Twelve of us met at the Senior Center for a discussion of this title- and we all enjoyed the book and our conversation quite a bit! A great modern novel- as light as an English triffle to consume, but it leaves you with a sweeping understanding of large parts of modern English culture- including some of the social tensions they are facing now. Try it- I think you'll like it. I sure did. One of the most enjoyable 'literary' novels I've run across recently. (With some classic humor. I need to memorize a couple of these lines.)
Fairfield, New York -- November,1902: Dr. Clyde Deacon is called to a death. Once the personal physician to a President, Deacon now has a struggling practice in small-town New York State. But death breeds death- and mysteries begin to spawn mysteries. Dr. Deacon will be hard pressed to keep up.
The Miser of Cherry Hill follows Dr. Deacon's first appearance in The Angel of the Glade. Scott Mackay has won some recognition for his mysteries (see Cold Comfort) and science fiction. This looks, to me, like an intriguing location and time period... waiting for us!
What Was Cap Francois -- November, 1803: Blacks have risen up, casting out their French oppressors in what will become Haiti, sweltering navel of the Caribbean. The French residents, martial and civilian, are trapped on boats floating in the port- ready to be massacred. Alan Lewrie, Captain of the Royal British Navy, despises the French- but he may be forced to save their bacon. And these risks may drag him and the crew of the Reliant into new and explosive situations, opposing Napoleon and his overwhealming forces, so busy trampling Europe into bloody defeat.
This is the seventeenth tale in the Alan Lewrie naval series by Dewey Lambdin, inspiring comparisons with Forester (Horatio Hornblower) and O'Brian (Aubrey/Maturin). Bernard Cornwell (Richard Sharpe) says "I wish I had written this series." Looks to be loaded with naval lore and the life of the times!