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Girl with a Gun (An Annie Oakley Mystery #1)

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When a series of crimes take place soon after fifteen-year-old Annie Oakley joins Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, including the mysterious death of her Indian assistant, Annie fears someone is out to get her. With the help of a sassy, blue-blooded reporter, Annie sets out to solve the crimes that threaten her good name.

Fifteen-year-old Annie Oakley is the sole supporter of
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Paperback, 329 pages
Published June 19th 2018 by SparkPress
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Reading.Between.Wines
⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5

I am going to say right off the bat that I was pleasantly surprised by Girl with a Gun: An Annie Oakley Mystery by Kari Bovee. I thought the premise sounded really good, but I still wasn't sure what to expect. This book exceeded my expectations and was so fun to read.

Girl with a Gun focuses on 15 year-old Annie Mosey who is the sole provider for her mother and 2 younger brothers. The book begins by Annie going to a competition where the prize is $200 if you can outshoot the great sharps
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Kathy Martin
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This novel stars a young Annie Oakley when she first joins Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show as a fifteen-year-old sharpshooter. She needs to money to support her mother and two younger siblings since the mother seems to only make bad choices in men since she became a widow. The current candidate is a drinker who has brought the family home near foreclosure.

The Show is a hotbed of secrets and jealousies. Annie's new and sudden popularity with the public has made for former star Frank Butler jealous.
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Jeri
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books, netgalley
I so wanted to love this mystery, but it fell a little flat for me.

We meet a young Annie who wins a shooting contest and is invited to join Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. She quickly accepts since she is the sole support for her mother and two younger siblings. Once Annie is on the road a young girl is found dead. This seems to bother Annie and sets her to investigating, even though others write the death off and Annie doesn't seem to have a real connection to the girl. With others coming to be
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Maranda
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Sharp Shoot'n, 15 year old, trapper, Champion of women and Indians Annie Mosey wants to wrangle her man. Whether it is the murderer of Indian friend Kimi or Frank Butler the star of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Scoundrels appear in this 1885 telling of the adventures of Annie Oakley. Figuring out who is trying to do her wrong is complicated when her horse Buck is poisoned! Lots going on in Bovee's narrative that takes the reader back to the old west. Mosey on Back for a trip to the past. "A co ...more
Randee Green
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.

GIRL WITH A GUN is the first novel in the Annie Oakley Mystery Series by Kari Bovee. The historical mystery novel is Kari Bovee’s debut, and it will be published on June 19th 2018 by SparkPress.

Fifteen-year-old Annie Oakley has just joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, and her budding career as a female sharpshooter is not getting off to a good start. Yes, Annie is excelling at her new career, the audience in St. Louis adores her, and she is ev
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Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
I wanted to love this book. Annie Oakley is a fascinating woman in history with plenty of sass, strength, and tricks up her sleeve. The concept of this book, a mystery surrounding the legendary entertainer while traveling with the Wild West Show, is excellent but the execution fell completely flat.
There was zero character development, the feelings the characters expressed for one another had little meaning because the author never shared the character's inner motivations or thoughts.
Even the ini
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Cheryl
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I am a fan of the Wild West. I can remember reading some stories about Annie Oakley. I used to pretend that I was her. Thus I was excited to read this book. After reading this book, I do have to comment and say that I thought this was a quick and nice read.

The author did a good job of stay true for the most part about Annie Oakley. She was a favorite for me in this book. Although, she was not the only one. There is Buffalo Bill and love interest Frank Butler. For the time period of this story a
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Tammy Buchli
May 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
Too many unnecessary historical inaccuracies. Annie Oakley was a fascinating woman who led a fascinating life, but nothing in this book reflected her. It’s as if the author did no research at all.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a free ARC ebook in exchange for a review.
Constance Maloney
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a fun idea - to have a mystery series with Annie Oakley a the main character! For the novelty alone, I give it 4 stars and I look forward to future books in the series. I have one complaint: this is a book that should have historical notes. When incorporating real life characters and events into a historical piece, many of us like having notes that explain what in the fiction was real and what was not, and on what information/events the characters and plots were based.

I appreciated seeing
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The Irregular Reader
The concept of a mystery story featuring Annie Oakley and Frank Butler, with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show as a backdrop is phenomenal and deeply interesting. Annie Oakley is an American legend whose life and career bridged the time period between America as a frontier and as a developed nation.

Unfortunately,the execution of this story did not live up to the concept. I found the pacing and the writing to be uneven, and the plot not fully thought out. Character development is also lacking. Annie
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Angela
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book follows a young Annie Oakley when she joins Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. Soon after, her assistant suddenly dies and Annie suspects foul play. From there, a series of mysterious crimes and illnesses start taking place. Fearing she might be the next victim, it’s up to Annie to turn detective and find the culprit in this delightful read.

The author does a wonderful job of blending history and fiction. This is a well-researched book from the historical figures, sharpshooting, horsemansh
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Cara Noyes
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a book I did not want to put down! The only drawback was that I was able to figure out who dunnit by mid book. It is not your typical mystery, nor your typical Western. It is historical fiction, with murder and mayhem thrown in.

The characters are flawed but the vulnerabilities make them more believable. While I do not necessarily envision Annie Oakley as a sleuth, her investigation demonstrated intuition.

One of my favorite characters was the reporter who helped Annie by getting a retrac
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Stephanie
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I was hoping for more. I don't know what, exactly, but just... more. I liked the character idea and I liked that the plot was kind of twisty, but I think what got me was the lack of tie-up at the end. As if, oh, yeah, this is the big reveal that isn't so big. The mystery is solved piece-meal and the various red herring solutions are thrown at the reader willy-nilly. Especially one in particular. "By the way, that's how that went." Then it finishes up like the end of a romance. I just felt like i ...more
Minerva Spencer
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's been a long time since I've read a western, but a great story is a great story! Bovee has an engaging, fun style that drew me in to the story from the beginning. Annie Oakley is an iconic figure in American history and Bovee does an excellent job depicting a woman who is resilient and clever and worthy of her larger-than-life image.

This was a a page-turner of a book I recommend to people who love history and great character-rich novels.
Susan
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Annie Oakley joins Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and discovers the body of the female Indian who shares her tent. Unhappy with the verdict of natural causes she decides to investigate.
Unfortunately I felt that the story and the characters were flat and uninteresting, and it was a struggle to care for the mystery and finish the book.
A NetGalley Book
Annarella
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, edelweiss
There's a great idea behind this book but something went amiss and it was not properly delivered.
I was attracted by the summary of the book, I liked the idea but I found the book a bit dull and the characters flat.
Cannot say if I loved it or not.
Many thanks to SparkPress and Edelweiss for this ARC
Vern
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed your book Kari, well told story. The characters were well developed, a great story line that kept me turning the pages. Very cool....
Kathy Wright
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Couldn't grab my interest
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