The Sandburg Connection

A Sam Blackman Mystery
The Sandburg Connection: A Sam Blackman Mystery. Poisoned Pen. Oct. 2011. c.288p. ISBN 9781590589410. $24.95; pap. ISBN 9781590589434. $14.95. M
North Carolina PI duo Sam Blackman and Nakayla Robertson (The Fitzgerald Ruse) have been hired to follow professor Janice Wainwright because of a medical malpractice insurance claim. Why Janice is hiking up a mountain at Connemara, Carl Sandburg's North Carolina home (now a historical park), is anyone's guess. And when she falls and dies, it's unclear whether it is an accident or murder. When the ranger sent to stay with Janice's 17-year-old daughter is beaten badly at the Wainwright farmhouse, it becomes evident that someone wanted Janice out of the way. Ferreting out the motive in this literary mystery isn't so simple when an ex-husband's revenge, academic tenure, and financial gain all loom as possibilities.
VERDICT Folk songs, Sandburg, and Civil War history
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