Fifteen-year-old Annie Oakley is the sole supporter of her widowed mother and two siblings. An expert markswoman and independent spirit, she hunts game to sell to the local mercantile to make ends meet instead of accepting a marriage proposal that could solve all her problems.
After a stunning performance in a shooting contest against the handsome and famous sharpshooter Frank Butler, Annie is offered a position in the renowned Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Finally, she has a chance to save the nearly foreclosed family farm and make her dreams come true. But then her Indian assistant is found dead in her tent, and Annie is dubious when the local coroner claims the death was due to natural causes. When another innocent is murdered, Annie begins to fear the deaths are related to her. And to make matters worse, her prized horse, Buck, a major part of her act, is stolen.
Annie soon discovers that the solution to her problems lies buried in a padlocked Civil War trunk belonging to the show’s manager, Derence LeFleur. And so, with the help of a sassy, blue-blooded reporter, Annie sets out to find her horse, solve the murders, and clear her name.
Set in 1885, Bov e's uneven first novel and series launch charts the early career of real-life markswoman Annie Oakley. After 15-year-old Annie performs well in a shooting contest in Greenville, Ohio, Buffalo Bill Cody gives her a contract with his Wild West Show. Annie travels with the show to St. Louis, where she soon finds her Sioux assistant, Kimi, dead under suspicious circumstances. Her investigation into what she's sure is Kimi's murder is complicated by the mysterious illness of her beloved horse, Buck; a rowdy new roommate; a sinister figure from her past; and her growing attraction to sharpshooter Frank Butler. Even for an era when children grew up quickly, plucky Annie seems implausibly wise and perceptive for her years, and depictions of Native American characters rely on stereotypes and clich s. A vivid setting helps offset some stilted prose, and a fast-paced, occasionally hectic plot keeps the pages turning. Readers interested in strong American women will welcome this new series despite its off notes.
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Loved the story!!!
I thoroughly enjoyed the history and story of Annie Oakley. This was fast-paced, intriguing and very entertaining. The characters were well developed and believable. I would have given this book a 5 star rating, except it is in DIRE need of a proof reader!!!! Please have someone proofread your work as it will make all the difference and up your ratings.
Took a chance
Didn’t think I would like this sort of book but boy was I wrong! It was very entertaining and I found myself cheering Annie on. Thanks for a fun read!
Horses and feminist gunners!
This would be a great title for a young horse mad girl to read! Mystery, rampant feminism in an ancient patriarchy and horses!
Highly recommend to the appropriate audience.