Sunday, 13 January 2013

Before I Die

BOWEN & BAILE #2
By Frank Roderus
Western Trail Blazer, December 2012

The first official job for the Bowen & Baile Detective Agency seemed straightforward – find a missing wife and bring her home before her husband succumbs to cancer. But nothing is ever as easy as it sounds.

Searching for the ‘lady’ in question takes the partners from fine hotels to the seedier side of several Colorado towns. Will they accomplish their goal in time?

The first case for Bowen and Baile sees the younger man learning the ropes from the elder Bowen and this leads to some lively, and often humorous, dialogue between the two such as their views on stagecoach verses rail travel.

There are some great characters to be found within this story and some well written action sequences, such as the excellent barroom brawl and the final shootout as Bowen & Baile race for a train.

Like the first book in the series this one proves to be a fast moving and very entertaining read that has left me hoping it won’t be too long before the third story appears.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Picked up both of them,look good.

larry gebert said...

Picked up both of these

Joanne Walpole said...

Thanks for the review. Can you tell me whether there is much swearing in these books as previous books by this author have surprised me with it - and you know what I'm like ;-)?

Steve M said...

Jo, there is but not very much, think the strongest word is probably s***. Bitch and damn too, but I don't know whether they are classed as swear words?

Joanne Walpole said...

I'm okay with that. It's the F word I object to :-). Thanks.