“In the Massachusetts Colony, political upheaval turns murderous – a new series featuring First Lady Abigail Adams. 1773: The Massachusetts colony is torn between patriots who want independence from British rule and loyalists who support the King. At the center is the educated and beautiful Abigail Adams-wife of John Adams, the leader of the Sons of Liberty, a secret organization opposing the Crown. When a murder occurs in the home of their friend and fellow patriot, Rebecca Malvern, John is accused of the gruesome crime, which was seemingly perpetrated to obtain a secret Sons of Liberty document. With both her husband’s good name and the fate of the Sons of Liberty at stake, Abby must uncover a conspiracy that could cost them all their freedom-and their lives.” Shelfari
What I thought
Set in revolutionary Boston this new mystery series featuring Abigail Adams as the amateur sleuth. Abigail was not annoying, practical and I think not a terrible sleuth. The setting is Boston right before the Boston Tea party when the Tea Tax was being initiated by the Crown. I think that this setting was energetic and made the novel pop with the background events of that time prevalent throughout the book.
It opened up with a great line and went from there:
Abigail Adams smelled the blood before she saw the door was open.
Hamilton’s writing style I really enjoyed since people, events, times, conversations all were worked in quite well. She also likes to repeat things that characters have said in the thoughts of Abigail Adams which I really enjoyed.
The book also brings up the treatment of slaves, and religious zealots in a historical setting and I found myself to be very interested in the religious notes throughout the book. A good deal of the book is spent talking about a group and it’s leader that live in the backwoods of Essex County and it’s there where the title of the book is discovered.
Now there are a some negatives with this book – it was a total slog through the middle. I have no idea why but it just was not engaging then – movements of people, groups, subplots was slow and at times so boring. It started with a bang and it ended with a bang but the rest was pretty average. That said if you read murder mysteries you’ll have guessed correctly who the murderer is pretty quickly but that doesn’t make the book bad. You’re thrown some curves to make you double check your hypothesis.
Overall I think this was a good start to a mystery series with [thankfully] very little romance, a sleuth that I thought was believable, an exciting setting for the rest of the series to take place in, a host of sub characters that are historical and interesting leaving many opportunities to flesh them out more in the future, a writing style I enjoyed even though it could be a slog.