Holmes on the Range Steve Hockensmith, St. Martin's Press, $22.95, Hardcover; 212-674-5151.

holmes-on-the-rangeHeading across Montana’s Big Sky Country, brothers Big Red and Old Red Amlingmeyer ride into a mystery when they sign on as ranch hands at the British-owned Bar VR Ranch, which is mismanaged by a conniving Englishman and ramrodded by a vicious foreman.

When a murdered headman’s snitch gets a bullet hole through the head in a two-holer outhouse, Sherlock devotee Old Red puts his deductive skills to work. The Master would have been proud of his follower’s expertise in clues and bullets. With Big Red as Old Red’s Dr. Watson, should there be more such tales? Why, the answer is an elementary yes! —William Garwood

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