3 ½ Stars
Blue Magnolia is the second book in the Red Farlow Mysteries series, but my first read by W.F Ranew. It is an interesting crime investigation story full of mystery, drama, intrigue, danger, and lots more that kept me turning the pages to discover what was happening. I enjoyed this book and look forward to exploring W.F Ranew’s other books in this series.
Hank Tillman (“Cowboy”) is a country music singer trying to make it big. He seems to attract trouble, stumbling from one error in judgement to another mishap. When one of his songs becomes a hit- it attracts some unwanted attention in the form an extremist group who are determined to ‘persuade’ him to perform at their rally. Declining the radical organization places Hank in a precarious situation. And so enters Private Investigator Red Farlow, who is hired to help protect him. But, things heat up and the trouble escalates, with danger becoming an ever-present shadow. Red will need to dig deep and utilize all his skills in order to get to the bottom of things before it’s too late.
This was a detailed and descriptive story with an original premise and an intriguing puzzle that had my mind pondering the outcome. There was a lot happening and a lot of ‘parts’ in play, which gave the story a bit of a jerky/choppy feel. I am interested to see how the series develops in the next book/s.
Thank you, W.F Ranew!
Reviewed by @angelahayes