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The annual Interstate Fair is underway in Spokane, Washington. Derby Day is fast approaching. Bunco men and pickpockets abound, and the racing commission has hired the Doyle & Howe Detective Agency to patrol the fairgrounds. Smart and sassy bookkeeper China Bohannon is a career woman who’d rather sleuth than type. With her uncle, Montgomery Howe, and her heart’s desire, Gratton Doyle, attempting to keep the peace at the Corbin Park racetrack, China is in charge of the Doyle & Howe office. On the second day of the meet, a fourteen-year-old girl shows up at the office, seeking the detectives’ help in a case of what she says is murder. Neva Sue O’Dell’s jockey brother has been killed during a race, the horse he was riding—the dead-on derby favorite —lamed. Neva claims her mother and grandfather are involved, having been paid a lot of money to rig the race. Who paid them? Neva doesn’t know, but she wants China to find out and somehow bring those who harmed her brother to their rightful end. It so happens China loves a challenge as much as she hates injustice. Nothing can deter her, even if she sometimes goes a little off-track. When China and Neva are threatened, physically assaulted, and finally kidnapped, China leads this intrepid pair in a daring escape that brings down more than one villain.

"...China Bohannon is one of my very favorite historical sleuths and Ms. Crigger writes with a clear love of the western frontier leavened with a lot of quiet humor and a real knowledge of the period."   Lelia Taylor September 2016    Buried Under Books Review
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The gay 1890s aren't always. Gay, that is. Sometimes life is dangerous, especially if you're next on a murderer's kill list. In 1896, there aren’t many career choices for a young lady. China Bohannon has fled one bad situation, and is looking to start her life over as a strong, independent woman in the wild and woolly town of Spokane, Washington. Convincing Gratton Doyle to take her seriously as a bookkeeper is hard enough, and when it comes to working as an investigator in the Doyle & Howe Detective Agency, it’s well-nigh impossible. But what if China is able to solve a murder case no one, including the police, wants to take on, that of a young girl found dead, her body tossed in the river? If she can avoid being the next victim, will Gratton hire her then? There’s only one way to find out.

"...First rate for a first book in a series! I'm looking forward to reading the next."    A Reader in the Mitten Amazon Review
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Gincy Tate's father is murdered before he can flfill a contract to supply the Army with remounts. In order to pay his debts and save her home, Gincy must make the sale in his place. Afraid the lien-holder, whom she suspects of being the murderer, will foreclose before June 7, 1883, she tells no one Morris Tate is dead. Instead, she says he is here, there, or elsewhere.

Gincy hires two cowboys to help trail the herd to fort Spokane. One is on the murderer's payroll, but Sawyer Kennett hires on because he has decided Gincy is the woman for him. With an old Indian, who is her shirttail relative, the group battles storm, stampede, and sabotage to win their way to the fort and sell the herd. Then Gincy  must make it home im time to beat the foreclosure and confront her father's murderer--but only if Sawyer is the man she prays he is.

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Never bet more than you can afford to lose . . . Caroline Pruett should've heeded that advice because once she lost her stake, there was no going back. Or was there? Desperation has clouded Caroline's judgment. When she loses King, her Thoroughbred stallion, to Micah Sutton in a poker game, the first thing she doesnis steal him back. The adventure is not quite a success, however. After accidentally shooting Micah, Caroline and King are on the run.

Micah is a hard man to kill. He's out to catch Caroline and retrieve his horse, but now there's another complication. Seems there's more than one horse thief in the Okanogan country and the girl isn't the only one after King. Who'd ever thought he'd have to team up with a wildcat like her?

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There's only one person in town brave enough to step in and take over for the sheriff when he's shot, and that's his wife. Diggett Monroe's gang of outlaws is set to overrun the town of Endurance, Idaho, and claim it for their own. They start by ambushing Sheriff Pelham Birdsall, leaving him for dead, lying in a pool of blood. But Birdsall, thanks to his young wife Delight, doesn't die, and as she strives to get him back on his feet in time for the inevitable, swiftly approaching showdown, more and more of the sheriff's duties fall on her shoulders. Can Delight, assisted by an unlikely deputy--a former prisoner and the only man willing to step up and help--and a three-legged dog, find a way to vanquish the outlaws and save the town?

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A woman's revenge and a man's honor meet on a collision course. Isaac Gilpatrick witnesses the killing of old Marshall Blodgett, and when his mother Ione is threatened with death - or worse - he is intimidated into remaining silent. But the guilt he carries wears at Isaac's nerves, until he can bear it no longer and vows to put the information into the new marshal's hands. Unfortunately, Marshal TJ Osgood arrives in town too late. He finds Isaac silenced for good after a crooked judge ordered him hanged. Now, with an under-aged deputy and a hound dog as his only allies, Osgood must sort out the truth, protect the bereaved Ione Gilpatrick, and bring a rough bunch of backwoods timber thieves to justice. That is, if Ione doesn't beat him to it....

"... 5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent western anyone can enjoy from beginning to end. This is a cleanly written extremely entertaining story. It was very hard to put down. I will definitely look for more from this writer as she is a real keeper!!            By Mary Jane Kail on October 20, 2016 on Amazon

#1 Kindle Western for three weeks; top ten for five weeks.
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Book #1 of the Gunsmith Time-travel Series from City Lights Publishing
Boothenay Irons, to her own bewilderment, is the possessor of a mysterious power. By profession a gunsmith, there is something within her that answers to the history held within the antique guns that are her specialty. Not only can she hear the gun's story, she is sometimes able to go back in time and interact with its history. But, as she soon finds,  it takes the spilling of blood to trigger her forays into the past.
Boothenay and Caleb Deane are untied when his heirloom blunderbuss sends them into the year 1811 on an extraordinary adventure. caleb's entire world is turned upside down in the quest involving his family history, a grand romance, and a jailbreak from grim Dartmoor prison.
The question is, will boothenay find a way to bring them home?

5.0 out of 5 stars] Love, Danger and Magic, November 16, 2016
"...I liked this magical, historical romance very much. Wonderful characters and believable circumstances. As ever with a really good author, you are left wanting to know what will happen next. Please, C. K. Crigger, give us more of the gun repair shop and its lovely expert."  Corinthian Marsh Amazon review

5.0 out of 5 starsFive Stars   ByAmazon Customer on March 14, 2017
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"Beautifully written. Fast paced, one of a kind read.

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Book #2 of the Gunsmith Time-travel Series from City Lights Publishing

Boothenay connects with a mysterious power within the antique weapons that are her specialty. She believes she is the only person in the world with this ability--until a Colt 1911 .45 automatic steals Caleb Deane and sets him down in the middle of WWI. Now Boothenay has to discover where he's gone, and find a way for them both to survive the final battle.

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Boothenay Irons is a most unusual gunsmith who is accustomed to the mysterious power within the antique guns in which she deals. That power is a catalyst, able to carry her into the past. What she isn’t prepared for is a time-traveler from the future named Teagun Dill in need of her expertise. Dill kidnaps her and thrusts her forward in time. He needs her help to fight an outlaw gang who has taken over the Dill family’s Crossroad Hotel. His promise to help her return to her own time causes her to consider her plight as well as his. Stranded and angry, unable to utilize her own power, Boothenay finds she must help create a future, instead of relive the past.

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An old LeMat revolver is the catalyst that sends gunsmith boothenay Irons back in time to 1877 and sets her down in the middle of the Nez Perce War.

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A cross-genre western/time travel.

Boothenay arrives home, only to find her father dead, her brother no longer welcoming. Now her first romance has fizzled out, nothing awaits her there that compares with old-time motor carriages, lightning spewing guns—and the enigmatic Kellen Tatrov.
Boothenay Irons and her dog, McDuff, are kidnapped and forced into an alternate American where Boothenay's life changes forever.

Border Patrol officer Lily Turnbow is fighting a terrorist for her life when everything around her dissolves into a maelstrom of light and thunder. Awakening one hundred years in the future, Lily finds a ruined world in which bands of mutants are at war with normal humans, and she is as changed as her surroundings. Resurrected into a society only now beginning to recover from the Event that almost wiped out humanity, Lily has become a Cross-up, acquiring magical powers she never had before. Driven by a bewildering set of circumstances, she uses these
powers for the good of the O'Quinn clan, a sword-and-horse society that has, against their better judgment, taken her in.
But with few exceptions, these people are not as appreciative of her help as one might expect. Even after killing one of her "own kind" --the serial murderePre at war with normal humans, and she is as changed as her surroundings. Resurrected into a society only now beginning to recover from the Event that almost wiped out humanity, Lily has become a Cross-up, acquiring magical powers she never had before. Driven by a bewildering set of circumstances, she uses these
powers for the good of the O'Quinn clan, a sword-and-horse society
hilip Barnes, a Cross-up known in this time as Screenmaster--the O'Quinns view her with fear and suspicion. With the exception of O'Quinn cousin Nate Quick, who is her most vocal advocate, the clan can't wait to get rid of her. Sent before the clan elders, Lily's alternatives are banishment into a lonely, friendless world where no one trusts anybody, or death.
But Lily isn't willing to die--again.

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The raiders who capture Tomasella Iccasian and her six-year-old cousin, Prince Rhian, are in for a surprise. Not only is Tomasella a firebrand, but she is also a fledgling mage of raw, untrained power.

Discovering previously unplumbed depths of ingenuity in herself, Tomasella escape the raiders. Her next move is to recruit three mercenary soldiers as her private army. All of her talents are put to the test as she steps back into danger and, with her tiny force, determines to rescue her cousin from the raiders.

But to her sorrow, the reward on which she sets her heart seems bound to elude her.

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