Cow Crimes and the Mustang Menace

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This award-winning series continues with a mystery of Ruby Taylor proportions—complete with thieving ranchers, tangled romance, and the redheaded heroine who just doesn't know when to quit. Guaranteed fiction!
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Overview

This award-winning series continues with a mystery of Ruby Taylor proportions—complete with thieving ranchers, tangled romance, and the redheaded heroine who just doesn't know when to quit. Guaranteed fiction!
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Editorial Reviews

MBR Bookwatch
"The work is lively, upbeat and full of colorful characters. It is a mix of humor, Christian principles, and emotional conflicts while satisfying the mystery lover in all of us. Definitely one that is perfect to curl up with for a fun enjoyable read."
Browsing Bison Books
"What a fun read. We will highly recommend the book to not just mystery readers, but anyone who enjoys a well written, funny, and intriguing story. "
Troy Broadcasting Corporation
Sharon Dunn teaches us a lot about grace and forgiveness and Christian growth, while spinning a terrific mystery/murder novel! I can't wait till Ruby Taylor Mystery #4!
— Dave Kirby
Author of She's Out of Control and What a Girl Wants - Kristin Billerbeck
Cow Crimes and the Mustang Menace is a fun-filled mystery that makes you want to cozy up with a mug of hot chocolate. Sharon Dunn has a way with words. Enjoy!
Troy Broadcasting Corporation - Dave Kirby
"Sharon Dunn teaches us a lot about grace and forgiveness and Christian growth, while spinning a terrific mystery/murder novel! I can't wait till Ruby Taylor Mystery #4!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825424908
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Series: Ruby Taylor Mysteries
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon Dunn is causing quite a stir with her popular Ruby Taylor Mystery series. Romantic Times magazine nominated book one as the Inspirational Novel of the Year, and book two was honored with the ACRW Book of the Year award. Sharon is an instructor and tutor at Montana State University, but her cats and her kids pretty much run her life.
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  • Posted June 11, 2009

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    Sassy and quick-witted as always

    Review by Gigi Hoffman



    The final installment of Sharon Dunn's A Ruby Taylor Mystery is just as entertaining as books one and two. If you've read the first two in the series, the third is a must!

    Ruby, sassy and quick-witted as always, gets herself into even more crazy situations. Take a Potato Festival recipe contest, a murder, old town family secrets, and curious thefts. Throw in some quirky friends, a mocha, and her strong faith, and you've got Ruby's life. And don't forget about Wesley-her unpredictable, sometimes infuriating boyfriend. What can come from all this? Only time will tell. So, sit down with a cup of coffee and prepare to ride along with Ruby Taylor in one of her craziest adventures yet!

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    Father Knows Best? Maybe not.

    Ruby Taylor is at it again. In her third book, as she and Wesley are trying to figure out their relationship, Ruby stumbles across a string of robberies targeting her work. This leads to her finding out a town's shady history involving a murder. Amid a missing bull and a county fair involving potato recipes, Ruby tries to find out who is committing all the robberies and how it somehow connect to that story from yesteryear. Her attempts at sleuthing lead to comical and scary situations. This was such a great book. I like Ruby more and more with each book in the series. I liked her friendship with Starlight and I was glad that Ruby kept trying to point out to Wes that he needed to stop suspecting them just because they were new in town. The whole scentless hairspray made me curious as well as to how it works. I don't want to spoil the ending but the reasons for all the 'activities' happening in the area had a sad story behind it. You almost feel sorry for the perpetrators. It's intersting to think how much a father's acknowledgment means to someone. I am glad that Ruby had realistic reactions to the way Wesley reacted in the beginning of the story. He doesn't tell her where he's gone so of course she's worried and angry when she does find him. I also want to know if they ever have a talk about the letter that Ruby found. If Wesley feels that he has to be a perfect Christian, this might hinder their relationship. I was also glad that Ruby found the Proverbs 31 woman slightly frustrating as well. As good of a role model as that passage is, sometimes I think some Christian women strive too much to attain that status. While Ruby's faith is tested many times, she doesn't lose it instead it helps her to grow. I hoping there's another Ruby Taylor mystery in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2005

    A Rolickin' Good Read

    Ruby Taylor is one of those unforgettable people I love knowing. In this entertaining tale, the self-proclaimed ¿domestically challenged¿ heroine takes on a thief, a murderer, a tribe of lively children and the Potato Festival cooking contest. With a wit that matches her fiery red hair, Ruby kept me hooked from the first page all the way to the end. As long as Ms. Dunn wants to write `em, I¿ll keep reading `em ¿ and recommending `em!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2005

    Ruby Taylor--real heroine, real fun

    Ruby's world involves stolen property, from a beloved cat to a pet steer, from farm equipment to a belt buckle and a vintage Mustang. Wesley, her deputy-love interest vanishes, blood appears in his pick-up and a trailer home burns down. Whether seeking purloined Pernicious the steer or a prize in a potato recipe contest, Ruby Taylor is up to it. Or maybe not: 'You get to ride in a parade,' she enticed. My mother is about as subtle as an ice cream headache. ... 'Mom, don't push. I know I'm domestically challenged.'.... 'Domestically challenged? Ruby, you wrote 'over-achiever' in red ink a hundred times by Proverbs 31.'... She tried so hard. What a curse to have me as a daughter. She needed someone who cold turn old socks and fabric scraps into a duvet cover. I had only a faint notion what a duvet cover was.... 'That commentary was for God's eyes. We're working on it.' God comes through and Ruby, as real and flawed as you or I, does, too. So, where's Wesley??? With her dry wit, Sharon Dunn weaves a tight mystery around eclectic characters and escalating problems, much tension for Ruby and many chuckles for the reader, to reach a satisfying ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2005

    A fun, quirky mystery

    This book is as unusual as its title--an unusual heroine, an unusual mystery, unusual characters, but set in an oh-so-usual small town in Montana. I enjoyed this book for all those unusual elements, but the best thing about this novel is the mystery. I was totally mystified right up to the surprise ending. I don't surprise easily, so this was an added treat. If you enjoy well written cozy mysteries that stray from the predictable and mundane, I highly recommend Cow Crimes and the Mustang Menace.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2005

    Red-Haired Ruby Rides Again!

    The unpredictable and determined investigative sleuth is once again in the middle of an investigation that places her in more danger than she realizes. She digs up past secrets (and upsets the librarian in the process) that are somehow linked to the current day thefts from ranches, farms, a used car lot, and the feed store where she works as a clerk. Ride with Ruby in her attempts to rescue an aloof Siamese cat, recover a sporty stang, find her lost boyfriend, and head-off the attempts of a determined mother to domesticate her. Will she succeed in all the above without losing her sense of humor or life in the process? Getting to know the domestically challenged Ruby through her spin on the Potato Festival Recipe Contest as well as her thoughts on the Proverbs 31 woman, is a funny witty read that will have you laughing out loud at times and shaking your head in wonder at others. Ruby¿s ability to laugh at herself, accept others as they are, and come to terms with her own faults makes her character one you want to spend time with and would love to meet in person. Sharon Dunn has crafted a gem of a story in this book, the third of the Ruby Taylor Mystery series. For those of you who¿ve yet to meet Ruby, you¿re in for a treat. For return fans, you won't be disappointed. I highly recommend this book as well as the first two in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2005

    Rollicking Good Time

    Ruby Taylor is the Nancy Drew of today. More mature, sassier and smarter than ever. Cow Crimes is the first of Ms. Dunn's books for me to read and I will be sure to read more of her work. Ruby Taylor is a tall, red head with a sharp wit, a love for Wesley, few skills in the kitchen, and a talent for searching out trouble. I advise every mystery lover to curl up on the sofa and take a ride with Ruby Taylor! - Cynthia Hickey, author of Pursued By Evil and A Dream Fulfilled

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2005

    Bonnie Engstrom, Fiction Author and Reviewer

    What fun! Ruby is my secret alter ego, now exposed. I¿ve longed to be Nancy Drew for decades. Now, through literary osmosis, I can fulfill my dream. What a ride! Or, rather, rides ¿ in a classic Mustang, an SUV, an old beaten up Valiant, an ATV, and even an ancient Ferris wheel! Ruby rides on the edge. She even wears a pair of glittering shoes during her escapades. A veritable twinkle toes! Despite her wit and humorous view of life in general, and her stymied romance with Wesley, she keeps her wits about her. Smart as a cookie, she surmises who the culprit is. Sensitive as a new mother hen, she comforts confused and misplaced Starlight, wrapping her in arms of love, protection and affirmation. A heroine in the true sense of the word! Cow Crimes is not only a delightful escape, but a slice of life as many of us wish we could have. If you enjoy a fun read sprinkled with laughter and mystery, this is a book you must buy. In fact, buy several to share with friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2005

    Cow Crimes is a Killer!

    Ruby Taylor saddles up her not-so-trusty Valiant to chase down wayward bulls, cats, and her boyfriend. Along the way she befriends a mix of quirky characters--but they are real people as we get to know them (I think I've met some of them!). After reading Sharon Dunn's first two Ruby Taylor books, I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. Crimes, comedy, and the wild west of Montana--who could ask for more!?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2005

    Cow Crimes Can't Miss

    Sharon Dunn has done it again! This time Ruby Taylor finds herself mixed up with a bunch of fun, but off-the-wall people. Story is full of cow thieves, cat thieves, and Mustang thieves (Mustang as in car). It's a great read you won't want to miss.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2005

    A Must Read!

    This is the first book by Sharon Dunn that I have had the pleasure of reading but it certainly won¿t be my last. You ask what genre is this book? I couldn¿t name just one. That would be doing it an injustice, for it spans many genres. This is the third book in The Ruby Taylor mystery series. Ruby is a smart and sassy red head, who is always finding herself in the middle of trouble. She, of course, can¿t help but try and solve the crimes that are happening on the nearby farms and ranches. At the same time, she struggles to come to terms with the Proverbs 31 woman. Throw in a cute infuriating deputy, a Potato Festival, and a murder of an outsider and you have yourself a wild ride. This is a fun tale that you won¿t regret reading. Sharon has written a wonderful collection of eclectic characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2005

    The third Ruby Taylor mystery

    From the back cover: Investigating a series of bizarre ranch thefts, dealing with the expectations of a Betty Crocker mom, and entering a recipe in the Potato Festival cookoff, have Ruby Taylor in over her flaming red head. When an outsider turns up dead, it¿ll take more than a steaming mocha espresso¿and her unpredictable yet intriguing Wesley¿to save Ruby from the danger. Camy here: Once again, Ruby Taylor saves the day with her unique brand of strength and sass, flavored with the bittersweet of her inner fears and insecurities. It all makes for a very likable, sympathetic character. I thought that this book sparkled with more humor than the other two. Ruby¿s sarcasm knows no bounds, and some scenes border on slapstick. In contrast, this book also seemed to delve deeper into the intricacies of a relationship between a godly man and woman. Ruby faces her preconceived notions and the struggle to be authentic and vulnerable rather than hide behind her usual self-sufficiency. The ending is satisfying without being cheesy. The book entirely lived up to my expectations of an entertaining, engrossing read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2005

    Cow Crimes and the Mustang Menace

    In Cow Crimes and the Mustang Menace Ruby Taylor rides for the third time. Although she applies her remakable sleuthing skills and solves the mystery of local thefts, Ruby remains completely lost in how to proceed in her relationship with boyfriend Wesley. This is such a true depiction of real life where we can often help others but can't find our way out of a paperbag when it comes to our own lives. Ruby Taylor is smart, sassy, and fun to be around. This book will give you hours of rich summer reading.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    What a great series

    Cow Crimes and the Mustang Menace is hilarious. I enjoyed the story so much I read it in two days. Ruby is a zany heroine who has some interesting ideas about how to help other people and also has a knack for getting hurt and busted. Plus, because of the pain in her past, she has become a strong individual. I want her to find healing and happiness. It's a must read for people who like a good mystery. I plan to read the next book. Gotta find out what happens to dear Ruby Taylor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2005

    It would be a crime to pass this one up!

    Ruby Taylor is no shrinking violet. So when she discovers that thieves are stealing from surrounding ranches and feed supply stores, she sets out to investigate. Before long things get goofy and complicated in true Ruby Taylor fashion. From a missing 'royal' cat to the strange newcomers in the area, Ruby tries desperately to piece the clues together. Add to that a boyfriend gone seemingly awol and her mother's suggestion she enter a recipe in the Potato Festival cookoff and you've got a recipe for fun, adventure, and a little romance to boot! This is book 3 in the Ruby Taylor series, and a must read for sure. Never have I laughed so hard or been touched so deeply all within the pages of one book. 'Cow Crimes and the Mustang Menace' can easily be read alone or out of sequence from the other books in the series, but after reading this one, you'll be compelled to go out and get the others! A smart novel full of sass and clever wit, 'Cow Crimes' will leave you eager for more of Miss Taylor and her madcap adventures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2005

    A Great Read

    This is the first Ruby Taylor book I¿ve read, but it won¿t be the last. I fell in love with Ruby on the first page and came to admire her more and more as she worked through her most recent adventure, Cow Crimes and the Mustang Menace. Sharon Dunn has masterfully written this book to show a new Christian who is struggling to lay to rest her past and let God control her future, using a murder mystery to good effect. I laughed and cried with Ruby as she struggled with her relationship with her boyfriend, met new friends, and even participated in a recipe contest at the local Potato Festival¿all while trying to solve the murder of one of her newest friends. Cow Crimes is a satisfying read for both the first-time reader of a Ruby Taylor mystery, or for the returning reader. I certainly will be reading the first two books in this delightful series in the near future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2005

    WOW! What A BOOK!!

    If you're looking to laugh and read a great mystery this is the book for you! Excellent, believable characters who are: fully fleshed-out, funny, real, and set in a background and situations that pull you right into the story---the way it ought to be!!! BRAVO!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2005

    Cow Crimes and the Mustang Menace

    Cow Crimes and The Mustang Menace, the third book in the Ruby Taylor mystery series once again finds Ruby deep in solving a crime while trying to figure out her relationship with the dreamy deputy Wesley. Ruby is witty, funny, and sassy, in short a heroine you can't help but love and cheer for, and the other cast of characters are just that real world characters. A great summer read.

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