C. K. Crigger
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About C. K. Crigger
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, historical or contemporary, the locales are real places. Her books are set the Inland Northwest, the westerns making 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. The beginning book of her The Woman Who series, The Woman Who Built a Bridge, is a Western Writers of America 2019 Spur Award Winner. The Yeggman's Apprentice is a 2020 Spur Award Winner, and Yester's Ride is a 2019 Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award Finalist. Her latest release is book #2 of The Woman Who series, titled The Woman Who Killed Marvin Hammel.
Her website is www.ckcrigger.com
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It’s May, and the river is in flood. Mountain snow melt and torrential rain has plagued the area for a week. Knox Burdette witnesses a murderous attack on a neighbor and Anson Lowell can’t let him escape. With no witness, the case falls apart. When one murder has been committed, a second comes at little cost, right? Especially when the witness is a no-account ranch hand. But William Ault lived long enough to press a letter onto Knox and beg him to deliver it to his attorney in Spokane. Knox, being an honest man, undertakes the task.
Knox is trying to escape the gang when a riverbank collapses under his horse. It is Tinker O’Keefe who discovers him clinging to a log. She effects a rescue of both man and horse and takes them in.
The gang, while searching for Knox, shows up at Tinker’s house, making threats. The thing is, Tinker’s home is a former brothel, and she is painted with the same brush. She hides Knox, and the next day they make their way to Spokane to meet with the attorney.
More surprises are in store, including to whom William Ault has bequeathed his ranch and the discovery of an independent witness to Ault’s murder.
Even so, nothing will stop the murderer’s urge to kill Knox and Tinker.
Young Grady Edenfield becomes the man of the family in a hurry on the rainy night he loses two little brothers. And his ma? She’s sick, too. Sick and tired of leaving dead babies behind as her husband’s wanderlust constantly moves them on.
But this time, Grady finds an deserted cabin and claims it for their home. As they wait for his pa to return, the small family makes friends and builds a decent life.
Until Pa returns.
FROM SPUR AWARD WINNING AUTHOR C.K. CRIGGER
January Billings is starting over after bringing her husband’s murderer to justice, when a stranger shows up at her ranch door. The sheriff, weaseling out of his duties, has sent him to enlist her help in recovering a horse that’s been stolen from him by a young girl.
Eli Pasco hadn’t expected the deputy to be a woman, and he’s none too pleased with having to deal with her. Even so, they set out to find the girl and his horse. It isn’t long before they discover that rather than a thief, they’re looking for a kidnapped girl.
With the outlaws aware they’re being pursued, first January, then Eli is caught in a trap. The outlaws leave Eli for dead, but they take January with them as they run to catch a ship on the Washington coast where Zora Winkler is a prize to be sold to the highest bidder.
January, with her scars, is not the prize the outlaws seek, and she is left behind in the hands of a mad killer. She’s tough, wily, and strong and manages to get free. Determined to save Zora, she follows the outlaws. Meanwhile, Eli confused as to which trail to follow, has gone after his horse.
Crossing the mountains, they all wind up on the coast. January and Eli will have a final shoot-out before the girl is rescued, the outlaws either killed or captured, and January is left with a new decision to make…
“A tough, resilient heroine who shows no fear.” – Author V.J. Rose
Shay Billings and January Schutt have been married four months when he’s summoned by the local bank president to a meeting. With the final payment due on his land, Shay rides to town for the meeting, then is murdered on the way home…
The bank president declares the loan in arrears and informs January the bank is taking everything except the clothes on her back. Devastated by Shay’s death, January knows skullduggery is afoot and vows to fight back. Worse, it seems she’ll have to go after Shay’s murderer herself as the local sheriff lacks the backbone. Everything ties together, to her mind. The foreclosure nothing more than downright theft, the murder an act of revenge by the widow of Shay’s old enemy. But January has friends, too, especially in Ford Tervo, a deputy U.S. marshal who had been Shay’s friend.
Now, vowing her own revenge, the final showdown becomes two widows duking it out.
Shay Billings is pleasantly surprised at discovering a new bridge over the river, as it cuts several miles from his trip into town. Ambushed and left for dead, he has even more cause to be grateful when the bridge-builder saves his life. Shay’s savior turns out to be a mysterious young woman with extraordinary skills. More importantly, she’s a strong ally when he and a few other men are forced to defend themselves and their ranches against a power hungry rich man. Marvin Hammel seems determined to own everything in their small valley, his intention to gobble up not only their homes and their livelihoods, but the water that flows through the land.
January Schutt just wants to be left alone to hide her scars. She’s rebuilt the bridge that crosses the river onto her property, and lives like a hermit in a rundown old barn. All that changes when she takes in a wounded Shay Billings. Now she’s placed in the middle of a war over water rights. But has she picked the winning side?
Friction between the newlyweds arises when Jacoba’s name is drawn in the lottery instead of Charlie’s. During the winter, as Charlie heals, Jacoba labors to make ends meet. When at last Charlie can function, he moves to the homestead by himself while Jacoba stays behind to work and keep money coming in.
But is Charlie really working for the benefit of them both? That is the question that plagues Jacoba. On a visit to the homestead, she discovers nothing has been accomplished. No cabin built, no land cleared, an expensive team of horses neglected. It’s when she decides to move to the site herself that matters come to a head. Her husband has changed, and not for the better.
Now there’s a question Jacoba has to ask herself. “Is this piece of ground worth dying for?”
China Bohannon fled a bad situation and decided to start her life over as a strong, independent woman in the wild and woolly town of Spokane, Washington. China takes on the role of bookkeeper at Doyle & Howe detective agency with her uncle, Montgomery Howe, and his handsome partner, Gratton Doyle.
Spunky and determined, China is always one step ahead and cannot help getting involved – with the help of her trusty dog Nimble, of course.
“Crigger has created an enchanting heroine in China, with just the right amount of courage and vulnerability.” – V.J. Rose
China Bohannon: The Complete Series includes – One Foot on the Edge, Two Feet Below, Three Seconds to Thunder, Four Furlongs, Five Days Five Dead and Six Dancing Damsels.
Ketta Noonan, her mother's child by rape, has been kidnapped by the twelve-year-old's father. Big Joe Noonan, her mother's husband, is glad she's gone. He's always detested the child as evidence of her mother's violation and kept her hidden away. But Yester Noonan, four years older than Ketta, is fond of his half-sister, even if she is part Chinese, and when his mother begs him to rescue her, he rides out on this quest.
Accompanied by his Metis friend, Nat Fontaine, the two sixteen-year-olds take on a man's role. As for Ketta? She's not too shabby either, when it comes to being tough.
“It’s a story that will leave you wondering with every turn of the page what is going to happen next—a gritty tale of teenage courage with an appeal to young and old alike.” – V.J. Rose
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....
Biden Smith is a successful wheat farmer now, although he wasn't always tied to the land. What's more, he isn't sure he wants to be. He's celebrating an abundant harvest with a few drinks at the local saloon when he's drawn into a poker game with a couple strangers. The talk turns to horses and a big race being held at the state fair and it so happens there's nothing Biden likes better than a good horse race. He's not adverse to laying a few bets either. However, a Mickey Finn and a virtual kidnapping are not in his plans. When he wakes up on a train headed for the coast--considerably lighter in the pocketbook--help to bring the bunco artists to justice arrives from a surprising source. But what is this young woman and her son doing on the train? And why is she as hell bent for revenge as Biden himself?