A Michael Stoddard American Revolution Thriller
The Fourth of July was an appropriate day to finish reading this fine Revolutionary War historical mystery, so that's what I did! I now live in North Carolina and am a member of the DAR so was sort of aware of the Regulators and the Battle of Alamance. I now know about Hillsborough's pre Revolutionary War history and what might be the real build up to the War.
The complicated politics of that time and place as well as a multi- layered crime scene made it into a thought provoking and engaging read. It was not light reading so be sure to take mental notes.
The setting of Hillsborough and the juxtaposition between the Regulator uprising and the Revolution gave it a unique complexity. A murder which happened in the earlier period was layered onto a recent murder to add to the puzzle.
Amazing to me was the amount of coexistence between loyalists and rebels and how the British Colonial authorities were still in power.This is a description of US history that is unknown to most and fascinating. Lt. Michael Stoddard is a British soldier and Cornwallis was still attempting to control this area of the state and the dynamics of the story are staggering.
The characters were developed well, the dialogue took a bit for me to grasp which had to do with the hero being British and a Redcoat. Just fascinating and I recommend it for mystery as well as history fans.
About this author
Award-winning novelist Suzanne Adair is a Florida native who lives in a two hundred-year-old city at the edge of the North Carolina Piedmont, named for an English explorer who was beheaded. Her suspense and thrillers transport readers to the Southern theater of the Revolutionary War, where she brings historic towns, battles, and people to life. She fuels her creativity with Revolutionary War reenacting and visits to historic sites. When she’s not writing, she enjoys cooking, dancing, hiking, and spending time with her family.
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