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The Redgrave Murders

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Loss is inevitable, as Evie Hampton knows all too well. But despite losing her mother to cancer and her older brother to a war, she knows she’s one of the lucky ones. After all, she still has her father, a distinguished professor of medieval history. And she has Gary Redhawk, the man she loves despite the emotional scars he carries from the Second World War—and despite her ...more
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Published July 2019 by Covenant Communications
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Bev Walkling
Many thanks to #NetGalley and Covenant Communications for providing an ARC of the book The Redgrave Murders. What follows is my honest opinion.

I was very pleased to be able to read a copy of this book prior to it’s upcoming publication on July 1st. I have read and enjoyed several other books that A.L. Sowards has written. Most have focused on the World War 2 era but this novel is a little different because it takes place in the years shortly after the end of the war, but for those who like warti
A. Sowards
May 01, 2019 marked it as books-i-wrote  ·  (Review from the author)
This book comes out in two months and I’m so excited to share it with the world!

It’s just the kind of mystery I like to read, with bits of history interwoven throughout, lots of suspects, twists that change the way you look at things, a sweet love story, and main characters who I absolutely adore. Naturally it’s a 5-star book to me (that’s the beauty of being an author—you can keep revising until you think the book is amazing), but I won’t rate it because the Goodreads community seems to be tre
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this one. Excellent writing, amazing characters, and the setting is very engaging, both the small town and the historical part.

The historical setting sets the mood for the mystery, what with the economic, social, and political climates of the time. This was very well done, as I truly had a sense that wouldn't feel the same with a contemporary setting.

When I started reading, the feeling I immediately had was one of the same kind of quality that old black & white mystery movie
Jeff Dawson
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I received a copy from the publisher for an honest opinion.

This is a great whodunnit story. The story centers around Redgrave University and the following characters: Evelyn Hampton, her dad, mom, brother Clive, Aunt Janice, cousins Frank and Dale and her boyfriend, Gary Redhawk a Seneca Indian.
The setting is 1948 in Maplewich, New York. Evelyn lost her mother to cancer and her brother on Okinawa. It is just she and her dad carrying on the family name. Dad is a prestigious professor at Redg
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a suspenseful book, that I thoroughly enjoyed. It seemed like everything was going wrong in Evie's life and throughout the book things go from bad to worse. Somehow they need to figure out who is behind these grievous murders. This was an intriguing read. Thanks to NetGalley for the chance to review this great read.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley and Covenant Communications for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review of this book.

Having already been a fan of A. L. Sowards I was excited to read her new book. This one did not disappoint! If you enjoy books whose characters engage you from start to finish and keep you guessing on the “who done it”, this book is for you.

This one was also a bit of a surprise in that her other books, that I have read, were historical fiction based on WWII. While there is some ref
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the who done it!! It gave me a break in my normal reading genre. I also loved it because it was told in first person genre.
The author has done a really great job with the characters' emotions and in bringing them to life!! This is an actionpacked adventure if you're in the mood for such a read!! She makes you feel like you're really in the book!! I didn't want to leave but I had to. So sad. Hopefully there will be a sequal to this awesome book!! .
Evie and Gary make a great team
Stella Potts
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome book. A historical suspense set in 1944 and 1948. An era when dating an Indian was frowned upon. Evie and Gary have trouble not only with small town folks but also with family who are not happy with their relationship. Then Gary is accused of murder and Evie begins her own investigation to prove his innocence. Told in the first person POV this will keep you guessing until the very end. If you are a fan of suspense and/or WWII history you will not want to miss this book. I rece ...more
Gretchen M.
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Note: I did receive a free #netgalley copy of this book for review purposes.
I really enjoyed this clean romantic suspense book. Set right after World War 2, this provides for an excellent setting. One of the storylines deals with the PTSD that soldiers would have dealt with after the war. What is fascinating is the author talks about the terminology for PTSD that would have been used back then. Although I did have a good idea of who might be the villain, there were definitely enough twists and t
Kelly Nelson
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the opening scene, The Redgrave Murders keeps you guessing with plot twists and unexpected turns. I love how this murder mystery gives you a rewarding romance as well as a taste of post World War II history. Sowards makes the scenes and dialogue feel true to the era and the characters are both complex and unique. With a Native American dating the Caucasian main character my eyes were opened to some of the challenges of that time period. Threads of tension make this a fast-paced read.
Spencer Kraus
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC copy from the publisher and thought I'd share my honest opinion. :)

This was a really good book. I loved the setting and the characters, and the suspense of trying to solve the case kept you reading and trying to figure it out yourself. The first scene of the book, with Evie in the car, seemed a little too early for me since I didn't yet have any emotional attachment to her yet, but looking back now I don't think there could have been a better way for the book to start. I especi
Jacqui Huntley
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A story set in the early 1950s America and with all of the prejudices of the times. Evie loses her father, an eccentric history Professor, having lost her mother to cancer and her brother to WW2. She has a loving boyfriend who served gallantly in the war, survived but has grim repercussions about both the war and his upbringing - he being a Native American. They, too, have problems with being a so-called mixed couple and many of the locals not accepting him for who he is. Her father is murdered, ...more
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by this author and I enjoyed her writing style. This story is set in a post WWII time period. It is full of murder, mystery, and romance. Evie’s father is murdered and her boyfriend is framed. She has to prove his innocence before the murderer strikes again. The suspense of who did it will have you keep turning the pages to find out! Fun mystery and sweet romance all in one book.

Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for sending me the ARC in exchange of my honest opin
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book has intrigue, clean romance and is well written. I enjoy the history in this author's books. It brings that time period alive. Evie and Gary are wonderful characters. I love the depth of Gary's character. His past is one of incredible hardship and things that would break most people. But he finds a way to overcome/manage the trials in a productive way. I also love that he is a Seneca. Evie has also had hardship. Two very strong characters that are better together. I really liked this b ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read

The Redgrave Murders is listed as a romance and suspense story which peaked my interest. I read almost all historical fiction, but haven't read a lot from this time period.

Knowing the summary of the book, the first chapter did not immediately draw me in, but I became interested soon after. I am not used to stories being written in the first person, and I think it threw me off a little at first.

While the story is about the solving of murders, the characters all seem realistic and raw. My favorit
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Evie Hampton is a strong and independent woman for her time, but then she has to be. Losing her mother to cancer and her brother Clive in the Pacific has left an indelible mark on her life. It makes her ever more thankful for her father, a distinguished professor of medieval history at Redgrave University, and her boyfriend Gary Redhawk, a veteran and handsome Seneca Indian who carries emotional scars from a troubled childhood and a war he can’t forget.

Although Evie’s father disapproves of her r
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I've been reading (and loving) books by A.L Sowards for a long time. She is one of my favorites because her books absolutely come to life in my hands. This book is a bit different than her previous books as it is a mystery instead of a historical fiction, but I'm so happy that it actually felt like a historical fiction because Sowards really knows how to build the time period she is writing about to feel so authentic and real. The beginning of each chapter also includes a snippet of letters that ...more
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
THE REDGRAVE MURDERS is one of those stories that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It's set in an historic small town, among prejudice and misunderstanding shortly after WWII, and focuses on an interracial couple and the danger that stalks them. The characters are complex, likable, with plenty of chemistry between them. Highly recommended to romantic suspense fans!

This story was emotional, suspenseful, and at the same time, very sweet. I'm assuming it was a difficult story to write, because i
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've read many books by this author. Most of the other books were about characters in the middle of a war. The battle scenes were some of the best I'd ever read. I loved how this new book dealt with the after-effects of WWII.

The Redgrave Murders, of course, is full of suspense right from the start. This novel was one that I sat down to read and only put it down to eat. This is what I love about Summer reading. One of the most engaging aspects of this novel are the letters at the beginning of ea
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
"The Redgrave Murders" is a romantic suspense set in 1948 in New York. Evie loves a WWII veteran who struggles with flashbacks of traumatic events from his past. They're also facing prejudice because he's Seneca (Native American). When Evie's father is murdered, her grief is made worse by the police assuming her boyfriend did it. She's determined to prove that he didn't. She's distracted from reasoning out whodunit by the grief of losing loved ones, worry for her boyfriend, and trying to stay al ...more
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Isn't the cover of this book eye catching? I love it. I feel like it captures the era the story is set in, and while it's beautiful it has a sinister feel, which captures the tone of the book extremely well. So, nice job to the cover artists on this one. My kids kept asking me questions about the cover and I had to keep responding that I didn't know! I hadn't read the book yet! Well now that I have I can say that this cover is perfect for the novel.

This was set in such an interesting time period
Charity Jacob
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Redgrave Murders by A. L. Sowards is a historical novel post WWII that has three different elements to the story. History, Murder Mystery, and my favorite…Romance. Though I love the other elements as well, but romance has a special place in my heart.

History…I’ve always been a lover of WWII history ever since I read Dean Hughes’ Children of the Promise series. So reading this book as helped me glean more about the war era, specifically post war and the PTSD veterans faced.

Murder Mystery…Who d
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE a good suspense book! And this is a good one. It’s a bit different from the way A.L. Sowards usually writes, but that’s a good thing!

I loved Evie in this book. Evie is a young woman living in the time period just after World War II. She’s lost her mom and older brother before the story starts. She lives with her dad. And her boyfriend is Gary.

There is a lot of things with this time period that the author did a good job including in this novel. The way Gary would have been looked at becaus
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
A.L. Sowards has done it again. She has written a book that I could not put down. I have read seven books written by her and all have been a 4 or 5-star rating. She really is that good.

This story was a different genre, but it was set in the same general time period as some of her books. Usually, she writes war stories, this time she wrote a suspense novel. She used one of the supporting characters in a previous book and it set after he has come home from WWII. He is dealing with PTSD and trying
Karlene Browning
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Unlike many of the novels by A.L. Sowards, this one is not set on the battlefield. It takes place back at home, at the end of WWII. But the war still haunts the people and events of this book.

I love a good mystery/suspense, and at its heart, that’s what this story is—but there’s also a strong romance running through it. It deals with so many themes: loss, grief, betrayal, prejudice, interracial relationships. And then there’s the mystery of who is killing people Evie’s hometown.

This book started
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've really enjoyed every book I've read by A.L. Sowards. She is a very talented author and not only are her war-time novels entertaining, but readers get a good feel for what happened during those horrible times in history.

Sowards' latest novel, The Redgrave Murders, is a bit different from her other novels in that it takes place after the war is over. It was quite eye opening to read about the PTSD that some of the characters went through. It's more common now to hear about these issues, but i
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The thing I love most about a good mystery is when it keeps me guessing to the very end. Add in some history and a bit of romance and I’m sold! The Redgrave Murders had all of these things and more. The story takes place post WWII in a small American town. The main character, Evie has lost many of her loved ones and continues to lose many more throughout the book. She is a likable character, but I would argue she’s almost too perfect with no flaws throughout the story. Her boyfriend, Gary, is a ...more
Sara Jo
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I understand the need to catch a readers attention from the very beginning but starting with an innocuous letter and then jumping into driving a car with no brakes isn’t the way to catch someone’s attention. I was irritated right off the bat. Why do I care that Evie’s brakes weren’t working? I know nothing about the character so why should I feel invested in her well being? To top that off, there was virtually no character development for Evie but plenty of background storytelling from the autho ...more
Tracy Cavanah
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When her father is murdered, Evie must prove her boyfriend innocent and find the real criminal before he kills again. Loss is inevitable, as Evie Hampton knows all too well. But despite losing her mother to cancer and her older brother to a war, she knows she's one of the lucky ones. After all, she still has her father, a distinguished professor of medieval history. And she has Gary Redhawk, the man she loves despite the emotional scars he carries from the Second World War--and despite her fathe ...more
From page one the author weaves together a story that will put readers on the edge of their seat and leave them guessing what will happen next. There are twists and turns in the story that readers will not be able to guess, especially when it comes to who the murderer is. Sowards is a talented writer the brings her story and characters to life off the pages, creating a story in which readers feel almost as if they are a bystander within the story. This romantic suspense story will keep readers a ...more
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