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Mad Dog and Englishman: A Mad Dog & Englishman Mystery (Mad Dog & Englishman #1)

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Summer in Benteen County, Kansas, is a season possessed of all the gentle subtlety of an act of war. Winter, of course, is no better, but the memory of frosts and blizzards and winds that begin to suck away your life before you walk a dozen steps has grown faint by the early hours of a Sunday morning in late June. While some try to sleep, and some like Sheriff English and ...more
ebook, 190 pages
Published March 31st 2010 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 2000)
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Kansas, really? This murder mystery is set in Kansas, and not a city either. It is set in the plains of Kansas, so flat and dry a stand of trees rises like a heat mirage and the wind is an ever-constant companion. J.M. Hayes, Arizona resident, grew up in Kansas and has managed to escape our notice for a long time. He is possessed of a keen eye, a coruscating sense of humor, a literate pen, and a devilish sense of the absurd. When reading this story I had to slow down. He is liable to turn sudden ...more
Cathy Cole
First Line: Summer in Benteen County, Kansas, is a season possessed of all the gentle subtlety of an act of war.

When Sheriff English's part-Cheyenne brother, Mad Dog, arrives in the park to meditate, he finds the mutilated body of Reverend Peter Sims, and the entire county is set on its ear. Benteen County is sparsely populated. Everyone knows everyone else's business. Sheriff English has never had to investigate a homicide, even the coroner (who's been on the job for over seventeen years) has n
*Warning my review may spoil you*

Nothing ever happens in Benteen County, Kansas. It's a small town where everyone knows each others business. So when the reverend turns up being murdered it's a little bit of a shock to sheriff English. A whirlwind things and information happens afterwords. From more deaths, a kidnapping, a history of sexual molestation coming out, hidden and mistaken identities, and more.

Mixed thoughts when it comes to this book. It was an okay read nothing spectacular, at leas
Apr 21, 2012 Wileyacez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a big mystery fan, but read in Library Journal that these pack some of the same humor as Stephanie Plum--who was so great, at least in the beginning. I confess that I got sucked in and couldn't stop reading til the end--and the end did NOT tie things up in an incredibly neat little knot! I like this story of a small Kansas town, it's sheriff, and his slightly dysfunctional family. Hayes really keeps things moving along quickly, which is what pulls you in, I think.
First in a series set in a small town in Kansas, features divorced sheriff English and his half-brother Mad Dog, both of whom are perhaps one-quarter Cheyenne. This heritage features in the story but sometimes with tries-too-hard humor. I like the characters. The mystery of who murdered, scalped & dismembered a local preacher is bizarre. Also a secondary story of the sheriff's daughter who looks just like a girl who has just arrived in town with her mother. Short and fast reading.
Sep 09, 2012 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could not put this book done! The brother of the sheriff of a small Kansas town finds the mutilated body of someone in the restroom of a park in town. The body is so badly damaged that no one can tell who it is until after the town doctor/coroner has cleaned it up. The strange circumstances of the death are only the beginning of the day's troubles and discoveries. Highly recommend this book.
Jun 24, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Karen by: Lynda
First in a series of murder mysteries. Mysteries take place in a small town in Kansas. Mad Dog & Englishman are brothers. In this novel, they work together to solve several horrendous murders. The solving of the murders blended Indian spiritualism with history and modern culture. It was very entertaining.
Jun 16, 2014 Yvonna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The screwed-up sheriff and his family lend humorous to some of the serious issues at play in this mystery. The main problem with this story is that it dragged in places, but I did like that the author seemed to know the area of Kansas used in the setting.
Some will enjoy this book due to its mix of mystery, mysticism, life's reality in a small town in Kansas. I just did not enjoy the plot but do not want to give anything away with a spoiler. Good depiction of ah, FLAT Desolate cold or hot Kansas. haha
Feb 19, 2013 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
A mystery every bit as good as those by the hugely popular authors and maybe better. The characters are wonderful though admittedly Wynn is a bit of an exaggerated stereotype. I would definitely read another book featuring Mad Dog and Englishman. I liked them both immensely.
Stumbled across this one and I'm glad I did. The description of rural Kansas on a hot summer day was terrific as the backdrop to a mostly solid mystery - one plot twist was a bit of a stretch. The brothers, English and Mad Dog, were interesting characters and I'll look for more in this series.
Aug 28, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars
Funny and gruesome (sometimes too gruesome) but well done. Sadly, tons of typos and misused words.
Jan 05, 2009 Redhead rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-mystery
You don't want to miss this author. Wonderful charaters, plots, twists, turns and unique endings! Well defined sense of place for the middle of Kansas.
May 02, 2010 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hope to read the rest of this series.
Jun 03, 2009 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is one of the best mysteries that I have read in a long time.
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J.M. "Mike" Hayes has been an anthropologist, an archaeologist, and has supervised youth camping, sports, an recreation programs. He was born and raised on the flat earth of central Kansas his Mad Dog & Englishman mysteries take place. He graduated from Wichita State University and did post graduate work at the University of Arizona. He makes his home in Tucson (site of his first novel, The Gr ...more
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