Sheriff Jeff McQuede finds Durmont's highly respected judge, Phil Grayson, bludgeoned to death in his study, a black executioner's hood shoved over his head. Behind him on walls and in display cases is his Old West outlaw collection that includes a death mask, a hangman's noose, and a Peacemaker.
The judge has many enemies, one, Darin Keefe, just released from prison after serving seven years for a crime involving a city scandal. Judge Grayson's best friend, John Harwood, was believed to have taken a bribe from Keefe Construction and to have committed suicide rather than face conviction. Has the killer singled out some rare item in this macabre collection to steal and left the rest behind, or is this a modern-day example of vigilante justice?
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)|
|Age Range:||1 - 17 Years|
About the Author
They are authors of the High Country Mystery Series: Murder in Black and White, Whispers of the Stones, and Stealer of Horses, also of an anthology A Deal on a Handshake that also features Wyoming sheriff, Jeff McQuede.
They are authors of over forty novels, including the eight-book Ardis Cole Mystery Series, The Vanished Lady, and the Luck of the Draw Western Series: The Devil's Game, The Fifth Ace, and The Wild Card, as well as the single Western title, Death comes in Pairs. Both writers live in Kansas; Loretta in Junction City, Vickie in Hutchinson.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite The Executioner's Hood by Loretta Jackson and Vickie Britton is a tale of intrigue, mystery and murder. Phil Grayson, respected judge and collector of Old West memorabilia, is found dead with an executioner's hood over his head – a hood that has come from his own collection. It is up to Sheriff Jeff McQuede to find his killer and the first person that comes to mind is Darin Keefe. He was put away by Judge Grayson after the judge’s best friend took a bribe from Keefe’s company, a construction firm. It was believed that the friend, John Harwood, committed suicide but now things may not be as clear-cut as first thought. Is Keefe the killer? Has he come back for murderous revenge? Or is there another murderer on the rampage in the county? There is only one way to find out. The Executioner's Hood by Loretta Jackson and Vickie Britton is a tense murder mystery, one that has a number of twisting turns along the way. I found it to be a book that kept me on my toes, a story that caught hold and would not let go. I think that both authors have done a great job here – sometimes the best novels come from collaborations rather than a single writer because ideas can be pooled and a fresh mind can see things more clearly. The story has been well researched, extremely well written and was a joy to read. I believe it would make a good TV film.