Three Seconds To Thunder: A China Bohannon Novel (China Bohannon Book #3)
China Bohannon is a modern 1890s career woman, but the Doyle & Howe Detective Agency hasn’t turned her loose on a case of her own just yet. China is chomping at the bit and when a call for help comes in, a trip into the mountains above the St. Joe country sounds just the thing to prove her worth and assist a friend at the same time.
Porter Anderson’s uncle has disappeared and a Johnny-come-lately timber baron has claimed the family homestead. What’s more, he has a bill of sale for it that Porter knows his uncle didn’t sign. The problem is proving it—or so it would seem. Porter doesn’t believe his uncle sold out and left the country without telling anybody. He’s afraid old Lionel Hooker might be dead—murdered. Declaring the case unsuitable for a lady like China, Monk takes it on, but now no one has heard from him in days.
China sets out to discover his whereabouts as the dry lightning of summer sets the woods ablaze. What she finds is a trail of lies, theft, and murder, with her uncle Monk likely the next victim. Then, just when the problem appears solved, trouble breaks out again. This time, Monk's partner Gratton Doyle is the one in danger and it’s China who must bail him out.