Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Pony Express is 155-years-old--Celebrate with Some Great Western Mysteries!

The Pony Express began delivering mail in April 1860.  Each rider rode between 75 to 100 miles, at an average speed of 10 mph.  The riders switched horses every 10-15 miles and the 1800+ mile trip between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California took about 10 days.  The Pony Express became obsolete in October 1861 with the debut of the telegraph.

According to Stuart Rosebrook of "True West Magazine", "the definition of the Old West is changing and moving further and further into the 20th century.  The three genres that are growing every year in Westerns are Mystery, Romance, and Frontier, all of which are pushing their heroes and heroines well into the 21st century."

Try some of the following award-winning and genre-blending Western novels:


Stone Cold by C. J. Box--latest in the series starring Joe Pickett, Wyoming game warden and government troubleshooter.

Light of the World by James Lee Burke--latest in the Dave Robicheaux series.  Two Louisiana detectives, vacationing in Montana, are stalked by a diabolical killer.

Night of the White Buffalo by Margaret Coel--in the latest Wind River, WY mystery, Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Fr. O'Malley confront a ruthless killer.

Half in Love with Artful Death by Bill Crider--Texas Sheriff Dan Rhodes must deal with vandals, meth-cookers, and murder in this 21st series entry.

Frog Music by Emma Donaghue--a murder mystery set in 1876 San Francisco from an award-winning author.

The Old Gray Wolf by James D. Doss--Colorado rancher and tribal investigator Charlie Moon goes up against the mob in this latest in the series.

Blood Sweep by Steven Havill--more adventures of the sheriff's department in Posada County, located in the boot heel of New Mexico.

Spider Woman's Daughter by Anne Hillerman--award-winning author continues her dad's Leaphorn and Chee series in this new Navajo Country mystery.

Remains of Innocence by J. A. Jance--latest in the Sheriff Joanna Brady series set in the desert of Cochise County, Arizona.

Any Other Name by Craig Johnson--the newest in the Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire series.

Bad Country by C. B. McKenzie--multiple award-winning debut about a former rodeo cowboy turned P.I. in a remote corner of Arizona.

Above by Isla Morley--psychological thriller about a young Kansas girl imprisoned for years to await the apocalypse along with her insane captor.

Next time we will explore some romantic and historical novels of the West.

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