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MURDER AT SPOUTERS POINT
By Leslie Wheeler
Five Star, October 2010 ($25.95)
A Miranda Lewis Mystery, 3rd in series.
Reviewed by Cherie Jung
MURDER AT SPOUTERS POINT is an intriguing New England mystery combining a touch of romance, adventure, history, and murder, among other things. Miranda Lewis is a writer of books on American history. Her boyfriend, Nate Barnes feels she neglects him and their relationship because of her "workaholic" nature. They agree to visit friends (his and hers - not mutual friends) on the Rhode Island coast. Nate needs an anger management course (in my opinion). His hair-trigger temper bothers Miranda, so they both suspect the trip is going to be contentious, at best.
The murder of a yachtsman is deemed (by a white cop) to be the work of one of the local Indians. Nate believes his Native American friend is being set up for a murder he didn't commit. There are other suspects in Miranda's view, which leads to increasing tensions between Miranda, Nate, and Miranda's friends.
The author has successfully combined the various elements of her story (mystery, romance, history, seafaring and Indian relationships aggravated by prejudice) into a compelling tale. Readers will be pleased and satisfied that so many diverse elements have been combined in such an intriguing way.
The two previous titles in the Miranda Lewis series are MURDER AT PLIMOTH PLANTATION and MURDER AT GETTYSBURG.
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