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At the end of the 19th century a woman’s body disappears from a funeral home. This rocked the small town of Arahpot. In the meantime, robberies are occurring and a momentous snowstorm hits the area.
Sheriff Tilghman has his work cut out for him as he follows those twists and turns, trying to figure out what happened and trying to juggle a romance.
I don’t want to give the story away, so let me just say that you’ll love the mystery of it all and the time period it takes place in.
I highly recommend this book to people who enjoy mysteries with a touch of history.
I highly recommend this book!
This is one to read by a warm fire with a throw over your knees, as the descriptions of the cold are so vivid you'll shiver in May.
Nash Black, author of Wipeout Tales.
It is the third entry in Lindermuth's Sylvester Tilghman series—Sylvester being the sheriff of the small town of Arahpot in Jordan County, Pennsylvania, at the the turn of the twentieth century. Lindermuth paints the era and setting effectively, without slowing the pace of the story with too many period-piece details. Sylvester himself is a likable character, dogged at his job in spite of the various obstacles and distractions placed before him. Among the distractions in this particular case is an old girl friend who shows up and seems bent on re-kindling past feelings, regardless of her being married and Sylvester being thoroughly devoted to his somewhat elusive love, Lydia.
At the center of everything is the body of a prominent, recently deceased townswoman, stolen from the local funeral parlor just ahead of scheduled services. Add to that a crippling blizzard, a sudden string of strongarm robberies, a murder that may or may not be connected to the escalating tension of a looming strike at the local mine, and Sylvester's patience and crime-solving skills will be sorely tested before he manages to unravel everything.
This is all adeptly handled by Lindermuth's clean, uncluttered writing style, a sharp eye for characterization, his smooth way with plot twists. As a result, readers will be kept entertained and guessing right up to the end.
In The Bartered Body, someone stole the body of Syl's boss’s mother-in-law. Syl appreciates the humor of the situation and so will readers.
The historical details (clothes, menus, recent inventions) and the quirky characters make Arahpot (a small town in rural Pennsylvania) an interesting place to visit in 1899 again and again.