Cry of the Innocent
by Julie Bates
April 11 - May 6, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
With unrest growing in the American Colonies, the British are eager for a quick resolution at the end of a noose, regardless of guilt. Under suspicion for the crime, she must use every resource at her disposal to prove her innocence and protect those she loves. Her allies are Olivia and Titus, slaves left to her by her late husband’s family, individuals she must find a way to free, even as she finds they also have motives for murder.
Faith seeks to uncover the dead man’s secrets even as they draw close to home. Determined to find the truth, she continues headlong into a web of secrets that hides Tories, Patriots, and killers, not stopping even though she fears no one will hear the cry of the innocent.
Praise for Cry of the Innocent:
"An absorbing, fast-paced, and contemplative whodunit."
The setting of this novel is its strength. The time is per-revolutionary and Bates gives readers a good immersion into the atmosphere of Williamsburg in the day. There was much tension between revolutionaries and the King's men. There was tension between slave owners and those who thought slavery should end. There was tension between the wealthy and those working hard to make a living.
In the midst of this tension is Faith, trying to find out who brutally murdered a man in her inn. She is a capable amateur sleuth. “She knew she had the intelligence of any man and more than many she had met.” (1152/3679). The mystery is well presented as the plot revolves around the social issues of the day. I did not figure out the villain until the end when all was revealed and the murder made sense.
I liked the mystery and found Faith to be an engaging sleuth. I really liked the informative setting. I trust Bates will continue writing about Faith as I'll be watching for a sequel.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Genre: Historical Mystery
Published by: Level Best Books
Publication Date: June 8th 2021
Number of Pages: 258
ISBN: 1953789773 (ISBN-13:978-1953789778)
Series: A Faith Clarke Mystery, #1
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