This novella is an absolute winner and, as far as this reviewer is concerned, a total return to form for Abigail Roux.
Title: The Bone Orchard
Author: Abigail Roux
Cover Artist: Simone (www.dreamarian.com)
Rating: 5.0 of 5 Stars
After leaving a trail of terror and death in his wake, the notorious “Missouri” Boone Jennings finally meets his match in San Francisco when US marshal Ambrose Shaw catches up to him. The story of his capture, and the marshal’s bravery, has already become legend back east by the time Pinkerton inspector Ezra Johns gets off the train from New York City to testify in the murderer’s trial.
When Ambrose is unable to give witness to the evils he’s seen, Ezra becomes their lone hope for putting Jennings in a noose. But if Ezra thinks that’s his biggest problem, he’s got plenty to learn about life—and the afterlife—in the spirited West.
Fortunately, Ambrose is there to assist, and more than happy to oblige Ezra—in the courtroom or the bedroom. He spent his life bringing justice to the Wild West, and if he has a say in it, that’s how he’ll be spending his death too.
Series: My Haunted Blender’s Gay Love Affair, and Other Twisted Tales
We get more by way of plot, characterisation , humour and emotion in this novella than you will find in many full length novels. The main characters, US Marshall Ambrose Shaw and Pinkerton Agent Ezra Johns are so easy to fall in love with. Both have right on their side, both are brave in different ways, and they consist of a stoic Western icon and a slightly nerdy iconic Eastern, Pinkerton Agent. Although most of the story is set in the Wild West Ms Roux uses a clever literary device to cover more than just that part of US history, and eventually bring in characters from the Sidewinder series to cross over into the plot of the Bone Orchard.
This novella has pace, a believable and romantic love story, and a really scary villain. The villain Boone Jennings, is never fully revealed to us. We really know no more about him at the end of the story than we do at the beginning. The same is not true for our heroes and that is where the tension is created, as they develop whilst Jennings remains the epitome of evil. The Bone Orchard is a wonderfully written and very enjoyable Abigail Roux story. Highly recommended.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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