The Carnation Murder: An Early 20th Century Mystery

The Carnation Murder: An Early 20th Century Mystery

by Tam May
The Carnation Murder: An Early 20th Century Mystery

The Carnation Murder: An Early 20th Century Mystery

by Tam May



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Can a forward-thinking woman help the police solve a murder in a backward-thinking town?

Smart inquisitive, and a firm believer in the new progressive reforms, Adele Gossling seeks a new life after the devastating death of her father. So she flees the big city of San Francisco for the small town of Arrojo. She plans a life of peace and small pleasures running her own stationery shop and living in her own house.

But peace is exactly what she doesn't get when she discovers her neighbor dead in her gazebo. The police think they have a firm suspect: the young man who was secretly engaged to the victim. But Adele and her clairvoyant new friend Nin Branch suspect the young man is innocent. In spite of the raised eyebrows from Arrojo's Victorian-minded citizens, she and Nin set out to prove Richard Tanning didn't do it. But if he didn't, who did?

Can Adele and Nin solve this puzzling case involving a striped carnation, a diamond ring, a note, a muddy pair of boots, and a broken promise? Or will Richard hang for a crime he didn't commit and the real killer go free?

If you love smart, intricate whodunits in the spirit of Agatha Christie, Anna Katharine Green, and Dorothy L. Sayers, you'll love this series featuring a sassy woman sleuthing her way through one of America's most explosive eras. 

Pick up your copy of The Carnation Murder for a fun, absorbing mystery set in Northern California at the turn of the 20th century. 

What early reviewers are saying:

"Really well paced and researched appropriately for the era."

"The story comes alive."


Don't forget to check out the other books in the Adele Gossling Mysteries!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940160972275
Publisher: Dreambook Press
Publication date: 04/30/2022
Series: Adele Gossling Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Sales rank: 11,581
File size: 840 KB

About the Author

As soon as Tam May started her first novel at the age of fourteen, writing became her voice. She writes engaging, fun-to-solve historical cozy mysteries featuring sassy suffragist Adele Gossling. Her mysteries empower readers with a sense of “justice is done” for women, both dead and alive. Her fiction is set in the San Francisco Bay Area because she adores sourdough bread, Ghirardelli chocolate, and San Francisco history.

Tam is the author of the Adele Gossling Mysteries which take place in the early 20th century and feature amateur sleuth and epistolary expert Adele Gossling, a forward-thinking young woman whose talent for solving crimes doesn’t sit well with her town’s Victorian ideas about women’s place in society.

Tam has also written historical women’s fiction. Her post-World War II short story collection, *Lessons From My Mother’s Life,* debuted at #1 in its category on Amazon, and the first book of her Gilded Age family saga, the Waxwood Series, *The Specter*, remains in the top 10 in its category.

Although Tam left her heart in San Francisco, she lives in Texas because it’s cheaper. When she’s not writing, she’s devouring everything classic (books, films, art, music) and concocting vegetarian dishes in her kitchen.

For more information about Tam May and her books, check out her website at
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