This time, the club chooses a mystery that takes place in a quaint western town – in the old Wild West. That sounds like great fun, until they arrive in the dusty old town in the Arizona desert, among cowboys and saloons. They discover that the outhouse isn’t the worse thing about this trip.
The good news is that Paige, Glo, Zell, Frank, and the other members of the club discover plenty of surprises here, and they have a great time visiting a piece of history. They’ll get to live through many exciting moments as they unravel this cozy mystery story. (Summary via Goodreads)
MINDBLOWING !!! That is the best word to describe Cowboys and Chaos by Elizabeth Pantley. Cowboys and Chaos is the third book in her Magical Mystery Book Club Mystery series and you cannot help but fall in love !!!
In the Magical Mystery Book Club Mystery series Paige and her Aunt Gloria (Glo) are left the Snapdragon Inn in Colorado by Paige's great-grandmother GeeGee. After they move in they meet one of GeeGee's close friends Zell who introduces them to the enchanced library in the basement. They soon learn that the three of them along with a few other friends along with the library cat, Frank, will be enbarking on some anmazing adventures. The group meets and walk around the library, each finding a book wrapped with 7 others of the same book, and they vote on which book the group will read. Once they have voted one person will begin reading the first page of the book out loud.....then the fog will come in and when it clears the group will be in the book and have to solve the murder in order to return to Colorado. Luckily no matter where they "travel" to the inn is always there and the same on the inside. Which is very good for the group in Cowboys and Chaos because they are traveling to the Wild West in the late 1800's to solve The Mystery of Mollie's Disappearance. Mollie is a saloon girl who disappears without a trace but it is not clear if she is the murdered party or not because the blurb from the book also states that a man is shot...
Once the group walks out of the Inn into the desert of Bandana, Arizona, they are greeted with another shock....one that Zell was aware of but keeping secret. The Mystery of Mollie's Disappreance happens to be the second book in the series with the first book being the one that GeeGee decided to stay into when the murder was solved. Luckily Paige and Glo were aware that GeeGee had stayed behind in a book but they never thought that they would see her again. And now they get to work along side her to find out what happened to Mollie. Another shock is when the ghost of Mollie shows up .... but she doesn't remember much and definitely doesn't know who killed her.
In Cowboys and Chaos the group has their work cut out for them as they go about Bandana trying to find out what they can about Mollie as well as the man they call Blaze who apparently was stealing horses and is rumored to be the man shot but there is no body to confirm that.
Readers will fall in love with this series instantly !! You will love the characters, the storylines and everything else. With each new book, Pantley adds more and more surprises and she knows how to keep readers on their toes. You will thoroughly enjoy the time that you spend inside each of these books...even if you are only sitting on your couch in your living room and not some magical town and place.
Review by Missi M.