The Final Reveille
(A Living History Museum Mystery)
Publisher: Midnight Ink (May 8, 2015)
Paperback: 336 pages
As the director of Barton Farm, a living history museum in Ohio, Kelsey Cambridge is underpaid and underappreciated, but she loves every minute of it. Determined to keep the struggling farm open, she plans to impress the museum’s wealthy benefactress, Cynthia Cherry, with a Civil War reenactment on the farm’s grounds.
Unfortunately, the first shot in the battle isn’t from a period soldier. It’s from Cynthia’s greedy nephew, Maxwell, who fires a threat at Kelsey to cut the museum’s funding. The next morning, things go from bad to worse when Kelsey discovers Maxwell dead. Now Kelsey is the police’s number one suspect, and she must start her own investigation to save Barton Farm . . . and herself.
Amanda Flower, a two-time Agatha Award-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. She also writes mysteries as national bestselling author Isabella Alan. In addition to being an author, Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland.
Pen Name Website: http://isabellaalan.com/
My review: The Final Reveille by Amanda Flower ( A Living History Museum Mystery#1)
This is a cozy read that takes place on Barton Farm a living history museum in Ohio. It is also during a civil war reenactment on the farm. I would love to have seen it.
The main backer for the farm is Cynthia Cherry. She is getting older and only has one relative Maxwell. Maxwell is telling Kelsey Cambridge that she will lose her funding when he starts taking over for his Aunt Cynthia. The next day he is found dead on the farm.
Kelsey is a divorced mom who has the running of Barton Farm. She lives in the cottage on the farm with her 4 year old son and her father only in the summer. Kelsey is the main suspect for the murder. So she is looking for the real guilty person.
There are plenty of suspects, drama, history, colorful characters and personal family issues and even romance. The story is fast paced mostly taken place in one week time.
The war gets rough with fights, murder and thefts. One of the Generals is also the police chief and is really into reenactments so he does not want the battle and dance cancelled.
I would love to read more mysteries set at the Living History Museum. Can't wait to see what happens next at Barton Farms.
I was given this ebook to read from Net Galley and Midnight Ink . In return I agreed to give honest review of The final Reveille and be part of its blog tour.
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