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Murder on the Last Frontier
     

Murder on the Last Frontier

3.7 3
by Cathy Pegau
 

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There’s many who feel the Alaska Territory is no place for a woman on her own. But Charlotte Brody, suffragette and journalist, has never let public opinion dictate her life choices. She’s come to the frontier town of Cordova, where her brother Michael practices medicine, for the same reason many come to Alaska—to start over.
 

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There’s many who feel the Alaska Territory is no place for a woman on her own. But Charlotte Brody, suffragette and journalist, has never let public opinion dictate her life choices. She’s come to the frontier town of Cordova, where her brother Michael practices medicine, for the same reason many come to Alaska—to start over.
 
Cordova is gradually getting civilized, but the town is still rougher than Charlotte imagined. And when a local prostitute—one of the working girls her brother has been treating—is found brutally murdered, Charlotte learns firsthand how rough the frontier can be. Although the town may not consider the murder of a prostitute worthy of investigation, Charlotte’s feminist beliefs motivate her to seek justice for the woman. And there’s something else—the woman was hiding a secret, one that reminds Charlotte of her own painful past.
 
As Charlotte searches for answers, she soon finds her own life in danger from a cold-blooded killer desperate to keep dark secrets from seeing the light of day…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/12/2015
Set in 1919, this tepid first in a new historical series from Pegau (Rulebreaker) takes journalist and suffragette Charlotte Brody from Yonkers, N.Y., to Cordova, Alaska Territory, where she hopes to write a series of articles for the Modern Woman Review about frontier life, but she finds that her liberal views set her apart. Since Charlotte’s doctor brother, Michael Brody, lives in Cordova, she quickly meets such important locals as the Reverend Samuel Bartlett and his daughter, Ruth, who’s engaged to Michael. When prostitute Darcy Dugan is beaten to death outside Charlotte’s boarding-house window, Charlotte talks to Darcy’s friends and Miss Brigit O’Brien, Darcy’s employer, in an effort to solve the crime. Handsome deputy James Eddington urges caution, and Charlotte indeed soon learns that uncovering personal secrets in Alaska, where people come to start over, can be dangerous. Against a colorful backdrop, the action builds to a predictable conclusion. Agent: Natalie Lakosil, Bradford Literary Agency. (Dec.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781496700544
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
11/24/2015
Series:
Charlotte Brody Series , #1
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
623,243
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Cathy Pegau currently resides in Alaska with her husband and children and the occasional bear that wanders into her backyard. Read more at www.cathypegau.com.

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Murder on the Last Frontier 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
I was totally involved in this story from the first page to the last. I enjoyed the relationship between the brother and sister, and the honest feelings portrayed by all the characters. I definitely look forward to future books in this series.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Murder on the Last Frontier by Cathy Pegau is the first book in A Charlotte Brody historical mystery series. The story takes place in Cordova, Alaska in 1919. Charlotte Mae Brody is arriving Alaska via the S.S. Snow Queen. She has traveled from New York to get away. Her articles have created controversy (and she does not want it to spill over onto her parents) and to get away from a man. It is a chance for Charlotte to start over. She is a journalist and will write articles on life in Alaska (for a magazine back east). Charlotte’s brother, Michael is a doctor in Cordova. Michael is engaged to Ruth, a pastor’s daughter (appearances are important to their family). The first night that Charlotte stays in Cordova, a young woman is killed. Charlotte finds out that the young woman is Darcy Dugan. Darcy was a lady of the evening and she was pregnant. Charlotte knows that this type of crime is not usually taken seriously, and she wants to make sure that Darcy’s killer is caught (plus she is nosy). But the killer does not like Charlotte asking so many questions and tries to stop her. Can she find and expose the killer before the killer silences Charlotte? There is also some romance in the air for Charlotte (of course). But is Charlotte interested in romance. With all of Charlotte’s antics (she is quite busy in the book) will Michael be able to keep his fiancé? Murder on the Last Frontier is an engaging story that contains a good mystery (it is not easy to solve which I really liked). I liked the characters (for the most part) and the beautiful setting of Cordova, Alaska. I did find Charlotte a little too aggressive. She can get on your nerves after a while in her direct, to the point approach in asking questions (or rather demanding answers). I did, though, appreciate her modern outlook or views (you will understand if you read the book). I did, though, think there was a little too much romance for a mystery novel. I like having a little love interest in the book that develops over time in a series, but you do not want it to be too much (so that is overshadows the mystery). I give Murder on the Last Frontier 3.75 out of 5 stars. There is room for improvement, and I hope to see it in the next book in the series (which I look forward to reading). I received a complimentary copy of Murder on the Last Frontier from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
This one was just okay for me. It was a cozy mystery set in Alaska. Charlotte comes to Cordova, Alaska to see her brother and there's a murder on her first night. On day 2, she's already making people mad, because she's asking so many questions. She kind of got on my nerves in that everyone was warning her and telling her to stay out of it, yet she didn't. I knew pretty early in the book who did it and was just reading and waiting for Ms. Nosy Butte to figure it out. I think the writing itself was good, but the main character got on my nerves and a major clue was given too early in the book. Of course, I usually miss the early clues, so it just may be that I happened upon this one. Thanks Kensington Books and Net Galley for providing me with this free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.