The Peaceful Valley Crime Wave: A Western Mystery

The Peaceful Valley Crime Wave: A Western Mystery

by Bill Pronzini

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Bill Pronzini’s riveting western mystery, The Peaceful Valley Crime Wave, takes on the modern world with old-fashioned violence--and his Peaceful Valley is anything but…

Nothing much happens in Peaceful Valley, Montana. And that’s just how Sheriff Lucas Monk likes it.

Aside from the occasional drunken brawl or minor disturbance out on the reservation, he hasn’t had to resort to his fists or sidearm in years.

That is, until mid-October, 1914, when the theft of a wooden cigar store Indian sets off a crime wave like nothing Lucas has ever seen. Teenager Charity Axthelm goes missing, Reba Purvis’s housekeeper is poisoned with cyanide Reba is sure was meant for her, and Lucas’s gut tells him that this is only the beginning.

It’s not long before the first corpse shows up, bringing the peace in the valley to a thundering end.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765394422
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 08/13/2019
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 164,525
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

BILL PRONZINI has been nominated for, or won, every prize offered to crime fiction writers, including the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. It is no wonder, then, that the Detroit Free Press said of him, "It's always nice to see masters at work. Pronzini's clear style seamlessly weaves [storylines] together, turning them into a quick, compelling read." He lives and writes in California, with his wife, crime novelist Marcia Muller.

Pronzini's books include the Nameless Detective series, the longest-running private investigator series in print.

Bill Pronzini's novel, Snowbound, received the Grand Prix de la Littérature Policière as the best crime novel published in France in 1988. A Wasteland of Strangers was nominated for best crime novel of 1997 by both the Mystery Writers of America and the International Crime Writers Association; in addition to six Edgar Award nominations, Pronzini has received three Shamus Awards, two for best novel, and the Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in northern California with his wife, the crime novelist Marcia Muller.

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The Peaceful Valley Crime Wave: A Western Mystery 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
rendezvous_with_reading 10 months ago
A western mystery set in 1914 Thank you to Forge Books for this free copy to review! A Western mystery is not my usual genre. I took this one on vacation though, and had it read in the span of about 24 hours. The writing and plotting is excellent, and I was quickly hooked. Sheriff Lucas Monk is as sharp as Sherlock with a badge. Not much gets past his notice as he investigates this crime wave. I thought the author did a great job at developing 3 different cases within the plot, and yet, it was easy for the reader to follow. I'd describe this as a semi-cozy mystery. The book perhaps gives a bit more detail than a true cozy mystery, but its not too graphic for squeamish readers, like me. This is a stand alone novel, but if Peaceful Valley were to be hit with another crime wave, I'd want to see how Sheriff Monk resolved it. He kept me turning the pages and I throughly enjoyed this one!