Henry David Thorea’s impassioned activism in the Underground Railroad leads him away from the banks of Walden Pond into a morass of murder…
In the spring of 1848, Thoreau returns to Plumford, Massachusetts, in search of a fellow conductor on the Underground Railroad, who has gone missing along with the escaped female slave he was assigned to transport. With the help of his good friend, Dr. Adam Walker, Thoreau finds the conductor—shot to death on a back road.
When the two men discover that Adam’s beloved cousin Julia has given the slave safe harbor, their relief is counterbalanced by concern for Julia, who has put herself in grave danger. Another conductor has been murdered in a neighboring town and a letter has been found from someone claiming to have been hired to assassinate anyone harboring fugitive slaves. With all of them now potential targets, the need for Thoreau and Adam to apprehend the killer is more urgent than ever…
Just opened this book, I was glued to the pages, it is a story so well-written, compelling, engaging with a superb plot and smart and easy to love characters. It 's a historical mystery really well built. It's set in 1848 in a town in Massachusetts where a group of brave people helping slaves to escape and regain their freedom. Julia was married to a Frenchman who managed the horrible slave trade. Unfortunately, the marriage took place in France, where divorce is not allowed, she must wait for his death to be free to live her love affair with Adam. He's a doctor, have known each other since they were children but they have to hide their history or go far away, where no one knows them. Julia feels the duty to help the slaves to expiate her guilt of marrying a monster. It's very risky what they do, in fact one of the conductor is found dead and the slave who he carried safely is disappeared. Julia, Adam and Henry, the man most active in the Underground Railroad, investigating and trying to lead other men to their beloved freedom. All the characters, even the secondary ones, are well built, bizarre and adorable, as Adam's grandmother or the sheriff. Julia is my favorite character, is courageous, combative, independent, generous, unpredictable, spontaneous. Her resourcefulness is much feared by her boyfriend, provides to her enormous trouble. Very good idea to tell the story alternates the point of view of Julia and Adam: it was funny to see their different emotions and reactions to the events of this story. This is the third episode of the Henry David Thoreau Historical Mysteries, I have not read the previous ones and I didn't have any problems but I definitely want to recover as soon as possible. I have no hesitation in recommending it highly. I received an advance reader edition of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
About The Authors –
B. B. Oak is the pen name of Beth and Ben Oak, who met in a literature course at Boston University and have been enthralled with Henry David Thoreau (and each other) ever since. They are members of The Thoreau Society and Old Sturbridge Village, a living museum which recreates life in rural New England and served as the model for the book’s fictional town of Plumford.