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Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite
When Rosenda and Angelique Martinez waved their parents and brothers goodbye, as their family headed off to sell their 200 horses to the Army in Fort Collins in 1898, little did the girls realize they would not return. They were set upon and murdered by the very men their father had hired to help them, and the two sisters were suddenly left alone in the world. Rather than wallow in self-pity, the girls, full of righteous anger, vow to hunt down the five men responsible for their family’s murder. In Sometimes Trouble Comes in Two’s by Raymond Cook, the main problem faced by the girls is that neither of them has any experience in guns or shooting. After hiring a passing gunslinger to teach them the rudiments of drawing and firing a pistol, the girls are finally ready to begin their journey of vengeance and justice. Two females, with Colts strapped to their waists, was a rare sight in Colorado in 1898. Rosenda and Angelique soon drew plenty of attention from both those upholding the law and those breaking the law as they traveled around the small towns of early Colorado, searching for the five killers.
The thing I liked most about Sometimes Trouble Comes in Two’s is the two main characters, Rosenda and Angelique Martinez, who as two strong female leads are not robbed of their femininity and their emotions by the role of “bounty hunters” that they have chosen to embrace. Author Raymond Cook does well to soften the harshness of the action and the violence with his two protagonists, who display their caring, understanding and nurturing nature often in the story. The author’s style is very straightforward, simple and matter-of-fact, as the girls travel the roads and towns of frontier Colorado. In this sense, it is a very readable story and could appeal as much to young adults as adults. The premise of two female gunslingers is rare and unusual enough in itself to capture a reader’s attention and Cook does a good job of telling their story. If the author’s intent was to show the counterpoint between the generally accepted version of the “West” as a wild and lawless frontier with the idea that the majority of settlers were good, simple folk just seeking a quiet and peaceful life, I feel he achieved his result. This is a satisfactory read, especially if Western fiction is your genre.