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Posted October 5, 2011
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.