Blackman's Coffin

Blackman's Coffin

by Mark de Castrique
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Blackman's Coffin (Sam Blackman Series #1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have to say upfront, that I live in Asheville, NC where most of the action takes place and this added to my enjoyment of this mystery. Story line was good, characters interesting and the writing engaging. Read by my bookclub and it got an 'all thumbs up' from the group.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blackman great! Asheville setting even better!
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Loved this book.
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DeniseQ More than 1 year ago
My book club read this book and the author was kind enough to talk to us by speaker phone for 45 minutes. de Castrique is a local author for those of us in North Carolina. Not only is this book a good mystery tale, it also explores the history of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. Most of the characters were attractive, the kind of people you want to know. I understand this author has a new book due out in August,2009.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent Novel! Each page makes you feel like you are discovering each peice to an old treasure! The novel tastefully and respectively paints a picture of the Biltmore Estate and Asheville. I highly recommend this to both history and mystery lovers!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Former US Army Criminal Investigation Detachment Chief Warrant officer Sam Blackman lost his leg in Iraq. However that is not what has outraged him instead his medical treatment in the states has been shabby and he has said no more. More to keep him out of the DC limelight, the VA transfer Sam to the Veteran¿s Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. --- At the VA Sam meets fellow amputee former marine Tikima Robertson who offers the despondent ex-soldier an opportunity to use his CID skills if he can stop the self-pity crap. However, before he can respond, someone murders Tikima her body left floating in a nearby river. Tikima¿s sister, Nakayla asks Sam to find her sibling¿s killer. She gives him a 1919 journal that Tikima found that contains the musing of twelve-year-old white child Henderson Youngblood whose father was a funeral director his dad Travis was assisting Negro Elijah Robertson transport a corpse for burial in a family plot in Georgia. In 2008 Elijah¿s body was found in the French Broad River near the same place where his great-great granddaughter Tikima¿s corpse was found. --- The 1919 diary entries that appear throughout the super story line seem a bit mature for a preadolescent even for a child whose dad works with death and grief, but still well written in terms of an exciting look at Asheville in the early twentieth century. The two murder mysteries are fun to follow with both tied to post war people and racially terse overtones. Throw in some Thomas Wolfe to the mix as well as a bitter angry vet as the lead and whodunit fans will enjoy Sam¿s efforts to solve a modern day and nine decade old murders. --- Harriet Klausner