Murder in the Seventh Cavalry

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In December of 1875, George A. Custer hires a detective to solve the killing of a popular Seventh Cavalry officer. Lysander Hughes is a former Texas Ranger and San Francisco policeman. He's also wanted for the murders of four men -- Yankees who killed his fiancée. Lysander goes undercover as an enlisted man, and he encounters a female journalist who is also pursuing the case. Verity Winslow is a woman in a man's profession, and she's got a chip on her shoulder the size of the Black Hills because of it. Driven to ...
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In December of 1875, George A. Custer hires a detective to solve the killing of a popular Seventh Cavalry officer. Lysander Hughes is a former Texas Ranger and San Francisco policeman. He's also wanted for the murders of four men -- Yankees who killed his fiancée. Lysander goes undercover as an enlisted man, and he encounters a female journalist who is also pursuing the case. Verity Winslow is a woman in a man's profession, and she's got a chip on her shoulder the size of the Black Hills because of it. Driven to make a name for herself, Verity has a mysterious informant who claims to know who killed the officer.

Lysander and Verity mix as well as oil and water, but they are forced to work together to solve the case. They learn that the murdered officer was not as popular as he was purported to be, and that more than one person wanted him dead. They learn that Custer and the Seventh aren't what they're purported to be, either. Custer is a self-obsessed glory hunter, spurred on by his ambitious wife; and the Seventh, far from the elite unit depicted by the press, is filled with men who can barely ride or shoot. When Lysander and Verity start coming up with questions Custer doesn't like, Custer tries to remove them from the case.

That's his first mistake . . .

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934597705
  • Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/19/2011
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Broomall has authored a number of previously published novels. Besides writing, his chief interests are history and travel. The idea for Murder in the Seventh came from research he did on Custer for another book. "There's something compelling about Custer and the Seventh," he says. "Once you learn a little bit about the subject, you can't stop." Bob is a U.S. Army veteran and graduate of the University of Maryland. He works as a technical writer at Aberdeen Proving Ground and lives in Bel Air, Maryland, with his wife Sharon.
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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    Fast-paced and thoroughly satisfying ride. Saddle up!

    Murder in the Seventh Cavalry is, quite simply, one great read. With a writing style as lean and sinewy as his Seventh Cavalry soldiers, Mr. Broomall flexes each phrase to maximum potential as he weaves his tale of intrigue and murder at George Armstrong Custer's last station - Fort Lincoln, Dakota Territory. You've heard of "reading between the lines" -- Mr. Broomall writes between the lines. His historical authenticity and research are top notch, and he crafts his novels in the space of what isn't known to blend nicely with what is historically recorded.

    The reader is deftly transported to 1875 and immersed in the gritty life of a frontier soldier. Settings are flavored with tactile details that you won't find in a standard tour western.

    Mr. Broomall's characters are noteworthy. He peels the historical characters from their sepia colored pages and breathes life and color into them, and his fictional folks are well-differentiated, vibrant and memorable. The main character, detective Lysander Hughes, has more pluck than a Frank Perdue chicken farm. You'll like this guy.

    If you're a fan of historical fiction, westerns, murder mysteries -- or just a well-crafted, satisfying novel that will keep you turning pages from start to finish -- you'll enjoy Murder in the Seventh Cavalry. And at 198 pages, it makes a great beach read. You'll be able to finish before you're burnt.

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