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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (366 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Hockensmith Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Holmes on the Range Mysteries Release Date: March 2008 ISBN: 9781400176052
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In this hilarious follow-up to Steve Hockensmith's critically acclaimed novel On the Wrong Track, crime-solving cowboys Gus "Old Red" and Otto "Big Red" Amlingmeyer are wandering around San Francisco when they stumble onto another mystery to be solved: the death of their acquaintance Dr. Chan. It turns out that no one wants this mystery solved, but that doesn't stop the brothers from riling up the locals with their heavy-handed investigations. Wild chases ensue until Old Red and his helpers finally put the clues together for a showdown on the waterfront. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Intriguing mystery, breathless action, colorful characters, and enough laugh-out-loud moments for the book to fit in the humorous crime category.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • William Dufris provides an appealing down-home delivery to his narration. Publishers Weekly Audio Review
  • “Hockensmith has been nominated for the Edgar Award, and if he keeps writing like this, he’ll win one soon.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “William Dufris provides an appealing down-home delivery to his narration.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “Buoyant and consistently entertaining”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 2/10/2014

    " I listened to this one in the car and it was fantastic. A really fun mystery. I loved Big Red and Old Red - I thought the characterization was really well done. And whoever was reading was great - it definitely added to my enjoyment. I'll definitely be checking out the others in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle Wright | 1/2/2014

    " I am only a few chapters into this book and I am loving it.. The description and storytelling are great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathrine Bonham | 12/27/2013

    " A very complex chase through the streets of Victorian China Town. This time Old Red and Big Red are trying to find out who murdered their good friend Dr. Chan but everyone from the San Francisco PD to the Chiniese Tongs are trying to stop them. Nothing will stop Old Red from see justice for his friend but in order to find out the truth The Amlingmeyer brothers need to locate "The Black Dove." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet S | 12/24/2013

    " Killer find. I'm reading anything this guy writes. I started here, in the middle of a series, but the book stood alone just fine. Uniquely humorous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grace | 12/10/2013

    " The story telling is still brisk and funny. The characters real and engaging. But again with the swearing! Is there really more of it or I am becoming more sensitive? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 12/5/2013

    " Dusty and Lefty meets Watson and Holmes! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marnie | 11/29/2013

    " This one is a bit more serious than the first 2. I still enjoyed it, just a different direction I think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 11/26/2013

    " This wasn't as good as the rest of the series, possibly b/c the cowboys were taken out of their element and forced to solve a mystery in San Francisco's Chinatown, which was an awkward setting. At least I didn't find all the culture clashes as amusing as the other books' scenarios. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terree | 10/27/2013

    " Very well done overall but a little dark toward the end. I enjoyed the humor. Excellent dialog and characterization. I really appreciate good writing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tami | 9/1/2013

    " August - Listening to this and so far it is really cute. I wouldn't have picked it up myself but I'm glad book club is reading it! Loved it! Mystery, humor, good pace. I'd like to go back and read the first two but I'm already looking forward to the next one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexander Montalvo | 8/10/2013

    " Love the series. Great humor and characters. For a while you feel like the story isn't going anywhere, but you find out something is causing Old Red to be off his game. Big Red is a great narrator, but Old Red is the one your waiting to discover the next clue. On to the next one... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elvita | 5/3/2013

    " Love this series set in the 1800s in western US featuring two cowpoke brothers who are attempting to be detectives in the Sherlock Holmes tradition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave Goldfarb | 1/9/2013

    " Different type of book than I normally read. About 2 brothers in the old West, who fancy themselves Sherlock Holmes types. Pure fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 KarenLana | 11/28/2012

    " I love the brothers Amlingmeyer, their witty, often earthy dialogue, and their love of deducifying a la Sherlock Holmes. Add the wonderful Diana Corvus to the mix and it gets even better. Very glad I gave this series a try, it's become a favorite! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe O'c | 11/16/2012

    " Very Good; Continuing characters: Amlingmeyer brothers; Chinatown in San Francisco is the scene as Holmes wanna bes try to discover the secret of the Black Dove "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 8/8/2012

    " Cute cowboy detective mystery! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Anderson | 6/25/2012

    " I'm reading this series out of order, but that didn't impact my ability to follow the characters, Old and Big Red, as they took on Chinatown. It was still a good book, lovingly taking all the Holmesian adoration in stride. I will go back to earlier books and look for the next! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 5/22/2012

    " Love this series. Combines mystery and the Old West, two of my likes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Nielsen | 3/25/2012

    " Charming and great fun! This is one of the most enjoyable mystery series around. I can't wait for more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 3/7/2012

    " Not quite as good as the first two, but stilll a lot of fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 8/28/2011

    " Old Red and Big Red go to San Francisco's China Town. Western Holmesian deducifying at its finest. Hokey and fun at the same time. I will probably read all in the series "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison | 6/10/2011

    " A harmless, quick read. A decent book to give your mind a break between heavier reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elvita | 3/20/2011

    " Love this series set in the 1800s in western US featuring two cowpoke brothers who are attempting to be detectives in the Sherlock Holmes tradition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 3/2/2011

    " Great references for Sherlock Holmes fans. Humorous writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maurine | 1/6/2011

    " This was interesting. I love reading about San Francisco at the turn of the century...that is the 19th to the 20th century.

    The old cow punchers find themselves in San Francisco, caught up with the Tongs, black market wives and sloppy Pinkertons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle | 12/21/2010

    " I am only a few chapters into this book and I am loving it.. The description and storytelling are great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/17/2010

    " The Black Dove: A Holmes on the Range Mystery (Holmes on the Range Mysteries) by Steve Hockensmith (2008) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 3/24/2010

    " Steve's such a good guy and I enjoy his books. This one especially since Bob is acknowledged in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 3/3/2010

    " Very funny narration, interesting characters, engaging mystery and some interesting details. While somewhat formulaic, I will likely read additional books in this series at some point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 2/1/2010

    " I'm reading this series out of order, but that didn't impact my ability to follow the characters, Old and Big Red, as they took on Chinatown. It was still a good book, lovingly taking all the Holmesian adoration in stride. I will go back to earlier books and look for the next! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grace | 1/25/2010

    " The story telling is still brisk and funny. The characters real and engaging. But again with the swearing! Is there really more of it or I am becoming more sensitive? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tami | 1/6/2010

    " August - Listening to this and so far it is really cute. I wouldn't have picked it up myself but I'm glad book club is reading it! Loved it! Mystery, humor, good pace. I'd like to go back and read the first two but I'm already looking forward to the next one! "

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About the Author
Author Steve Hockensmith

Steve Hockensmith is the author of the New York Times bestseller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls and the Edgar Award nominee Holmes on the Range. He lives in Alameda, California.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.