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Friday, July 17, 2009

The Foxy Hens Go Bump in the Night by Jackie King and Peggy Moss Fielding

The Foxy Hens Go Bump in the Night by Jackie King and Peggy Moss Fielding
Publisher: Deadly Niche Press
Genre: Historical, Suspense
Length: Full (190 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Two fascinating glimpses into Oklahoma history; two spooky stories to raise the hairs on the back of your neck. What more could any reader ask! Don’t miss these finely crafted tales penned by two of Oklahoma’s most distinguished authors. Each one is a delicious treat for everyone who loves their history spiced with danger and romance.

“The Ghost Who Wouldn’t Skedaddle” by Jackie King

Radine Morgan, straight from the prairie and trying to be a lady, is a conscientious, hardworking nineteen-year-old that finds herself saddled with a persistent ghost that prods her to find his murderer. Her touch with “The Other Side” and with her “Angel-Mama” distracts her, disrupting the smooth progress of her courtship with Michal and she does so want him to purpose. With Ester, the pig to talk to as she sorts out clues and Sammy to run errands for her Radine stirs up trouble that puts her life in peril.

Jackie King tightly weaves a tale with subtle foreshadowing, humor, and, social mores of the early 20th century in Oklahoma--a tale that ponders “if a person can ever be justified in sacrificing a villain who has often escaped justice, to protect a guilty person who is basically good?” as it also reveals the blossoming of true love.

‘The Legend of Half Hollow Hill” by Peggy Moss Fielding

In the early 20th century in Oklahoma when the millionaire-making “black gold” gushed up from the earth ravaged by drilling rigs and few things remained sacred other than this black, smelly, stuff, Ellen Wiley inherits Half Hollow Hill, the sacred burial and ceremonial lands of the Creek Indians from her Indian cousin Yahola Bigpond. Young, single, and educated to teach, Ellen embraces her new house, school, and land. She tells herself it is hers to do with as she pleases. However, when Yahola’s ghost appears, Ellen becomes more alert to the undercurrents that influence the actions of every one around her.

The rich, influential Indian Roman Fixico, the oil rig driller Merle Caudill, Unconthla Goat, Conzey Bucktrot, Jake and Mary Linden as well as a few ghosts play important roles in Ellen’s maturation--mental, emotional, and spiritual.

Peggy Moss Fielding uses facts from Oklahoma’s history to weave a ghost story but so much more. She entwines Indian lore, oil field greed, youthful naïveté, and the emergence of love into a tale that has breathtaking moments as well as spots of humor that delight.

These two short tales intrigue and leave the reader with a satisfied feeling and a happy-ever-after that even the ghosts seem to approve. These are tales like my grandpa used to tell—some parts with tongue-in-cheek. This is a book that will stay on my book shelf to read again.