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Gunfight At Grace Gulch
     

Gunfight At Grace Gulch

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by Darlene Franklin
 

The feud between the Graces and the Gaynors is still going strong more than a century after its inception in the 1891 Oklahoma land run. Newspaper editor Penn Hardy is murdered during the reenactment of the most famous gunfight in the history of Grace Gulch, Oklahoma. Cici Wilde, owner of a vintage clothing store, feels compelled to investigate when police suspect

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The feud between the Graces and the Gaynors is still going strong more than a century after its inception in the 1891 Oklahoma land run. Newspaper editor Penn Hardy is murdered during the reenactment of the most famous gunfight in the history of Grace Gulch, Oklahoma. Cici Wilde, owner of a vintage clothing store, feels compelled to investigate when police suspect people close to her. She soon discovers her talent for sleuthing equals her flare for wearing period clothing. Theater director Audie Howe never expected the reenactment to end in a real murder. He cares too much for the future of the Magda Grace Mallory Theater - and the charming Cici Wilde - to let her face danger alone. Cici and Audie take a dangerous gamble to nail the killer - and lay their lives on the line.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597896771
Publisher:
Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/29/2008
Series:
HEARTSONG PRESENTS MYSTERIES
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Best-selling author Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family, and continues her interests in playing the piano and singing, books, good fellowship, and reality TV in addition to writing. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written over fifty books and more than 250 devotionals. Her historical fiction ranges from the Revolutionary War to World War II, from Texas to Vermont. You can find Darlene online at www.darlenefranklinwrites.com
 

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Gunfight at Grace Gulch 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Most people that live in Grace Gulch, Oklahoma, are either a Grace or a Gaynor, or are related to one of the families, or side with only one of the families. The Grace/Gaylord Feud dates back to the late 1800’s as two men fought over the same piece of land. There are 2 churches and 2 newspapers in town still today. During the Land Rush Days celebration one of the newspaper editors is killed during a reenactment of the Grace/Gaylord gunfight. Vintage clothing store owner, Cici Wilde, along with everyone else watched it happen but no one saw who fired the shot. She find herself in the middle of the investigation when the police start questioning people close to her as suspects. What I truly liked about this story was that we were treated to letters from Robert Grace to his fiancee, Mary, while trying secure land west to homestead. We hear his words as the town of Grace Gulch today reenacts his story today. History passed down from generation to generation is not always that accurate and each side tends to have their own version of the story. We meet like Cici Wilde and Audie Howe, theater director at Magda Grace Mallory Theater, as they find themselves quite drawn to each other, much to Cord Grace’s dismay. He and Cici have been friends for a long time but he wishes they were closer. Cici thinks she wants to keep him as her friend and treads lightly to not ruin the relationship they do have. Truthfully either man seems to be a great catch. I don’t envy having to decide between the two. As far as the shooting, there are quite a few people that could have pulled the trigger. Everyone is hoping it is tourist and not someone they know. Darlene Franklin takes us to a quaint small town and introduces us to some wonderful characters that are very strong in their faith. She mixes romance and mystery together in a most enjoyable way. Cici’s family dynamic was very interesting. I would love to shop at her store. As someone that loves to sew and create Cici’s talents were delightful. The Christian tone is very balanced and natural. The mystery was so well written. The pace was pleasant and I was surprised at fast I read this book. I hope we get to visit Grace Gulch again soon.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Letters from a historical land run, clothing from a modern day reenactment, and bullets from a weapon of murder thread their way through Darlene Franklin’s Gunfight at Grace Gulch. If dusty Oklahoma really is a piece of Eden, then a snake has invaded the town, but who might it be? Small town food and politics feed into an intriguing combination of present day investigation and historical mystery, making this the sort of cool, fast read that nevertheless keeps readers on their toes. There are clues scattered throughout, together with a very natural Christian faith presented with genuine depth and human concern. Romance is as fragrant as wild flowers and warming as Velveeta cream cheese and butter. But guilt and merciful forgiveness might be the theme, and the tale’s well-told; a quick, exciting, enticing read with genuine romantic tension, clever mystery, vivid history, and heart. Disclosure: It was free so I bought it.
AnnE42 More than 1 year ago
A really fun read.  It is a wonderful combination of humor, romance and mystery.  There is a re-enactment of a gun fight, a murder occurs, and the fun begins.  I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and the book was hard to put down after I started it.  I was given a e-book copy of the book in return for an honest review and I definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a fun mystery and romance.  
chrisg21 More than 1 year ago
Great story A reenactment of the historic Land-run, but what a surprise A murder in the midst of it... They need to find out who killed him. Enjoy the mystery, Enjoy the romance. A thoroughly neat story