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Murder and greed visit the high country... Tired of spending his days fishing, Ray Pacheco takes on his second assignment with his partner Tyee Chino when the state Attorney General asks them to find out just what the hell is going on in Ruidoso, New Mexico. With the town's sheriff in hospital with a mysterious illness, acting sheriff Martin Marino is running rough-shod ov Murder and greed visit the high country... Tired of spending his days fishing, Ray Pacheco takes on his second assignment with his partner Tyee Chino when the state Attorney General asks them to find out just what the hell is going on in Ruidoso, New Mexico. With the town's sheriff in hospital with a mysterious illness, acting sheriff Martin Marino is running rough-shod over everyone around him. What seems like a simple assignment becomes more complicated when Marino is found dead, shot at close range while sitting in his patrol car on Main Street. The suspects seem to include most of the town, but Ray and Tyee narrow it to three: Dick Franklin, manager of Ruidoso Downs racetrack, bar owner Tito Annoya, and, disturbingly, police chief Larry Nelson. At the same time, Ray has an uneasy feeling that the AG is withholding critical details about what exactly is going on in Ruidoso -- and why the state was so slow to respond. It all comes to a surprising conclusion with the involvement of a Spanish princess, a drug lord gone mad, and a few other lowlifes... and leaves Ray wondering if maybe fishing wasn't so boring after all. Includes a bonus "Facts in the Fiction" section, discussing some of the real-life inspirations for the locations and characters in the novel. For fans of mysteries and crime thrillers. Sky High Stakes continues the stories of Ray, Tyee, and Big Jack from the first book in the series, Dog Gone Lies.


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Murder and greed visit the high country... Tired of spending his days fishing, Ray Pacheco takes on his second assignment with his partner Tyee Chino when the state Attorney General asks them to find out just what the hell is going on in Ruidoso, New Mexico. With the town's sheriff in hospital with a mysterious illness, acting sheriff Martin Marino is running rough-shod ov Murder and greed visit the high country... Tired of spending his days fishing, Ray Pacheco takes on his second assignment with his partner Tyee Chino when the state Attorney General asks them to find out just what the hell is going on in Ruidoso, New Mexico. With the town's sheriff in hospital with a mysterious illness, acting sheriff Martin Marino is running rough-shod over everyone around him. What seems like a simple assignment becomes more complicated when Marino is found dead, shot at close range while sitting in his patrol car on Main Street. The suspects seem to include most of the town, but Ray and Tyee narrow it to three: Dick Franklin, manager of Ruidoso Downs racetrack, bar owner Tito Annoya, and, disturbingly, police chief Larry Nelson. At the same time, Ray has an uneasy feeling that the AG is withholding critical details about what exactly is going on in Ruidoso -- and why the state was so slow to respond. It all comes to a surprising conclusion with the involvement of a Spanish princess, a drug lord gone mad, and a few other lowlifes... and leaves Ray wondering if maybe fishing wasn't so boring after all. Includes a bonus "Facts in the Fiction" section, discussing some of the real-life inspirations for the locations and characters in the novel. For fans of mysteries and crime thrillers. Sky High Stakes continues the stories of Ray, Tyee, and Big Jack from the first book in the series, Dog Gone Lies.

30 review for Sky High Stakes

  1. 5 out of 5

    T.J. Wray

    These books are easy to read and fairly entertaining. In book #2, Ray and his newly formed Private Investigating Team get another murder case to investigate from the Governors office. As they uncover clues several more murders take place. But as you can imagine in the end Ray gets his man, or women if the case may be. The story takes a couple of unexpected turns. If you liked the fist book, you will enjoy this second one as well...TJ

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bonnye Reed

    Further adventures of Pacheco and Chino - Excellent tales told very well. I was able to download a copy of this continuation of the adventures, completely stand-alone as was the #1 book, Dog Gone Lies, from Kindle Unlimited. Ted Clifton is an excellent teller of tales - he manages to catch your interest in the first page or two and keep you entertained until the last page comes around, always just a little too soon. In Sky High Stakes we wander over and around New Mexico, with our intrepid P.I.s Further adventures of Pacheco and Chino - Excellent tales told very well. I was able to download a copy of this continuation of the adventures, completely stand-alone as was the #1 book, Dog Gone Lies, from Kindle Unlimited. Ted Clifton is an excellent teller of tales - he manages to catch your interest in the first page or two and keep you entertained until the last page comes around, always just a little too soon. In Sky High Stakes we wander over and around New Mexico, with our intrepid P.I.s as they work, running down information for the governor about the going on's at Ruidoso's Race Track and Casino on the Mescalero Apache Reservation, and in and around Santa Fe and Albuquerque. The main characters are lovable, the scenery is well defined, and the mystery is interesting. In several places, the plot does not go the way I expected it to. Loving this series. Reviewed on Goodreads, AmazonSmile, BookBub, and Barnes&Noble. Not available for review on Kobo or GooglePlay.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ellen White

    Ray retires by a lake, with no hobbies he decides to take up fishing. The owner of the shop recommended to learn about it first, and thus we meet some interesting characters. With retirement getting old he takes on a case. The odd thing it seems like everybody in this small town is involved. The scenery of New Mexico and characters were brought to life and made a good murder mystery to read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I found this book pretty boring. It was full of "dumb Indian" jokes, mostly made by the Indian himself, and that got old fast. Also, characters would appear and start talking, but the book didn't say who was talking. You were just supposed to know that this person had shown up. The info about the geography of Santa Fe was interesting and fun to read about.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Delena constant

    Stakes This is a well written Book about Subjects, places in New Mexico, I said in my first review in this series the Author is very precise and right on! It is easy to get attached to the several main People in this story, feel like they are Friends. I highly recommend 📚 by Ted Clifton. Give this Read 4🌟 rating.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Mystery, mayhem and a few good laughs. I love these characters and how they get along with one another! The mysteries are always interesting with lots of twists and turns along the way. And of course, I adore a dog named Happy!

  7. 5 out of 5

    David Huelsmann

    Sorry, the dialog was sophomoric at best and the repetition just went on and on. I did enjoy the various towns and scenes of New Mexico as I lived there for a number of years. I found the descriptions accurate as I remember the area.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Beverly Kee

    This author might be my favorite non- romance writer ever! I love how the storyline leads you around and teases you into thinking you know how it's going to and then yanks it anyway! What a incredibly great cast of characters! Loved this book!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I didn’t like this one as much as the first book. Way too many pages spent on background of supporting characters for just this story. But I like the main characters enough that I looked forward to getting back to the story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Virginia

    Good Private Investigator Story. Ted Clifton does not disappoint with another of his Pacheco & Chino mysteries. A great read with interesting characters and mysteries that don't quit. Good Private Investigator Story. Ted Clifton does not disappoint with another of his Pacheco & Chino mysteries. A great read with interesting characters and mysteries that don't quit.

  11. 4 out of 5

    nancy jill kennedy

    Summer Read Talk about convoluted storylines and you have it right here. Seems there are murderers aplenty and Ray is pretty good at ferreting them all out. Some people get away with it and others pay with their lives. Very enjoyable.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Enjoyed the story. A lot of characters to keep up with. The story was interesting and thought provoking. The multitude of important characters was somewhat confusing and difficult to follow. That's the only reason I didn't give it give 5 stars.

  13. 4 out of 5

    gretchen burton

    Entertaining Have definitely enjoyed the three books I have read about Sheriff Ray and company he seems to be able to find problems no matter where he goes. There is a good mix of believable crimes and other situations for them to handle

  14. 4 out of 5

    J.D. Schechter

    Another good one A good, well written story. The pace is slow and the plot convoluted, the characters mostly believable - the kind you could grab a beer with.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brett

    Entertaining read set in the glorious SW; makes me want to visit New Mexico.

  16. 4 out of 5

    John

    Easy read. This story followed the first story. New characters introduced,some had major parts,some did not. Give it a shot, it was free.

  17. 4 out of 5

    alicia waldo

    Fun book, easy read

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jean Taylor

    Very good This is a good story about cleaning up and politics like this in today's world. Looking forward to many more

  19. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    Another great book by Ted Clifton I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's every bit as good as the first one. I look forward to the next.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jim A

    Run of the mill whodunit. Written mainly with humor in mind. A lot of the story is just that, story. Has nothing to do with the main plot.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Roger

    A very good book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    BonusMom

    Enjoyable I quite enjoyed the camaraderie and humor (and emotions) of all the characters mixed in the mystery of this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I read this book I wasn't sure want it was about it was fairly okay.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    Enjoyed this book, easy and quick read. Characters were well written, enjoyed the plot and that the book was easy to follow. This is the second book in the series so I am curious and going to look up the first to read but I feel that the book made sense without reading the previous one. I plan to read more of Ted Clifton if his other books are written like this one. I won this book in a goodreads giveaway, thank you.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Good this retired sheriff and his people who were running a private investigation agency who worked for the governor of New Mexico.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    A very good book. I really liked it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dave Schumm

    Another great Pacheco and Chino book! Great plots and great characters. Also a great visitors guide to New Mexico. I can't wait for the next book by Mr. Clifton.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Good read I have read all the books so far and now waiting for the next one. I have been drawn in for the characters and their next move. Glad to have found this author also.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  30. 5 out of 5

    Randy

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