I have to admit…I was not prepared for my long drive home yesterday. I had loaded my mp3 player with books, but somehow they were either not as good as I thought ((way too much churchy-preachy!)) Or, the line up of parts was scrambled! For instance, when I’d look in the folder on the player, the sequence was scrambled! It started with part 3 in the line up, and then went to 5, to 7…and nothing I could do would unscramble them. I wasn’t ON shuffle….they were just in the folder wrong. How do I fix that? Never mind..I needed to drive, didn’t need to worry about it…
So let’s just say that what WAS available to listen to just did not suck me in enough to make it a pleasant drive. I made up my mind to delete the insipid stuff and get me some REAL steering-wheel-grabbers for my next trip, up to Northern Virgina this Friday!
And while browsing, I came across this freebie for my Kindle as well. I’m in the mood for some suspense, some intrigue! And this one may just fit the bill for my reading pleasures too! So I’m passing it on to you ---
Bone Rattler! by Eliot Pattison
From Publishers Weekly
Having already won an Edgar for his Inspector Shan series (The Skull Mantra, etc.), Pattison makes a strong bid for another with this outstanding mystery set in colonial America. Scottish prisoner Duncan McCallum, indentured to the Ramsey Company, is troubled by a series of mysterious deaths on the ship carrying him to the New World. When McCallum's close friend Adam Munroe and a professor who was to work as a tutor are added to the list of the dead, McCallum, who has extensive medical training, is enlisted by the captain to investigate.
The shipboard mysteries remain unresolved when they arrive in New York, and McCallum's quest for the truth leads him to perilous encounters on both sides of the French and Indian War.
Pattison's moving characters, intricate plot and masterful evocation of the time, including sensitive depictions of the effects of the European war on Native Americans, set this leagues beyond most historicals and augur well for future entries in this series. (Jan.)
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From Edgar Award winning author Eliot Pattison comes a compelling, multilayered novel rich in historical detail. Aboard a British convict ship bound for the New World, Duncan McCallum witnesses a series of murders and apparent suicides among fellow Scottish prisoners. A strange trail of clues leads Duncan into the bloody maw of the French and Indian War.
Sounds like a goodie, yeah? It does to me! As with all Kindle Freebies, please check before you download to make sure it still is free. What is free today may not be tomorrow!