Review: Cowboy Trouble by Joanne Kennedy

by Keira on March 21, 2011 · 3 comments

in 3.5 Stars, ARC, Contemporary, Cowboy, Crime and Protection, Farming, J-L, Journalism, Mystery, Ranching, United States of America, Western

Joanne Kennedy’s debut novel will put the honky tonk back into your life. Pull up a stool in the Roundup and have Crystal Hayes pour you a beer as I’ve got the latest gossip.

Libby Brown is a city girl with a dream of owning her own chicken farm. When her boyfriend ran off with her boss at the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Libby packed up and headed to Wyoming. In addition to getting her chicken farm started, she works as a reporter for Lackaduck Holler.

Lackaduck is very small town. Neighbors are few and far between as ranches sprawl in all directions. Luke Rawlins is Libby’s sexy new neighbor. He is so typical stereotype cowboy in his whitewashed jeans, chaps, and Stetson hat, Libby can hardly believe he’s real. Aren’t traditional cowboys a myth? Not in Lackaduck!

Hearing about an unsolved local mystery perks Libby’s interest. With her background in crime stories, Libby dives headfirst into solving the case of Della McCarthy. Is she merely a runaway and missing or was she murdered? As clues stack up it begins to look more like the latter and not the former. The top suspects? A taxidermist, a chef, and a veterinarian… the real killer is close and he has his eyes set on Libby.

It’s a little predictable as far as the mystery goes as I solved it pretty quick, but I had a lot of fun reading it anyway because of the relationship between the hero and heroine. Luke is a wonderful hero who knows how to handle a nervous filly.

Rating: ★★★½☆

Buy: Cowboy Trouble

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1 Emmanuelle March 9, 2010 at 7:57 AM

I was wondering about this book… thanks for the review !

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2 Lana March 11, 2010 at 9:29 AM

I thought the mystery angle was fairly predictable as well, but I thought the book was redeemed by the banter between Luke & Libby.

Fun review! I’ve linked to you here.

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3 Keira March 11, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Thanks Lana! I’ll check your review out!

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