The Crack in the Lens by Steve Hockensmith
A "Holmes on the Range" Mystery (Holmes on the Range Mysteries)

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In 1893, Otto “Big Red” Amlingmeyer and his brother Gustav, “Old Red” find themselves in a situation that they never expected. They have a bit of money and time to do something other than scramble. It’s enough to confound even that most unconfoundable of men, their mutual inspiration, Sherlock Holmes.

So Old Red decides that it’s time for the for the two of them to head off to the Texas hill country, to San Marcos, and deal with the greatest tragedy of Old Red’s life. Five years ago, when Old Red was a cowpoke in San Marcos, he had a sweetheart—a fallen woman at the local house of ill repute. They had made plans but before they made their big move, his fiancée was murdered and the case swept under the rug by the local authorities. Now, Old Red is determined to find out what really happened and to finally find a measure of justice for his beloved. But Big Red and Old Red find themselves facing a wall of silence and in some of the worst situations of their lives: ensnared in a riot at the local cathouse, on the wrong end of a lynching party and perhaps worst of all—having to do the one thing you never want to do in the state of Texas: steal horses.

About Steve Hockensmith

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STEVE HOCKENSMITH is a widely published journalist and author of the critically acclaimed novels featuring Old Red and Big Red, including the Edgar Award finalist, Holmes On the Range.
Published April 1, 2010 by Minotaur Books. 320 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Westerns, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Suite 101

Aurora Teagarden has a visit from the past when Robin Crusoe comes back to Lawrenceton, this time with a film crew and Hollywood stars in tow.

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: A Crack in the Lens is the fourth engaging mystery in the Holmes on the Range series by Steve Hockensmith, this time with brothers Gustav ("Old Red") and Otto ("Big Red") on a quest to settle a score.

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Spinetingler Magazine

Hockensmith does a very nice job of positioning the “boys” properly in the birth order, with Old Red taking somewhat grudging care of his baby brother, and Big Red looking up to his older brother while not really knowing when to keep his mouth shut.

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