The First Revolutionary War Mystery
The widow Becca Parcell doesn't care one whit for politics, she's too busy trying to maintain her farm. But the villagers suddenly condemn her a loyalist, saying she sold out her husband who died aboard a British prison ship and try to oust her from her home. The truth of the matter is that Phillip Parcell was a British spy who wore out his welcome with the loyalists. A spy who had a list of names. Now General Washington has paired Becca with Daniel Alloway, the prisoner who was with her husband when he died, and tasked them with finding the list. In order to keep her farm Becca will travel to New York City to determine who is the spy amongst the so called patriots of Morristown.
THE TURNCOAT'S WIDOW introduces us to Becca Parcell and Daniel Alloway, both flawed characters with heart. Though set during the Revolutionary War, these characters are so real that they step out of the pages and twenty-first century readers can easily relate to them. Both have incredible backstory and dimension. The book is populated with a variety of characters, from villains who make you cringe, people you just don't trust, and true historical characters. Each bringing a vibrancy to the book. While a mystery, it is a story of its people. I appreciate the variety of relationships, from family and friends to budding romance. Even the relationship of citizens to the country, be they patriots or loyalists. We get to see rugged determination, independence, and even some very funny moments.
The mystery was complex with twists and turns and a surprise or two. I loved how the historical detail gave emphasis to both the mystery and the characters. Richly drawn details enhance the atmosphere, making me feel I was actually with Becca.
THE TURNCOAT'S WIDOW is a gripping historical mystery. I was thoroughly engrossed by the story and the characters making this first Revolutionary War Mystery a stellar debut.