Monday, May 3, 2010

The Sheriff's Surrender (Ladies Shooting Club Book 1) ~ Book Review

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Title: The Sheriff's Surrender
Subtitle: Ladies Shooting Club (Book One)
Author: Susan Paige Davis
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc
Publish Date: 12-1-2009

About the book:

Gert Dooley can shoot the tail feathers off a jay at a hundred yards, but she wants Ethan Chapman to see she's more than a crack shot with a firearm. When the sheriff of Fergus, Idaho, is murdered and Ethan is named his replacement, Gert decides she has to do whatever she can to help him protect the citizenry. So she starts the Ladies' Shooting Club. But when one of their numbers is murdered, these ladies are called on for more than target practice and praying. Can Gert and the ladies of Fergus find the murderer before he strikes again?

A murder in Fergus, Idaho, has the town’s women scared. But the men don’t seem able to stop the rash of thefts, assaults, and vandalism that follow. Half a dozen women band together to arm themselves against trouble. The gunsmith's plain sister, the emporium's owner, a couple of rancher's wives and saloon girls take their shooting lessons seriously. The men are skeptical at first and slightly amused. The new minister's wife shocks the town by joining the club, and other women follow her lead. When they show no sign of letting up on their drill, the men beg the sheriff to disband the club and put their women back where they belong. Those are fighting words to the ladies. Domestic rebellion threatens until a new murder grabs everyone's attention. Will the sheriff and his men find the killer and put him away? Or will that honor belong to the Ladies' Shooting Club?

What I thought about the book:

Well, I have to start out by saying that I did not get enough sleep last night because I just could not put this book down until I finished it. This book will definitely keep you wanting to read more. The story line was set back in the 1880's and I have to admit that it was way better than I thought it was going to be. I am not sure why I thought that but I was wrong. This is the first book I have read by Susan Paige Davis and I definitely look forward to reading more of her work. I am dying to get my hands on the second book in the Ladies Shooting Club series called, Gunsmith's Gallantry.

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About the Author:

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Susan Page Davis writes romantic suspense, historical romance, and mystery. She is a Maine native, and a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers. Visit her website at

Images and excerpt are from NetGalley and Susan Paige Davis's websites.
I was not paid for this review, however I did receive a copy of this book to read and do the review on from NetGalley and Barbour Publishing. My opinions are based on exactly that, my opinion.



  1. that looks like one I would read. I'll have to look it up in the library. Thanks!

  2. Tammy, thanks so much for featuring my book today! I loved writing the Ladies' Shooting Club series. Book 2 comes out June 1, so you don't have long to wait. I got to visit my daughter in Idaho while researching these, which was terrific! We went up into the mountains together. I just finished the third story, The Blacksmith's Bravery, which will come out in December. It was a bit sad to close out the series because I've come to love the people of Fergus!


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