Four Furlongs – A China Bohannon Novel
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 modern 1890s 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 Doyle & Howe office. On the second day of the meet, a fourteen-year-old girl shows up at he 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.
About Carol Wright Crigger (Spokane, Washington Author)
Born and raised in North Idaho on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation, Carol Wright Crigger lives in Spokane Valley, Washington. Imbued with an abiding love of western traditions and wide-open spaces, Ms. Crigger writes of free-spirited people who break from their standard roles. In her books, whether westerns or mysteries, the locales are real places. A fan of local history, all of her books are set the Inland Northwest, and make use of a historical background.
Ms. Crigger is a member of Western Writers of America, and is a two time Spur Award finalist, in 2007 for short fiction, and 2009 for audio. Her western novel, Black Crossing, was the 2008 EPIC Award winner in the western/historical category. Her website is www.ckcrigger.com