Peccadillo at the Palace

It’s 1887, and Annie and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show are invited to Queen Victoria’s Jubilee celebration in London, England. But their long journey across the Atlantic takes a turn for the worst when the queen’s royal servant ends up dead and Annie’s husband, Frank Butler, falls suspiciously ill. Annie soon discovers that the two events are connected—and may possibly be precursors to an assassination attempt on the queen.

In London, it becomes clear there is rampant unrest in the queen’s kingdom—the Irish Fenian Brotherhood, as well as embittered English subjects, are teeming in the streets. But amid the chaos, even while she prepares for the show, Annie is determined to find the truth. With the help of a friend and reporter, Emma Wilson, the renowned poet Oscar Wilde, and the famous socialite Lillie Langtry, Annie sets out to hunt down the queen’s enemies—and find out why they want to kill England’s most beloved monarch.

Author: Kari Bovée

Publication Date: May 7, 2019


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2019 Best Book Awards Finalist in Historical Fiction

Praise for Girl with a Gun:

“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 Bovée’s articles and historical mystery musings and manuscripts. She is an award-winning writer: She was honored as 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 the first book in her Annie Oakley series, Girl with a Gun. 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 of literature, reading, and drama. She and her husband, Kevin, live on a horse property in the beautiful Land of Enchantment, New Mexico, with their cat, four dogs, and four horses.