Thoreau at Devil's Perch

Thoreau at Devil's Perch

by B. B. Oak
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Thoreau at Devil's Perch 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unique and fascinating historical mystery. Intriguing 19th century characters speak, think and act in keeping with the era, which I really appreciate in a historical. Henry David Thoreau really comes alive. Kept me guessing to the end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very excited by the idea of this book but utterly disappointed when I read it. Poorly written, no character development, stilted contrived "dialogue" among characters. I did not bother to finish it to find out who committed murder and am very sorry to have wasted the time I did trying to read it.
goode2shews_74 More than 1 year ago
Very unique and endearing, this is a crime mystery novel set in the 1850s starring Henry David Thoreau, American essayist, poet and practical philosopher. The main characters are a pair of cousins, Julia and Adam, who are in love with each other but are deathly afraid of the consequences a match such as theirs might have on possible offspring. Chapters are written from both Julia's and Adam's perspectives, alternating throughout, as their personal journal entries. The setting is a sleepy New England town called Plumford, not far from Boston. Adam happens upon the body of a mysterious young black man, who appears to have been murdered and then thrown from a cliff called Devil's Perch. Henry Thoreau also happens along, and the two begin to work together to disprove the town officials' opinion that this was an accidental death and to unravel the mystery of who dunnit. Of course, this murder is only the beginning of the crimes to be sleuthed as this novel unfurls. There are many twists and turns and surprises all along the way in this clever tale of small town folks whose lives are interwoven and whose secrets abound. I would suggest this book for anyone who enjoys a good mystery and especially for fans of Henry David Thoreau and his naturalist views. I received a copy of this book free through Library Thing Member Giveaways in exchange for an honest review.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
interesting presentation, good plot, I really enjoyed it. Excellent light mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here is a tale of jealousy, betrayal, bloody murder, and awful revenge. I counted five murders, all given the closure of justice in the end. In its pages there is one of the most desperate, chilling, near death experiences I have ever read as a young man literally claws his way back to life. Also - a man-to-man fight to the death that is worthy of Jack Reacher. Yet this mystery is not a dark or brooding or gruesome story. It is full of life. It's about Henry Thoreau as a vital, happy, young man who uses his incredible powers of observation to prove himself positively Sherlockian as a sleuth. It is about two star-crossed young cousins, the narrators of the story, who simply cannot help but fall in love, again. With Henry, this dynamic trio uncovers the awful truth boiling beneath the surface of a lovely New England village and are pulled into a desperate confrontation in the Boston underworld. And Henry discovers the possibility of immortality. There are strong supporting characters with their own stories - a rogue Army Captain, a young Cherokee bent on revenge, a fearsome butcher, a deceitful banker and his tarty wife, a charming devil of a Frenchman, and more - they get under the skin, bad as some are, and you itch to find out what will happen to each in the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can give a three because borrowed. For a better view try the Louisa Alcott new mystery series for an interesting view of the same people and area. Remember her mother was doing social work at time mom
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just saw the world devil so instently wanted to check it out because the devil rules