Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Review Tour + #Giveaway: The Tequila Promise by John MacGougan @john_macgougan @GoddessFish

The Tequila Promise

by John MacGougan

GENRE: Crime/Thriller


ETHAN PICKETT'S battered pickup truck is found in the valley of the Bluewater Ski Club, a four hundred foot drop, his broken and bloodied body trapped inside.

Ethan is a local hero, a retired rodeo cowboy, and self-made billionaire businessman. His death is big news.

When Charlie Beach hears the news, he's devastated. As a private investigator, he's had experience with death, but not with the death of someone as close to him as Ethan Pickett.

On the night of the funeral, Charlie and Cedar, Ethan's daughter, and Charlie's best and closest friend since JK, are sharing a few beers and trading stories. At one point, Cedar makes a casual comment about the irony of her father's accident, running his truck off a dark and deserted country road he had been driving his entire life.

Charlie didn't understand the concept of irony, but what he did understand was the bad feeling washing over him.

The OPP's top investigators ruled it an accident, but what if they missed something? What if it wasn't an accident? What if the accident was staged to cover up a murder?

With no evidence, no suspects, and no motive, Charlie wouldn't go hard at it, but he figured there was no harm in talking to a few people, asking some questions, see if anything popped.

Charlie would be happy if it turned out to be nothing. But, if it turned out to be something, then he'd make it his life's mission to track down the killer, and send his ass to prison.

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The first Saturday in August. Sunset. The town cast in shadows...

Chester Posey cruised Main Street, the Heritage District of town, six blocks of broad streets with angled parking, shoulder-to-shoulder brown and yellow brick three-story 1860-era Victorians with renovated storefronts, big picture windows, elaborate gingerbread trim, brightly painted cornices, and colourful sidewalk awnings.

Chester drew heavy on a cigarette, bloodshot eyes darting from one side of the street to the other, continually checking the rear-view and side mirrors. He hadn’t seen a cop car, local or OPP, since leaving his Cabbagetown rooming house over two and a half hours ago. So far so good, he thought, taking another long drag on his cigarette.

The Yankees and Red Sox were in the top of the sixth, volume on the satellite radio up, but not enough to drown out the electronic voice prompts from the onboard navigation system. The Yankees had just hit back-to-back singles, a home run and were now up a run with only one out. Chester nodded, blew out a plume of smoke, and said, “Yeah. Now that’s what I’m talking about.”

Chester had a c-note riding on a five-game parlay. He had won all four of the afternoon ballgames and needed the Yankees to beat the Sox. Before the sixth inning ended the Yankees scored another run and took a two-run lead into the seventh. Yep. After riding the schnide for over a month, Chester was feeling like Lady Luck was finally on his side, snuggled up close, riding shotgun.

Main Street, the social and economic centre of town, was buzzing with activity. Saturday evening traffic was bumper-to-bumper, the sidewalks bustling with people. According to the forecast, this was to be the first weekend in the past three that had promised sunshine, warm temperatures, and clear skies. No rain. That, and with only a few weeks of good summer weather remaining, had flushed out the crowds.

My Review:

The Tequila Promise opens with a blast and never lets up. The Tequila Promise kept me in suspense from the first page with all the many twists that kept popping up. Once I picked up The Tequila Promise I was glued to the pages not able to turn them as fast as I would have liked.

Ethan Pickett’s truck was found with his body inside. Ethan Pickett’s death was ruled an accident. Charlie Beach, a private investigator is devastated when he hears about Ethan’s death. Ethan is well known as he is a local hero, a retired rodeo cowboy, and a self-made billionaire businessman.

After talking to Ethan’s daughter, Cedar, Charlie starts to question if it was an accident or if he was murdered. Charlie starts looking into Ethan’s death. As the story progresses, more bodies turn up.

After reading about Ethan and what happened to him on that awful night I had so many questions about who and why he was murdered? And as I said I was kept in suspense throughout the book. I was racing to the end to see who and why Ethan was murdered.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Tequila Promise and can’t wait to see what Charlie has in store for him in the next Charlie Beach Mystery series, Secrets of the Innocent.

I definitely recommend The Tequila Promise to crime thriller books! Grab a copy of The Tequila Promise today!

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

John MacGougan, a Crime/Thriller author hailing from the picturesque town of Sarnia in Canada, weaves gripping tales of suspense and intrigue. With a passion for storytelling that ignites his narratives, MacGougan crafts thrilling mysteries that keep readers on the edge of their seats.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks so much for hosting!

Marcy Meyer said...

The excerpt sounds like a good crime/thriller. Thanks for sharing.

Elaine G said...

This sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing the excerpt and your thoughts on the book.

Sherry said...

This sounds like a good book.

Kim said...

Thanks for sharing your review thoughts.

Ally Swanson - FAB said...

Very interesting except!! I enjoyed reading it!!