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

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 Karen Find Out About New Books
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance