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‘Double Or Nothing’ by Meg Mims

1869, California

I jumped at the screeching whistle. Men swarmed over the distant slope like bees over a wax honeycomb in a mad scramble. “Good heavens. What is that about?”

Uncle Harrison pulled me out of harm’s way. “They’re almost ready to begin the process of hydraulic mining,” he said and pulled his hat down to avoid the hot sun. “You’ll see. This is far better than panning for gold in a creek bed.”

“I can already see how destructive it is, given the run-off,” I said, eyeing the rivulets of dried mud that marked each treeless incline. “I’ve read about how the farmers can’t irrigate their fields and orchards due to the gravel and silt filling the rivers -“

A pretty intriguing and controversial start to ‘Double Or Nothing’, a Western mystery, with intrigue and a dash of romance,  and the sequel to ‘Double Crossing’.

Read my review of ‘Double Crossing’ here.

Since I first reviewed ‘Double Crossing’, it has gone on to win the Western Writers of America – Spur Award 2012  for Best First Novel.

‘Double Or Nothing’ has already been recognised by those in the industry, after winning the Laramie Award for Best Western Mystery, 2013


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As this was an author invitation to read and review, a complimentary Kindle download of ‘Double Or Nothing’, was gifted to me, by its author, Meg Mims.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.

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    • Hi Gautami,

      It seems as though just about every time I do a little blog-hopping, I end up with another stack of new titles for my TBR mountain.

      It’s even worse when I research an article, only to decide that I like the authors style enough to want to read all their books.

      My TBR pile is growing exponentially, almost to the point where it has a life of its own, which can’t be tamed or reduced, despite the fact that any additions are firmly within my own self control!! LOL!

      I hope that you enjoy a good weekend and thanks for taking the time to comment.

    • Hi Catherine,

      It sounds as though this person and Uncle Harrison aren’t going to agree on the issue of hydraulic mining …. It seems as though environmental issues were already a bone of contention nearly 150 years ago …. Nothing much has changed there then, we are still busy talking about it, whilst we carry on and make the same mistakes over and over again!

      Thanks for the return visit, I appreciate your comments and hope that you have a good weekend.

    • Hi Laurel-Rain,

      Westerns are not generally my kind of read either, although after reading the first book in this series, I might well be persuaded into including it amongst my reading genres more often.

      I can remember as a young child, stealing a peek at the westerns my father used to get from the library, although they were typically more of a cowboy theme and didn’t contain as much of the romantic element as today’s more modern take on the genre.

      Thanks for your interest in today’s post and for taking the time to comment. Have a great weekend.

  • Determined to read more ‘westerns’ this year this sounds ideal.

    A bit so-so about the first few lines of my current read, Amity And Sorrow by Peggy Riley, I’m glad I have persevered.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I think that ‘westerns’ are something of a novelty genre for me. Definitely not something I could read very often and needing to be well written to hold my interest.

      Meg Mims is definitely an author who knows how to write a good western and is able to mix the intrigue and romance in just the right quantities to pique the interest of the reader.

      I managed to find the first lines of ‘Amity And Sorrow’ on the Amazon page and I have to say that they would certainly make me want, no need, to keep on reading. This sounds like an intriguing rollercoaster of a story and a tough synopsis for a debut novel. I shall await your review with interest.

      Thanks for the great comments, I always look forward to them. Have a good Sunday.

    • Hi Jo,

      I am notoriously bad at being able to manage ‘series reading’, as I always tend to find myself starting out with anything but the first book. It is therefore a real joy to have been in on this series from the beginning, so that, even if the books work as stand-alone stories, I am at least a little familiar with the characters and the underlying plot; especially when it was a new to me genre and I was a bit unsure just what to expect.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments.

    • Hi Sandra,

      It sounds as though the books can be read equally well as stand-alone stories, however to get the full flavour of the history behind the story and the relationship developing between the two main protagonists, reading ‘Double Crossing’ first, might well be advantageous.

      A great coincidence that we have both featured Western’s this week. yet another small reminder that I should be adding the genre to my repertoire of regular reading.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I always appreciate your comments.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      It is always a pleasure to share the work of an author I enjoy reading and even better when I am persuaded into reading from a genre which takes me away from my usual choices.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have a great weekend planned.

    • Hi Nikki,

      You’re right, this probably isn’t your kind of book, however as I enjoyed the first book in the series so much, I am definitely up for reading this follow-up story. A feisty main protagonist sets the scene for whatever action is to follow from those opening lines and the romance doesn’t usually overwhelm the storyline, so I am good to go!

      Thanks for stopping by, the weekend ‘chez nous’ wasn’t too bad. How about yourself, I hope that you have managed to avoid all the bugs and flu germs that have been doing the rounds here.

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