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The Sandburg Connection: A Sam Blackman Mystery (Sam Blackman #3)

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A simple assignment for private investigator Sam Blackman and his partner Nakayla Robertson: follow Professor Janice Wainwright, who's suing a surgeon for malpractice, and catch her in activities that undercut her claim. When Wainwright visits Connemara, Carl Sandburg's home in Flat Rock, N.C., and climbs the arduous trail to the top of Glassy Mountain, Sam believes he has ...more
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Published December 31st 2011 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published October 1st 2011)
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LJ
First Sentence: The beep caught me in mid-bite.

Investigators Sam Blackman and Nakayla Robertson are following a history professor. She is suing a spinal surgeon for malpractice, yet what is she doing on the climbing trail up to the top of Glassy Mountain in Flat Rock, N.C. Trying to stay out of sight, Sam hears her cry out and the situation changes. He finds the woman at the bottom of an outcropping, severely injured and muttering about “The Sandburg versus.” When the autopsy shows massive paink
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Eric_W
Jul 27, 2011 Eric_W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sam Blackman, of the Cadillac versus Land Rover prosthesis fame, and his partner, Nakayla Robertson, have taken on a case involving a university professor who may be trying to scam their employer, an insurance company, for millions by faking the severity of her injuries.

Janice Wainwright, the woman they were following, for some reason, had changed clothes and headed off to climb a very steep hill,where, out of sight of the detectives, they heard a scream, the word “no”, and discovered her body
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Chuck McGrady
Oct 12, 2015 Chuck McGrady rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I always enjoy novels set in familiar places, some number of those novels set in western North Carolina aren't particularly that well written. The Sandburg Connnection was a fun book--a good mystery set in several places quite familiar to me. Found it particularly interesting how Louise Bailey ended up in the book. Having now read one book in the Sam Blackburn mystery series, I'm guessing I'll read more.
Chad
Jan 22, 2017 Chad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cathy Cole
Dec 29, 2011 Cathy Cole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Line: The beep caught me in mid-bite.

Sam Blackman and his partner, Nakayla Robertson, have been hired by an insurance company to follow Professor Janice Wainwright, who's suing a surgeon for malpractice. The insurance company wants to catch Wainwright doing things she's not supposed to be able to do so her case can be thrown out of court. So far, the things that Sam has learned about Wainwright aren't very complimentary, and he believes that this case will be pretty open-and-shut, especial
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Jane
Aug 09, 2012 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“It’s the verses. Sandburg’s verses.”

The Sandburg Connection is the third book in Mark de Castrique’s mystery series featuring Private Investigator Sam Blackman and his partner Nakayla Robertson. Every mystery series needs a gimmick these days, it seems, and de Castrique’s is literary. The first book in the series, Blackman’s Coffin, involves Tom Wolfe. The second, The Fitzgerald Ruse, is about a theft from F. Scott Fitzgerald seventy years ago. The Sandburg Connection is set in and near Connema
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Julie
May 16, 2011 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Janice Wainwright is suing her doctor for messing up her back during surgery, and private detectives Sam Blackman and Nakayla Robertson have been hired to follow her to see if she does anything that indicates she's not really hurt. They follow her to the top of Glassy Mountain where she falls down, hits her head and dies ~ just around the corner, out of their sight. What really happened to Janice? Did she just trip or did someone hiding in the trees push her? And what do her dying words, referri ...more
Sandie
Sep 04, 2012 Sandie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sam Blackman and his partner, Nakayla Robertson, have a new case. Having opened a detective agency and riding high on solving several cases in Asheville, NC, they are more than willing to serve as contractors in a medical damages case. A professor at UNC-Asheville, Janice Wainwright, is sueing the surgeon who performed her back surgery. She claims that the operation left her in such pain that working is almost impossible.

Sam and Nakayla agree to do surveillance on Janice to see if she is truly d
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Alison
Nov 05, 2011 Alison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A light murder mystery with excellent characters and a nice steady plot that drags the interest along until the grand finale.

Interesting use of American history and a great blend of fact , fiction and artistic license.

*****

The Sandburg Connection is a light murder mystery with excellent characters and a nice steady plot that drags the interest along until the grand finale. 


Although this appears to be the second book in a series featuring Sam Blackman and Nakayla Robertson, I had no problems in

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Tiffiane
Jul 15, 2011 Tiffiane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I wasn't sure what to expect when going into this book. I had no idea this was book 3 in a series when I requested it from netGalley, but I wanted to read it anyway. It quickly sucked me in, I really enjoyed the mystery and unknown of the case the PI's Sam and Nakayla were working on. I will give the author props because this book did not read like a series book at all. Even though it was book 3, it felt like a standalone - I didn't have any "unknowns" wondering what I missed in the first 2 book ...more
Melissa
Nov 03, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great mystery involving Sam Blackman and his partner Nakayla Robertson.

It was only routine. A simple assignment for private investigator Sam Blackman and his partner Nakayla Robertson. Follow a history professor who’s suing a spinal surgeon for malpractice and catch her in physical activities that undercut her claim. When the professor, Janice Wainwright, visits Connemara, Carl Sandburg’s home in Flat Rock, N.C., and climbs the arduous trail to the top of Glassy Mountain, Sam believes he
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Lisa
Oct 31, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't think I was going to like this at the beginning, but it improved remarkably as the story progressed. The setting, the Asheville and Flat Rock area were well depicted, and considering I have homes in both, I suppose I can judge thay pretty well. de Castrique tells me that he had one bad review, Booklist, in which the reviewer said that there was nothing to let the reader know this the setting is a southern mountain town. All I can say to that is that the reviewer knows nothing of the are ...more
Nancy
Jul 22, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third installment of the Sam Blackman series does not disappoint. Sam and Nakayla his partner and other things are up to their necks in a murder/accident/lawsuit/goats having kids/story and we are happily swept away with them.
Janice Wainwright died in a fall from Glassy Mountain. The “fall” part is the problem. She was heard by Sam (who was tailing her at the time) to yell “NO!” as she fell. Her backpack – which Sam knew she had during her hike – was missing. Next day, a 17-yr. old with murd
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Ed
Aug 09, 2012 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#3 in the Sam Blackman series. Sam Blackman, ex-Army CID, invalided out after losing a foot in Iraq, has formed a private investigation firm with partner/lover, Nakayla Robertson, the sister of Sam's murdered Marine amputee/morale booster (#1 Blackman's Coffin). This series is based in Asheville, NC and this entry has quite a bit of lore about Carl Sandburg and the goat herd he kept at his Connemara, NC home.

Sam Blackman and Nakayla Robertson have been hired to follow professor Janice Wainwright
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Deb
Jul 05, 2012 Deb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
sam and Nakayla get hired by an insurance company to investigate a malpractice claim against a doctor that performed back surgery on a local history professor. Sam is following the professor as she climbs a mountain w/a backpack on when she claims she is in excruciating pain. Of course, she falls off the mountain and dies. Now Sam and Nakayla have to investigate did she get pushed by an unknown person or did she fall on her own? Sam gets to her and w/her dying breath she says her daughters name ...more
Debbie Maskus
Castrique thoroughly researches his subject matter. In this story an escapade involves the Flat Rock home of Carl Sandburg and mountain music. The characters in this novel lack depth. I enjoy the journey into the Flat Rock area, the mountain songs, and the tales of Carl Sandburg, but the death and resulting mystery do not create anticipation. The story is a quick read and not a novel that will cause further investigation.
Deb
Dec 05, 2012 Deb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Due to a family emergency, I never finished this book. I was about three fourths through, reading it for a bookclub. My bookclub met before I was able to finish it.
I did not go back to this book, because after getting into it my only motivation to finish it was to support the bookclub. Once that motivation was gone, I felt relieved that I didn't have to continue it. The book was not bad. But when there are so many books out there that I want to read, I was glad to put this book down.
Lynn Lerch
Mar 11, 2012 Lynn Lerch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sam Blackman and his partner/girlfriend Nakayla Robertson take on a malpractice case. The professor accuses a medical company/doctor of botching her back surgery. Sam is to find out if she is really still hurt. Sam follows his subject to Flat Rock NC and follows her up a path to Glassy Mountain. At the top she falls over the edge. Is it suicide or murder? Sam wants the answer. This mystery involves the Civil War, Sandburg's home and more. Very exciting as are all of Mark de Castique's books.
Randal Martin
Oct 31, 2013 Randal Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have just really come to love this author and this series in particular. Once again the story revolves around a literary figure in the Asheville, NC area. Very interesting easy read. Highly recommend this author and this series.
Mary
Oct 29, 2014 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a big fan of murder mysteries but this takes place in western North Carolina where I live so it held my interest. While reading the book I met the author and had a chat about how he writes. That made it special.
Janet
I like this series well enough. They are easy reads and quite enjoyable. Since I like stories that are loosely based on history, this series fits the bill. I've been wanting to visit Asheville since I read the first book of this series (Blackman's Coffin).
Loy
Feb 17, 2013 Loy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
enjoyed this story this is the third book in the Sam Blackman series.
just a good read-- good history thrown in.--- I have read the other two and looking forward to the new one out this summer.

I did miss the Captain in this story-- :-)
Ollie
Nov 04, 2016 Ollie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am enjoying the Sam Blackman mystery series that I have read. I am planning to read the rest of this series. It is another great read set in Asheville, NC and based on Carl Sandburg's home Connemara home farm. I loved the inclusion of the goat, Ida Mae. Great historical mystery.
Pammie
Feb 24, 2012 Pammie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kind of an interesting premise, but it took too long to get to why the murder was committed, too many other possibilities, WAY too many characters thrown in. Just seemed kind of sloppy. This author will not be on my personal 'go to' list.
Sally
Jun 03, 2016 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice mystery with a connection to Carl Sandburg's home in North Carolina. The detectives are intriguing and I'll take a look at the two earlier titles in the series.
Mary Kay
Interesting present day murder mystery at Carl Sandburg's home in South Carolina
John Kilpatrick
Dec 20, 2016 John Kilpatrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun Asheville based story!

If you know or love western North Carolina, de Castrique provides fun stories sprinkled with a bit of local lore.
TJ Hadley
May 28, 2014 TJ Hadley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. loved the history interwoven with the mystery.
Charlene
Aug 21, 2013 Charlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a blend of detective story with some interesting reminders of Sandburg's life. Definitely a series to keep an eye on
PWRL
Oct 07, 2013 PWRL marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Mark de Castrique is an author, playwright, public speaker, and television producer living in Charlotte.

Through his company MARK et al., he writes, shoots, and edits projects for a variety of clients.

His work has earned CLIO, TELLY, and EMMY awards.

Mark has scripted stories aired on PBS and commercial network affiliates, as well as created video presentations for major corporations.
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