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A Marked Man (Abigail Adams Series #2)
     

A Marked Man (Abigail Adams Series #2)

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by Barbara Hamilton
 

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"Abigail Adams could become my favorite historical sleuth." (Sharon Kay Penman)

Abigail Adams, wife of attorney John Adams-who is deeply involved with the Sons of Liberty-is shocked when one of the Sons is accused of murder. Did the crime arise from the romantic competition

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Read Barbara Hamilton's blogs and other content on the Penguin Community.

"Abigail Adams could become my favorite historical sleuth." (Sharon Kay Penman)

Abigail Adams, wife of attorney John Adams-who is deeply involved with the Sons of Liberty-is shocked when one of the Sons is accused of murder. Did the crime arise from the romantic competition for the daughter of a prominent Royalist-or was it politically motivated? Abigail and John believe the accused is innocent, though the evidence against him is strong.

While John works to clear his client's name, Abigail begins her own investigation, and soon learns several unpleasant facts about the dead man, things that greatly increase the number of possible suspects. But as she pursues the truth, the killer pursues her- threatening not only Abigail but her vulnerable family.

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Publishers Weekly
Near the outset of Hamilton’s well-crafted second Abigail Adams mystery (after 2009’s The Ninth Daughter), 16-year-old Lucy Fluckner comes to Abigail for help. A good friend of Lucy’s, 24-year-old bookseller Harry Knox, who prints pamphlets for the Sons of Liberty, has been arrested for the murder of Sir Joseph Cottrell, the King’s Special Commissioner and, according to Lucy’s Tory chaperone, Mrs. Sandhayes, Lucy’s fiancé. Lucy insists that the victim, a notorious womanizer, was not her fiancé, her heart all too clearly belonging to the accused. Abigail and her lawyer husband, John, resolve to prove Harry innocent. The disappearance of a Negro servant woman from the house of Lucy’s Loyalist parents adds to the intrigue. Hamilton once again brings to life colonial Boston on the brink of revolution, vividly portraying such noted patriots as Sam Adams, leader of the Sons of Liberty; silversmith Paul Revere; and Dr. Joseph Warren. The action builds to a bizarre if satisfying ending. (Oct.)
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“Hamilton breathes vivid life into her historical characters . . . A satisfying read for mystery lovers and American history buffs alike.”--Kirkus Reviews

“Well crafted . . . Hamilton once again brings to life colonial Boston on the brink of revolution, vividly portraying such noted patriots as Sam Adams [and] Paul Revere.”--Publishers Weekly

"This time period in American history, especially in the Boston area, is rife with secrecy and suspicion of others, making it a perfect setting for a complexly plotted mystery with many suspects and motives.”--The Mystery Reader

"Quickly becoming one of my favorite series."--Over My Dead Body

Kirkus Reviews

Future First Lady Abigail Adams returns as an investigator (The Ninth Daughter, 2009).

Over breakfast with John Adams, his wife Abigail spots a newspaper advertisement: Bathsheba, a young slave woman, has run away, leaving a son and daughter behind. Abigail knows in her bones that no mother would abandon her children for her own freedom; Bathsheba must be dead. But this disappearance is quickly overshadowed by the killing of Sir Jonathan Cottrell, the King's Commissioner on colonial insurrection. Heiress Lucy Fluckner begs for Abigail's help. The man arrested for the murder is her beloved Harry Knox, printer and revolutionary. Lucy's prominent father wanted to wed Lucy to Cottrell. When Cottrell's odious politics combined with his attempt to violate Lucy, Harry threatened to strike him dead. This threat makes Harry a convenient suspect for the Provost Marshall; facing the gallows, Harry might implicate John Adams, cousin Sam and all the Sons of Liberty. In their defense, Abigail begins to question the servants of Cottrell's social circle. She learns that many wanted Cottrell dead. Mainers saw him as a threat to their land holdings; worse, Cottrell violated countless women, in England, the Continent, Barbados and, in Boston, Bathsheba. Though the world is better off without Cottrell, Abigail must find his killer before Harry irrevocably sails to trial.

The solution is complicated in detail yet obvious in outline. But Hamilton breathes vivid life into her historical characters through telling household details and finely honed dialogue. A satisfying read for mystery lovers and American history buffs alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425237083
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/05/2010
Series:
Abigail Adams Mystery Series , #2
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Barbara Hamilton is a pseudonym for Barbara Hambly. Hambly is a full-time author, who works in several genres. In the mystery world ,she is known for her bestselling Benjamin January historical mystery series, including A Free Man of Color and Good Man Friday among other titles. She has also written a number of historical novels about famous women in American history, including Mary Todd Lincoln and Dolly Madison.

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A Marked Man (Abigail Adams Series #2) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
DeborahJRoss More than 1 year ago
Mystery lovers, historical fiction lovers, and admirers of anything Barbara Hambly writes, rejoice! The resourceful and indomitable Abigail Adams is at it again, tracking down the solution to yet another murderous mystery. In an uneasy partnership with British Provost Marshall, she treads the delicate line between a search for the truth and the need to protect the Sons of Liberty from increasing British persecution. This tale involves not only murder and espionage but long-simmered revenge, mistaken identities, forensic pathology, star-crossed lovers, a land grab and a secretive tenant, all while Abigail keeps up a lively household when woman's work ran dawn to dusk.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1774, two and half months have passed since the infamous (depending on your loyalties) Boston Tea Party. Teenager Lucy Fluckner asks Abigail Adams to help her friend twentyish bookseller Harry Knox, who is in trouble with the Commonwealth law. The Sons of Liberty printer was arrested for murdering the King's Special Commissioner Sir Joseph Cottrell. Abigail supports freedom from the crown and is proud of her husband John who is a major participant in the Sons of Liberty's endeavors. As such she agrees to look into the homicide. Stunningly, Lucy's chaperone Mrs. Sandhayes insists the victim was her charge's fiancé; Lucy denies it as she loathed the philandering Tory and though she fails to say so Abigail knows she loves the accused. Abigail and John, who is a lawyer, investigate and quickly learns that a Negro female servant vanished from the home of their client's parents and that the victim had many enemies on all three sides of the brewing revolt. The key to the strong second Abigail Adams historical mystery (see The Ninth Daughter) is the sense that the reader is in Boston divided between Loyalists, Neutralists, and Rebels just prior to the Revolutionary War. The story line is fast-paced and the investigation super, but it is meeting the prime real persona and fictional characters representing the divided times in Boston in 1774 that makes A Marked Man a strong late eighteenth century thriller. Harriet Klausner
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