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    I was pulled into this supernatural YA book

    I remember 1965 and I grew up in a small midwestern town. Mr. West Nails it--small town life in the 60's with itw local personalities, its own standards of behavior, its secrets and mysteries not for open discussion ad maybe a witch or at least a "creepy" person. To this setting West brings Dibby Caldwell, a smart, overalls wearing, bicycle-riding 15 year old tomboy who lives with her dad in the inherited family home and business, the Hangwell, Kansas Funeral Home. I was pulled into Hangwell with the opening words, "Help me...",in the voice of a child. That plea also pulled Dibby into a cornfield in the middle of the night looking for the child and beginning her investigation of one of Hangwell's mysteries. Dibby's search upsets many "keepers of the secrets" (citizens), but introduces the reader to some most colorful characters, from the quirky librarian sisters to the night telephone operator (yes, some 60's small towns still needed those) who "marched" to work each day wearing his WW? uniform and carrying knowledge of all the "goings on" in Hangwell. The scenes, the characters, the sounds , all are so vivid as the mystery is solved with a light touch of horror, some supernatural tricks, some big surprises, a bit of young love touching a tomboy and , of course, the Stuart West humor. This is a book for YA to well beyond... Definitely five stars!
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    Wow, Just Wow!!

    I just finished reading this book -someone said it might be too spooky for me. Not at all. Very well written. I love the characters - very well developed and I could picture all of them, from the hero and heroine to all the peculiar characters, especially the sisters. . All strange characters for sure. Had me on the edge of my seat and I was forced to quit reading because my eyes were tearing and blurred.. Couldn't wait to get back to it.
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    Another page-turner from Stuart R. West

    Mr. West has done it again - kept me up nearly all night with another page-turner. The writing is crisp, laced with humor at times, teenaged angst at others and always stunningly visual prose. That the protagonist is a teenage girl is another feat of writing strength. The town of Hangwell in Peculiar County, Kansas does not seem to have much going for it, but young Dibby Caldwell senses a mystery about the boy who used to live next door. With the help, sometimes hindrance, of her nascent boyfriend, James Mackleby, and under the watchful eye of her mortician father, Dibby uncovers a tale of murder and deceit. Along the way she gives a vivid picture of the town she lives in along with some pertinent observations of the people who inhabit it. A very worthwhile read.
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    A great read that'll take you on peculiar journey

    5.0 out of 5 stars I was blown away by Stuart R. West’s writing in Peculiar County. The dialogue is colloquial and fresh and full of fun descriptive phrases. I’ve read a few of his other novels, and they definitely deliver a hypnotic and horrifying read. Get ready for enough twists and turns to upset your stomach when you pick up Peculiar County. Dibby Caldwell is a refreshing, delightful breath of fresh air. Her inquisitive nature stirs up the residents of a small 1960s town- Hangwell, Kansas, as she pursues dangerous leads in hopes of solving the deaths of two small boys. This book plucked me out of my chair and took me hand in hand with Dibby through the corn fields and streets of Hangwell, absorbing its mystery, myth and charm and introducing me to an unforgettable cast of characters along the way.
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    Instant, spooky classic

    Beautiful prose, compelling spooky hi-jinx, and a compelling heroine, a classic, collide for an unforgettable read. Very recommended.
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