Gunfight at Grace Gulch (Christian Cozy Mystery) (A Dressed For Death Mystery Book 1) by Darlene Franklin is a contemporary novel based on the re-enactment of the history of Grace Gulch, a fictionalized town in Oklahoma.
Audie Howe recreates the gunfight, part the beginning of the town of Grace Gulch, every year.
Cici (Cecelia) Wilde is the owner of a vintage clothing store and provides the costumes for the re-enactment.
When the remake results in a murder, Audie and Cici decide to investigate the murder. After all, Cici’s sister/niece, Dina, and her best friend, Cord, are considered suspects, and she knows they are innocent. Audie wants to assist her to clear the smirch on his production and be closer to Cici.
Scattered throughout the book are letters from Grace Gulch’s namesake, Robert Grace, to his fiancée, Mary. The letters give insight into the establishment of Grace Gulch. Do they also provide a clue to the murderer’s identity?
The characters in the book are fun, and some are delightfully quirky. The story is believable and keeps you guessing through plausible and realistic plot twists and turns.
An intriguing and fascinating story steeped in mystery and (imagined) history, Gunfight at Grace Gulch, is a hard book to put down.
I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. (Thank you, Darlene Franklin, for a delightful story!)