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Monday, March 15, 2021

Nighthawk's Wing by Charles Fergus

Gideon is just 23 years old and Sheriff of Colerain county. It is 1836 and he is not popular as he is of Dutch extraction and other officials are sour over his appointment, especially his superior Fish. Apart from his official problems, he faces personal problems as his wife True has not recovered from the loss of their baby and is in deep depression most of the time. Balancing his official life with his personal one, Gideon is now drawn into the murder of a young woman Rebecca - someone whose reputation is colorful (having been in prison for murdering her husband) and also the more complicated reputation of being a witch. Trying to solve this takes all his effort as he is battling amnesia after a severe fall from a horse, and not able to recollect events, dealing with migraine and loss of vision and having no one to confide in as well. It is a slow moving story reminscent of the times and detection takes much longer than it would today. However, well documented, well told and was interesting to read. Sent by Skyhorse Publishing for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley.

1 comment:

  1. I read this and enjoyed it, but haven't reviewed it yet. I liked the background of the Dutch community, as well as the mystery.