Jim Moore came from a home where reading was encouraged. His parents both enjoyed books so the house was filled with reading material, which he took advantage of from a young age.
Along the highway from his family ranch near Two Dot, Montana to Bozeman, the old Jawbone road bed is visible at places. In passing by, it often occurred to him that a good yarn could be wrapped around the story of the railroad. About twelve years ago, he decided to see if he could write it. Thus came into being Ride the Jawbone.
Other published titles by Jim Moore include: Election Day, The Body on the Floor of the Rotunda, and The Whole Nine Yarn, a compilation of nine of his short stories, and The Jenny.
Jim Moore has spent his life as a cattle rancher and a lawyer. He was raised and spent most of his life on the Moore ranch near Two Dot, Montana. His father brought a World War I airplane—a Curtis JN4 Jenny—to the family ranch in 1920 and barnstormed the state. Those experiences, as told to his son, seemed a proper basis for a legal murder mystery. An attractive young woman as the one with the flying machine made for a better yarn.
Now retired, Jim lives quietly with his wife, Kay, on their farm south of Bozeman, Montana. He continues to write legal murder mysteries.
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In 1920, the novelty of Miss Merci Bruce’s World War I aircraft is overshadowed when her mechanic is found dead in Two Dot, MT, impaled by a German bayonet that pins a handwritten note to his chest. The son of a neighboring rancher is charged with the murder, and Merci’s brother, Spencer Bruce, and their father, T. C. Bruce must try to save the young man from prison—or worse, the hangman's noose.
The Whole Nine Yarns
Nine delightful tales of the west, both long ago and contemporary, are told in the charming style of a country gentleman. These tales of Montana and the West bring the reader back to a time when life was simpler —or was it?
The Body on the Floor of the Rotunda
Murder in the Capitol! When the body of the lovely assistant to Montana's Governor is found on the floor of Montana s Capitol, fingers point to State Senator Audrey Welter. When formally accused, she hires fellow senator and attorney, Stretch Bruce to represent her. Will they be able to prove her innocence? Probably not without proof that someone else did it. Who is the real killer?
This political thriller shows the insight of our founding fathers for solving every conceivable contingency, such as—what if, days after the election, both the president elect and his running mate are dead. Four would-be kingmakers, a power-hungry egomaniac who will stop at nothing to get his way and a Montana rancher/lawyer, used as a pawn in an election scheme—make this an unforgettable story.
Ride the Jawbone
The Jawbone Railroad, so called for the fast talking of Mr. Harlow, who built his dream on other people’s money, plays a vital role in central Montana’s ranch and mining country in 1902 — and in the mystery of a brutal murder. A newly minted lawyer is asked to defend the odious outcast accused of killing a young woman and throwing her body from the train.
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