We all have baggage. Real friends help you carry it.
It’s 1983 in Boscobel, Wisconsin, in the southwestern corner of the state, known as the Driftless Area. Ellis Sayre is different. He’s a twelve year old orphaned Native American. His adoptive parents lost a son a few years ago and welcomed him to deal with their grief. While stealing day-old bread for a friend in need, Ellis and his two best friends—George and Mason—witness a murder by a local kingpin. Authorities disagree with their story. They call it made up. The boys are trapped, worried for their lives, sending them on a flight to Grandad’s Bluff in La Crosse, WI, along the Mississippi River. Two peripheral stories about Ellis Abbot—a World War II veteran, and Two Right Feet—an orphaned Native American during early 1800’s, are entwined to unearth Ellis Sayre’s roots. They combine to tell the truth.
- I really enjoyed this book, there was mystery, there was confusion, there were surprises and there was a heartwarming account of friendship and what it is to be there for someone. It's brilliant and especially cosy to read this time of year!
I'm surprised that there aren't any existing posts on the books in Imogen Robertson's entertaining 18th century mystery series, maybe there were once and they got lost in the great crash.
Theft of Life is the fifth book featuring Harriet Westerman and Gabriel Crowther. In the first book Harriet is the lively, curious and bored wife of a navy captain who is at sea and Gabriel is an anti-social anatomist. They meet and become friends when Harriet finds a body. One of the things that I particularly enjoy about this series is that there isn't a budding romance, Harriet is devoted to her husband and children, and if Crowther admires here he keeps it very close, instead they are good friends who enjoy each other's company.
Theft of Life starts off with the body of a prominent slaver found pegged out in the grounds of St Paul's and it's initially assumed that one of London's negro community has enacted a revenge killing. Crowther and Westerman get involved and things aren't what they appear. It's an excellent, fast paced and satsfying read with a superb sense of period, I think it's probably the best in the series. Highly recommended.
If you haven't read any of these books do start with the first though. While all thebooks in the series can be read as stand alones, each one refers back to events in pervious novels and this one in particular will give away some of what happened in the first in the series.
Incidentally, this book absolutely sums up the problem I posted about before with calling this section Historical and Romance. Theft of Life is defintely historical, it could have a place in Mystery, one thing it isn't is Romance.
Are the use and distribution of illicit drugs a part of your
school’s culture? The answer, unfortunately, is yes. At
some level, drug abuse and the dealing of drugs are a part
of all secondary schools. As a school principal I face and
address many challenges and problems, but for any
principal, safety is a priority. Drug abuse among students
brings the problem of drug use and distribution directly
into the school and affects the health, well-being and
safety of all students. I wrote Snowballs and Sinners in
the aftermath of addressing a school-wide drug
infestation. Although the thriller, Snowballs and
Sinners, is fiction, the story is based on actual events
and on real people. The story chronicles activities at a
typical, suburban school and provides a glimpse into
the drug subculture present in our schools today.
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By Khaled Talib
This is the review of my suspense-thriller Smokescreen in the US Examiner (Columbia Books).
To see the review, please follow the link: http://www.examiner.com/review/independent-author-khaled-talib
Smokescreen tells the story of a magazine journalist who learns of a plot to assassinate the Israeli Prime Minister during a visit to Singapore, only to discover he is to be made the scapegoat.
To learn more about me and the novel, please visit www.khaledtalibthriller.com