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Reviewed by Gary Stout for Readers' Favorite
Dud Washburn has reached that point in life where each day is the same as the one that came before it. Between cattle drives and womanizing, Washburn just doesn't see much of a future. However, when a chance find of an old map suggests treasure, Washburn shakes off the dust and starts an adventure. Accompanying him are his two nephews, Boyd and Jesse, and Old Tom, his faithful mutt; their interest in the adventure includes, besides the possibility of treasure, finding respectable wives along the way, and maybe a big ham bone for the dog. What they encounter is far more than any one of them could anticipate, maybe excepting Old Tom. Their trail is fraught with villains and virtue, and only their wits, a quick gun, and strength of character can help them along to their destination.
In Treasure Hunt in Tie Town, Vicky J. Rose has created delightful characters that leave a lasting impression. Her interpretations of trail life follow in the tracks of notables like Grey, L'Amour, and Brand, and although there are numerous good times, Rose includes the harsh realities of life in the old west of the 19th century, where you were either smart and quick, or dead. As with any great western, there is romance, and not just between a man and his horse or dog. The three adventurers meet women of diverse characters and one by one the noose is tightened with the possibility of matrimonial futures. Ms. Rose has carved out a niche for herself in a traditionally male-dominated genre and I expect, and look forward to, more novels that carry on a fine tradition.