Wednesday, May 30, 2012

SUP WITH THE DEVIL by Barbara Hamilton

An Abigail Adams Mystery Novel
PublisherL Berkely Prime Crime
ISBN 9780425243206
Date Published: October 4th, 2011
Historical Mystery
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Publisher

Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams travels to Harvard to find out why her nephew was attacked. What she finds out has her trying to unravel a mystery of pirate treasures, curses and murder. Can Abigail and Horace find the truth before one or both die from the people wanting the pirate treasure themselves?

This was the first Abigail Adams mystery I read and I found it very intriguing spin on history and some famous people of that time. The book is intriguing blend of history, mystery and felt like a historical version of National Treasure movie. The story moves along at a nice even pace, the characters are quite enjoyable and the writing is tight. This is a “new to me” author and one I found to have done her research in regards to the historical aspect of the storyline.

I am not up with Abigail Adams at all in history but in this book, I found her quite charming, inquisitive and intelligent. The book is full of historical mentions that had me intrigued and the story felt richer from the Revolutionary War. I really enjoyed the peek into Harvard University back in the 1770’s. What an interesting look into that time period at such a vaulted place. The author does a great job in capturing the way things were back then within the pages of SUP WITH A DEVIL. The characters are quite enjoyable, multi-dimensional and very well written. There is even mention of some other famous figures from history such as Samuel Adams, Paul Revere and Abigail’s own husband, John Adams.

Ms. Hamilton is a talented author who has me reaching to see what other books of this series are out. I highly enjoyed this latest addition in the Abigail Adams series and can’t wait to try another one featuring this wonderful sleuth. If you enjoy a different take on mysteries with a dash of historical as well, try SUP WITH THE DEVIL and settle in for a lively romp through history with Abigail Adams.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of the book.

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