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Sandra Cox–Western Author Extraordinaire

Sandra Cox is fast becoming my go-to Western author. I’ve loved all of her Westerns (click for my reviews of Gwen Slade and TumbleStar ) but this one–Keeper Tyree (2021)–may well be my favorite.

What starts out as a fairly traditional western — a middle aged bounty hunter named Keeper Tyree is hired by a young widow, Cathleen O’Donnell, to avenge the death of her only male child — quickly turns into much more when Cathleen insists on joining Keeper on the hunt with the intent that when they find the murderer, she be the one to kill him. As they pursue the killer to a distant hideaway, they are delayed to rescue a stranded lawyer and his child and then a madame with her group of soiled doves. Both groups are headed for the same Western location to set up their businesses and none of them have much knowledge of how to survive in the West’s lawlessness. Tyree and Cathleen agree to guide them to their destination, make sure they’re safe before returning to their original quest. The more time Tyree and Cathleen spend together, the more the aging bounty hunter finds himself falling for this beautiful obstinate woman with a core of steel and a kind streak that though well-hidden pops up when others are in trouble.

As with all of Sandra Cox’s Westerns, this one is fast-paced, filled with excitement, solid morals, and memorable characters you would want to ride the trail with. It didn’t take more than a handful of pages for me to respect and like Keeper Tyree. You can see why in these descriptions:

“No tinny piano. No rotgut whiskey. No barroom brawls. Just peace, quiet and the early morning sun, shining through white ruffled curtains, warming the back of Keeper Tyree’s neck and soothing his arthritis.”
“She’d be striking if slashes of grief didn’t line her mouth and despair turn her eyes to a wintery slate blue.”
“Keeper you’re ugly as an old buffalo, but you can charm the leaves off the trees when you set your mind to it.”
“Jason was a wonderful man. But he couldn’t boil water without burning it.”

And, to my joy, Sandra Cox connected this story to at least one of her other westerns (Gwen Slade) for the start of a vibrant ecosystem of Western characters and events that I hope she will build on for future stories. Highly recommended not just for those who like Westerns but for those who love a well-told and exciting story.

Available today on Amazon!

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature Summer 2021.

90 thoughts on “Sandra Cox–Western Author Extraordinaire

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  3. Thank you for sharing!!.. it has been some time since I have read a western, will have to check out the book… appears to be a western I would enjoy!… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May flowers always line your path
    and sunshine light your way,
    May songbirds serenade your
    every step along the way,
    May a rainbow run beside you
    in a sky that’s always blue,
    And may happiness fill your heart
    each day your whole life through.
    (Irish Saying)

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  4. I have this one on my kindle, Jacqui, and I know you don’t give spoilers, but I just had to skip your review until I’ve read it. I love going into it fresh. But I did read that it might be your favorite, which has me super excited to start. Congrats to Sandra on another wonderful book. 🙂

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  5. Hi Jacqui – Sandra has her pulling powers doesn’t she – who doesn’t like a good western (yet perhaps it’s us older readers – who can escape with her ideas) … I really love the sound of this – and wish her well – cheers Hilary

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  6. Good morning, dear Jacqui,
    a western, a genre that is out of fashion in mainstream publishing, interesting. You made us curious with your review. We only know the western as film and liked the Italian one. We’ll have a look at Keeper Tyree.
    Thanks for your review.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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