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August 14, 2009

Book review: ‘Nightwalkers’ utilizes historic setting


By P. T. Deutermann

(compact disc audiobook)

“Nightwalkers” begins with a Civil War train robbery and massacre. That chapter segues into the present day with Cam Richter surveying Glory’s End, a sprawling, 700-acre ante-bellum mansion complete with secret tunnels and hidden rooms in the North Carolina countryside.

Cam wants to take a break from his thriving private-eye business, “Hide and Seek Investigations.” He purchases the estate even though he realizes that it could take years and thousands of dollars to restore the mansion to its former grandeur. He quickly discovers that his quirky neighbors, the Lees, still live as if in the Civil War era, complete with their long dresses and mannerisms. One of the Lee family members (everyone knows him as the “crazy” Major) is a Vietnam veteran who truly believes he is a Confederate major and patrols on a horse at night for Yankee spies.

Cam shortly recognizes that he has more serious problems than a mansion money pit and eccentric neighbors. Someone is trying to kill him and he is clueless as to who or why. He assumes it must be someone from his past because he hasn’t lived in the community long enough to have made enemies — or has he? Cam relies on his German Shepherd companions, Frick, Frack and Kitty, and the guys from “Hide and Seek Investigations” to help protect him as he tries to stay alive and find out who is trying to murder him.

This is an intriguing complex mystery with its eccentric characters and historic setting. The plot, filled with twists and turns, led to an unexpected and surprising conclusion. Dick Hill’s excellent narration adds to the suspense. I highly recommend “Nightwalkers” to anyone who enjoys mysteries with a little Civil War history and an “old South feel” setting.

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