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Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

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Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.
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Friday, October 16, 2015

Deadly Occupation
A Michael Stoddard American Revolution Mystery
by Suzanne Adair

Review by Warren Bull






In her latest book about Michael Stoddard, a lieutenant in the British army fighting to keep the American colonies under the control of the Crown, author Suzanne Adair continues to show her ability to combine history and fiction in an eminently entertaining way.
This time, January of 1781, Stoddard is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a colonial woman and to look into the activities of an unusual church.  His regiment has come into Wilmington, North Carolina, after irregular local forces fled.  It is not at all clear who supports the Crown and who wants independence.

Stoddard recruits a recent addition to the regiment, Nick Spry, who more than proves his worth in disentangling the twist and turns of motivation and questionable information they are presented with.

As with her other books, the characters are nuanced, the plot is fairly laid out and the pace never slackens.  I was surprised by the variety of religious beliefs and practices of that place and time.  I always learn from the author’s books and the process never distracts me from the story. 

I enjoyed the humor and surprises that come with reading Suzanne Adair’s works. She presents the personal issues and foibles of her characters, which make them such interesting personalities.  I look forward to the next adventure. 

11 comments:

James Montgomery Jackson said...

Suzanne, Welcome to WWK by way of Warren's review. It was so nice to meet you in person at Bouchercon.

~ Jim

Margaret Turkevich said...

I look forward to reading your book and learning more about the war in North Carolina

Shari Randall said...

Hi Suzanne *waves* so nice to meet you at Bouchercon! I know you take your history very seriously, and I love learning new things about an era that I thought I understood from long ago history classes. Your books sound enticing on so many levels! Thanks for the review, Warren, I will have to check these out.

Gloria Alden said...

Suzanne, now I wish I'd bought your book at Bouchercon. Because I came by plane, I was
limited by what I could buy, but I'm writing it down on my TBO list to order. It sounds
like a great book.

Suzanne said...

Thanks for the welcome, Jim. I've actually been to WWK before, but each time is fun. I enjoyed meeting you at Bouchercon, too. The Guppy lunch and SinC breakfast were great.

Suzanne said...

Margaret, thanks for stopping by. The American Revolution in North Carolina is largely overlooked in history classes. I think that's because 1781 was the year of British victory in North Carolina. The British occupied Wilmington and, with their loyalist allies, kept the Continental Army from moving troops and supplies between South Carolina and Virginia for most of the year. This sounds like such a great environment for murder that I decided to set the Michael Stoddard mysteries there. I hope you enjoy the books.

Suzanne said...

Hi Shari! It was great to meet you at Bouchercon, too! And you know that what we learned in high school history class was sanitized, right? That gives me plenty of opportunities to show the real history in my series. :-)

Suzanne said...

Gloria, I live about three miles from the Bouchercon hotels, and I lugged home twelve free books. They were heavy! I cannot imagine packing those books inside a suitcase, then trying to heave the suitcase into the overhead storage compartment of an airplane. Enjoy Deadly Occupation when you read it.

Grace Topping said...

Your books sound intriguing, Suzaanne. It's always good to know that the author of a historical novel has taken great pains to do research and make it as accurate at possible.

KM Rockwood said...

These sound like great Christmas gifts for the history buffs in my family! They get frustrated with the authors who play fast and loose with historic facts, but love books that reflect the era accurately.

Kara Cerise said...

I'm glad that a new Michael Stoddard mystery is available! I enjoy reading your books, Suzanne, and always learn something. Do you teach classes about writing historical mysteries?