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Regulated for Murder (A Michael Stoddard American Revolution Thriller) (Volume 2) Paperback – February 21, 2012
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Praise for Regulated for Murder, a Suspense Magazine "Best of 2011" book:
"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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Lt. Michael Stoddard of His Majesty's forces in North Carolina during the American Revolution has a complicated past and an uncertain future. We travel with him from Wilmington to Hillsborough where he becomes embroiled in multiple crimes tied to past events. No cookie cutter plot here--the historical research is impeccable (I love authors who put historical notes and bibliographies at the back of a book for further reference), the twists and turns kept me guessing all the way to the end (and anxiously awaiting more because of the intriguing loose ends!) and there isn't a dry, boring section in the entire novel. Regulated for Murder's story lines are interwoven like the threads of a fine tapestry.
I had first learned of the Regulators and Hillsborough when reading Diana Gabaldon's The Fiery Cross. Ms. Adair's Michael Stoddard series promises to be as informational and entertaining as Ms. Gabaldon's works--the characters in Regulated for Murder are all multidimensional, and even the creepy Lt. Fairfax has honorable moments. I also appreciate the fact that so many of the characters in the story have their own demons to confront.
This will become one of my "keeper" series that I re-read in order to experience the subtle nuances over and over. Huzzah, Ms. Adair!
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. My Blog http://myainbookblog.blogspot.com/
Okay, that said, this is an excellent read for lovers of both mystery and history.
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