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The Gunsmith Series

Book 1: In the Service of the Queen
Book 2: Shadow Soldier
Book 3: Crossroad
Book 4: Six Shot
Book 5: Gone Rogue

ISBN#:  1-59279-268-5
August 2004
Amber Quill Press, LLC
230 pages
Rating: 3 Cups

A curse, a revolver, and the Nez Perce War are all you need to get C. K. Crigger off on the fourth book in the Gunsmith Series.  Six Shot is a horse as well as the title to the latest adventure of Boothenay Irons and Caleb Deane.  Boothenay AKA Button ends up back in the late 1800’s in the American Northwest.  She is looking for Caleb who disappeared with a horse.  Oh, and by the way, there is a curse that she is responsible for that needs to be undone too.

Button works in a bar in a frontier town as a hurdy–gurdy girl where she dances with the customers and sings.  She does not take them to her room upstairs until the customer turns out to be Caleb.  Now Button has to get out of town because the sheriff wants her– well he wants her in his bed and her stepfather wants her in the Sheriffs bed too– after he gets the Sheriffs money.

Caleb AKA Wing, the gunslinger, is wanted by the Indians because he has the horse belonging to their dead shaman.  That means he is guilty of murder and theft of their shaman’s medicine.  Between running from the Sheriff, Button’s stepfather, Indians, and running after Caleb and the Indians; Boothenay remembers how she ended up where she is.  Caleb also remembers who he is and what’s happening but he’ll have more scars than memories if something doesn’t happen quickly.

This book did not stand alone well.  I hope the previous books help.  The author assumed that this reader knows more about the adventurer from previous books than I actually did.  The synopsis clued me in better than the book itself.  The story was refreshingly unique, but the background mentioned at the beginning of the book was not enough to give me an idea of the history of the characters.  I still do not have a solid idea of the “powers” that our heroine possesses.

I like the plot.  I like the unlikely named heroine and I enjoyed the story.  C.K. Crigger brings a landscape to life.  The people, the places and the time are real.  I just wish she would put it all down on paper before she goes on to the next scene.  You just know she saw it all and knew just what happened to her characters, but she did not finish telling us.  I was entertained but not thoroughly satisfied.  The good guys won; I think.  The book ended, but I wanted to know what happened when they got back from 1877.  One more chapter is all I want.

Brenda McCoy        
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance



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