One Foot On The Edge: A China Bohannon Novel Kindle Edition
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The story is developed so well it doesn't even matter that the bad guy is fairly obvious early on... or is he? Might he actually be the handsome young police sergeant? Anyway, treat yourself as, through China Bohannon, your own heart races and your skin start to crawl in fear of what that truly evil man will try next.
Great characters - Great storyline. Pretty well edited and not erotic, not vulgar, and not overly gruesome. Considering the story told in this book that's an amazing accomplishment even for an author as talented as the very imaginative C.K. Crigger.
The job is little more than rifling through female belongings in search of missing jewels. But China's nose for trouble gets her interested in a missing young girl. Later, when China stumbles upon the body, you know more trouble is on the way.
China has enough problems convincing Grat she's worthy of the office job. As she persists against his firm suggestions in "investigating" the murder, he gets his dander up and, worse, she becomes a priority on the killer's to-do list. Grat does his best to protect her, despite her inclination to become vulnerable to danger.
This is actually the debut number in this wonderful series and this reader came on it backwards, having read the two later novels first. But I was pleased to learn a little more about China's background, how she got her dog Nimble and the beginnings of her testy relationship with Grat.
If you haven't read this series, I heartily recommend you get started.
China is intelligent and resourceful, traits mostly frowned upon in females in the 1890's. Her commitment and resolve to get a job done, or rather just to get a job in her uncle's detective agency, leads her deeper and deeper into a case everyone, including the police, has written off as closed.
The characters are vividly drawn, and I felt the setting was brought to life with Crigger's ability to transport the reader to the place and time. I appreciate that China is not just another pretty face, but dresses in the fashions of the times, which are described in enough detail to add interest to the story's setting .
All in all I found One Foot on the Edge to be an entertaining read. I cared about the characters and what happened to them and it kept me turning the pages. And as I said at the start, I must go now and purchase the second book in the series and see what else Crigger has to offer.
I received a complimentary copy of the book but my review is completely voluntary.