Steve Hockensmith’s “Holmes on the Range” series is similar to a great sitcom. You look forward to each entry because each one is so damn entertaining. What makes this series so memorable as well is because the quality is so strong. For all of you who don’t know, this series is about two brothers (Big Red and Old Red Amlingmeyer) who are cowboys in the 1890s. They read Sherlock Holmes stories in Harper’s Weekly and figure they can “deducify” just like the great detective himself.
So in the previous three novels they solve the crimes that just happen to fall in their laps. Yet in this one they went looking for it. They travel down to Texas to solve the murder of the only woman Old Red ever loved. This entry was a lot of fun for many reasons. First off the humor was consistently strong, but I loved seeing these two try to solve a cold case in the Old West. Not only that but a cold case in a town where truly everyone hates them for a variety of reasons. Everyone ought to check this clever series out.
The Crack in the Lens comes out July 21st.