be or what they wanted to do. They fought the good fight and lived their dream whether it was saving others, being true to themselves, or thriving in a man’s profession, like Annie Oakley did.

2. What were your favorite books as a child?

My dad always read to my brother and I—something I really cherish. He loved the Winnie-the-Pooh books and we did, too. My dad traveled a lot for business but would always bring something back for us from his trips. For me it was books. He discovered this really cute series about young orphans in France that I really liked. I can’t remember the author’s name. He also brought home Eloise by Kay Thompson. I still like to read that one! When I was older I really got into the Nancy Drew Mysteries, and I also read some of the Hardy Boys Mysteries as well. And, being a horse girl, I read all of the Marguerite Henry books like King of the Wind and Misty of Chincoteague. When I was about twelve years old I read Gone with the Wind, and that’s when I decided I wanted to be a writer.

3. How do you come up with character names?

This can be fun and challenging at the same time. In many of my novels I write about real historical figures so that’s a no-brainer, but for supporting characters who are fictitious I look up names that were popular in the era and try to match a name with the personality of a character. I have one manuscript where I have changed the protagonist’s name three times. The names just weren’t jiving with my vision of her personality. But, I finally settled on one that is perfect!  

4. Talk about when you realized you wanted to be an author. Life-long dream or happened late on?

I think I’ve known I wanted to be an author before I really knew what that meant. When I was about eight years old I asked for a typewriter for Christmas. I got one of those plastic Smith-Coronas—it was turquoise with white keys—and I banged on that thing for years writing stories, poetry, rants, etc. I also had a diary from when I was about the same age and would spend hours writing in it. When I was about twelve or thirteen years old I read Gone with the Wind and was so blown away by it, it was then I decided how wonderful it would be to be an author. In college I majored in English literature with an emphasis in creative writing and started writing more in depth stories and even a novel when I got out of school, but it was terrible! When my daughter was just 9 months old, my husband—good soul that he is, encouraged me to go to the Santa Barbara Writers Conference (we were living in Ventura, CA at the time) and that’s when I really got serious about becoming a novelist.

5. Discuss why writers should also be marketers.

In today’s world it’s essential if you want to be successful, or even been seen and heard. There are so many writers out there publishing, discoverability is more challenging than ever. Writers really need to advocate for themselves to rise above the noise. Long gone are the days where the writer is holed up in their office or writing space, away from the world, and the publishing house does all the marketing. With many publishing houses they only give the author about three months of marketing assistance and then that’s it. If you publish independently you are on your own—which isn’t a bad thing. There are so many marketing tools and programs out there to help authors. Authors can also hire publicists and marketing firms, but it can be very costly. There are ways to do it without breaking the bank!

6. Plotter or panster? Share what works best for you.

I like to call myself a puzzler. I need to work with an outline—sometimes rather detailed, but once I start writing I let myself go. I try to stay within the confines of the outline but I never get stressed if something changes when I am in the flow. I am often surprised when something changes—like when a character does or says something I hadn’t planned, and then I evaluate if I like what came up and if I need to adjust the story. Sometimes if I like the change that has occurred I may have to do more research before continuing, so I allow myself to do that. It’s like putting together a great big puzzle. And, because I write mystery, it requires creating a puzzle as well, one that needs to be solved. If you couldn’t tell, I love puzzles!

7. Are any of your books in audio?

Girl with a Gun is in the process of being produced as an audiobook right now. I’ve found a wonderful narrator/producer who is very excited about the project. It should be released late Summer or early Fall of 2020. It’s my plan to roll out the entire series in audio over the next two years.





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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