Girl with a Gun

“Absorbing, heartfelt, and thrilling, Girl with a Gun shows off young Annie Oakley’s skills as a sharpshooter and as a loyal detective. From the period details to the Wild West setting, I was completely immersed in the story and in the larger-than-life characters. It’s as fun as a rodeo, and nearly as dangerous. Like Annie herself, Bovee’s prose sparkles with precision and skill.”
—Martha Conway, author of Underground River, New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

 

Fifteen-year-old Annie Oakley is the sole supporter of her widowed mother and two siblings. An expert markswoman and independent spirit, she hunts game to sell to the local mercantile to make ends meet instead of accepting a marriage proposal that could solve all her problems.

After a stunning performance in a shooting contest against the handsome and famous sharpshooter Frank Butler, Annie is offered a position in the renowned Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Finally, she has a chance to save the nearly foreclosed family farm and make her dreams come true. But then her Indian assistant is found dead in her tent, and Annie is dubious when the local coroner claims the death was due to natural causes. When another innocent is murdered, Annie begins to fear the deaths are related to her. And to make matters worse, her prized horse, Buck, a major part of her act, is stolen.

Annie soon discovers that the solution to her problems lies buried in a padlocked Civil War trunk belonging to the show’s manager, Derence LeFleur. And so, with the help of a sassy, blue-blooded reporter, Annie sets out to find her horse, solve the murders, and clear her name.

Author: Kari Bovee

Publication Date: June 19, 2018

AMAZON
 
BARNES & NOBLE
IBOOKS
INDIEBOUND

 

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“Bovee’s debut novel brings readers solidly into the heyday of the Wild West shows, providing wonderful details about the elaborate costumes and the characters’ remarkable marksmanship . . . There are enough entertaining elements to keep readers guessing, including romance, rivalries, jealousy, and at least one evil character from Annie’s past. The prose has a charming simplicity, which keeps the attention focused on the action and the well-developed protagonist. A quick, fun read with engaging rodeo scenes.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Absorbing, heartfelt, and thrilling, Girl with a Gun shows off young Annie Oakley’s skills as a sharpshooter and as a loyal detective. From the period details to the Wild West setting, I was completely immersed in the story and in the larger-than-life characters. It’s as fun as a rodeo, and nearly as dangerous. Like Annie herself, Bovee’s prose sparkles with precision and skill.”

—Martha Conway, author of Underground River, New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

“Kari Bovée paints a captivating portrait of the young sharpshooter, Annie Oakley, in Girl with a Gun. A diverting plot filled with unexpected twists and turns enthralls and satisfies the reader as Annie is transformed from a naïve Quaker girl to an independent young woman. This lively mix of historical fiction, romance, and mystery hits the target!”
—Susan McDuffie, author of the award winning Muirteach McPhee Mysteries

“A fast-paced plot keeps the pages turning. Readers interested in strong American women will welcome this new series. . .”
Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Empowered women in history, horses, unconventional characters, and real-life historical events fill the pages of Kari Bovee’s articles and historical mystery musings and manuscripts. Bovee is an award-winning writer: She was a finalist in the Romantic Suspense category of the 2012 LERA Rebecca contest, the 2014 NTRWA Great Expectations contest, and the RWA 2016 Daphne du Maurier contest for her unpublished manuscript Grace in the Wings. She was also honored as a finalist in the NHRWA Lone Star Writer’s contest in 2012 with the unpublished manuscript of Girl with a Gun. Bovee and her husband, Kevin, live and run their software development company in New Mexico with their cat, four dogs, and four horses.Their children, who live happy lives as productive entrepreneurs and professionals, are their greatest achievements.

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