I received this book for free from publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Zondervan on October 28th, 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Mystery, Young Adult
Source: publisher unsolicited
It's All Just a Show...Right? 'This is an authentic old west ghost town, son. Around these parts the dead don't stay dead.' Nick Kindle's vacation at Deadwood Canyon Ghost Town takes a deadly turn toward trouble when the fifteen-year-old finds himself trapped in a livery stable with the infamous outlaw Jesse James. The shooter whirls, aims and... vanishes. Great theatrics, Nick thinks, except now he's alone in the hayloft with the bullet-riddled body of Billy the Kid. And by the time the sheriff arrives, the body disappears. Soon Nick is caught in a deadly chas---from an abandoned gold mine, through forbidden buffalo hunting grounds, and across Rattlesnake Gulch. Around every turn he finds another suspect. Will Nick solve the murder? Will his parents have him committed? Or will the town's infatuation with Hollywood theatrics conceal the real truth about souls, spirits and the destiny that awaits those who die.
When Nick and his family are on a vacation to an out of sorts town in the middle of no-where’s-ville, he stumbles upon a mystery that needs to be solved. There is a murderer on the loose, and Nick is determined to find out who it is. His sleuthing skills are put to the test as he finds out who it is, and how they’re doing it.
Nick is your average teenage boy, and I absolutely loved the fact that he was resourceful enough to find out who the suspects were. I also like the fact that his character enjoyed solving real life cases by watching TV shows such as Criminal Minds and C.S.I.. I also liked that there wasn’t a ton of Christian references but enough to write a good quote or two. The romance was also cute, but not overly cheesy since these two are just pre-teens.
There is always something special about cowboys and the Wild Wild West, and this one is no exception. I thought the story was well done, and the writing was interlaced with quirky suspects, and a fast moving plot. The author depicts a lot of the setting and I absolutely love it when they’re creative with the world building. It paints a clear and imaginative picture in my head and doesn’t take a while to erase. At first, I was hesitant to read the book since there were scenes where ghosts come and go and I’m such a chicken, I put it down so I could read it during the day.
Good characters, good distinct personalities, and they do mature in the end.
Good pacing. A little slow at the beginning.
Cover & Design
Not catching enough, and I probably missed something because I don’t remember Nick carrying a microphone during the entire book.
Very good mystery that had me guessing until the very end.
Overall, a good enough page turner story that will get your detective skills to good use!