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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

REVIEW: Nail's Crossing by Kris Lackey #krislackey #blackstonepublishing

Nail's Crossing
A Bill Maytubby & Hannah Bond Mystery
by Kris Lackey
Blackstone Publishing

🔥 Happy Book Birthday!🔥

Big thank you to Blackstone Publishing for this copy in return for my honest review.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In a remote corner of the Chickasaw Nation, tribal Lighthorse policeman Bill Maytubby and county deputy Hannah Bond discover the buzzard-ravaged body of Majesty Tate, a young drifter with a blank past. They comb Oklahoma's rock prairie, river bottoms, and hard-bitten small towns for traces of her last days.

Tate was seen dancing with Austin Love, a violent local meth dealer fresh out of prison. An Oklahoma City motel clerk connects her with an aspiring politician. An oil-patch roustabout and a shady itinerant preacher provide dubious leads. Ne'er-do-wells start dying off.

A fluke lead propels Maytubby deep into Louisiana's bayou country, where a Cajun shrimper puts him on the scent of a bizarre conspiracy. He and Bond reunite in the Chickasaw Nation for the eventual face-off at Nail's Crossing.

My Review:

Southwestern fiction debut mystery novel!  Maytubby and Bond are fun characters to see play off each other.  A solid debut.  The only thing that really put me off a bit was the Southwestern verbiage with the Cajun flare tossed it.  I could never get past it in Season 1 of True Blood either so it's definitely just a me thing.  It did take away from some of my enjoyment of this otherwise twisty little mystery.  However, I think once you get used to the writing style, it tends to flow a little better but it took me a bit to get to that point.

The author does a great job in making you feel like you're in the Southwest and that was a pleasure for me to envision.  Throw in some bad guys, drugs, corruption and mysterious deaths and you've got me!  Lots of secondary characters which was a little confusing at times, but they were unique and helped add some spice to the story. 

I can see this series taking off once you get into the character flow and into the nitty gritty of Maytubby and Bond's lives.  I'm curious to see how the author moves forward.

★★★ 1/2

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