Lewis Sinclair and the Gentlemen Cowboys

CamCat. Apr. 2023. 6:27 hrs. ISBN 9780744308891. $19.99. M
Fick’s rollicking debut follows Lewis Sinclair and the Gentlemen Cowboys, a country music band on their way to becoming country music stars. Right before their most important gig, the FallFest music festival, Lew’s girlfriend Ann-Dee breaks up with him. Lew is devastated. Then, Lew’s devious and recently fired manager, Archie, proposes to Ann-Dee in front of 40,000 festival fans. Later that night, Archie is found murdered. His body has been wrapped in a sheet, and his head is face-down in hardened cement. Lew is the prime suspect. Intent on proving his innocence, he teams up with the rest of the Gentlemen Cowboys, the festival’s founders, and two fans to try to solve the murder. Veteran narrator Jeremy Arthur does an excellent job reading the voices and providing well-rounded and entertaining characterizations; especially pleasing is the lilting brogue of Irish drummer Finbar Mitchell.
VERDICT Patrons looking for thrilling mysteries that include love, jealousy, and betrayal set against a music-festival backdrop will enjoy. Suggest to fans of Dolly Parton and James Patterson’s Run, Rose, Run and Peggy O’Neal Peden’s Your Killin’ Heart.
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