By Amos Carr
Hale, June 2012
Chase Tyler is headed for the town of Poynter. An attempted ambush, the death of an innocent man, and a sheriff who won’t play by the rules, added to a brother-in-law who can’t be trusted, and a young man out for vengeance, all make for a pretty complicated visit. When Chase also meets a woman who bears more than a passing resemblance to Chase’s lost love there is little hope of him laying old ghosts to rest.
After a quick scene that helps define the type of man Tyler is, Amos Carr then takes time to fill the reader in on a couple of events from Tyler’s past; the first being how he came to own his horse and then tells how Tyler’s fell deeply in love and then lost that girl to a fire.
The story has two main threads; the first being who is attempting to kill Tyler and why, the other being the meeting of Sarah and the ghosts that rise in Tyler due to this, causing him to struggle with his feelings.
Amos Carr also adds mystery to the story, not just as to the identity of the killer, but also with Tyler’s suspicions about his brother-in-laws activities that could see a rift form between him and his sister.
This is the first Black Horse Western to carry the author name Amos Carr, and is also the first to come from this author whose real name is Gillian McDonald-Constable. Her writing style is very readable and I soon became swept up in the story, as I needed to find the answers to the many questions the author hooked me with. Action scenes, descriptions of places and emotions, and dialogue are all handled expertly and provided me with an entertaining read.
The Ghosts of Poynter has an official release date of June 29th but has been available for some time now from the usual Internet bookstores. Amos Carr’s second book, Crazy Man Cade, will be published in October.
Oh yeah, no prizes for guessing which film the artist used for the cover illustration.