A Cowboy downunder: a mystery and a romance

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Meet Paul who’s already 15 and returning to the Kimberley after living in town when he was 10. He’s in the country now, learning to ride a horse, how to muster cattle and mend fences. There’s a murder mystery party with a twist and a bit of romance but how will they find time alone? Paul also has dreams of flying a helicopter and being a mounted policeman in his home state of Victoria. But all of this will be in jeopardy if he protests against the frackers on the next property. The government has given its permission but Paul’s manager is against the mining for gas as their water supply is in danger.


Review by MA.

(This YA story) is set in the Kimberley, a Western Australian outback. It is a great adventurous book with romance and intrigue tossed in. Not oblivious to refugee condition either, the book takes into account Abdul’s plight, an Afghan refugee and his life in the detention centre of Nauru.

Paul, the protagonist is a sweet natured ambitious boy of 15 years of age with many dreams. But he must be careful if he is to fulfil those dreams.


Review by  Tony Parsons on May 23, 2016

Paul (15, narrator, cowboy) & Abdul (15, cowboy) were headed to work on a cattle ranch for a yr. in Kimberley (town), Australia.
Bill (Aborigine, trainee stockman) & Jack (Aborigine) met Abdul & Paul.
Genevieve (22, caterer), Marie (Genevieve’s sister, assistant) & Mick (30, station manager), were next introduced.

The Boss (40, Ray) would have everyone learn the Tertiary & Further Education (TAFE) techniques.
Other lessons will be Occupational Health & Safety & Environment Sustainability, animal husbandry (specifically cattle), Certificate II in a Agriculture course, horse riding, machinery & ranch maintenance, last but not least proper chemical handling & weed control.
Australian Helicopter Pilot School (Sydney) instructions on how to fly the Helicopter &
Professional Helicopter Services (PHS) teaches firefighting techniques.
Genevieve “Gen” & Mick seem to have something going on.

Gen is the organizer of the murder mystery party, which is like a play where all the help are given a fictitious identity.
Things didn’t turn out the way Gen planned it.
Ray was lifelined to Broome hospital
Inspector Thomas & D.C. Miller showed up at the ranch
Joanne was headed downtown with the 2 officers.
She was cleared of all charges.

A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A failry well written Romantic Mystery and a book. It wasn’t always very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish, but never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great romantic mystery movie, or a mini TV series. It was just OK for me so I will rate it at 3/5 stars.


Review by Nexxuson

5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Story Set in a Mystical Land

ByNexxus on February 17, 2017

The narrative is written in first person by Paul, a fifteen year old adventurous boy who has decided to work on a cattle ranch in Kimberly, Western Australia. He quickly learns that the life of a cowboy can sometimes be a hard existence, but satisfying. He begins to fall for Marie, one of the workers on the ranch and fantasizes spending time with her. A Cowboy Downunder is a delightful young adult story set in a mystical land on the other side of the world.