Folly at the Fair (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee

She never misses a target. But unless she can solve this murder, she’ll become one… 

Synopsis - 

Chicago World’s Fair, 1893. “Little Sure Shot” Annie Oakley is exhausted from her work with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. But when a fellow performer scuffles with a man who threatens her harm, she has to keep her eyes peeled. And when the heckler is found dead under the Ferris Wheel, Annie won’t rest until she proves her defender is innocent. Before she can rustle up any clues, an old friend asks Annie to protect her young daughter. And as more bodies turn up around the grounds, she’s going to need all her sharpshooting skills just to stay alive. Can Annie live up to her reputation and put a bullseye on the killer? Folly at the Fair is the third book in the Annie Oakley Mystery historical fiction series. If you like strong heroines, Wild West adventures, and suspenseful twists and turns, then you’ll love Kari Bovee’s fast-paced whodunit.

Review - 

Although not really a Western genre reader, I do love a good murder mystery - so I was intrigued by the author's idea for this book.  Annie Oakley as a crime solver on the side is definitely a unique idea, so I took a chance and was glad I did.

Author Kari Bovee has done a great job of researching the era to bring this time in history - the Chicago World’s Fair, 1893 - alive.  We are introduced to the wide variety of characters that are a part of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show at this fair - from a Russian Horse troupe, to Lakota Indians, to sharp-shooting acts including Annie's.  While most of the real peek into characters lives during this story happens on the fair grounds, we also step off it occasionally to see a small bit of life outside. It was a different time. Women had assigned roles they were expected to fulfill, and not always respected when they stepped out of them.  Police were underfunded and stretched thin.

Folly at the Fair takes us through a plot full of mystery, intrigue, kidnapping, several murder victims whose bodies are found on the fair grounds,  the arrest of a fellow performer Annie knows to be innocent, a dangerous stalker, marital discord, and the struggles of a childhood friend who has fled a murderous husband with her only daughter and seems increasingly ill. She has hidden her child with Annie to keep her safe.  Although exhausted by her heavy performance schedule, Annie is driven to find a way to help both her friend and fellow performer while trying to clear her friend of the murders.  Stretched to the limit, the question arises, "Will she be able to figure solve this crazy puzzle in time?"

An easy and well-paced read that is great to curl up with at the end of the day. 

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Meet the Author - 
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When she’s not on a horse, or walking along the beautiful cottonwood-laden acequias of Corrales, New Mexico; or basking on white sand beaches under the Big Island Hawaiian sun, Kari Bovee is escaping into the past—scheming murder and mayhem for her characters both real and imagined, and helping them to find order in the chaos of her action-packed novels. Empowered women in history, horses, unconventional characters, and real-life historical events fill the pages of Kari Bovée’s articles and historical mystery musings and manuscripts. 

An award-winning author, Bovée was honored with the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards Hillerman Award for Southwestern Fiction for her novel Girl with a Gun. The novel also received First Place in the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards in the Mystery/Crime category, and is a Finalist in the 2019 International Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards and the International Chanticleer Goethe Awards, as well as the Next Generation Indie Awards. Her novel Grace in the Wings is a Finalist for the 2019 International Chanticleer Chatelaine Awards and the International Chanticleer Goethe Awards. Her novel Peccadillo at the Palace is a Finalist in the 2019 International Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards and the 2019 International Goethe Awards, as well as a Finalist in the 2019 Best Book Awards Historical Fiction category. 

Bovée has worked as a technical writer for a Fortune 500 Company, has written non-fiction for magazines and newsletters, and has worked in the education field as a teacher and educational consultant. She and her husband, Kevin, spend their time between their horse property in the beautiful Land of Enchantment, New Mexico, and their condo on the sunny shores of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

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