Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Death on the High Lonesome {+ Giveaway}

Death on the High Lonesome by Frank HayesAuthor Frank Hayes takes readers back to Haywood in DEATH ON THE HIGH LONESOME where Sheriff Virgil Dalton faces more than the coming winter.

Hayes has crafted realistic, likable characters that are well-developed. His characters have traits, faults and problems readers can relate to. The small-town, western-style atmosphere draws readers while the suspense and mystery holds them captivate until the end.

The sleepy town of Haywood is growing and Sheriff Virgil Dalton knows all the growth isn’t good. Virgil’s deputy is almost killed when his patrol car wrecks after a woman’s body crashes onto it from an interstate overpass. A longtime resident is reported missing by his wife and then she’s found dead on her porch a few days later.

Things seem to be coming at Virgil from all sides, professionally and personally. He has to put the pieces together before more bodies turn up dead.

DEATH ON THE HIGH LONESOME moves at a brisk pace while giving you a sense of a relaxing atmosphere. Filled with twists and turns, the author keeps readers wondering what’s going to happen next. The author’s vivid descriptions places the reader in the hill country as the sheriff tracks down a ruthless killer.

The second installment in the Sheriff Virgil Dalton series, this book can be read on its own. New readers won’t be left in the dark when prior events are discussed, but may be tempted to catch up by reading the first book.

With a flare similar to (Craig) Johnson and (Tony) Hillerman, Hayes creates a rugged lawman that will get under your skin. With a feel for a western mystery, Hayes delivers complex characters, beautiful settings and a mesmerizing tale.

Death on the High Lonesome by Frank Hayes, A Sheriff Virgil Dalton Mystery Book #2, Berkley, @2015, ISBN: 978-0425274309, Trade Paperback, 304 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.


Thanks to Danielle and the wonderful folks at Berkley, I have a print copy of DEATH ON THE HIGH LONESOME to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Thursday, Oct. 15.

To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and following the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress High Lonesome Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decide for whatever reason you don’t want to win, once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by today for my review. Do you enjoy books that have a western-theme or western-feel to them? 

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  1. More temptation.
    I am not certain what it says about me, but murder mysteries are something I turn to for relaxation.

  2. You never expect a body to land on your car like that.
    Like that it can be read on its own.

  3. Another new to me author. Thanks.

  4. I love characters that I can relate to.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  5. This sounds like a really interesting premise for a story, Mason! I'm glad you shared this with us.

  6. Mystery sounds good. A new author for me.

  7. This mystery sounds intriguing and unique. Thanks for this great giveaway.saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. I'm a Craig Johnson fan so this should be right up my alley!

  9. This is a new author for me too, but the book should intriguing.

  10. I've lived in the west for about half my life so I feel very much at home with western themed books. Thanks for the chance to win this one.

  11. I love a good mystery. I haven't read anything by this author.


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