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Posted March 11, 2001
This Series Just Keeps Getting Better and Better!
This Series Just Keeps Getting Better and Better! Each Bracebridge Mystery has taken place at a different time of year, enabling Margaret Miles to embellish her fictional village of Bracebridge, Massachusetts with delightful seasonal highlights. The most recent of her four books, 'A Mischief in the Snow', wraps a most fascinating account of village life in the winter of 1766 around the intrigue of a breath-taking murder plot. From cover to cover, this book thoroughly entertained me. As I have found with all of these books, one part of me wanted to read quickly to follow the exciting and intriguing story line, while another part wanted to slow down and thoroughly soak up cozy old kitchens with freshly baked brown bread and warming fires. I absolutely loved Chapter 6, where she describes villagers gathering to watch blocks of ice being cut out of a frozen pond and loaded onto horse drawn wagons for delivery to ice houses. Women and children who have arrived on foot or by sleigh are setting out food and jugs of liquid refreshments. A young man is playing his violin for a group of villagers sitting by a roaring bonfire while skaters are racing by on blades of steel, antler or bone. But of course, in the wintry woods nearby, an event of a much more sinister nature is occurring and it isn't by any means the only evil or dishonest act that will occur in this village, where deception is in the air. And this is what keeps the reader turning those pages late into the night. I highly recommend 'A Mischief in the Snow' to everyone. I also think that it would be an excellent addition to any reading list for students of American history. While Miles' books are extremely entertaining and readable, they are also very well written and historically accurate, making them perfect material for the classroom.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Excellent colonial mystery
In the winter of 1766 in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Charlotte Willet goes ice skating on the nearby Musketaquid River. All by herself, Charlotte enjoys her time gliding on the frozen river until a thin section of ice cracks sending her into the freezing water. She manages to pull herself out of the icy water. However, Charlotte realizes that Boar Island, the home of two female hermits, is much closer than her house in Braceville. Realizing that only teenager Alexander Godwin visits the ladies when he delivers items to the isolated females, Charlotte prudently pays a visit on wealthy Catherine Knowles and her companion Magdalena. Charlotte finds her host strange, but kind. <P> Not too long after that, Charlotte¿s employee Lem Wainwright gets into a public spat with the obnoxious Alex, but nothing except threats occurs. However, soon Lem finds the murdered body of Alex. Lem is the obvious suspect having just had a fight with the victim just before his death and also having conveniently found the corpse. Charlotte, with the help of her neighbor Richard Longfellow, begins investigating who killed Alex. <P>The fourth entry in the Willet colonial mystery series, A MISCHIEF IN THE SNOW, is an entertaining entry that lives up to its well-written predecessors. The story line provides readers with an engaging who-done-it, several enchanting characters especially Charlotte, and a deep look into Colonial America outside the Boston area. Margaret Miles makes Massachusetts circa 1760s a fun place for readers to visit. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 26, 2011
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