Tuesday, January 9, 2024

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Review Tour: The Tequila Promise by John MacGougan



ETHAN PICKETT'S battered pickup truck is found in the valley of the Bluewater Ski Club, a four hundred foot drop, his broken and bloodied body trapped inside.

Ethan is a local hero, a retired rodeo cowboy, and self-made billionaire businessman. His death is big news.

When Charlie Beach hears the news, he's devastated. As a private investigator, he's had experience with death, but not with the death of someone as close to him as Ethan Pickett.

On the night of the funeral, Charlie and Cedar, Ethan's daughter, and Charlie's best and closest friend since JK, are sharing a few beers and trading stories. At one point, Cedar makes a casual comment about the irony of her father's accident, running his truck off a dark and deserted country road he had been driving his entire life.

Charlie didn't understand the concept of irony, but what he did understand was the bad feeling washing over him.

The OPP's top investigators ruled it an accident, but what if they missed something? What if it wasn't an accident? What if the accident was staged to cover up a murder?

With no evidence, no suspects, and no motive, Charlie wouldn't go hard at it, but he figured there was no harm in talking to a few people, asking some questions, see if anything popped.

Charlie would be happy if it turned out to be nothing. But, if it turned out to be something, then he'd make it his life's mission to track down the killer, and send his ass to prison.

The first Saturday in August. Sunset. The town cast in shadows... 

Chester Posey cruised Main Street, the Heritage District of town, six blocks of broad streets with angled parking, shoulder-to-shoulder brown and yellow brick three-story 1860-era Victorians with renovated storefronts, big picture windows, elaborate gingerbread trim, brightly painted cornices, and colourful sidewalk awnings. 

Chester drew heavy on a cigarette, bloodshot eyes darting from one side of the street to the other, continually checking the rear-view and side mirrors. He hadn’t seen a cop car, local or OPP, since leaving his Cabbagetown rooming house over two and a half hours ago. So far so good, he thought, taking another long drag on his cigarette. 

The Yankees and Red Sox were in the top of the sixth, volume on the satellite radio up, but not enough to drown out the electronic voice prompts from the onboard navigation system. The Yankees had just hit back-to-back singles, a home run and were now up a run with only one out. Chester nodded, blew out a plume of smoke, and said, “Yeah. Now that’s what I’m talking about.” 

Chester had a c-note riding on a five-game parlay. He had won all four of the afternoon ballgames and needed the Yankees to beat the Sox. Before the sixth inning ended the Yankees scored another run and took a two-run lead into the seventh. Yep. After riding the schnide for over a month, Chester was feeling like Lady Luck was finally on his side, snuggled up close, riding shotgun. 

Main Street, the social and economic centre of town, was buzzing with activity. Saturday evening traffic was bumper-to-bumper, the sidewalks bustling with people. According to the forecast, this was to be the first weekend in the past three that had promised sunshine, warm temperatures, and clear skies. No rain. That, and with only a few weeks of good summer weather remaining, had flushed out the crowds.

Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐
John MacGougan and Charlie Beach are on my radar! I'm always looking for crime thrillers, and I'll admit that I'm not the easiest to please where the genre is concerned. Anytime I run across a character and writing style that I enjoy as much as any of my favorites, I'm definitely coming back for more.
As I understand it, The Tequila Promise is MacGougan's debut, so when I say it's right up there with any of my favorites in the genre, most of those are authors I've read for years. The storyline is captivating and gritty, the twists are very well done, and Charlie Beach is a character I genuinely like and want to root for. The book is well-written, and the pacing is perfect for the twists and suspense of the story.
So, if you enjoy crime thrillers, I'd highly recommend John MacGougan's The Tequila Promise. Now, I'm off to add the second Charlie Beach book to my TBR. 

John MacGougan, a Crime/Thriller author hailing from the picturesque town of Sarnia in Canada, weaves gripping tales of suspense and intrigue. With a passion for storytelling that ignites his narratives, MacGougan crafts thrilling mysteries that keep readers on the edge of their seats.

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John MacGougan will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


  1. Thank you so much for reviewing The Tequila Promise today.

  2. I enjoyed the excerpt and review. Sounds good.

  3. Sounds like an interesting book.

  4. "The Tequila Promise" by John MacGougan is an intriguing and captivating read. It's a gripping story filled with suspense and surprises.

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