The Final Reveille
(A Living History Museum Mystery)
Publisher: Midnight Ink (May 8, 2015)
Paperback: 336 pages
As the director of Barton Farm, a living history museum in Ohio, Kelsey Cambridge is underpaid and underappreciated, but she loves every minute of it. Determined to keep the struggling farm open, she plans to impress the museum’s wealthy benefactress, Cynthia Cherry, with a Civil War reenactment on the farm’s grounds.
Unfortunately, the first shot in the battle isn’t from a period soldier. It’s from Cynthia’s greedy nephew, Maxwell, who fires a threat at Kelsey to cut the museum’s funding. The next morning, things go from bad to worse when Kelsey discovers Maxwell dead. Now Kelsey is the police’s number one suspect, and she must start her own investigation to save Barton Farm . . . and herself.
About This Author
Amanda Flower, a two-time Agatha Award-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. She also writes mysteries as national bestselling author Isabella Alan. In addition to being an author, Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland.
Pen Name Website: http://isabellaalan.com/
My Thoughts: I’ve always been interested in living history, so this book snagged my attention right away. This is the first book I’ve read by Amanda. I really enjoy her writing style. The story has an easy flow that carries the reader along. At times I felt as though I was right there at Barton Farm with the re-enactors and the living history staff. One of the things I look for when reading books with “destination locations” is whether or not the author makes me want to visit there. After reading The Final Reveille I wanted to take my students to Baron Farm on a field trip. I did figure out the killer before it was revealed, but only just. I’m looking forward to reading more about Kelly and the other characters. And I will certainly recommend this book to other cozy mystery fans.