Masked Rider: Origins

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Holly Westin is having a bad week. Cavalry soldiers storm into her village hunting a fugitive. A neighbor is killed, Holly's brother arrested and everyone wants to capture the mysterious Masked Rider. She’s determined to free her brother but can she do it with the captain courting her, the fugitive hiding on her land and her father drinking while the in-laws visit?

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Words: 132,700
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476371818
About Jennifer Oberth

Jennifer Oberth is a sweet, gorgeous, intelligent gal with a great sense of humor. She likes long walks on the beach.

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Jennifer Oberth is a sweet, gorgeous, intelligent gal with a great sense of humor. She likes to take long walks on the beach where she thinks up delicious ways to murder people and give them motives, means, opportunities and fake alibis.

Don't randomly ask her what she's thinking because she'll tell you. She doesn't want a repeat of that time she was with a group of strangers and she blurted out her frustration at her car. "How on earth am I expected to kill somebody in the woods without being seen when I can't turn off the automatic headlights?"

She didn't know why they shrank back and gave her a wide berth the rest of the evening.

She didn't know why no one offered advice to get around this tricky annoyance.

It's a coincidence she then started writing cozy mysteries set in 1875…

Jennifer Oberth (the sweet, gorgeous, intelligent gal with a great sense of humor) has two cats (Copper & Outlaw). When she's not at work, cursing the computer when it doesn't work, she can be found at home, cursing the computer when it doesn't work.

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Review by: Nancy Bandusky on June 06, 2013 :
The Masked Rider: Origins is an enjoyable read for mystery readers who don't want the "dark" that is found in so many novels today. The humor, ample throughout, keeps the reader from taking anything too seriously and instead provides for a few hours break from the 21st century hassles.

With one minor exception (see below under spoiler alert), this novel is family friendly with enjoyable squabbles between the family members.

The novel centers around a tough, independent female rancher (the youngest child) who takes the reader through a number of events, numerous characters and a bit of unwanted love interest before sifting it all down to the mystery at hand. The twists and connections of seemingly unrelated facts makes for a solvable mystery and a fun read.

A few areas did pull the reader from being immersed in the novel. One was that the Westin family is supposed to be on hard times, yet they eat what seems to be extravagant foods (due to their cook's preferences) for a family in the 1800s. Also a location was referred to repeatedly as the grotto that no one frequented. Since no one ever does frequent it except Holly, being told once was enough.

**** Spoiler Alert ****
While I consider the novel to be family friendly, some readers may take issue with the disturbance of a grave/corpse. This is brief and handled respectfully.

There was one area that I felt cheated and that was when Holly caught one of the bad guys - Bernstein - the reader wasn't there. One minute Holly goes off to take care of something and the next time the reader "sees" her, she has him captured. The rest of the novel was good at "showing" the reader, but here the author didn't show and neither did she even tell.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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