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Death in the Great Dismal

(Will Rees Mysteries #9)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Finding themselves in a slave community hidden within the Great Dismal Swamp, Will Rees and his wife Lydia get caught up in a dangerous murder case where no one trusts them.

September 1800, Maine. Will Rees is beseeched by Tobias, an old friend abducted by slave catchers years before, to travel south to Virginia to help transport his pregnant wife, Ruth, back north. Tho
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Published January 5th 2021 by Severn House Publishers
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Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This is the ninth title in Eleanore Kuhns' Will Reese series, but the first I've read. That being the case, I want to note right off that I was able to comfortably follow both the action of this novel and the trajectory of the series nonetheless. Kuhn has a deft touch and can provide background information without being heavy-handed.

The central problem of this novel is fascinating. In 1800, a white man, Will Reese, joins his Black friend, Tobias, on a journey to "the great dismal," a swamp which
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the next Will Reese mystery. This time Reese is asked by his friend Tobias to go to go to Virginia and bring his wife Ruth back. While Reese is there a murder happens. This was so much more than a mystery. This book really touches on slavery and the Dismal Swamp. This was well plotted. The historical setting is eye opening. This can also be read as a stand alone. I love this series. I highly reccomend this.
Nov 24, 2020 rated it liked it
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William and Lydia Reese are asked to accompany a friend on a rescue mission into the pro-slavery state of Virginia. Upon arrival in the Great Dismal Swamp, one of the residents is murdered, and William is tasked with finding who committed the heinous act. Then a second body is found. Tensions are high, and trust is running low. Kuhns' ninth entry in the Will Rees series provides a fictional account of
Kathleen Gray
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Will, a weaver, married into Lydia's Shaker faith and has found himself occasionally restless but never so much as now. This is the latest in an intriguing series but will be fine as a standalone because Kuhns provides good background (but not too much for those who have read the earlier books). His friend Tobias, a former slave, beseeches him to help retrieve his wife Ruth from the South. Lydia, using the argument that they can pose as a couple with two slaves on the return, insists on going wi ...more
Mar 24, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The strength of Kuhn's fiction is the setting of each novel and her attention to detail. I knew nothing about the Great Dismal Swamp. I appreciate learning much about escaped slaves living in the swamp, their society, customs and rituals. They became experts on the trails and islands in the swamp. Some had cabins while others lived underground. They learned to evade the slave catchers as well as the deadly cottonmouths. An Author's note gives additional historical information.

The setting is wove
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
1800 Maine. Will Rees is asked by old friend Tobias, to travel to Virginia to help bring his pregnant wife Ruth back to the north. On arriving at the Great Dismal Swamp, place of a small community of absconded slaves, they are soon embroiled in a murder, and Tobias is the main suspect. But then there is another murder, can Will discover the motives and the murderer.
An enjoyable and interesting slow-paced historical mystery with its well-rounded main characters.
Another good addition to this serie
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Mally Becker
Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Subtly plotted, gorgeously descriptive and about a place and time that deserve more attention. I had never heard of Virginia's Great Dismal Swamp, where many runaway slaves hid at the beginning of the 1800s. I enjoyed seeing that setting through Will Rees' eyes as he and his wife, Lydia, solve the mystery at the core of this book. This was a great addition to the Will Rees mystery series, and I love the major role Lydia's plays in this book. ...more
Mar 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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So pleased that the latest book in one of my favorite series is as well written, skillfully plotted and carefully researched (this time 1800 in Maine and the Great Dismal in Virginia) as the earlier books. Interesting to have Will’s wife, Lydia, join him in his travels.
Jane Pettitt
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Dismal swamp down south inhabits run away slaves gators and cotton mouthed, To ias seeks out his friends will and Lydia to help him find his wife, a long enduring journey. Murder, no trust and people trying to gather the slaves, a historical mystery. Enjoy, but step high
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