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Publisher's Summary

Johnstone Country: The good die young. The bad die younger.

From the best-selling masters of Western fiction comes two tough frontier detectives who solve the bloodiest crimes with bravado, brains, and bullets blazing....

Homicide on the range

A killer is on the loose in the Arizona Territory. One by one, Tonto Basin ranchers are being murdered for their livestock - and the Cattle Raisers' Association has hired two range detectives to catch the culprit.

From the looks of them, Stovepipe Stewart and Wilbur Coleman are just another pair of high-plains drifters. But with their razor-sharp detective skills and rare talent for trouble, they're the last remaining hope for one young cowboy who's been arrested for the murders. Stovepipe and Wilbur believe the boy is innocent.

In short order, the trail of clues leads to a secret canyon hideout, and the duo find themselves in the middle of an all-out range war - with the dirtiest gang of cutthroats, thieves, and outlaws the West has ever known....

There's just one mystery left to solve: How will they get out of this alive?

©2016 by J. A. Johnstone (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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A bit dated in story line

This reminds me of the 50s and 60s television westerns and movies. Quite predictable twists and turns. Some fairly corny dialogue which is intended to be amusing.

Overall quite refreshing at a time when so many people are taking television shows, movies and books so seriously.

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ADDICTING! Don't start unless...

Such a compelling, CLEAN READ. No language - I could let my kids listen to it in the car! Great seeing and the narrator is FABULOUS!!

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Narration wasn’t great

The story wasn’t bad but I didn’t care much for the narrator. His reading of Stovepipe sounded like a bad John Wayne impression, while he made the character of Wilbur sound like a stammering fool.

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Whodunit Western At Its Best! McLain Is Wonderful!

This was my 1st Johnstone family novel and I'm hooked. McLain's narration is wonderful too.

An incredible Whodunit that starts off on horseback and rides fast for the whole journey. The foreshadowing was fun, and I enjoyed every minute of the unfolding murder mystery. I could almost taste the food described when they sat down for a feed and all but felt the poke of the inhospitable cacti in the Arizona Territory.

Stovepipe and Wilbur are excellent characters that remind me of the Sherlock and Watson of the Wild West. If you like mysteries and westerns, look no farther, The Range Detectives is a great Book 1 to a series I am sure I will enjoy. Pay attention, a thread of evidence can change everything.

Highly recommended! Five Stars!

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Overpriced

This is overpriced even though it was free. Really bad. Childish if anything. Two words.

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great book

I've always liked the books by this author and they are like movies in your mind.

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Great as usual by the Johnstons

Another homerun by my favorite author. If you are not familiar with his work you should give this one a try. The performance is great and the story itself is just believable enough to be entertaining. Many books and writers in this genre are a little outlandish but Johnstone Always manages to hold the line on excessive exaggeration in his storytelling

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What a Story!

Firstly, the photo on this book cover, as well as the short descriptoin wite up, does not do this story any favors at all. So I spent much of my listening time, being surprised, and chuckling at the comical bantor between the two main "Mutt n Jeff", like charicters.
And what a masterful job the reader did!
But the true worth of this story, is in the story it's self, which is much deeper and far more complex than most typical western stories are. It has so many whimsical moments, along some very unexpected twists in the plot!
And I must admit, my original expectations were actually quite low. But what a pleasent surprise!
So, even for some of you out there who may not be big western story fans, but you may be considering trying one of them out, this one, I think, would be well worth your time.

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Entertaining!

Middling story but well written. Best part was the narrator. Excellent production values. Easy to know who's speaking ant their perspective. Volume and clarity consistent and first rate. Great mix of voices for both male/female speakers. I'm a new fan of this narrator.

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Long and juvenile

The story drones on...and on...and on. I suppose it would be ok for a young kid, maybe 12 or so. The narrator voicing of the main characters became annoying pretty quick. I jumped forward 7 or 8 chapters at a time and didn't feel as if I'd missed anything. To the contrary, it seemed the story hadn't moved on at all!