Kirkus ReviewsImplacable Sheriff Steve Martinez (Cache of Corpses, 2007, etc.) investigates a series of musket murders. Go figure. Upper Michigan's Porcupine County hopes to lift its flagging economy with some Revolutionary War re-enactments targeted at summer tourists. The county board has urged Desert Storm–vet Sheriff Martinez, a Lakota Indian raised by a white family, to make sure things run smoothly with the re-enactors. Many of them, known as the Mountain Men, camp out together near the performance site and take method acting to an extreme level, living in character even when there's no audience around. When teacher Gloria Lake, who portrayed a seamstress in the re-enactments, succumbs to a fatal musket shot just below the rib cage, Martinez's role becomes more official. At first, Gloria's colleagues close ranks, offering Martinez no helpful information. After stonewalling in an initial interview, however, her good friend and fellow teacher Sheila Bodey admits that Gloria had also worked among the Mountain Men as a prostitute. Although Martinez's ladylove Ginny Fitzgerald reasonably explains how Gloria's death was most likely an accident, a judgment that becomes the official ruling, his gut tells him it's murder. Over the succeeding months, several more deaths by musket cast a cloud of suspicion over the original verdict and raise Martinez's hackles. Once murder is a given, the pieces of the puzzle fall, one by one, into place. A confident and engaging whodunit. Kisor's prose is as refreshingly clean and balanced as the hero's investigative style.
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Mr. Kisor continues the Steve Martinez series with this one about a series of deaths caused by antique guns. Parts of the book are a little slow going if the reader is not knowledgeable about muzzle-loading fire arms, but the account of how the police work to connect seemingly disparate death scenes appears accurate. Martinez is not a wonder-cop, just a hard working, likable guy. His relationship with his girlfriend, Ginny, is a thread that runs though the book. I have read the other Martinez books all of which I liked better than this one because they moved faster and were less technical. However, my husband, a hunter, liked this book very much. All in all, I'm glad I bought this book and will keep it with my others in the series to be read again.