I decided to read these books – well the first one, as I had enjoyed the Deadwood series by the same author, and some of the same characters appear in both series, and I thought maybe..
What surprised me was that I kept on reading and reading until I got to the end of the series if not the stories.
In particular these books are about the Morgan sisters and their various escapades. At JackRabbit Junction. Which is little more than a camp site in Arizona where people go to escape a cold winter, or to see the birds. There is an amazing variety of scenery and types of habitats in Arizona apparently, from riparian, to mountain, to desert, and much in between.
Plus lots of other minerals, especially copper now, but sometimes gold before and silver. And precious gems. There were still 380 active mines in 2019, and you can find: turquoise, peridot, azurite, chrysocolla, and malachite. agate, amethyst, garnet, jade, jasper, obsidian, onyx, and opal and even occasionally diamonds. See Geology.com for more details about gem mining in Arizona.
And JackRabbit Junction has lots of mines to add adventures into these stories – which are used for many different purposes, especially illicit purposes as so many are now abandoned and difficult to reach.
All of which means that the Sheriff (an elected office) is kept busy – and the Morgan sisters’ activities help with this – to his frustration.
There are no paranormal happening here – just general mayhem plus heists, arson, mines, dead men, prisons, sheriffs, and various (bit part) players, including some dirty old men still behaving and talking as though they are in the army armed with the necessary add-ons to ensure that they can fulfil fantasies. And who are very fond of drink and cigars.
A lot of drinking happens, a lot of loving, some winnebago escapades, plus a serious number of dangerous car chases and a crazy pregnant woman. Psychotic episodes like these are very uncommon indeed but mood swings are relatively common – this is just an extreme version – perhaps?
All of which makes for an interesting series as you never can guess what is going to happen next – and the stories just keep coming.. and you gotta love the car – see book jacket.