Foxy Statehood Hens is a fun, three-story collection of romantic mysteries set in Oklahoma. All the stories take place or end in 1907, the year Oklahoma became a State.
The Spinster, The Pig and The Orphan by Jackie King
New to the Indian Territory in 1889, Harriet Lauren sets out to find a husband. With an inheritance, she opens a hotel and hires Radine Morgan an orphan who soon becomes a good friend.
After Ida Mae, a local 'fallen dove' and friend of Radine's is killed, Radine sets off to find the killer.
With likable characters, a good plot, wonderful dialog and social commentary of the time, The Spinster, The Pig and The Orphan is an entertaining read.
The Raucous Bird and a Felony Twist by Paula Watkins Alfred
Rebecca Donna Summersdale, an orphan who longs to shed the restrictive chains of womanhood, pretends she is Donnie, a boy. But upon meeting Donnie, Miz Myrtle, a local shop owner, sees through the disguise and demands an explanation. After hearing it, Miz Myrtle decides to help Donnie along in the charade. The pair become very good friends.
When Miz Myrtle is nearly murdered and left unable to speak, Donnie comes to her aide to bring about justice.
The Raucous Bird and a Felony Twist is a delightful story full of the unexpected. With colorful characters, an interesting plot and the added tension of Donnie coming into womanhood the story is a page-turner. I also felt the sense of time and place was well done as well as the dialog.
Hats, Healing and Homicide in Tulsey Town by Peggy Moss Fielding
After the death of her grandmother, Eula Mae Kent sets out for Arkansas to be with an Aunt she'd never met. When she is unexpectedly left behind by the lecherous Mr. Montmorcey, she is helped by Bartlett Starr, a local man who takes her into Tulsey Town, OK, where she decides to set up a hat shop.
Then the murder of one of the locals shakes things up and Eula Mae takes matters into her own hands.
While another period piece set in an unusual setting, the characters and their plight never felt real. The story felt forced and the ending contrived.
"The Foxy Hens have hatched some great mysteries and the sooner you get a copy the better the reading will be for you. Could not put it down..." -Dusty Richards, Spur Award Winner, Western Writers of America
"Foxy Statehood Hens and Murder Most Fowl is a delightful combination of heartwarming stories flavored richly with western humor. These wonderful writers make the time period and the characters come alive, so make yourself a cup of tea, get comfortable in your favorite chair and enjoy the journey." - New York Times Bestselling author Jodi Thomas
"Nowhere has the promise of "reading for pleasure" been more completely fulfilled than in Foxy Statehood Hens. Wit, humor, lively dialogue, and suspense sparkle from every page of this three-novella collection. Delightful characters show us what life was like for orphans and spinsters in Indian Territory from the end of the 19th Century until November 1907, when I. T. became the raw new state of Oklahoma." -RadineTrees Nehring, author of the "Something to Die For" mystery series