by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill
Jett Gallatin, riding into Alsop, Texas, in search of a brother missing since the Civil War ended, is sure that no one will suspect she is a girl, but wouldn't be surprised to run into trouble. Honoria Gibbons, driving across the west Texas plains in a steam-driven auto-tachypode of her own invention, confidently expects not to find what she is looking for, as her scientific turn of mind will not admit the existence of the phantom airships reported to her gullible father without a good deal more evidence than she has been able to turn up so far. White Fox, on leave from his duties as an Army Scout, is following a trail of mysterious disappearances, sometimes of whole wagon trains or even small towns. None of them expect zombies.
Lackey and Edghill have collaborated on a fair number of novels now, both for adults and for teens. This steampunk zombie Western is apparently the start of a new series for teens, though the plot is wrapped up nicely in one volume with just a couple of teasers for possible future installments. I quite liked the characters, though it took a while for Gibbons to grow on me, and I still think she speaks with too many exclamation points.