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  • A nice (hopefully) series starter....

    The Revolutionary War has been going on for a while, and things are getting really tough. Families have been split, American soldiers are being paid in worthless paper currency, food is scarce, disease is not scarce, and it’s hard to tell where anyone’s loyalties really lie. Amidst this roiling mess, Rebecca Parcell just wants the war to end - and to be able to keep her deceased husband’s land. But that’s not going to happen without a miracle. The local townspeople (with some extra help from a provocateur or two) think she betrayed her hero husband to the British, and she’s likely to forfeit the farm when she’s forced to defend herself in front of the “Council of Safety”. Luckily for Becca, General Washington knows the truth about her decidedly non-heroic husband, Philip, and is willing to intervene on her behalf if she and Daniel Alloway, the last man to see Philip alive, help the Revolutionary cause with a bit of spying. Toss in some villainous Brits, an equally heinous American or two, a puzzling code, a pretty slick way of transferring messages, and an underhanded British plot, and soon the bit of spying turns into a lot of spying - and a fair amount of danger too. Eventually, though, Rebecca and Daniel figure things out, just in time to prevent a wartime atrocity. And in the process they figure out some things about themselves too, and about each other. I really enjoyed The Turncoat’s Widow. Although this isn’t really a traditional mystery, since we know right up front how Philip died (on a British prison ship), the story is more in the details – who DID betray him, and why? Author Mally Becker does a great job of setting the stage, although I wish she would have included a historical note at the end – I always think these add to mysteries set in different times. The plot kept me guessing right along with Becca and Daniel. And it was a ton of fun to see a young Alexander Hamilton! If I have any minor issue with The Turncoat’s Widow, it’s that I’m not super fond of the type of mystery where the wrongly-accused protagonist has to prove their innocence. But Becker handles it pretty well, and I didn’t find it too annoying. All-in-all, this is a really nice series starter. At least, I hope it’s a series starter – after all there’s that matter in Philadelphia that General Washington would like Becca and Daniel to look into... And finally, my thanks to the publisher, Level Best Books, and NetGalley for the advance review copy!

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  • Historical Mystery Thriller Fiction

    The Turncoat's Widow: A Revolutionary War Mystery by Mally Becker is Historical Thriller Fiction with a British, American or double spy. An exciting story from the beginning with a preacher's accusations and congregational gossip in a small town. There are traitors, treasonous acts, spy’s, mysteries, danger and romance. Who are the traitors in the War of Independence and why? I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I appreciate the opportunity and thank the author and publisher for allowing me to read, enjoy and review this book. 5 Stars

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  • Danger and intrigue during the Revolutionary War

    This book was a huge surprise to me, as it was not like the sanitized history I learned in school, about our founding fathers and the early days of the Republic. Instead, it was a dangerous, desperate, and unsettled time for the citizens. I had never heard about the prison hulks moored in New York Harbor filled with American prisoners. It was a shock to read that the bodies of the dead were tossed into the harbor, and their bones and skulls washed up on the shore. Rebecca Parcell's husband is dead, and she is left to run the family farm. Her farm, her livelihood and she are in danger, however. Conflicting rumors about her and her deceased husband are spreading, and all are dangerous to her and her future. Daniel Alloway was a printer before he was accused of treason and sentenced to one of the prison hulks. He managed to escape in a particularly harrowing fashion. Rebecca and Daniel are caught up in a very dangerous conspiracy and must work together to survive. Thanks to the publisher Level Best Books and Netgalley for allowing me to read and review this book. All opinions here are my own.

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  • Spies and Mystery During the Revolutionary War

    It’s been six months since Rebecca Parcell lost her husband on a British prison ship, and the rumors in town that she is the one who turned him in to the British are only growing stronger. So when she gets an offer from General Washington, she is quick to listen. It seems that her husband was spying for whoever would pay him the most money, and Washington wants to know about his network, including the British spies he was going to identify. In order to help Washington, Rebecca travels to New York City with Daniel Alloway, a man she barely knows but who was on the ship with her late husband. Will they be able to find the network of spies in time to stop a plot? This is definitely a shade darker than the cozies I typically read, but it is only just a shade darker. I was delighted to find a mystery set during the Revolutionary War, and the book does a great job of bringing that time period to life. The plot starts out well and only gets stronger as it goes. By the end, I was racing to find out what would happen next. I did find the romance between Rebecca and Daniel to be the weak point of the book, but that was minor. The characters, real and fictional, are strong, and using both Rebecca and Daniel to tell the story is a real asset. I’m glad I found this series, and I can’t wait to find out where the characters go next.

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