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A Marked Man - A Book Review

Guest Author - Rebecca Graf

Who doesnít love a good mystery especially when it comes mixed with history? That is what I found when I read Barbara Hamiltonís A Marked Man. It turned out to be a murder mystery involving Abigail Adams, the First Lady who was afraid of no man.

The setting is right after the Boston Tea Party. The British are not happy and see danger in every colonist. It is becoming very tense between the Tories and the colonists. Neither one walks alone in the streets of Boston. Word from the King should be reaching the new world any day to direct the soldiers on how to respond to the incident beyond taking their tea away. Matters are not helped when the body of one of the Kingís friends is found lying in an alley beaten to death. Who is charged with this murder? Henry Knox.

Henry cannot give an alibi. He was too busy printing off illegal pamphlets in his basement for the Sons of Liberty. The only one who can save him is Abigail Adams with the aid of Sam Adams, Paul Revere, and many others who want justice without the influence of politics. Could the fact that Henry Knox fell in love with a Toryís daughter the reason his neck is on the line? Or does it go deeper than that?

I have to say that this was a rather enjoyable read and was excellent in its presentation of historic Boston. The tensions between the two sides were described in such a way that the reader could feel it for themselves. It was a true historical fiction allowing the reader to see a glimpse of a world gone by while weaving a story to capture the imagination.

What really impressed me the most was the portrayal of Abigail Adams. I had recently read Ladies of Liberty where I got a much deeper introduction into the personalities of the Founding First Ladies. Mrs. Adams was a woman who respected her husband, loved him, and was his equal intellectually. She could be diplomatic and stubborn all at the same time. Ms. Hamilton portrays Mrs. Adams in this same manner and evokes respect from the reader for this woman who faced much in her years and left a legacy on this country.

Periodically, I would have to reread a passage as many names were mentioned and I got confused as to who was doing what. It kept me alert. Which could be the reason why I fingered the real killer about a quarter of the way into the book. I watch many mystery shows and love to read mysteries so I start looking for the culprit early which is extremely frustrating to those around me. All I can say is that though I knew who the killer was, the why was a little harder to decipher. Not everything is as clear as you think.

This is a book I think anyone interested in history and mystery will enjoy. Let me know how quick you finger the real murderer. I figured it was alright to let you know that it was not really Henry Knox as we all know he was our first Secretary of State. Other than that, my lips are sealed. I do not want to cross Abigail Adams.

Disclaimer: The publisher of this book provided a free review copy.

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