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Product Details

  • Series: Michael Stoddard American Revolution
  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470077787
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470077785
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #827,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Regulated for Murder, a Suspense Magazine "Best of 2011" book:

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This is mystery writing at its best." -- Great Historicals

"With a few deft strokes, [Adair] re-creates a time when the world was lit by a few candles and traveling from Wilmington to Hillsborough...took five grueling days on horseback." -- The Wilmington Star-News
 
"One of the most original and captivating historical mysteries I've read in a long time, if ever. I felt completely transported to another time and place." -- Kaylee Stevens, Shelfari reader

About the 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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I look forward to reading Ms Adair's other works.
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The story obviously required quite a bit of research about the American Revolution and what life was like for colonials in that era.
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Ms. Adair's history is impeccable, her characters fascinating, and her story gripping!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on March 14, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Overall: 5 stars

Plot/Storyline: 5 stars

Regulated for Murder is historical fiction, taking place in North Carolina during the last months of the American Revolution. It was also a suspenseful action-filled murder mystery. Author Suzanne Adair has written a superb story set against a realistic backdrop of revolution and the complexities of wavering colonial loyalties.

The book's title is based on the Regulator Movement, which was a North Carolina uprising, lasting from approximately 1765 to 1771, in which citizens took up arms against corrupt colonial officials. Although the last battle in the uprising had taken place ten years before this story, the fallout was still being felt in the colony.

When Lieutenant Michael Stoddard was sent with a message to Lord Cornwallis, he hardly expected to find his Loyalist contact Ezra Griggs murdered, even less to find himself suspected of the murder. Instead of a quick return to the comforts of garrison life in Wilmington, he found himself investigating the murder. There were plenty of possible suspects, but his time was running out, and if the locals learned that he was from the British army, he would be executed as a spy.

Regulated for Murder had all the elements of a marvelous historical drama, and the author wove the fictional elements into the historical background perfectly.

Characters: 5 stars

The story was filled with memorable characters. British officer Michael Stoddard was a decent man dedicated to investigating civil crimes and bringing the perpetrators to justice. He admired the saucy widow Kate Duncan, but she feigned disinterest until their paths crossed in a most unexpected way.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By RhondaL on December 24, 2011
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This is a rollicking good yarn. Still, Adair's history is impeccable and provides a window into colonial life that our school history books zip over. The British Army in the colonies provided law enforcement and protected citizens, even those rebelling against the Crown. Lt. Michael Stoddard may be a soldier, but he's also a cop, sworn to protect and serve, whether it's the King and his interests or the folks in town. Even better, if Michael were a real man living today, he and his cohorts Nick and Kate would fit in just fine at your Super Bowl party. Adair manages a deft balance between period voice and showing us that people living in the colonies weren't that different from us. Plus, she spices the stew with plenty of excitement and peril.
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Novels set during the American Revolutionary period are rare to find any more so finding a great one is a challenge. Thank goodness for writers like Suzanne Adair who not only keep that era alive, but accurate and intriguing thanks to skillful story-telling, period detail, clever plotting and well-drawn characters.
In Regulated for Murder, Adair provides another great read (her 4th), this time in the form of a murder mystery that reintroduces the well-liked Lt. Michael Stoddard from her first novel, award-winning Paper Woman, on a mission to deliver a message to Lord Cornwallis via courier Ezra Griggs.
This historical thriller picks up the thread of Stoddard now stationed in Wilmington, North Carolina. Bearing a dispatch from his commander, redcoat Stoddard arrives in Hillsborough in February 1781 expecting to deliver his message to Griggs. Instead, he arrives at the scene of Grigg's murder and is impressed to investigate it in an effort to clear himself under Sheriff Schmidt whose penchant for framing innocents and protecting those with a purse has allowed a murderer to go free.
Having crossed paths with the cunning and devious Lt. Dunstan Fairfax in Adair's previous novel, tension builds as his hideous handiwork casts a shadow over Stoddard's assignment turned murder investigation.
A complex series of clues surrounding Grigg's murder that has origins more than a decade before with land agents pitted against regulators (business men/land owners) is deftly woven throughout this compactly mapped story that is populated with a wonderful array of characters each with their own tale that brings the revolutionary period to life and contributes to the web of the story.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By GG Byron on September 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
Suzanne Adair's Revolutionary War mystery/thriller "Regulated for Murder" is a non-stop delightful read. The true-to-life story was meticulously fabricated after more research than I will ever do, no matter how many books I write (one to date...). The historical details are presented naturally without a hint of didactic interruption. Simply a great story, beautifully told.
Suzanne's characters walk right off her pages. She lives and breathes details of the period by participating in reenactments of Revolutionary War battles. Clearly, time-travel is the best way to research.
As a recently-arrived Yankee in North Carolina, this story, set in my new home state is now a part of my appreciation for it.
I applaud Suzanne for her professional story-telling! Michael Stoddard, her intelligence-officer protagonist, had me watching over his shoulder all the way. Highly recommended!
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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.

Check out Suzanne's web site and blog at http://www.suzanneadair.net/ to learn more of her adventures.

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