This is the second book in the Holmes on the Range mysteries by Steve Hockensmith. This series follows two brothers nicknamed Old Red and Big Red who are living out in the wild west in 1893.
This book finds the brothers in search of work, preferably of the detecting variety. They stumble into work protecting the Pacific Express train from robbers. Sounds easy, but when a dead body pops up, they find themselves stuck on a train with a murderer. There are more twists and turns on the rails that anyone could have foreseen. Old Red really gets his time to shine "detectifying".
These books are full of slang, old time style talk, and old west ways. This book in particular made me laugh out loud quite a few times. It was just great. Perfect combo of humor, mystery, and story that kept me riveted to my seat. I had such a hard time putting it down, and I devoured it pretty quickly. I've already taken the next one out of the library and it's up next after I finish my current read.
I love these books. On my favorites list for sure!
Recommendation: For the lovers of funny, old time, western style, Holmes type mysteries. You seriously need these in your life!
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