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4.35  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Covey Jencks is a murder mystery with a social conscience. Set in West Texas with a cast of colorful and humorous characters, it follows a young lawyer from Washington, DC back to his hometown of Odessa, Texas. He wants and needs to solve a murder case from 1979 in 1993. The problem is that the Odessa Police Department has already found its man, and no one wants to re-visi ...more
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Published October 24th 2018
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Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, mystery-shelf, audio
Covey Jencks by Shelton L. Williams is a 2018 Southern Owl publication.

Covey Jencks has returned home to Odessa, Texas, from Washington, D.C., to tackle an unsolved murder which haunted him for years.

He sets up his own law firm, re-connects with an old girlfriend, JayJay, and begins looking under rocks, searching for clues that might, after all these years, solve the 1979 murder of Freddie Johnson, a woman who was very special to him.

As Covey and JayJay connect the dots, they discover ties t
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Covey Jencks is a delight from start to finish and if you aren't familiar with West Texas (specifically the Odessa area) you might feel like you know the town to a degree. Whether you know the town or not, you are probably aware of the football team from Friday Night Lights. There are many references to their winning years and even Covey's role on the team. There are also references to Texas oil - both the good and the bad.

This story has two different timelines - the 1970s when the murder occur
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Covey Jencks, for the most part, takes place in West - by God - Texas, in Odessa.  If you have ever been there, even passing through, it would definitely add to the ambiance of this story.  If you haven't been there - it's okay.  But when you're trying to visualize the setting and you're seeing nothing, you're not doing it wrong.  And it's not the author's fault, either.  That's just West - by God - Texas.  The author does a pretty good job of capturing the essence of racial boundaries and the " ...more
Kristine Hall
Audio/Print combo review. My first introduction to COVEY JENCKS was when it was featured on Lone Star Book Blog Tours in April. I was enticed by the premise and hooked after reading all the great LSBBT reviews, so the book was dutifully placed on my ever-toppling to-be-read (ETTBR) pile. There COVEY sat until June, when I read its rave Kirkus review, and I moved it back to the top of my ETTBR pile – then sadly saw it buried along with most of my pleasure reading books. Imagine my thrill when the ...more
Ruthie Jones
Covey Jencks by Shelton L. Williams gives the reader a crash course in West Texas dynamics, from 1979 (the year of Freddie Mae's murder) to the mid-1990s, when Jencks returns to Odessa, Texas, to set up a law firm and solve that murder that had already been "solved." What happens next is an exploded can of worms that leaves the reader laughing out loud, cringing at the social and racial smacks in the face, wondering who actually "done it," and turning the pages at a rapid pace because the story ...more
Lynn Poppe
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What first impressed me with Covey Jencks is the straight forward, frank language. From the first line through the last, the writing is refreshingly honest. Julie and I were recently discussing great first lines (see our post here) and Covey Jencks starts out strong:

"I never intended to come back to West Texas. It’s hot and dusty, yes, but that’s not the thing. … I like freedom. It’s why I am not married. It’s why I almost never wear a suit. It’s why, despite my long standing misgivings and int
Cold  Coffee
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you long for freedom from all the things that hold your down, I suggest you get to know a young Texan lawyer named Covey Jencks, because he cherishes freedom and wide-open ranges.

Author Shelton L. Williams weaves this well written, fast-paced fiction with believable characters to take you back in America’s southern history, with enough suspense to keep you turning the page.

It was March 1979, when Alfreda (Freddie) Mae Johnson (a southern black women) died. It was her death that would eventual
Lorilei Gonzales
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welcome to my first ever audio book review! I'm really excited to share my thoughts on Covey Jencks. Within the first few seconds, I was laughing because I was pronouncing Covey with a long "O" sound. So you can see that I am someone who could definitely benefit from listening to audio books more often.

One thing I noticed several minutes into this audio book is that all the normal front of the book stuff (title page, publishing information, foreword, etc.) was treated as individual chapters. So
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Audiobook Review

Covey Jencks was my second audiobook and I’m glad it was. It was highly enjoyable to listen to especially after about the mid-point of the story. Shelton Williams crafted a deep mystery surrounding an old murder that intertwined a fast-paced story around a various cast of characters. As the story goes Covey, who left Odessa to become a lawyer, had been haunted by someone’s murder when he was a boy. The driving force of his move back to his hometown was to find
Indie Editor Nancy
I really enjoyed this story that takes the reader back in time, to past decades where racism was common and different nationalities kept more to themselves for self-preservation, comfort and religious freedoms.
The backdrop for this tale is Odessa, Texas during the 1970's, an unsolved murder, and a young lawyer with a personal need to solve the crime.
The characters were who really brought this story to life; Covey and his business partners, JayJay his love interest, the police and the rest of the
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with this book before I started reading the actual story. The foreword by author Shelton "Shelly" Williams warmed my heart. I knew I was about to partake in the creative genius ... read more at ...more
Terri Chapin
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun romp! Fast paced, full of great characters with a bit of nostalgia for some of us!
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