Wednesday, June 05, 2013
The Ninth Daughter
Posted by JaneGS
I heard about Barbara Hamilton's Abigail Adams mystery series a few years ago, and just now got around to reading the first in the series last month, thanks to the wonderfully motivating TBR Pile Challenge. I'm so happy I did--I admire Abigail Adams so much and her voice in The Ninth Daughter was marvelously real and true to the historical Adams as I imagine her.
The mystery itself was absolutely spot-on--I didn't finger the murderer until seconds before the narrator did, which is gratifying, and Hamilton skillfully wove in actual events as well as interesting historical possibilities.
The action takes place in 1773--after the Boston Massacre but before the Boston Tea Party. The Massachusetts Colony is becoming increasingly rebellious, and Sam Adams and his Sons of Liberty figure prominently in the plot, as do Puritan fanatics, English soldiers, rebels and Tories. I love to read about this time in history, and it was particularly fun to read such a well-written, historically-intelligent, and all around interesting mystery.
Definitely The Ninth Daughter was the perfect combination of two of my favorite genres, historical fiction and mystery.
This book is also part of the Historical Fiction Challenge. I've now read 6 books in this challenge this year and this is one of the best!