The Ninth Daughterby Hamilton, Barbara
When Abigail Adams visits a friend’s house, she finds a woman brutally murdered and signs that her friend, Rebecca Malvern, might have been taken by force. Rebecca is a sympathizer of the Sons of Liberty. Its leaders, including Sam Adams and Paul Revere, are concerned that an important document might have been taken from Rebecca’s home and initiate a search for her. When the British find a note implicating Abigail’s husband John, she must join forces with a British officer to prove John’s innocence. In doing so, she learns about two other women killed in a similar fashion and must explore the seamier side of life in colonial Boston.
Abigail Adams, an early feminist, is a plausible sleuth in this mystery set in 1773. The author brings vividly to life the politics, social structure, religious tenor and day to day life of this time period. Fans of historical mysteries will enjoy this one set at a critical time in our nation’s history.
Reviewed by ch, 12/09. Other reviews by ch. Have you read this book? Tell us what you think!