Florida 1884 was a very mixed, very exotic place to live in. Cassie has come there and though
she is wanting to avoid any investigation, a murder almost finds her when she discovers the body
of Chester Pence floating in a canal. Chester was a nasty customs officer who had lots of dubious
dealings and whose reputation for being racist and unfair were rampant.
The historical details in this novel were many and for outsiders would be very informative. The
beginning of Florida as a center for tourists, for development of a port and being cosmopolitan
was just beginning and this was the backdrop for the story. The treatment of the Chinese community
and the backlash they faced is also highlighted in the book.
The murder of Chester Pence and the other murders which followed and Cassie's romantic involvement
and the story that surrounds the investigation is just part of this story. The history and the
development of this state forms the other. Both combine very well to give one a very good story
similar to those written by Verity Knight.
Sent by Bookouture for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley.