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Have Gun, Will Play (A Mick and Casey Mystery) by [LaGuire, Camille]
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Two gunslingers, one little girl, a big bag of toys... and murder.

Mick and Casey McKee aren't exactly your average gunslingers. He's young and inexperienced, and has much too sunny a disposition for a gunman. She's younger, meaner, less experienced, but a much better shot.

When they get a job protecting the daughter of a stagecoach king--and her grand collection of toys--it seems like an opportunity to go someplace new. But after the wrong kidnapping, a murder, another wrong kidnapping, a couple of jewel heists and a few knocks to the head, Mick and Casey are left holding the bag of toys. Mick, however, is not as dumb as he seems, and as for Casey...nobody steals her gun and gets away with it.

HAVE GUN, WILL PLAY is a western whodunnit for fans of both puzzle mysteries and light adventure. (approx. 65,000 words)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 491 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Camille LaGuire (23 June 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TU20I8
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent western mystery 25 August 2010
By JOA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Rating: 5 out of 5

I pride myself on being someone who will read - and enjoy - anything that comes my way. So when "Have Gun, Will Play" came up on my TBR list, I was struck by the awareness that, outside the Lone Ranger adventures my mother would read to me as a wee lad, I have never read a western. Ever. Not that I've been actively avoiding them - "Blood Meridian" has intrigued me, given my adoration of Cormac McCarthy - they just haven't come my way, and I haven't searched them out. Consider westerns my "lost genre".

So into my realm of personal unawareness comes this quaint and fun little book by Camille LaGuire. "Have Gun, Will Play" is the story of Mick and Casey, a pair of young gunslingers traipsing through the old west after having severed ties with a famous lawman. They come upon the small ramshackle mining town of Newton and are immediately thrust into a gunfight with invading outlaws. In the aftermath of this conflict, they meet up with a banker named Montel Addley, whose brother is a paranoid land owner who basically runs the town and its surrounding area. Mick and Casey are hired to usher the more important Addley's daughter, Laurie, and her aunt Clara, to a safe haven, far away from the range war that is being waged.

Along the way there are numerous betrayals, schemes, a couple kidnappings, and a mysterious bag of toys. The story is told through Mick's eyes, and we are held in mystery as to what's going on because Mick, in his own adorable and earnest way, is a bit clueless. The tale twists and turns and captures the reader's imagination by never lingering too long on any single plot point. This is done pretty expertly, and with Mick being such an endearing character, we don't mind looking at the world through his point of view. In fact, there are many instances of comedy that come about simply through his tendency towards self abasement.

The background information of both Mick and Casey is a slow development. When we meet them at the beginning, they are simply thrown into our laps. Their history is presented to us in a slow trickle throughout the novel, so much so that even in the last paragraph we are given tidbits that let us greater understand their character. This was skillfully executed, and flaunts the author's impressive mastery of character development.

It is within these characters that some of the more interesting aspects of the novel are uncovered. Along with the mystery and intrigue of the plot, this same mystery and intrigue surrounds them, as well...especially Casey. She is portrayed as a precocious yet troubled young (VERY young - it's in question whether she is even 17 years old, which to us modern-day Americans is a bit disturbing) girl who married Mick the day they met. She is grumpy and damaged, a scowling mess of a young woman, who, despite the hardships of her past, is not yet jaded enough to turn her back on the world or the people who inhabit it. In many ways, despite her rough exterior, she is still an innocent. She struggles with the mores of right and wrong. She wants compassion and love yet often rejects it. She'll act the mature lady one moment and the young girl she is the next - which completely fits with a girl her age. She constantly questions the motives of others, and even her own, and it isn't until she meets a like soul in the character of Laurie that she starts to lower her walls and come out of her shell.

The whole of the novel kept this reviewer captivated throughout, and it is a really fun read. The structure is sound, the characters are sufficiently likeable (and contemptible), and there is enough action to keep me feeling eager to turn the page. It really is very good, and despite my earlier stated lack of knowledge of the genre, I found myself not thinking at all about the setting. It felt as if these dilapidated towns, dusty settings, and men and women on horseback were the most natural things in the world. That, in itself, is an accomplishment.

Every part of me wanted to give this book a four-star rating. Initially, that's what I'd placed in the header. However, after going back and reviewing what I'd written, I realized that I can't justify knocking off a star. There is really nothing wrong with the book. It's highly entertaining and a nice little mystery. Add to that the fact it kept me intrigued and entertained, and I realized that the urge came about simply because I feel I've given too many books that ultimate honor...and it's time I understood there is no shame in that. I've been lucky, and I've chosen well when picking books to review.

This book is just another one of those good choices. It gets a hearty recommendation from me.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun 18 July 2012
By Eric C. Welch - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an example of stumbling across an author in an entirely different setting, checking her out, and for purely non-literary reasons picking up one of her books.

I'm glad I did, for this book was a charming read. It's about a young married couple of gunslingers (certainly a unique premise) that had been mentored by a famous lawman and who now offered their services - to the good guys. The relationship between Mick and Casey is marvelous.

"I think she was seventeen. She wouldn't tell me her birthday, but she'd said she was sixteen a year ago, when we'd met. And she looked younger, even with all the gear she wore: a little hazel-eyed girl with a dark braid, wearing two silver pistols on a big silver gunbelt, and a big hat and spurs. Me, I was twenty, and looked maybe a little older, which was fortunate because nobody wanted to hire a pair of kids as gunslingers. And no outlaw was ready to respect a kid as a bounty hunter. At least not until Casey had put a couple of holes in his hat. She was good at that. A regular sharpshooter. . . .Case and me do things kind of backwards sometimes. First we got married, then we introduced ourselves, then we commenced to fighting, then we had the honeymoon, and now we're courting."

They have been hired to accompany a young woman on a journey as her protectors (of her body and the large collection of toys she has.) Needless to say numerous adventures result and Mick and Casey are left holding the bag, so to speak. I won't recount the plot as I'd have to stamp "spoiler" all over this note.

Read this book. It's just plain fun.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Characters 30 November 2010
By L.C. Evans - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this entertaining and well-written book. This is not a typical western where a lone hero rides into town and saves a rancher's daughter from someone who's trying to steal water rights. Have Gun, Will Play features a pair of unlikely guns for hire. There's a mystery plot involving stolen jewels and the kidnapping of a little girl. Mick and Casey, the gunslingers, are a young married couple. The story is told from Mick's point of view. Though Mick is young and naive, he's actually a lot shrewder that he likes to let on. The criminals underestimate him and this eventually leads to their downfall. Mick makes mistakes along the way, but he doesn't give up. Even after he figures out that they are not going to be paid for their services, he reminds himself and Casey that they are working for the little girl and they will not let her down. Casey--as seen through Mick's eyes--is tough, a great shot, and not someone you cross. Mick is sweet and prides himself on being honest. He does what has to be done.

The plot had enough twists and turns to keep me guessing, and the fast pace kept me turning pages. Vivid details brought the setting to life. I especially like that their horses had names and personalities. My only complaint about the book is that there wasn't enough background about Mick and Casey. For example, Mick said they met and married on the same day, but that fact was never explained, nor do we find out why they are gunslingers. I came away with the impression that this book was the second of a series.

This mystery western is a very good read. Recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun story with great characters 28 October 2010
By Scamp - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book and particularly liked the writing style because it is quite witty, and it is just descriptive enough to take the reader right smack into the old wild, wild west. The character telling the tale feels authentic as he describes the people and events in the book. The two main characters, a newlywed pair of gunslingers, are a hoot.

My only criticism is that I wish it had been longer!

I really recommend this as a light, fun read. The author has posted on the Kindle forum that she plans a sequel. I look forward to revisiting these quirky characters in another madcap western romp!

ETA: I have edited my review to change the rating from 4 stars to 5 stars. My reasons: Editing and formatting are very good. The characters are great, the story is fun, and it is well written. The problem for me in my initial rating was really that LaGuire makes it look easy. I had an epiphany today: This is what really good storytellers do. They make it look effortless, feel effortless. They make you forget it's a book. I also think I gave it 4 stars because it's a light read and not a literary masterpiece. But hey, it's not supposed to be. So here's my do-over. :)
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, engaging, easy read..... 19 November 2010
By kindle addict - Published on Amazon.com
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I read mysteries but not usually westerns, so this was very different for me. The book was really enjoyable. The plot was interesting and witty with a lot of action and some humor; the main characters, Mick and Casey, were very likeable. Like another reviewer, I had trouble believing they were so young at first but then got used to it and just accepted it. It took a while to get an understanding of this young married couple because their development is rather slow. But they keep developing right up until the end of the book, which is good, especially if this is the first in a series. The story just seamlessly flowed which is a credit to the author. There was a lot of shooting and many deaths, yet overall the book was a light, fun read and keeps the reader engaged. I think the combination of mystery and western is intriguing and was well done by Ms. LaGuire. I will definitely read the next in this series once it is released.