Murder in the Marsh

Adam Fletcher Adventure Series

Book 3
Seaport Publishing
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 Port Beaufort, North Carolina - December 1766
After a tumultuous time in Havana where he uncovered more family secrets in a week than most people do in a lifetime, Adam Fletcher is grateful things are finally starting to get back to normal. 

That is until an inexplicable series of brutal crimes in the region hits a little too close to home. Suddenly, Adam finds himself in the middle of hunting down clues to try and identify the suspect, or suspects, in three different murders, one of which has a mystery victim.

Murder in the Marsh is the third book in the Adam Fletcher Adventure Series of historical fiction novels. If you like fast-moving adventures, impetuous young heroes, suspense-filled plots, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Sara Whitford’s entertaining series!
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About the author

In her Adam Fletcher Adventure Series, author Sara Whitford weaves together colonial-era tales that incorporate true life (but often little known) historical facts with stories and characters inspired by her own decades of research.

She scribbles down Adam Fletcher’s latest adventures between homeschooling her teenage son and doing endless research.

Her author website is SaraWhitford.com

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Seaport Publishing
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Published on
Apr 4, 2016
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Pages
251
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ISBN
9780986325274
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Historical / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
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From the Edgar Award–winning author of Bone Rattler. “Evocative language, tight plotting, and memorable characters make this a standout” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
 
With the aid of the Native American Shaman Conawago, Duncan McCallum has begun to heal from the massacre of his Highland clan by the British. But his new life is shattered when he and Conawago discover a dying Virginian officer nailed to an Indian shrine tree. To their horror, the authorities arrest Conawago and schedule his hanging. As Duncan begins a desperate search for the truth, he finds himself in a maelstrom of deception and violence.
 
The year is 1760, and while the British army wishes to dismiss the killing as another casualty of its war with France, Duncan discovers a pattern of ritualistic murders related to provincial treaty negotiations and struggles between tribal factions. Ultimately he realizes that to find justice, he must brave the sprawling colonial capital of Philadelphia. There the answers are to be found in a tangle of Quakers, Christian Indians, and a scientist obsessed with the electrical experiments of the celebrated Dr. Franklin. With the tragic resolution in sight, Duncan understands the real mysteries underlying his quest lie in the hearts of natives who, like his Highland Scots, have glimpsed the end of their world approaching.
 
“The pleasures of Eliot Pattison’s books, and Eye of the Raven is another smashing example, are threefold: high adventure in perilous landscapes, a hero stubbornly seeking the truth, and the haunting mysteries of ancient cultures.” —Otto Penzler, editor of The Big Book of Female Detectives
The latest historical thriller by New York Times Notable mystery author Lawrence Goldstone plunges readers into the dramatic events surrounding the assassination of President William McKinley. Just after 4 p.m. on September 6, 1901, twenty-eight year old anarchist Leon Czolgosz pumped two shots into the chest and abdomen of President William McKinley. Czolgosz had been on a receiving line waiting to shake the president’s hand, his revolver concealed in an oversized bandage covering his right hand and wrist. McKinley had two Secret Service agents by his side, but neither made a move to stop the assailant. After he was apprehended, Czolgosz said simply, “I done my duty.”

Both law enforcement and the press insisted that Czolgosz was merely the tip of a vast and murderous conspiracy, likely instigated by the “high priestess of anarchy,” Emma Goldman. To untangle its threads and bring the remaining conspirators to justice, the president’s most senior advisors choose two other Secret Service agents, Walter George and Harry Swayne. What they uncover will not only absolve the anarchists, but also expose a plot that will threaten the foundations of American democracy, and likely cost them their lives.

As in his other brilliant novels combining history and fiction, Lawrence Goldstone creates a remarkable and chilling tableau, filled with suspense and unexpected turns of fate, detailing events that actually might have happened. As Publishers Weekly observed in its starred review of the “exceptional thriller,” Deadly Cure, “Goldstone again blends fact and fiction seamlessly.”
Three authors. Three books. Three eras that shaped America’s fate.


Journey with us through 100 years of American history, beginning with Sara Whitford’s adventurous Adam Fletcher series, set within the Colonial Era. Witness the dramatic birth of a nation in Lars Hedbor’s Tales From a Revolution. And finish with the heartbreak of civil war in Michelle Isenhoff’s Southern saga, Ella Wood.



THE SMUGGLER'S GAMBIT, by Sara Whitford

Port Beaufort, North Carolina – May 1765


Seventeen-year-old Adam Fletcher is no stranger to fist fights, but when he bloodies the nose of the obnoxious son of Port Beaufort’s customs agent, the local magistrate offers Adam two choices: jail or an apprenticeship.


Choosing the latter, he soon finds himself bound apprentice to a reclusive old man with a secret, colorful past. Although Adam is less than thrilled about his new situation, when he is asked to spy on his master as a suspected smuggler, he has to decide where his loyalties lie. Will he perform his civic duty to the Crown, or will he do whatever is necessary to protect the old man, possibly putting even his own family in danger?


PUBLISHERS WEEKLY says, ”Whitford delivers an enjoyable tale.” Readers love this family-friendly adventure!



THE SMOKE, by Lars Hedbor

Upstate New York – 1779


They Should Have Been Enemies, but They Became Friends.


Joseph Killeen was sent into the wilds of frontier New-York to eliminate the threat of savage enemies in the forests of New-York, but when he meets Ginawo and his peaceful Skarure village, he realizes that nothing is as simple as he was told. The Haudenosaunee Confederation is being torn asunder by the American Revolution, forced to choose sides in a fight that’s not their own. Can Joseph and Ginawo bridge the divide between their peoples, when warfare threatens to destroy both societies?


Ordinary people in extraordinary times. The question of how the American colonists made the long trip from being subjects of the British King to being citizens of the independent United States has nearly as many answers as there were people. Within these collected Tales From a Revolution, you’ll be transported to the time when the American Revolution tested how a young farm boy from Vermont, a Quaker blacksmith, and a Tuscarora clan member would all navigate the tumultuous times of the American Revolution.



ELLA WOOD, by Michelle Isenhoff

Charleston, South Carolina – 1860


Will Emily forego love for a chance at independence?


Emily Preston wants only to become an artist. As the nation teeters on the brink of civil war, she must wage her own battle against the restrictive ideology of her father. Several schools in the North have opened their doors to women. She must make her father see how much an education means to her. 


Independence isn't the only contentious point between them. A recent visit to her uncle's home in Detroit has called Emily's entire upbringing into question, but her father doesn't appreciate her criticisms of his management of the plantation. Then there's the problem of Thaddeus Black, the handsome, charming young man who simply won't take no for an answer. It could be that the real fight lies within her heart, which stubbornly refuses to accept that a choice for independence must be a choice against love.


"Poetic" and "nuanced," Ella Wood is the story of a young woman standing at the edge of war and struggling with questions of morality, purpose, and love.

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