CHICKAHOMINY FEVER – Ok Ann McMillan – 4th in series
Penguin Books, 2003 - Paperback

It is 1862, and Richmond is surrounded by the Union Army. Nurse Narcissa Powers is attempting to locate the body of a missing Confederate soldier, while Judah Daniel, a free black herbalist, searches for the mother of an abandoned infant. A crucial letter, which could change the course of the war, brings these two together.

I found the plot of this fragmented and although loosely based on an actual incident, improbable. The red herrings, rather than being effective, made the protagonist seem naïve. The only thing that saved this book, for me, was the history, but that’s not enough for me to recommend it as a mystery.

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