MURDER AT GETTYSBURG
250 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada
Mass Market Paperback
Rating: 3 Cups
Miranda Lewis, a historian, has fond memories of the summer she spent with her college roommate Ginny and Ginny’s charming father Randall. She is looking forward to going to a re-enactment of the Battle of Gettysburg with them.
Wiley Cross is Ginny’s estranged husband and a hardcore re-enactor determined to relive the Civil War. The highlight of his life was dying in Pickett’s Charge in the movie Gettysburg and it might well be the highlight of his death also.
When Miranda is invited to a re-enactment of the Battle of Gettysburg with her friend Ginny and Ginny’s father, she never expects the reality of it all. The re-enactors are more than a little crazy and there is more going on behind the scenes than meets the eye.
This is a mystery with an interesting background. The Civil War re-enactors are pretty obsessed and Wiley Cross is what is known as a hardcore. He rarely bathes, starves himself and spends nearly all of his time at battles; and he wonders why his marriage is in trouble. Ginny is the daughter of a wealthy retired judge who also causes problems in the marriage. Miranda arrives, hoping to relive a wonderful summer and do research for her new book. But despite seeing her old friends through the eyes of her nineteen year old self, things have changed, and not for the better. The mystery of what is going on at the battle site only grows more intense as events evolve. There are some pretty bizarre characters in this story, particularly Jake, the surgeon/EMT/ATF agent who has a thing for Miranda, Linette, the Confederate Widow in love with Wiley, and Greg, the ex football star in love with Ginny. This is a pretty involved mystery that is not easy to solve and is a good story.
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