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Stripped Bare

(Kate Fox #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  233 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Stripped Bare by Shannon Baker is "A must read" (Alex Kava, New York Times bestselling author) that stars a female Longmire in the atmospheric Nebraska Sandhills.

Kate Fox is living the dream. She’s married to Grand County Sheriff Ted Conner, the heir to her beloved Nebraska Sandhills cattle ranch, where they live with Kate’s orphaned teenage niece, Carly. With the support
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Forge Books
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Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Surprise! I liked the ending, which is actually unusual for me.

The story of Kate Fox, married to the Sheriff in Grand County, Nebraska, is an interesting one, and moves right along in the mystery of a murder and shooting. The problem for me was that I couldn't keep track of all of the folks and their various alibis and their relationships and their motives for or against having been involved. Even towards the end, where it looked like there might be some unveiling of what had 'really' happened,
Kate Fox believed she was living the dream, her marriage to Sheriff Ted Conner was wonderful and running the cattle ranch kept her invigorated. When Kate is called to a shooting and murder that involved her husband, she is immediately by his side. Finding out Ted has survived she can breathe again, but she is worried about Carly who is missing. Carly is under her care and close to moving out in the world, but with a murder and Ted becoming a suspect Kate is reeling. As the dominoes fall, secrets ...more
Barbara Q
Feb 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Well, the author has promise and I DID finish this book. The milieu (Nebraska's Sandhills) is beautifully described; the characters pretty good; the plot OK. But there are too many hyperbolic verbs and too many sentences like this (not a direct quote but you get the idea):

I put on my old leather gloves, walked across the faded linoleum floor, grasped the doorknob, pulled open the door and walked onto the wooden back porch.

A lot of unnecessary simplistic wordiness, but I will try at least one mo
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
An intelligent mystery driven by unique relationships, colorful/relatable characters, and small town charm. Pieces of the novel may be hard to swallow, however a relevant plot pushed reader to a satisfying climax. Superior gem incorporated for book two. Three and ½ stars for Baker’s Stripped Bare.
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, westerns
Excellent mystery! Set in the Nebraska Sandhills, an area probably quite unfamiliar to many, this accurately describes the vast open territory, the ranches, and most importantly the culture within this remote rural part of the country. It is my own mother's birthplace which definitely drew me to this title, but it is clearly a fine mystery no matter what draws a reader to it.

When a sheriff is shot in the line of duty, and then is accused of actually committing the murder of a powerful ranch owne
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I really liked the characters in this series outing! Looking forward to the second that comes out in October!
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Stripped Bare, the first book in the Kate Fox Mystery series, author Shannon Baker weaves an intriguing mystery tale that follows the amateur sleuth adventures of cattle rancher Kate Fox Conner, as she tries to prove the innocence of her husband, Sheriff Ted Conner, and niece Carly Edwards, who have become person of interests in the murder of Carly's grandfather, cattle rancher Eldon Edwards.

Kate Fox Conner's life revolves around working on the Frog Creek cattle ranch and supporting her husba
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(Kate Fox: #1)
Written by Shannon Baker
September 6, 2016; 288 Pages
Forge Books
Genre: romantic suspense, mystery

(I received an ARC from the EDELWEISS in exchange for an honest review.)


Kate Fox, call me Kate Connors, loves working and living on Nebraska Sandhills cattle ranch. The heir, who is also her husband and the Sheriff, is the love of her life. To complete their family is her orphaned teenage niece. Things are going well...till her husband is shot and may also be the one w
Jan 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I went into this book with the wrong expectation. I read somewhere that this was like the Craig Johnson Walt Longmire series but set in Nebraska. It is not anything like Walt Longmire! It reads more like a cozy mystery with an amateur sleuth. I wish I would have known that going in, as I think it may have changed my impression of the book. I really liked the setting, which is the Sandhills of Nebraska. The population is sparse and most are related to the protagonist Kate Fox. She is marr ...more
Deborah Ledford
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, suspense
Quite a captivating first book of a new mystery series. Heroine, Kate Fox, leads a cast of compelling characters and there are enough capable villains to consider, which makes STRIPPED BARE a very satisfying journey.

I’ve never personally visited Nebraska, so I appreciated descriptions of the featured locations, so rich and layered I felt like I slipped into the boots of each character and walked comfortably in their world. Looking forward to following more wild rides Ms. Baker will come up with
J.A. Kazimer
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Think you know whodunit? You don't.

At least I didn't, and I'm usually at the top of the mystery solving game.

I've read some of the reviews, saying Kate, the main character is unlikable. To me, she was not so much likable as smart which beats likability anytime. I wanted a ball-buster heroine, and I got one.

The story is well paced, action packed, and entertaining to the last page. I highly suggest reading it.
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Goodreads for selecting my name to receive a free copy of Stripped Bare, by Shannon Baker.
This is an great book, with lots of interesting characters and plenty of action to keep you reading.
I always try and guess how a book will end, but I missed on this one. Absolutely loved the ending – very fitting. This is the first time I have had the opportunity to read any books written by Shannon Baker, but after reading this book, I plan on purchasing other books written by her.
Mike Schneider
Nov 15, 2016 rated it liked it
A well-done murder mystery set in the rural west.
Karen Albright
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed Ms. Baker’s previous novels, but I savored Stripped Bare. This murder mystery, which has its own political subplot, was a gift of diversion for me during the presidential campaign. I relished page after page of fresh and engaging writing so much that I used sticky notes to mark magical turns of phrase so I could go back later and study them; how did the author managed to do this?!

There is a quirky cast of locals who are variously “six days older than dirt,” have “oxygen-deprived brain
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
The biggest problem with this book for me was that I read 'Dark Signals' first. This series needs to be read in the correct order otherwise you read along feeling like you know all the surprises. I enjoy reading about Nebraska so much! It is so refreshing to hear about a place I've never been to. The big family background is interesting and the artistic mother with bipolar adds a bit of fun.
One thing I like about the main character is how she contrasts with Roxy the woman her husband is sleeping
Sep 29, 2017 added it
I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next adventure of Kate. Kate Fox is married to the town's sheriff and life is pretty good for her and him. Her niece, Carly, lives with them. Kate has lived in the town all her life and everyone knows everyone. She runs the farm and loves it..But now things are changing, when she gets a call that her husband has been shot and Carly's Grandfather is dead. As she rushes to the scene, they are taking her husband to the hospital and they have questio ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
Stripped Bare is the perfect start to what promises to be an excellent series. It’s the kind of book that has you rushing to get to the end but then immediately looking for the next in the series because you don’t want to leave Kate Fox and the Nebraska Sandhills. Kate felt lucky to have won Ted’s heart and thought her life was pretty perfect, but when her orphaned niece Carly’s grandfather Eldon is killed and Kate’s husband Ted is shot, Kate learns of Ted’s deception and wonders if anything was ...more
May 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Kate Fox loves living and working on the ranch with her husband Ted Connor but her world is shattered with one phone call. Roxy is sobbing telling Kate, her father-in- law is dead and Kate’s husband is shot. Kate is used to helping her husband think through investigations and with Ted in the hospital, she decides to start asking some questions. She soon discovers Ted has not been faithful to her, has been involved with his high school sweetheart, Roxy for years and everyone seemed to know it but ...more
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
I just couldn't get into this book, skimmed through it and guessed the murderer. It seemed like a novel I should have liked, but there were too many of the obnoxious characters that seem to be a feature of so many US "cosy"* mysteries - I'm always puzzled as to why the other characters put up with them. Kate had promise and the ending sets things up for more in the series, but I'll probably not bother.
* This isn't marketed as a cosy, but it has many of the hallmarks.
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked the location (Nebraska Sandhills) and the country western style and folks. The story was a little silly but the writing was fun. Not a book that will have me reading the inevitable sequels. However, Many readers might really enjoy this book so it might be worth a try for readers of romances and light mysteries.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Great read! It’s like Longmire with a bit more emotional context. Kate Fox is an excellent and likable protagonist, a capable and understandable person who seems well worth knowing.

I enjoyed reading about that end of Nebraska, too. Resonated well with me. Makes me want to visit there, just to feel it in April.
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I tried to like this, I really did. I was recommend to read this because I like the Longmire series, and the series by Castillo (who's review is on the cover), but I had to dredge through it and when I got to the climax, I was not satisfied at all. I am glad for the resolution for Kate, so I may ponder part two in hopes Baker tightens up her writing.
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the beginning of a new series and shows great potential. The main characters were relatable and I want to learn more of their history. The protagonist is especially fascinating. The plot was good but had a few lags. I do recommend this book and hope it’s the beginning of a great series and career for this author.
Cassandra Cridland
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I immediately got sucked into the life of Kate Fox. Once I entered her world, she kept me up way past bedtime on a work night, trying to see how she'd conquer all the challenges life threw her way. I can't wait to read the next chapter in her story.
Steve Payne
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked Kate for the most part. Her use of colloquialisms and her "Aw Shucks" attitudes did become grating. Her mother-in-law and Roxy both got on my nerves but I suppose that was the intent. I'll read the next book in the series and see if it gets better.
Vicki Jaeger
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
An interesting whodunit. Didn't see the end coming. Not a fan of the strings left untied at the end, because it feels like the author left cliffhangers to make you buy the next book. Might read the next one, but I won't buy it to do so. (Yes, I hold a grudge about these things.)
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
One hell of a gutsy heroine and a great mystery. I can't wait for the next book to come out.
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Good light mystery, with some subtle humor thrown in. I really like this character and look forward to more in the series.
Freda Witt
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
First of the series. Already read the second. They lefy it open for a third.
Lori Donehower
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked the book and plan to read more in the series but I did not like or understand the title - which almost kept me from reading it at all.
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