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