Silver Dagger Publisher
Date: February 2003
Reviewed: (Hardcover/Trade Paperback)
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Historical Mystery / Post Civil War
US Grant Mystery, No. 2
Marks’s second Grant mystery continues in the state of Ohio.
This time it’s in Bethel, Ohio, where Grant’s family
moved after Grant’s father wore out his welcome in Georgetown
and thought it best to move on. Bethel is a small town and rarely
is a secret kept by anyone.
up, Grant had special pals in Bethel. He refers to them as his possums.
During the war, while Grant was rising in the government ranks,
his friends were fighting battles and ending the war as prisoners
in Andersonville, a POW camp known for its cruelty. Grant is back
in Bethel for the funeral of one of those friends.
he arrives, Grant finds his possums, those still alive, living a
nice life after the war. It has him curious, but not enough to question,
at least, not until his son leaves the dearly departed’s opulent
house with three gold coins.
wife and father join him in searching for the truth about his friends
and their newly-acquired homes. Although Grant’s wife makes
a good sleuthing partner, his father is even better, outspoken and
without fear. True, he can be irritating at times, but Grant is
so politically correct that it takes a man like Jesse Root Grant
to catch a suspect off guard or face danger straight on. I hope
he is a returning character.
Good Solider reads like a cozy. Civil War history and Andersonville
are strong topics, but the author handles them with the grace and
tact of Grant himself. The mystery is strong on history –
some rearranged for the storyline, but it shouldn’t overwhelm
writing style is pleasant. The story moves at a steady pace, the
dialogue is smooth and the characters are likeable. Mystery readers
looking for civil war mysteries on the light side will enjoy Jeffery
Marks’s US Grant series. It’s one for the keeper shelf.