About the Book
Author: Caryl McAdoo
Genre: Historical Romantic Mystery
Release date: January 12, 2022
There’s more than a hundred witnesses in the room, but no one sees who shot the newspaper reporter. If not for an offhanded bet, Morgan and Charity would never have gotten involved; he’s not one to let a friend down. The truth of who and why DeeDee’s big engagement is wrecked might never be known if they hadn’t, and it still may not be if the Lowells can’t get the right man elected governor of Texas. Crooked civil servants and politicians who think they’re above the law thwart their every effort. It’s a historic mystery wrapped in redemption, love, politics, and coercion at the Cow Palace.
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I liked this latest addition to the series featuring the Lowells. There are two aspects of the novel I really enjoyed. One is the relationship between Morgan and Charity Lowell. They get along well on projects, from writing a mystery to solving a murder, and it is well portrayed in their dialogue. The other aspect of the novel I like is the clear Christian message. The gospel is presented well, including forgiveness and new life.
McAdoo includes lots of historical allusions in the narrative. She does well including historical background and descriptive information about the settings. I was a little put off by Morgan using his wealth so much. Yes, he helped some in need but he also seemed a bit too cavalier about his money for my taste.
This is a good historical novel with a clear gospel message, a hint of romance and a good deal of justice.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author
More from Caryl
I have so enjoyed writing these mystery stories with Morgan and Charity Lowell—from several books, but primarily LEAVING TEXAS, book four in the “Cross Timbers Romance Family Saga—as the wise and apt investigators! Of course, I have to throw in a little romance. I just can’t help it!
In COERCION at The Cow Palace, we take a little jaunt from Dallas over to Fort Worth and its Hell’s Half Acre. The city was incorporated in 1873, the year COERCION is set, but already acted as a hub for all the cattle drives coming north through Ft. Worth to the Kansas Railways.
I grew up in Dallas and really hadn’t known that much of Fort Worth’s history, so the research proved so exhilarating! Army General William Worth proposed a string of forts to protect Texas’ new settlers but died with cholera before seeing this come to fruition. His successor named the fort for him thirty years before our story.
It had a booming population of over five thousand—plus almost another thousand slaves—before the Civil War. Afterwards, during the reconstruction, its citizenship dwindled to less than two hundred in the 1860s, but the following decade with the arrival of the railroad in 1976 firmly established “Cowtown, ” Fort Worth’s famous nickname.
I loved setting these characters in this famous Texas town. It’s been said that Fort Worth was where the West began! I say, “Let the fun begin as we figure out along with the Lowells who done it!”
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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)