Official Review: Mystery At Dead Broke Ranch by Anne Greene

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Official Review: Mystery At Dead Broke Ranch by Anne Greene

Post by Julie Petitbon » 07 May 2019, 21:43

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Mystery At Dead Broke Ranch" by Anne Greene.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Ashley Sinclair is a determined woman of faith with a lot on her plate. After her grandfather is murdered, she inherits his old Victorian ranch. The Dead Broke Ranch is wanted for development, and, prior to his murder, her grandfather was the only person in the area that refused to sell. Ashley, too, plans to keep the property, but there is a lot at stake, and Ashley must rely on her faith to guide her. So begins Mystery at Dead Broke Ranch by Anne Greene, an entertaining and suspenseful Christian mystery.

A special education therapist, Ashley plans to use the ranch as an equestrian center for special needs children. She also wants to fix the house for her three siblings who grew up in foster homes. Her disabled teenage brother has already moved in. However, the ranch is in desperate need of repair, and it is not wheelchair accessible. Ashley, afraid that her brother will be forced back into foster care, needs to make the place ready for CPS inspection. So, she hires the mysterious and hunky Stone Price to help.

Unbeknownst to Ashley, Stone has ulterior motives for seeking a job on the ranch. He is a suspect in her grandfather’s murder, and he needs to find the real killer before he is arrested. When the killer targets Ashley, Stone is even more determined to figure out the mystery behind her grandfather’s death.

One quality of the book that I liked is the excellent character development. Ashley is a dynamic, well rounded protagonist. I admire her strength and determination in wanting to reconnect with her siblings and give them roots. Her optimism and zest for life is infectious, and it is obvious that she positively influences the people around her. Her faith in God guides her, and her fears and desires are very relatable. Stone is also a well-rounded character. He is a desperate man with a target on his back. Though his motivation is to clear his name, there is much more to this strong and caring man. I also love Ashley’s live-in cook, Scutts, whose exaggerated use of similes adds a bit of levity to the story.

Additionally, I appreciate the way in which the mystery unfolds throughout the story. The author makes good use of foreshadowing to build suspense, and the occasional flashbacks help to develop the characters and the plot. My only criticism is that the ending seemed a bit rushed. I don’t want to say much and give the ending away, but it concluded rather abruptly, and it left some unanswered questions. That being said, this is the first book in the Texas Rangers, Men Who Wear the Star series, so I expect that all of my questions are answered in future stories.

I rate Mystery at Dead Broke Ranch 4 out of 4 stars. The piece is well written, engaging, and professionally edited. I only found three errors in the entire book, and they are not egregious. There is a capitalization error, a missing quotation mark, and a misplaced comma. This is an easy, quick read with good pacing, vivid imagery, and excellent character development. I think the story appeals to readers who enjoy Christian mysteries and romantic suspense.

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Post by Rachel Lea » 14 May 2019, 07:23

I always appreciate stories with well-rounded, well-written characters. Thanks for your review!
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Post by 8amaseter » 14 May 2019, 07:46

The book has lived upto its title. One of the misteries is the purported connection of Stone to the murder of Ashley's grandfather. I like such suspence and will like to read the story if Stone was able to clear himself of the murder.

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Post by kandscreeley » 14 May 2019, 08:58

A Christian romance mystery at a ranch? This one definitely sounds up my alley. I'm glad this was so well-done; I'll definitely look into putting it on my list. Thanks for introducing us to this one.
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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 14 May 2019, 10:48

Looks like a great read! Well done!

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Post by kdstrack » 14 May 2019, 20:32

Well-developed characters and an intriguing story line make this look interesting. I really enjoyed the summary you wrote about the book. This series has won me over. Thanks.

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Post by Julie Petitbon » 14 May 2019, 20:51

Stephanie Elizabeth wrote:
14 May 2019, 10:48
Looks like a great read! Well done!
Thank you! :)

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Post by Julie Petitbon » 14 May 2019, 20:53

kdstrack wrote:
14 May 2019, 20:32
Well-developed characters and an intriguing story line make this look interesting. I really enjoyed the summary you wrote about the book. This series has won me over. Thanks.
It is an interesting read. I hope you enjoy it!

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Post by sri varshini303041 » 14 May 2019, 23:21

I love headstrong woman characters. I think I will like this book. Thank you for your review.

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Post by DogoMulla » 15 May 2019, 09:19

Mystery and suspense are recipes for a read-in-one-sitting. If your well-done review is anything to go by, this is surely a must-read. Thank you!

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Post by Julie Petitbon » 15 May 2019, 13:27

8amaseter wrote:
14 May 2019, 07:46
The book has lived upto its title. One of the misteries is the purported connection of Stone to the murder of Ashley's grandfather. I like such suspence and will like to read the story if Stone was able to clear himself of the murder.
If you like suspense and mysteries, then you will enjoy this book. :)

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Post by Julie Petitbon » 15 May 2019, 13:31

kandscreeley wrote:
14 May 2019, 08:58
A Christian romance mystery at a ranch? This one definitely sounds up my alley. I'm glad this was so well-done; I'll definitely look into putting it on my list. Thanks for introducing us to this one.
Thanks! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! :)

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Post by Julie Petitbon » 15 May 2019, 13:32

DogoMulla wrote:
15 May 2019, 09:19
Mystery and suspense are recipes for a read-in-one-sitting. If your well-done review is anything to go by, this is surely a must-read. Thank you!
Thanks so much! :)

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Post by Julie Petitbon » 15 May 2019, 13:35

sri varshini303041 wrote:
14 May 2019, 23:21
I love headstrong woman characters. I think I will like this book. Thank you for your review.
Ashley is a very strong protagonist, although she doesn't always realize it. I appreciated her strength as well. She's definitely a woman to admire. :)

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Post by Uinto » 16 May 2019, 07:32

I like the fact that the characters are well rounded. Stone Price, for one, appears believable in his motive of seeking a job in Ashley's ranch, even if only to clear his name on suspicion of murder. Too bad, though, about the rushed ending. Nice review.

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