“These are the times that try men's souls.” - Thomas Paine, The American Crisis
although Deadly Occupation is the third book in the Michael Stoddard Mystery series to be published, it is chronologically the first book. it takes the reader to the start of Wilmington's occupation and rehabilitation by the redcoats. we meet a pimply, younger, more naive Michael Stoddard and learn how Nick Spry became his assistant and how he met the beautiful "Ice Widow" Kate Duncan.
i have read and reviewed the other two books in the series and as a fan, the events, people and places during this era made more sense now that i had the opportunity to read the series' Genesis.
the author has proven herself again and again to be an excellent wordsmith and storyteller. her attention to detail is spot on as always - from the setting, clothing and weaponry to the era's speech and conventions. mixing fact and fiction as to make the distinction so thin and fine is evident again in this novel. moreover, Michael's sensual nature is a revelation and a welcome surprise here yet it has never distracted him from his duty as an officer and his bearing as a gentleman.
Adam Neville, a double-spy, makes a brief appearance as well and despite not being physically present, Lieutenant Dunstan Fairfax continues to intrude upon and torment Michael's memories.
i welcome Suzanne Adair's latest installment and i embrace it for its action-packed scenes, twists and turns, well-developed characters and engaging, fast-paced storyline.
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my personal rating is:
Deadly Occupation contains material suitable for middle school readers and up only.
read an excerpt of Deadly Occupation HERE and check out my reviews of two previous titles in the Michael Stoddard American Revolution
Regulated for Murder
A Hostage to Heritage
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