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Four Furlongs based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I loved the 1890's feel and the feisty heroine in Four Furlongs. China Bohannon is like a breath of fresh air in the cigar-smoked atmosphere of criminal investigation in old Spokane, Washington. A spinster with a strong sense of justice and a virgin's sense of propriety, China nonetheless has a tendency to go off half-cocked. She's also often dead right, and suffragette enough to find menfolk a bit tiresome with their superior attitudes. At the Doyle and Howe Detective Agency, owned by her uncle, she's assigned to billing and answering the telephone, tasks that don't make use of her innate ability to sleuth. What's a woman to do?-as she pleases, it turns out, much to the chagrin of her Uncle Monk and Gratton Doyle, Monk's business partner and the object of her affection. When fourteen-year-old Neva Sue O'Dell comes into the office seeking help in finding the people responsible for her brother's death in a suspicious horse racing accident, China finds herself knee-deep in the case before she's stepped out the door. It's a giddy ride from beginning to end, with China one step ahead of the law--and her bosses. I was delighted to find a mystery that afforded genuine suspense, laughs, and an authentic setting. As a Northwest native, I especially enjoyed the characters, whose mannerisms and speech reminded me of some of the dear old folks I miss. Nice job, Carol Wright Crigger.