Family roots, teachings, and tradition permeate Darby Weeks's existence despite a decade's old decision to walk away from a life of privilege. They have given him the courage to survive under impossible conditions, but the most challenging of them all comes from an unexpected place: his return home. As heinous crimes peppered with riddles begin to plague the North Country, Darby's reappearance back home sparks an old rivalry between two families, releasing an evil to wreck vengeance upon everything around them. Darby's proposal of a truce between them not only fails to appease the rival family's thirst for retribution; it fuels it. The town of Bretton Woods lies between the two when old passions ignite and set forth new determinations to win an old struggle.
Reunited with an old flame and guided by a pompous blowhard, Darby sets out on a journey to learn the truth about his family's past and their ancient blood feud with the ruthless Marsh family. Darby's quest leads him all over New England, from the rare books library at Dartmouth College to Author's Ridge - the final resting place of the literary greats Thoreau, Hawthorne, and Emerson. Darby discovers a family he's never known and an insidious danger lurking in the arms of a rekindled love.
|Publisher:||North Country Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.54(d)|
About the Author
He has worked in New Hampshire public schools as a certified teacher since 2001. He has earned a B.S. from Arizona State University and a M.Ed. from Keene State College.
He lives in New Hampshire with his family.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite The North Country Confessional is a mystery written by Craig C. Charles. Darby Weeks is going home again, to the North Country hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, that's been owned and run by his family for generations. While blessed with wealth from the coal mining industry, the family seemed to be under a curse, stemming in part from their age-old feud with the Marsh family. Darby escaped the tense and demanding situation as a young man when he joined the Navy. Now, with the passing of his grandfather, Darby is the last of the Stickney line and heir to the hotel. The Medal of Honor winner had planned to spend just enough time there to settle the estate, but his departure gets delayed by a series of troubling events. Craig C. Charles's mystery story, The North Country Confessional, takes the reader on a magical journey to the wild places and rugged mountains of New Hampshire while presenting at the same time a suspenseful mystery with both historical and supernatural aspects. Darby Weeks is complex and tortured, his discomfort at being the heir apparent and war-time hero writ large in everything he does. While Charles' mystery is first-rate and has a fantastic cast of characters, my favorite parts of the story revolved around Darby's climbs up Mount Washington and his hikes along that portion of the Appalachian Trail. What a treat to see the mountains and experience a bit of the trail through the author's eyes! The North Country Confessional is an engrossing mystery, with an intriguing main character and an unbelievably gorgeous natural setting. It's most highly recommended.
Stayed up way too late finishing this novel by a talented new author! Great debut novel!!