Dead March

Dead March Historical mysteries fly off the shelves these days At the same time millions of Civil War buffs pilgrims to battle sites and fans of Ken Burns s documentary devour all they can read about those four

  • Title: Dead March
  • Author: Ann McMillan
  • ISBN: 9780670881475
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Historical mysteries fly off the shelves these days At the same time, millions of Civil War buffs pilgrims to battle sites and fans of Ken Burns s documentary devour all they can read about those four fatal years Dead March, vivid and suspenseful, rich in period detail and the tension of its times, stands poised to capture this twofold audience In the gilded VirginiaHistorical mysteries fly off the shelves these days At the same time, millions of Civil War buffs pilgrims to battle sites and fans of Ken Burns s documentary devour all they can read about those four fatal years Dead March, vivid and suspenseful, rich in period detail and the tension of its times, stands poised to capture this twofold audience In the gilded Virginia spring of 1861, secession talk fills Richmond s parlors and dark doings are afoot in its medical school and cemetery Narcissa Powers, a well to do young white widow, is thrown together with Judah Daniel, a free black herbalist and conjure woman, to solve the murder of a slave girl whose cadaver is dug up by anatomists and their grave robbers Aided by a fledgling British news correspondent, these two women from opposite ends of society risk their lives as they infiltrate the worlds of men, medicine, and war that are about to collide in the bloody battle of First Manassas Dead March is the opening salvo in a series that will delight both mystery and Civil War buffs.

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    1. I thought this was a great book.Set during the early days of the Civil War, the author did an excellent job in the portrayal of her characters as devoted, proud Virginians and their love of their way of life. A lifestyle that of course led to the enslavement, degradation and death of many. Narcissa Powers is a strong woman, recently widowed however, she is not, an aggressive, sufferagist type. The author keeps her true to her Southern roots.What limitations are imposed upon this Southern genteel [...]

    2. An interesting little mystery. It was different to read about the Civil War from a southern point of view.

    3. Narcissa has lost just about everyone she loves, and as a widowed woman in 1861 Richmond, she is beholden to the relatives who deign to take her in.In this opening book of mysteries from Ann McMillan, Narcissa is called to the bedside of her brother, and in the aftermath of his illness a mystery unfolds. The mystery takes in grave robbing for the purpose of providing cadavers to medical schools, childbed fever, and the beginning of the American Civil War. McMillan weaves in the social parameters [...]

    4. I expected to enjoy reading this Civil War mystery, but I had no idea how much I'd look forward to the time I could spend with the characters. Narcissa is a strong-willed woman, not in a aggressive way, but in a well-mannered way. Southern women are to be cherished, but she is a widow and hasn't a place in the world until her sister-in-law, Mirrie, asks her to help her with running of the house so that Mirrie can assist her invalid father with his work. This gives Narcissa a purpose in life as w [...]

    5. Rating: 3.5*I'm one of those people fascinated by anything Civil War related, but have put off reading this book because reading about murder during a war seems a wee bit redundant. But I shouldn't have put it off as this book was really interesting. Not necessarily gripping. I found it easy to put this book down, but always picked it up again. I read it ten pages at a time LOL. And there is definite "authenticity" to the book since the author lives in Richmond herself and has been a writer and [...]

    6. Solid historical fiction mystery set in Richmond, Virginia at the onset of the Civil War. It was great to see some of the finer details of Richmond City in 1861 brought to life. Beyond that, the authenticity of free blacks and slaves is palpable and the mystery, though not too hard to connect the dots, is compelling throughout. The character of Brit Wallace, a British journalist, is a welcome dash of energy and levity. It was especially interesting to read a scene where a plot in the famous Holl [...]

    7. I don't normally much like fiction, but I decided to pick this one up because of its Civil War setting. I then went on to read the rest of the series and wish the author would write more. McMillan worked hard at realism and it's difficult to find anachronisms, a challenge when you have a female protagonist in a mid-19h century time frame. The author succeeds in making Narcissa Powers realistic to her time but still strong enough to be acceptable to a modern audience (had to make her a widow, tho [...]

    8. Interesting historical mystery set at the beginning of the Civil War. The main characters are two women from opposite ends of the social spectrum -- one a white widow who becomes a nurses' aid at the beginning of the war and an african-american woman who is an herbalist/midwife/conjure woman -- who solve the mystery together. It was a little show going at first, but I can see that the author was setting up the background of the characters. Once that was finished, I really enjoyed and look forwar [...]

    9. I'm starting to find more interest in American historical mysteries than I used to. This is a good debut. Some interesting insights on Richmond at the onset of the war. Can't help comparing to All Other Nights by Dara Horn or Murder at Manassas by Michael Kilian. Amazing that people thought of the first battle of the war as an entertainment and a picnic experience. Nice mentions of O.W. Holmes, H. Greeley. Looking forward to reading the next in the series. Curious whether Narcissa will get more [...]

    10. Although I do love historical fiction I'm not the biggest murder mystery fan. However this series has truly grabbed me. It doesn't get too bogged down in descriptions. The action is well written, and I found myself rooting for Narcissa and Judah. The scientific, and medical aspect of it was really interesting as well. Also I definitely want to see what happens with the determined "Brit". I say it was a good read overall. Worth taking on a plane or a long road trip to pleasantly pass the time.

    11. Another series that I started to read in college, but never finished. I chose this for my mystery book club and we were all impressed by the author's research and her choice to make her heroine unsure about the moral arguments about slavery on either side of the issue. The writing is very good, and I wished I had more knowledge of Richmond so I could enjoy the setting more.

    12. Dead March is the story of a murder mystery during the start of Civil War. Although history books may seem boring, Ann McMillan manages to masterfully blend history and mystery together. This book is hard to put down and the suspense will keep you on your feet throughout the entire book.

    13. It was ok; not quite as good as I had hoped. The characters are interesting but didn't completely grab me. Good twist at the end.

    14. A pretty good mystery laced with an adequate amount of Civil War and period facts to keep it interesting.

    15. I enjoyed this little historical mystery. I do find the ending ambit tedious. Problem solved but shenhadnto eliminate all loose ends so some dragging and unnecessary fillers.

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