I am a southerner who has been on a steady westward migration since I left Atlanta: Dallas, Phoenix, San Francisco, and now Gilbert, Arizona. Yet, I still carry with me a longing to return to the place where I grew up—Louisiana. I think this dichotomy – between the desire for home and the urge to leave and explore the world – is central to my writing. Also important is humor, one of the essential spices of life and an undercurrent in my writing.
I like writing stories, enjoy creating something that did not exist before. I’ve written two novels: Dr. Shamroy’s Last Case and The Turnabout.
A well-told murder mystery set against the backdrop of the weeks prior to the beginning of World War I
Writing is good, characterization is good and the plot was interwoven with a background of world events and interesting period details.
I’m halfway finished and finding the connections between the murders intriguing and interesting. The inspector is starting and also becomes engaged. It seems the two are not a match at all but this is the first in this series that I’ve read.
San Francisco-1867. Celia Davies, served as a nurse in the Crimea, left her privileged English family to marry a handsome Irishman who brought her to San Francisco, then disappeared, and is now presumed dead. Celia runs a medical clinic for poor women and when a patient turns up dead, Celia searches for answers regarding Li Sha’s final days.
Nicholas Greaves, a detective and Civil War veteran, races against a deadline to unravel the threads and find the murderer. His boss wants the case closed, solved or unsolved, and makes it clear that certain individuals are off-limits for questioning.
Celia is bold and determined to see justice done. Greaves is tenacious and worries about Celia’s involvement as she takes risks to learn the truth. The streets of San Francisco come to life from Telegraph Hill to China Town to the tree-lined neighborhoods of the wealthy as the plot twists and turns to a satisfying end.
The story is well told, the characters are well drawn, and fact and fiction blend seamlessly. I enjoyed reading and look forward to reading the next book in this series