Girl with a Gun (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee

 

 

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Book Details:

Book Title: Girl with a Gun (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee

Category:  Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 316 pages

Length: 9 hours, 24 minutes.

Genre:  Historical Mystery / Cozy Mystery

Publisher:  Bosque Publishing

Release date:   April 2020

Content Rating:  PG + M: Mature themes, mild swearing

 

Book Description:

She’s on the rise to fame and fortune, but her sudden notoriety comes with some deadly consequences.

Annie Oakley thrives as a sharpshooter in the Wild West Show. Finally, she has a chance to save her family’s farm—and make her dreams come true.

But her act misfires when she discovers her Indian assistant dead in her tent. Uncovering a shocking secret from her assistant’s past, the girl with the gun believes it’s murder. Determined to find the truth, she ruffles some horse feathers, making enemies along the trail.

​But, when her prized gelding is stolen, Annie realizes she might have been the target all along.

Can Little Miss Sure Shot save her equine friend and find the killer before everything she’s worked for is destroyed?

​If you like a cunning mystery, a feisty heroine, and a fast-paced plot that keeps the pages turning, you’ll love this wild ride with the iconic Annie Oakley in the saddle.

 
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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS AUDIO BOOK 

I have read several books by Kari Bovée’ and love them. Today I have the privilege to review the audio version of Girl With a Gun.  I thoroughly enjoyed this story of the sharpshooter Annie Oakley and learning more about her history in this book. This book is fiction, so parts of this story may not be exactly like the real story because Fiction  authors can take liberties with their stories, and this is important to remember while reading this book. I feel the author does an amazing job writing this story, creating characters I have grown to love, and a few that took me a while. All in all, the storyline and characters grew much as the story unfolds. I’m looking forward to listening to the next book in this series, which I will review here on my blog in a few days.

And now for the audio part of this review. Susanna Burney does a very nice job with the narration of this book. I like the way she changes her voice for the different sounds and characters. The expressions in her voice as she reads the story makes it more interesting to listen to.  I had no trouble listening to her smooth tones, she has a voice that is easy to listen to, which means everything when listening to an audiobook.

I am giving Girl with a Gun by Kari Bovee Four Stars. If you enjoy a good Cozy Mystery, you will love this book. I encourage you to check this one out! 

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.

 

Interview with author Kari Bovée’

Annie Oakley is a fascinating person in history. Why did you choose her as a protagonist for your mystery novels?

I love learning about amazing and empowered women in history and those are the types of women I want to feature in my novels. We’ve seen depictions of Annie Oakley in plays and movies, but I always thought they portrayed her as rather one dimensional. Several years ago I saw a PBS American Experience special on her and I realized what an incredible person she was. Her life as a child was not an easy one, but she discovered early on she had a talent for something. Shooting. She shot game to help put food on the table and to sell to local merchants. After she won a shooting contest against Frank Butler, who became her husband, she started utilizing her talent and eventually became one of the most famous women in the world excelling at a sport that was dominated by men. And she did this without compromising herself in any way. She didn’t try to bend to anyone else’s ideal of what it was to be a celebrity, or a performer, or a person. She made her way in the world without being anyone other than herself, and that was tough for women in the 1800’s. 

All authors have a different path as they seek publication. What was your journey to publication like? 

Long! I’ve had a couple of agents throughout the years, but their vision for my career was different from mine. I opted to go with a hybrid publisher to get my feet wet, but now have my own imprint and publish my own books. That said, I didn’t go into independent publishing without thoroughly investigating it and learning as much as I could about it. And, I would never put a book out into the world without having a team of professionals helping me with editing, cover design, etc. It’s a lot of work, but I enjoy having ultimate control over my books and career.

Your Annie Oakley mystery series and your Grace Michelle mystery series deal with the Wild West and Roaring twenties, respectively. What do you think it is about those periods that capture our imagination?

 

Both eras represented a new freedom and a little bit of danger, and I think those two elements are captivating to people. The Wild West represented a completely new way of living. People moved west for new opportunities, to escape from the constraints of society, and to create their own futures. In the 1920’s there was economic prosperity. We were coming off of WWI and there was a certain optimism in the country. I think people collectively made the decision to live life to the fullest, to be wild and creative and free. Both eras created a new mindset for people, and that mindset and freedom created change and new opportunities for everyone, even those with dubious motives.

 

4. Which authors are your inspiration—in your writing life and/or your personal life? 

I’ve been inspired by so many. In my writing life of course the Grande Dame of mystery, Agatha Christie, is a great source of inspiration. I also like mystery writers Elizabeth George, M.C. Beaton, Anne Perry, Deanna Raybourn, Rhys Bowen, and Alyssa Maxwell. 

When I’m in the mood to completely escape reality I like to read some of the 19th century classic authors like the Bronte sisters, Jane Austen, and Elizabeth Gaskill. I never get tired of them!

 I’ve found Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic a wonderful source for inspiration and creativity, and I’ve worked through Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way a couple of times. 

In the third book in the series, Folly at the Fair, what kind of research was needed to portray the Chicago World’s Fair (the event that anchors this story), the era, and the characters in the book as accurately as possible?

I first started on the internet and tried to find as much as I could on Chicago and the Columbian Exposition (World’s Fair) of 1893. I also devoured Erik Larson’s Devil in the White City because he made mention of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show several times in that book. But, I really needed a map that would show me the layout of the fair and the grounds at and near Jackson Park. Luckily I found it in this amazing coffee table book titled Spectacle in the White City. It came complete with said map, and it also had tons of information about the buildings, the exhibits, and the people involved in creating such a wonderland. If I found someone or something interesting, then I would research that person, event, hotel, or whatever, and then decide if I wanted to put it into the book.

 

What else would you like readers to know?

If readers subscribe to my newsletter, they will get the prequel novella to the Annie Oakley series titled Shoot like a Girl (eBook). Just click here: http://eepurl.com/dD5mDr. 

They can also check out my website at https://www.Karibovee.com to learn about my other books.

I also have a Facebook Group called the Kari’s Reading Corner https://bit.ly/3533tqR and I’m building a community there, too. In both places they can find out about all of my news and upcoming releases, get to know my horses and dogs, and I also have a lot of fun giveaways, so come on over and join me!

 

 

Also Available for Your Listening Pleasure:

 

Book Details:

Book Title: Shoot Like a Girl (A PreQuel Novella to Girl With A Gun) by Kari Bovee

Category:  Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 84 pages

Length: 2 hrs, 14 minutes

Genre:  Historical Fiction, Cozy Mystery

Publisher:  Bosque Publishing

Release date:   November 2019

Formats available for review: audiobook (audible download), MOBI (for kindle), EPUB, PDF)

Tour dates: Jan 10 to Feb 4, 2022

Content Rating:  PG + M for mature themes and some swearing (damn, bitch)


Book Description:

She would do anything for her loved ones, even if it meant she’d be lost to them forever.

Young Annie Oakley never expected to be saddled with responsibility so soon. Following her father’s sudden death, the spirited girl finds herself shipped to a nearby county working for a couple promising a good wage. But when she discovers they are not what they seem, Annie suddenly fears her life may be in peril.

Determined to help her mother and siblings, she endures the hardships and mistreatment from the couple. But when that cruelty is targeted at the beautiful Buckskin horse who is her only friend, Annie decides to take matters into her own hands.

Will the spunky teen return to her loved ones, or will her decision land her in jail?

Shoot like a Girl is the prequel novella to the Annie Oakley mystery series. If you like a fiercely loyal heroine who won’t be anyone’s victim, then you’ll love Kari Bovée’s thrilling story of America’s best-loved sharpshooting sensation.

 

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 Book Details:

 

Book Title: Peccadillo at the Palace (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee

Category:  Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 332 pages

Length: 9 hours, 52 minutes

Genre:  Historical Mystery, Cozy Mystery

Publisher:  Bosque Publishing

Release date:   April 2020

Formats available for review: audiobook (audible download), MOBI (for kindle), EPUB, PDF)

Tour dates: Jan 10 to Feb 4, 2022

Content Rating:  PG +M for mature themes, mild swearing


Book Description:

She’s outgunned her opponents at every turn, but will it be enough to solve a royal case of murder? Annie Oakley can’t believe her good fortune at an imperial invitation.

Queen Victoria wants Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show to perform for her Golden Jubilee. But during the voyage to England, a royal escort is murdered and the gun-slinging star finds herself at the center of an assassination plot against the crown.

Determined to catch the killer, Annie tracks down the clues. And by the time they reach London, she thinks she’s right on course. But when her husband falls mysteriously ill, and an assassination attempt is made on the queen, the sharpshooting amateur sleuth may find herself out to sea before her ship comes in.

Can the clever markswoman solve the double-barreled mystery before it’s too late?

Peccadillo at the Palace is the second novel in the Annie Oakley Mystery Series. If you like a fast-paced mystery with unexpected plot twists that will keep you guessing until the very end, you’ll love this riveting historical mystery featuring America’s favorite sure-shot.

 
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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

Length: 9 hours, 48 minutes

Genre:  Historical Mystery, Cozy Mystery

Publisher:  Bosque Publishing

Release date:   June 2020

Formats available for review: audiobook (audible download), MOBI (for kindle), EPUB, PDF)

Tour dates: Jan 10 to Feb 4, 2022

Content Rating:  PG +M for mature themes, mild swearing


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 series. If you like strong heroines, Wild West adventures, and suspenseful twists and turns, then you’ll love Kari Bovée’s fast-paced

whodunit.

 
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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. Bovee writes the award-winning Annie Oakley Mystery Series and the Grace Michelle Mystery Series, and has more ideas than time for many, many more.

Connect with the author:  Website ~ Goodreads ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Instagram


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Tour Schedule:

Jan 10 – Mystery Review Crew – books spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Jan 10 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway

Jan 10 – StoreyBook Reviews – book review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway

Jan 11 – Cover Lover Book Review – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway

Jan 11 – I’m All About Books – book series tour / giveaway

Jan 11 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / author interview / giveaway

Jan 11 – Lamon Reviews – book review of GIRL WITH A GUN / author interview / giveaway

Jan 12 – Kam’s Place – book series spotlight

Jan 12 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book series spotlight / giveaway

Jan 12 – History from a Woman’s Perspective – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN

Jan 12 – 411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS – book series spotlight / giveaway

Jan 13 – My Bookish Bliss – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway

Jan 13 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway

Jan 13 – History from a Woman’s Perspective – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL

Jan 14 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN

Jan 18 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway

Jan 18 – She Just Loves Books – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN

Jan 18 – History from a Woman’s Perspective – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE

Jan 18 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL

Jan 18 – Literary Flits – book review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway

Jan 18 – PuzzlePaws Blog – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway

Jan 19 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE / giveaway

Jan 19 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway

Jan 19 – History from a Woman’s Perspective – audiobook review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR

Jan 20 – My Bookish Bliss – audiobook review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR / giveaway

Jan 20 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway

Jan 21 – StoreyBook Reviews – book review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway

Jan 21 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR / giveaway

Jan 21 – Faith And Books – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway

Jan 21 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE

Jan 24 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway

Jan 24 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – audiobook review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR

Jan 25 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway

Jan 25 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE / giveaway

Jan 25 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of PECCADILLOW AT THE PALACE / giveaway

Jan 26 – Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / author interview / giveaway

Jan 26 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR / giveaway

Jan 26 – Chit Chat with Charity – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / author interview / giveaway

Jan 26 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book series spotlight / giveaway

Jan 27 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book series spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Jan 27 – Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL /  giveaway

Jan 27 – Literary Flits – book review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway

Jan 28 – Faith And Books – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway

Jan 28 – Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE /  giveaway

Jan 28 – Books for Books – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN

Jan 31 – Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR /  giveaway

Jan 31 – Books for Books – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL

Feb 1 – Buried Under Books – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway

Feb 1 – @twilight_reader – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN

Feb 1 – Books for Books – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE

Feb 2 – Chit Chat with Charity – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway

Feb 2 – Adventurous Jessy -book review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway

Feb 2 – @twilight_reader – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL

Feb 2 – Books for Books – audiobook review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR

Feb 2 – PuzzlePaws Blog – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE / giveaway

Feb 3 – Westveil Publishing – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway

Feb 3 – Adventurous Jessy -book review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway

Feb 3 – @twilight_reader – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE

Feb 4 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR / giveaway

Feb 4 – Adventurous Jessy -book review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE / giveaway

Feb 4 – @twilight_reader – audiobook review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Catrina Pomerleau
    Jan 11, 2022 @ 15:47:25

    I love cozy mysteries and I’m always looking for new books to check out. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Eva Millien
    Jan 12, 2022 @ 11:36:22

    Girl with the Gun sounds like a great mystery for me to solve as does the previous books in the series and I love all the covers! Good luck with your books and I hope the tour is a success! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a wonderful day!

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  3. Shelly Peterson
    Jan 14, 2022 @ 11:49:39

    Sounds really good. I love the cover.

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  4. Kari Bovee
    Jan 15, 2022 @ 18:10:56

    Thanks so much! I appreciate the review and all of the lovely comments!

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  6. Audrey Stewart
    Jan 18, 2022 @ 11:07:51

    Looks like a great book. The covers are all so cute.

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