A Fistful of Divas by Camille LaGuire
Series: Mick and Casey McKee
Published by the author on August 26, 2013
Genres: Mystery, Western, Short Story
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Young gunslinger detectives, Mick and Casey McKee, are eager to hear some opera singing. But when somebody takes a shot at some visiting divas, the concert is off. The ladies won't sing until Mick and Casey solve a case of blackmail and murder.
So I love Mick and Casey McKee. I wish there were more stories in the series. They are a gunslingers in the old west, a young married couple. And I do mean young. She’s maybe 17. He’s the talker, she’s the shooter and they make a great pair. This time around, the couple want to see singing at the local opera house. There’s a cute story why, involving Casey’s dad. Anyway, with these two nothing is ever simple. Just as they walk in to see who is warming up, there’s a shot, apparently aimed at one of the women on stage. If the ladies are going to feel safe enough to perform, Mick and Casey need to figure what’s going on and stop it.
The mystery was good, for a short story. The actual shooter’s identity is quickly established, but who hired him and why is the question. There are a couple clues and a nice, small list of suspects.
Like I said, I really enjoy the McKees. You get a good feeling for their relationship here. It’s not quite as good as the only full-length mystery in the series, Have Gun, Will Play, but it’s definitely worth the quick read.
Have Gun, Will Play by Camille LaGuire
on January 1st 1970
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Have Gun, Will Play is the first full length mystery to feature Mick and Casey McKee. I have to tell you again how much I adore this couple of young gunslingers. Mick is the talker, adorable, and at times seems a little clueless. He and his wife Casey are hired after a shoot-out to protect the daughter of a stagecoach king and her bag of toys to a safe haven. Of course, it’s not as easy a job as it seems. There’s a botched kidnapping, a murder, Mick gets conked on the head, and somebody steals Casey’s gun, definitely a bad move.
The mystery’s good. Plenty of twists and turns keep the plot moving. The dusty, dilapidated Old West feels real, and shoot-outs and heists seem natural. For me, though, Casey and Mick are the shining stars. I haven’t met a mystery couple I’ve enjoyed this much since Tommy and Tuppence.
We get to know Mick and Casey well in this story. Mick adores his wife, even though they’re still getting to know each other. He also knows that she’ll smack him upside the head if he steps out of line. He’s not as naive and clueless as he sometimes appears. He believes in right and wrong and wants to stay on the good guy side of the line.
Casey is very young, maybe not even 17, even Mick doesn’t seem to be exactly sure. She’s an excsllent shot, the meaner, more dangerous of the two. She’s had tough life, but I liked her and I’m glad she met Mick. She needs someone to love her, to stand by her, even when she doesn’t necessarily know how to respond to it.
Together, they make a fun couple to watch. The book itself is a nice blend of mystery and Western adventure. It’s definitely one of my favorite books of the year.
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5 out of 5 stars
Category: Mystery & Detective – Western
Mick and Casey Mystery
Ebook – 245 KB
Published June 23, 2010
Book source: Purchased