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Girl with a Gun

(An Annie Oakley Mystery #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  472 ratings  ·  113 reviews
Fifteen-year-old Annie Oakley is the sole supporter of her widowed mother and two siblings. An expert markswoman and independent spirit, she hunts game to sell to the local mercantile to make ends meet instead of accepting a marriage proposal that could solve all her problems.

After a stunning performance in a shooting contest against the handsome and famous sharpshooter Fr
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Published June 19th 2018 by SparkPress
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I am going to say right off the bat that I was pleasantly surprised by Girl with a Gun: An Annie Oakley Mystery by Kari Bovee. I thought the premise sounded really good, but I still wasn't sure what to expect. This book exceeded my expectations and was so fun to read.

Girl with a Gun focuses on 15 year-old Annie Mosey who is the sole provider for her mother and 2 younger brothers. The book begins by Annie going to a competition where the prize is $200 if you can outshoot the great sh
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Sharp Shoot'n, 15 year old, trapper, Champion of women and Indians Annie Mosey wants to wrangle her man. Whether it is the murderer of Indian friend Kimi or Frank Butler the star of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Scoundrels appear in this 1885 telling of the adventures of Annie Oakley. Figuring out who is trying to do her wrong is complicated when her horse Buck is poisoned! Lots going on in Bovee's narrative that takes the reader back to the old west. Mosey on Back for a trip to the past. "A co ...more
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, e-books
I so wanted to love this mystery, but it fell a little flat for me.

We meet a young Annie who wins a shooting contest and is invited to join Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. She quickly accepts since she is the sole support for her mother and two younger siblings. Once Annie is on the road a young girl is found dead. This seems to bother Annie and sets her to investigating, even though others write the death off and Annie doesn't seem to have a real connection to the girl. With others coming to be
Randee Green
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.

GIRL WITH A GUN is the first novel in the Annie Oakley Mystery Series by Kari Bovee. The historical mystery novel is Kari Bovee’s debut, and it will be published on June 19th 2018 by SparkPress.

Fifteen-year-old Annie Oakley has just joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, and her budding career as a female sharpshooter is not getting off to a good start. Yes, Annie is excelling at her new career, the audience in St. Louis adores her, and she is ev
Kathy Martin
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This novel stars a young Annie Oakley when she first joins Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show as a fifteen-year-old sharpshooter. She needs to money to support her mother and two younger siblings since the mother seems to only make bad choices in men since she became a widow. The current candidate is a drinker who has brought the family home near foreclosure.

The Show is a hotbed of secrets and jealousies. Annie's new and sudden popularity with the public has made for former star Frank Butler jealous.
Samantha Henthorn
Annie Oakley (actual wild west legend) leaves home to make money for her family. An established sharpshooter, she joins Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and ends up solving a murder mystery. I loved how historical facts were mixed up with historical fiction. Annie meets Lillian Smith (thrilled to learn of Lillian - my grandmother's name). At first, they are rivals. Lillian even stirs a bit of gossip between Annie and Frank. The shows continue and crime rises, Annie becomes even more of a hero.
I en
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
I wanted to love this book. Annie Oakley is a fascinating woman in history with plenty of sass, strength, and tricks up her sleeve. The concept of this book, a mystery surrounding the legendary entertainer while traveling with the Wild West Show, is excellent but the execution fell completely flat.
There was zero character development, the feelings the characters expressed for one another had little meaning because the author never shared the character's inner motivations or thoughts.
Even the ini
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I am a fan of the Wild West. I can remember reading some stories about Annie Oakley. I used to pretend that I was her. Thus I was excited to read this book. After reading this book, I do have to comment and say that I thought this was a quick and nice read.

The author did a good job of stay true for the most part about Annie Oakley. She was a favorite for me in this book. Although, she was not the only one. There is Buffalo Bill and love interest Frank Butler. For the time period of this story a
Minerva Spencer
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's been a long time since I've read a western, but a great story is a great story! Bovee has an engaging, fun style that drew me in to the story from the beginning. Annie Oakley is an iconic figure in American history and Bovee does an excellent job depicting a woman who is resilient and clever and worthy of her larger-than-life image.

This was a a page-turner of a book I recommend to people who love history and great character-rich novels.
Constance Maloney
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a fun idea - to have a mystery series with Annie Oakley a the main character! For the novelty alone, I give it 4 stars and I look forward to future books in the series. I have one complaint: this is a book that should have historical notes. When incorporating real life characters and events into a historical piece, many of us like having notes that explain what in the fiction was real and what was not, and on what information/events the characters and plots were based.

I appreciated seeing
The Irregular Reader
The concept of a mystery story featuring Annie Oakley and Frank Butler, with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show as a backdrop is phenomenal and deeply interesting. Annie Oakley is an American legend whose life and career bridged the time period between America as a frontier and as a developed nation.

Unfortunately,the execution of this story did not live up to the concept. I found the pacing and the writing to be uneven, and the plot not fully thought out. Character development is also lacking. Annie
Tammy Buchli
May 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
Too many unnecessary historical inaccuracies. Annie Oakley was a fascinating woman who led a fascinating life, but nothing in this book reflected her. It’s as if the author did no research at all.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a free ARC ebook in exchange for a review.
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed your book Kari, well told story. The characters were well developed, a great story line that kept me turning the pages. Very cool....
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Take a journey back to the Wild West with Annie Oakley, Frank Butler, and the Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. While this is a fictional story, there are parts of this story based on fact which gave me a peek into the past while enjoying this story.

Annie is but 15 when hired as a sharpshooter for the Wild West Show. Considering the financial straits her family is in, she signs up with the show. What she doesn't expect is to become wrapped up in helping solve some murders with nothing more than her
Stephanie Jane
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Girl With A Gun is a fun mix of historical Western fiction and cosy mystery with young Annie Oakley, newly arrived to star in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, setting herself the task of discovering why her tentmate, Kimi, had suddenly dropped dead. A verdict of natural causes doesn't sit right with Annie, even more so because Kimi's being Native American seems to render her invisible to the other white stars of the Show. Kari Bovee walks a fin
Linda Grischy
Sep 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the book, it was entertaining. At 15, Annie gets an opportunity to join Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and becomes an overnight sensation. But terrible things continue to happen and people die. Annie finds herself in the middle. Romance, mystery and adventure! I knew little about Annie before reading the book, and although I haven't spent a lot of time researching, I believe it follows her life accurately. ...more
Cover Lover Book Review
Girl With a Gun is an interesting fictional mystery story about Annie Oakley. Of course, I’ve heard of her, but didn’t really know much of her history. As the author states, she took some liberties, but nonetheless, this is a good read.

Annie is easy to connect to, but I found it more difficult to connect with the other characters. They felt more surface level at times. To say this is a fun murder mystery sounds strange, but it really is entertaining. I liked Annie’s personality, with ample dose
Ellen Notbohm
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was just what I wanted it to be—an engaging page turner and a chance to learn more about an iconic American woman during a transitional time in history. Most interesting to me was how the very young Annie, just 15 and already responsible for the financial support of her mother and siblings, had to quickly reconcile her Quaker sensibilities with the realities of the performing life in a traveling Wild West show. That she had little choice but to relinquish some of those strictures in th ...more
Jeanie Jackson
Girl with a Gun is intriguing and well written. The true to history facts hurt my heart but that reality is one of the important contributions of this excellent and complex mystery.
Laura Boss
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A true American romance with a polished mystery tucked inside - and with the added plus of learning about this time period in American history. What's not to love? ...more
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Do not confuse this book with another one I previously read titled Girl Waits With A Gun! That one was also historical fiction, also based on a real female character,and also first in a series. But I thought the other was a much better one. So, what I found less appealing in Girl With A Gun was it seemed to be written in a very simplistic style, I would call it YA (there is only one subtle sex scene), and also bordered on the romance category, which I hate.
That being said, I did read this book
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book follows a young Annie Oakley when she joins Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. Soon after, her assistant suddenly dies and Annie suspects foul play. From there, a series of mysterious crimes and illnesses start taking place. Fearing she might be the next victim, it’s up to Annie to turn detective and find the culprit in this delightful read.

The author does a wonderful job of blending history and fiction. This is a well-researched book from the historical figures, sharpshooting, horsemansh
Cara Noyes
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a book I did not want to put down! The only drawback was that I was able to figure out who dunnit by mid book. It is not your typical mystery, nor your typical Western. It is historical fiction, with murder and mayhem thrown in.

The characters are flawed but the vulnerabilities make them more believable. While I do not necessarily envision Annie Oakley as a sleuth, her investigation demonstrated intuition.

One of my favorite characters was the reporter who helped Annie by getting a retrac
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I won this book from Goodreads and I really enjoyed it. It held my interest thought out the whole book enough to get upset when I had to put it down. Great job Kari Bovee
Denice Langley
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love westerns and mysteries so decided this would be a perfect pick for an afternoon's read. I was right. The ladies in Buffalo Bill's shows were always a huge draw and Annie Oakley was one of the best. This story centers on her life as a young woman trying to get ahead and take care of her family. Then her assistant is murdered and she takes on the role of detective. What follows is an enjoyable read that includes many of the biggest names in western history. ...more
Katherine Cowley
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, history, adult
A great novel using the historical character, Annie Oakley, and her time in the Wild West Show as a backdrop for murder. A murder that she must solve.

I loved the setting, the engaging characters, and especially how Annie Oakley's perspective was represented. I guessed the culprit rather early on, but that didn't stop me from enjoying the storytelling as the tension ramped up.
Janet Smith
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The beloved Annie Oakley is the main character in this book. The author paid close attention to the historical facts while spinning a tale of intrigue, romance and the Wild West show. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot recommend it enough. I can't wait for her to write another! ...more
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun mystery novel with good character development. Definitely worth reading.
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Enjoyable quick read with a relatable heroine. Nothing groundbreaking, more on the cozy scale.
Nancy Reynolds
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Easy and quick read. I quite enjoyed the Annie Oakley character and the entire story. I loved the atmospher and period of the story. I found it quite enjoyable.
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Winner of the 2019 Hillerman Southwest Fiction Award.

Empowered women in history, horses, unconventional characters, and real-life historical events fill the pages of award-winning writer Kari Bovee's historical mystery musings and manuscripts.

Born in northern New Mexico, Kari developed a love of reading, writing, and history early in life. Her most treasured Christmas gift as a young child was a t

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