An Easy Death (Gunnie Rose #1) by Charlaine Harris
Charlaine Harris has a way of sucking me in to her books. It isn’t exceptional writing or story lines, in fact I do a lot of eye rolling usually, it’s more about cozy entertainment with strong ordinary female protagonists.
When I saw this new release is the beginning of yet another series, I was like, *sigh* “Another series? Another series?” *clicks “Place Hold” on library account.
I seriously don’t know where this compulsive need for yet another Charlaine Harris series on my TBR comes from but I went with it and I’m glad that I did because this book was a pleasant surprise.
In An Easy Death, we’re introduced to an alternate history of America where President Franklin Roosevelt was assassinated and a massive influenza outbreak during the Great Depression killed the vice president and caused a large population drop. The vulnerable U.S. was overthrown and countries conquered large portions.
The setting of our novel is known as Texoma (formerly the states of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and a portion of Colorado) and we follow Lizbeth Rose, a young gun for hire who protects people traveling across the lawless divided countries full of bandits and patrols.
After losing her team on a routine job, she’s hired to be a guide and gunnie for two Russian wizards (c’mon, this is a Charlaine Harris novel, of course there are wizards!) searching for a man believed to be a direct descendant of Rasputin in order to save the life of their young tsar.
On a journey to the border towns of Mexico, the wizards are hiding something from Lizbeth that places them all in danger at every turn …but she has an even bigger secret to keep until she can learn their true intentions.
The Gunnie Rose series, an alternate history/paranormal fantasy Western, is off to a promising start with Harris’s signature formula of an ordinary female protagonist living in a bizarre world. If you enjoy a light but entertaining read with a little fantasy/paranormal thrown in, this fits the bill!