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The Executioner's Hood (The High Country Mystery Series Book 4) by [Britton, Vickie, Jackson, Loretta]
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An ominous black hood, a murdered judge.

When Sheriff Jeff McQuede finds Durmont’s highly respected judge, Phil Grayson, bludgeoned to death in his study, a black executioner’s hood shoved over his head, he faces his toughest case yet.

The judge has many enemies, including Darin Keefe, sentenced by Grayson and just released from prison. McQuede soon finds out that Keefe's case is linked to a city scandal that may involve Grayson. Seven years ago the judge's best friend, John Harwood, was believed to have taken a bribe from Keefe Construction and to have committed suicide rather than face conviction.

Had Keefe, taking the fall, left prison intent on revenge?

Or is the the judge's murder the result of a robbery gone wrong? Grayson died surrounded by his fabulous Old West outlaw collection, including a death mask, a famous Peacemaker, and other rare artifacts. The intruder could have been after some unknown item of great value.

Is the judge's murder a simple burglary gone wrong or a case of modern-day vigilante justice?

About the Author

Loretta Jackson and Vickie Britton, sisters and co-authors, are drawn to out-of-the-way places, old mining towns, and vast rangelands where the legends and history of the past live on. Inspired by the rugged mountains of Wyoming and Colorado, they find the lonely, high country region a perfect setting for their novels. They are authors of the High Country Mystery Series: Murder in Black and White, Whispers of the Stones, and Stealer of Horses, also of an anthology A Deal on a Handshake that also features Wyoming sheriff, Jeff McQuede. They are authors of over forty novels, including the eight-book Ardis Cole Mystery Series, The Vanished Lady, and the Luck of the Draw Western Series: The Devil's Game, The Fifth Ace, and The Wild Card, as well as the single Western title, Death comes in Pairs. Both writers live in Kansas; Loretta in Junction City, Vickie in Hutchinson.

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5.0 out of 5 stars You might think if time passes that you got away with it! But don't relax the past will come hunting you! 24 April 2016
By Alida Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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I love these writers because their stories are great and I don't have to
Tolerate anusive language that most writers feel they have to put in their books to get them read! Thank you both for respecting ALL readers! Love the sherif and would love to jerk a knot in his girlfriend Loris! But it keeps us reading. While in the meantime we always have the murder to keep us busy! Good read and it won't give you nightmares. Live the Indian history that always crops up in the stories as well! Thx and keep writing!
5.0 out of 5 stars Twists, Turns, and Surprises 6 October 2015
By JK - Published on Amazon.com
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As to be expected, this Jeff McQuede mystery is hard to put down and full of surprises. A neat Wyoming whodunit with a subplot of Jeff's problems with his girlfriend. Britton and Jackson have created a very real modern day sheriff in the new west who sometimes reminds me a bit of Peter Falk's Colombo and Ruth Rendell's Inspector Wexford as McQuede finds the killer nearly at the very last page. The McQuede series never fails to delight.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Character Driven Mystery that will appeal to all mystery lovers, but especially to the cozy mystery Fans 19 May 2014
By julie whiteley - Published on Amazon.com
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The Executioner's Hood by Loretta Jackson and Vickie Britton is a 2014 self published/ independent publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Seven years ago a man committed suicide amid allegations he accepted a bribe that would give a lucrative contract to a man named Keefe. Nothing was ever proven but now a prominent judge has been murdered and a local committe member named Dawson suspects it ties in with the bribery charges from years past. But, the judge had enemies and one of them was Keefe. The judge had thrown the book at Keefe and given him a harsh sentence, and now Keefe is back home looking for revenge.
With Dawson feeling guilty for never having come forward with his suspicions all those years ago, he has now decided to help the Sheriff find out who murdered the judge. This part was really funny since Dawson didn't really have much tact and his interrogation skills were a little too blunt. Plus, he made no secret about his feelings which made him a target and the sheriff has enough to worry about without having keep his eye on Dawson all the time.
To further complicate matters, Jeff's girlfriend has been avoiding him and he thinks she may be seeing another man. Career ambitions and committment issues are causing problems in the relationship and poor Jeff may not have gotten the best advice about how to deal with his personal issues.
In the background of all this drama is a the interesting history of the area and the various collections of guns and in the case of one collector an executioner's hood. The gruesome story behind the artifact is chilling and seeing it hanging from a wall has Jeff a little haunted by it. I enjoyed this part of the story and found the history very interesting. I love history being woven into stories. The mystery was really good and I think that this book will appeal to the cozy mystery lovers especially but all mystery readers would find the book appealing. The language is mild , there is no detailed graphic violence and the romance is kissing only. This makes the book a character driven novel and Dawson became my favorite because he was so smart, but so eccentric. He also has a heart of gold and although he got on the sheriff's nerves he was brave and did help the sheriff more than he might want to admit. I think these two will have a closer friendship from now on.
I give this one 4 stars.
4.0 out of 5 stars Politics make for strange friendships. 26 March 2017
By Neena Christianson Martin - Published on Amazon.com
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Jeff McQuede is trying to solve a murder while his best friend Barry Dawson is stirring up trouble over a seven year old suicide. All the key suspects were members of the city commission, and the clues end up sending Jeff all over the country. To top things off his lovelife seems to be taking a detour south. Plenty of drama, great characters, cool locations will keep you turning the pages.
4.0 out of 5 stars Enough Twists to Entertain a Rattler 19 December 2015
By Author Stephanie Parker McKean - Published on Amazon.com
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When Judge Grayson is found dead with a black executioner’s hood pulled over his head, there is no shortage of suspects including his lovely, fashionable wife. Was he killed for vengeance, for money, or for love?
Sheriff Jeff McQuede must find the motive for the judge’s death before he can find the killer. Grayson owns a prized collection of memorabilia from the outlaws and lawmen that carved out Wyoming’s past. The collection is worth a fortune. Perhaps the judge interrupted a robbery in progress?
The Executioner’s Hood by Loretta Jackson and Vickie Britton draw on players from a city scandal seven years previously and the suicide of one of the city commissioners involved in a pay-off scheme to weave a mystery fraught with current danger both to the sheriff and to anyone else who intends to reopen the closed bribery case.
The characters are as open and colorful as Wyoming’s scenery and the twists and turns would entertain a rattlesnake.
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