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Sunday, October 16, 2011

review: regulated for murder - a Michael Stoddard American Revolution thriller by Suzanne Adair

Every unpunished murder takes away something from the security of every man's life.
- Daniel Webster 

Regulated For Murder
Lieutenant Michael Stoddard of the 82nd Regiment is a redcoat and criminal investigator in Wilmington, North Carolina. under instructions from his superior Major James Craig, he leaves for Hillsborough to deliver a dispatch to Ezra Griggs who works for Lord Charles Cornwallis. working undercover as Michael Compton, the Lieutenant arrives to find the courier murdered in his home. Michael finds himself deputized to assist the investigation. as clues and evidence pile up, so do decade-old secrets that someone wants to remain buried.
author Suzanne Adair's latest novel transports the reader back to 18th century America where the political climate is volatile, where loyalists and rebels abound and where innocent men and women are caught in between. by including known historical personages and weaving facts and imagination into the story,  she has skillfully painted another plausible scenario of  this tumultuous era.
the author's attention to detail is excellent and conveyed to me images in sepia tones. the speech, customs, behavior and nuances of the period are addressed very well too.
the story itself is interesting and i particularly liked how the criminal investigation part was approached and conducted to arrive at solutions sans the benefit of modern forensic tools and technology.
the characters themselves are well-developed. i noticed again how women were featured as having important roles and making significant contributions during the Revolution.
one of the highlights in the book is the tense and bloody reunion between Michael and his traitorous nemesis Lt. Dunstan Fairfax.  how it turned out was something i did not expect but it was all for the best - for now...
Michael's strength lies in his mental faculties but he should really do something more about his physical ineptitude when he gets into a fist fight. his weakness though makes him somehow endearing and marks him as a true officer and gentleman especially in the eyes of the Widow Kate and his able assistant Nick Spry.
overall, this is a wonderful piece of historical fiction and murder mystery and i look forward to reading more of Michael's future investigative undertakings.

*Regulated for Murder: A Michael Stoddard American Revolution Thriller is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords. for more information about Suzanne Adair and her work, please visit http://www.suzanneadair.com/

my personal rating is:

Regulated for Murder contains material not suitable for younger readers 17 & under.

Disclosure of Material Connection: i received an eARC copy of Regulated for Murder from the author herself. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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