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July 19, 2014

STRANGE COUNTRY by Deborah Coates

Deborah Coates


  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (May 27, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765329026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765329028
 After facing Death himself and banishing a reaper bent on the destruction of Sheriff's deputy Boyd Davies, Hallie Michaels had hoped things would finally settle down; that she and Boyd would find more time to spend together, and that the ghosts she attracts would stay in the cemeteries where they belong. But on a wintry night in mid-December, a woman is murdered with a high-powered rifle. Not long after, another of West Prairie City’s citizens is killed in exactly the same way, drawing the attention of state investigators. But the connection between the victims is not easily uncovered.

Meanwhile, Hallie finds a note tied to post outside her home. "What do you fear most?" it asks, accompanied by a set of map coordinates. Over the next few days she receives an anonymous phone call, and a letter left for Hallie at the local ag supply. All pose the same question and offer the same set of coordinates. The mystery deepens, and Hallie must solve it before the body count rises again, in Strange Country by Deborah Coates.

Deborah Coates
Writer. Owned by dogs.

Deborah Coates writes science fiction and fantasy. Her first novel, Wide Open, was published by Tor in March, 2012. Her second novel, Deep Down, which features many of the same characters as Wide Open, was published in March, 2013. A third novel in the series, Strange Country, will be published in 2014. Wide Open has been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel for 2012 and is on the 2012 Locus Recommended Reading List. Her short stories have been published in Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, Strange Horizons,, and Best American Fantasy 2, among others.

Deborah grew up on a small farm in western New York and currently lives in central Iowa. She has been a farmhand, a factory worker, a statistician, a researcher, an educator and is currently an IT professional.
She has two dogs, a German Pinscher and a Rottweiler. Billie is a therapy dog and regularly visits the local hospital. Blue tracks, does obedience and rally and prowls the back yard looking for Things. 
At 3 in the morning, you would think most people would be in bed fast asleep.  That's not how it goes for Boyd Davies, Deputy sheriff.  He's been called out on a possible prowler.  After he checks everything inside and out of the woman's house, they talk for a while. The woman knows Boyd and that he has some special talents.   He sees that there is nothing else for him to do so he begins to leave.  He feels uneasy for some reason.  He wasn't wrong.  Just as he and the woman stand on the porch, a single shot hits the woman in her head.  A shot from a high powered rifle.  She dies instantly.
Boyd begins his own investigation into the murder.  Hallie, from the previous book is being stalked.   Someone is placing notes outside the hex ring on her property.  Strange things like map coordinates, strange messages and then the phone calls start. Hallie doesn't have any problem facing her fears, she runs straight into them. No backing away.  While serving in Iraq, Hallie actually died.  Now she is seeing ghosts and actually having a conversation with Death, himself. Death has asked a favor of Hallie and is wanting an answer real soon.  Hallie has thought about the strange things that have been happening and she doesn't believe that the Devil is involved.Now there are more and more bodies coming up as Body investigates.  Who wants these people dead?  Are they serial or just random?
Hallie would like to spend some quiet time with Boyd on her ranch. The ranch is in the middle of West Prairie City, South Dakota.  All the notes, phone calls, magic stones and helping Boyd with the murder investigations, she will be kept plenty busy. Another book with Hallie Michael and her strength that Deborah Coates has created.  She gives us mystery, love, suspense, ghosts, the Devil and ever so much more.I would suggest that you get all three books and learn more about Hallie, Boyd, Maker and all the characters that Ms. Coates has skillfully created. The book holds much realism with the lovely scenery of the Midwest  and some magic to spice  it up. Will the murders stop?  Will the magic stones hold some answers?  Grab book one and start from there.  You'll race through the three books like you can't quit.  You will become hooked and you won't be able to let go.
 I was given a complimentary copy of STRANGE COUNTRY by the author, Deborah Coates and NightOwlReviews for my view of the book. No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 3 STARS.


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