Coercion at the Cow Palace by Caryl McAdoo ~ Book Review + Giveaway

February 14, 2022


About the Book

Book: Coercion at the Cow Palace
Author: Caryl McAdoo
Series: Cross Timbers, Book 3
Genre: Historical Romantic Mystery
Release Date: January 12, 2022

There’s more than a hundred witnesses in the room, but no one sees who shot the newspaper reporter. If not for an offhanded bet, Morgan and Charity would never have gotten involved; he’s not one to let a friend down. The truth of who and why DeeDee’s big engagement is wrecked might never be known if they hadn’t, and it still may not be if the Lowells can’t get the right man elected governor of Texas. Crooked civil servants and politicians who think they’re above the law thwart their every effort. It’s a historic mystery wrapped in redemption, love, politics, and coercion at the Cow Palace.


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My Thoughts

I have enjoyed the books I have read from Caryl but my favorites are when Morgan and Charity are involved! They are hoot together. This is the third book in the Cross Timbers Mystery and they can certainly be stand alone novels but I promise you if you read them from the beginning you will also get to know some of these characters. This book did not disappoint there is mystery with a few twists and turns and it was at times comical that these two characters who are authors are trying to find out information but no one would talk to them because they are afraid to end up as one of the characters in their book. Seriously the relationship between Morgan and Charity is great. You don't want to miss out.

One of my favorite things about Caryl is the way that she puts God and God's amazing grace into her stories. In this one she reminds us that no sin is too great for our God. He paid the ultimate price and if we would just lay it at His feet and follow Him the reward is so much greater. 

Overall I thought this was a great addition to the series and I can't wait to see where else she has in store for us!

My Rating: 4 Stars/Really Liked it!

I received a copy of this book from the author. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

About the Author

Award-winning author Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and her best-selling stories—over sixty published—delight Christian readers around the world. The prolific writer also enjoys singing the new songs the Lord gives her; you may listen at YouTube. Sharing four children and twenty-one grandsugars (three are greats), Caryl and Ron, her high-school-sweetheart-husband of fifty-three years, live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas. The McAdoos wait expectantly for God to open the next door.


More from Caryl

I have so enjoyed writing these mystery stories with Morgan and Charity Lowell—from several books, but primarily LEAVING TEXAS, book four in the “Cross Timbers Romance Family Saga—as the wise and apt investigators! Of course, I have to throw in a little romance. I just can’t help it!

In COERCION at The Cow Palace, we take a little jaunt from Dallas over to Fort Worth and its Hell’s Half Acre. The city was incorporated in 1873, the year COERCION is set, but already acted as a hub for all the cattle drives coming north through Ft. Worth to the Kansas Railways.

I grew up in Dallas and really hadn’t known that much of Fort Worth’s history, so the research proved so exhilarating! Army General William Worth proposed a string of forts to protect Texas’ new settlers but died with cholera before seeing this come to fruition. His successor named the fort for him thirty years before our story.

It had a booming population of over five thousand—plus almost another thousand slaves—before the Civil War. Afterwards, during the reconstruction, its citizenship dwindled to less than two hundred in the 1860s, but the following decade with the arrival of the railroad in 1976 firmly established “Cowtown, ” Fort Worth’s famous nickname.

I loved setting these characters in this famous Texas town. It’s been said that  Fort Worth was where the West began! I say, “Let the fun begin as we figure out along with the Lowells who done it!”

Blessings, y’all!

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, February 4

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Texas Book-aholic, February 6

Through the Fire Blogs, February 7 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 7

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 8

Inklings and notions, February 9

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 10

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, February 10 (Author Interview)

deb’s Book Review, February 11

Connie’s History Classroom, February 12

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, February 13 (Spotlight)

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, February 14

A Baker’s Perspective, February 15 (Author Interview)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 16

Pause for Tales, February 17


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  1. thank you for your thoughts. Would love to read this newest book.

  2. Thank you for sharing, this sounds like a great book

  3. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this book, this sounds like an awesome read

  4. Thank you for sharing your wonderful review! Caryl is one of my favorite authors.