I throughly enjoy visiting this time period and I find that Hamilton always gives me information that I did not know. But Horace survived--with a tale of pirate treasure. I have always had true-colour pictures in my mind of what I am reading including some very dull texts from my college days and I was very surprised to find that, when questioning the members of my book club, not everyone forms these beautiful mental pictures. I do not think that there can ever be enough books about anything and I say that knowing that some of them are going to be about Pilates. The Sons of Liberty are desperate to find the rumored gold, but Abigail wants the truth. It seems that the culprits are looking for the possibility of treasure from pirates and Horace may have been poisoned as well to keep him quiet. In this colonial cozy, the future first lady must discover the truth behind the death of likable young man with unpopular political views.
Abigail Adams could become my favorite historical sleuth. It's May and the colonies are expecting a reply from the King any day now and it may just mean war, so the Sons of Liberty are stockpiling arms and making preparations. But I liked this, just as I did the first in the series, so I'd I like the combination of history and mystery -- and Abigail Adams is one historical figure I could see as having the smarts to be a detective! Abigail goes back to Boston with the rest of the books and hides them at Sam Adams' house because they may be of value to someone enough to kill. This included not ironing a shirt 'properly', which had to be difficult with a solid metal iron that was heated on the hearth. This author does a terrific job of showing the day to day life.
And, though I harbored suspicions about the central's mystery's culprits and motivations, I was still kept guessing through the end and not all my suspicions were borne out, which is something I enjoy. She has also written a number of historical novels about famous women in American history, including Mary Todd Lincoln and Dolly Madison. Register a Free 1 month Trial Account. For the Devil's treasure comes with a curse that could bring down anyone, regardless of where their allegiance lies. Hambly is a full-time author, who works in several genres. Ryland served under Fairfield in the King's Volunteers a while back. I started out as a fan of the author's fantasy books writing as Barbara Hambly , but this historical mystery series is a strong addition to her work.
I think what I appreciate most about this book and the series in general is that it seems true to period in a way that most historical mysteries aren't. I loved the internal dialogue that she engaged in as the voice of her pastor's wife mother chastised and her own c I loved this one best of all the Abigail Adam's mysteries and I am so sad to discover it is the last!! Abigail becomes involved primarily because the dead youth's African servant that is, slave is immediately accused of the murder, and she doesn't believe it. She receives help from an unexpected source. And each book in the series reminds me that the Revolutionary War really was a civil war, with many of the colonists supporting the Crown rather than the patriot agitators. Also, you see a woman who is quite beyond her time. Horace writes that a Mrs. Hamilton did not make her a ridiculous figure as Elliott Roosevelt did with his mother.
The mystery has plenty of twists and turns. Abigail is a woman of strong character, who deeply loves her husband, John Adams, her family, and her home. Urged on by the Sons of Liberty--and Abigail's husband, John--militias form and arm themselves. The plot was nicely twisty. A mysterious woman hired Horace to translate some Arabic, then left him at the mercy of her henchmen.
The third and so far the last of the Abigail Adams books lived up to its successors. Life is hard and unyielding but people still love and laugh and think. The only irritating element was the repeated use of huge parentheses shoved into the opening sentence of paragraphs to explain or further illustrate something about the subject of the sentence, in the process wholly dislocating the sense. Meanwhile one of Horace's fellow students-loyal to the King-is murdered. She has written most of her books as Barbara Hambly.
It turns out that George, married months before he died to a tavern owner's daughter, named Katy, who is pregnant, but really full of spirit and on the side of the colonists, even if her husband was a Loyalist. Aided by a young widow, a Native American chemist, and her cousin, the foremost authority on Arabic literature in the colonies Adams must track down a murderer and a pirate's treasure all before war breaks out in Boston. There was a very minor amount of explicit bad language. While it might help to have read the previous 2 books, this one works fine on its own. In this colonial cozy, the future first lady must discover the truth behind the death of likable young man with unpopular political views. It seems that her ancestor may have a treasure supply somewhere, perhaps where he lived in the forests when he stayed amongst the Indians for a while before coming to spend his last days with his son. I do love this series.
The fact that slavery existed in the area was jarring. The Sons of Liberty are desperate to find the rumored gold, but Abigail wants the truth. A few weeks have passed since the Boston Tea Party, and Abigail Adams and the rest of the residents of Boston are nervously waiting to see how the King will react. But Horace survived—with a tale of pirate treasure. We don't always know how the individuals fared. With both her husband's good name and the fate of the Sons of Liberty at stake, Abby must uncover a conspiracy that could cost them all their freedom-and their lives. A satisfying read for mystery lovers and American history buffs alike.