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The Turncoat's Widow (Revolutionary War Mysteries #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Set during the darkest days of the American Revolution, The Turncoat’s Widow tells the fictional story of General Washington’s most reluctant spy, a young widow who races times and traitors in New York City and Morristown circa 1780 to uncover a plot that threatens the new nation’s future. With elements of romance and suspense, this historical mystery also explores themes ...more
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Published February 16th 2021 by Level Best Books
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Mar 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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THE TURNCOAT’S WIDOW by Mally Becker is a debut historical mystery set in Morristown during the Revolutionary War era with a female protagonist who is widowed and must find the strength and courage to do extraordinary things to save her family farm.

Rebecca Parcell is a widow who wants nothing more than to continue working her late husband’s family farm with her mother-in-law and servant/friend. She hates the war and feels no love f
Mark Baker
Jan 13, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2022, mystery
It’s been six months since Rebecca Parcell lost her husband on a British prison ship, and the rumors in town that she is the one who turned him in to the British are only growing stronger. So when she gets an offer from General Washington, she is quick to listen. It seems that her husband was spying for whoever would pay him the most money, and Washington wants to know about his network, including the British spies he was going to identify. In order to help Washington, Rebecca travels to New Yor ...more
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great historical fiction novel - exactly the type of book anyone might hope to read while locked down during quarantine (or afterwards!). Intricately woven story lines, a fantastic and well-researched sense of place, and engaging characters.
Srivalli Rekha
3.5 Stars

The book is about Rebecca Parcell or Becca, widow of Phillip Parcell, the supposed Patriot during the American Revolution. We see how he was a British spy and had made a list of fellow spies, which is supposed to be in Becca’s possession.
She is targeted by the folk of Morristown for various reasons- hatred for her husband, suspicion on her loyalties towards the land, and for the list, she doesn’t even know existed. Above all, we see that she was an easy target for being different from
Fun, fresh, and historical too – The Turncoat’s Widow is the perfect relaxing read! I always appreciate when an author can skillfully combine meticulous, historical research with an easy-to-read, engaging format and that is exactly what Mally Becker has winningly accomplished with Turncoat.

It’s shortly after the American Revolution, in 1780, and recently widowed Rebecca Parcell is surprised to find that her deceased husband has been selling American secrets to the British who control the state n
Sue F
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Revolutionary War has been going on for a while, and things are getting really tough. Families have been split, American soldiers are being paid in worthless paper currency, food is scarce, disease is not scarce, and it’s hard to tell where anyone’s loyalties really lie. Amidst this roiling mess, Rebecca Parcell just wants the war to end - and to be able to keep her deceased husband’s land. But that’s not going to happen without a miracle. The local townspeople (with some extra help from a p ...more
Debbie Rozier
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s 1779 and Becca Parcell’s husband, Philip has died aboard a British prison ship in New York City. His dying words to cell mate,
Daniel Alloway are to find his wife who has a list of Patriots that are really British Spies.

In Morristown, NJ, Becca is different than the other townsfolk and that causes the people in town to question her loyalty to the revolution.

Becca doesn’t know about any list that her philandering husband mentioned to Daniel.

But when George Washington himself offers both Becc
Catherine Siemann
Growing up in Newburgh, N.Y., I went on endless school trips to Washington's Headquarters, downtown, and the New Windsor Cantonment, where reenactors in tricorn hats played fifes and drums. When the 1976 Bicentennial rolled around, I was of the age to be called on to march in parade after parade dressed in a mob cap and some approximation of colonial dress. Naturally, I fell in love with the late-Victorian London of Sherlock Holmes, and yawned at the thought of the American Revolution.

Mally Bec
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed The Turncoat’s Widow, and after finishing, was surprised to learn this was author Mally Becker’s debut novel. I look forward to more of her books in the future.

In a unique setting for the historical mystery genre, this book is set in gritty Revolutionary War-era New England. Young widow Rebecca Parcell finds herself at the mercy of the townspeople in Morristown, NJ, when publicly accused of betraying her husband to the British and being the cause of his death. But Philip Pa
Vikki Vaught
Thanks go to the publisher and Net-Galley for the electronic copy of The Turncoat’s Widow by Mally Becker. I voluntarily agreed to read and review this novel prior to publication. My opinions are my own, and nothing has influenced them.

The Turncoat’s Widow is a well-written novel with plenty of suspense, intriguing characters and an enthralling plot. The pacing is a bit slow in the first part of this tale, but it picks up dramatically around the halfway mark. From that point on, I couldn’t read
Helen R Reads
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rebecca Parcell, widow of Robert Parcell, is targeted by the locals in Morristown of being a traitor during the American Revolution.
To save her farm and clear her name General George Washington offers her a deal, find the list of spies her husband had and give it to him. He appoints Daniel alloway, an escaped British prisoner to protect her and help her through her mission.

I loved the plot, it is interesting and generally fast paced. The ending especially moves quickly and is exciting, keeping
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If you enjoy historical fiction, specifically about the revolutionary era, this book is for you. After her husband dies, Rebecca Parcell is accused of being a Loyalist Sympathiser. General George Washington promises to safeguard Rebbeca, as long as she goes on a mission to find her husband's list of British spies.
It was so interesting to read about some of the famous faces of that time but in a different fictional context e.g. George Washington and Alexander Hamilton.

#TheTurncoatsWidow #NetGall
Karla Pagan
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mally Becker’s Debut book The Turncoat’s Widow was engaging and would consider this historical fiction a great read. There is also the mystery undertones of who did what..the twists and turns are palpable. Early chapters can be harder to follow. Once the main characters reach New York there is a solid plot and storyline. Characters are easy to follow and love or hate them and see them grow with the storyline. I am looking forward to her next book!
Caitlyn (delightful.reading)
This was an enjoyable read centered around the American Revolution with some spy-craft thrown in.

Becca Parcell has been recently widowed and ostracized by the town because the blame her for her husband's death and capture by the British. Daniel Alloway escaped a prisoner of war ship and was the last one to see Becca's husband alive. With knowledge of Parcell's list of British spies in the midst of Washington's command, Daniel joins forces with Becca at Washington's request. As the two navigate
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable read

A great story, very likeable characters, good mystery! Can't wait for the next one! Love finding new authors to read.
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Turncoat’s Widow by Mally Becker is a great historical fiction novel that has it all: history, intrigue, mystery, suspense, well-thought out characters, and a dash of romance to boot.

I really enjoyed this book. I really don’t think that there are enough books that take place during the Revolutionary War time period. There is so much untapped potential. It was refreshing to read and follow along with a full cast of characters as they try to decipher through political intrigue, spy networks,
Leigh Ann
The Turncoat's Widow is a historical fiction mystery set during the American Revolution. This is a unique time period for a mystery novel and it gave it a little extra kick for being different. The characters of Becca and Daniel are solid, though not particularly complex, so it made the novel a quick and easy read. It is laid out well and it is fun to guess along the way who might be part of the spy ring they are investigating.
Wytzia Raspe
A fascinating neutral novel set during the American revolution - "The Turncoat's widow" by Mally Becker

As a non-American I often wondered what the American revolution meant for a "common" colonist. Many were British or of British decent and the slogan "No taxation without representation" what we learned in Holland in school that was the spark that set off the war seemed for a grown up me a bit far fetched for the random Tom, DIck and Harry who had no seat in Parliament anyway.

However many Ameri
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Becca Parcell’s husband died on a British prison ship stationed in New York, and her neighbors are convinced she betrayed him. Daniel Alloway was a prisoner on the same ship, and has a message for the Widow Parcell that her husband entrusted to him before he died. Becca, threatened by the mob, and Daniel, hiding from his British captors after a sneaky escape, are thrown together in this historical novel set during the Revolutionary War. Together, they seem to uncover the mystery of how Rebecca’s ...more
Stacy Laue
I have admittedly been spoiled by very, very wonderful historical fiction over the years, and unfortunately this is not in that category.
I enjoyed the premise but felt too much was undertaken and things ultimately fell flat. The plot progressed in confusing ways, and often characters acted with motivation that was confusing, not ever fully explained or rushed. Example - Mason and Augusta. What? What even happened with that?

Many thanks to #NetGalley for access to this book in exchange for an ho
Lori Robbins
Mar 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Turncoat's Widow is a brilliant take on the historical mystery. Becker sets her dramatic story against the backdrop of the American Revolution, and she seamlessly integrates fictional characters with real life figures from that era. Even George Washington--not to mention Martha!--comes to life in unexpected ways. I was fascinated with the treasure trove of intimate details about life in that era, but those elements of the story never take over either the plot or the engaging characters. I do ...more
Elizabeth Corbett
Jul 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In Revolutionary War New Jersey, Rebecca “Becca” Parcell, is a feisty widow who does not quite fit into Morristown society. After her husband dies aboard a prison ship, a rumour circulates around town that she was the one who turned him into the British. It is not long before she becomes unpopular, facing the censure and malice of others.

When it is confirmed that her husband was a spy for the British, none other than the famous general and spymaster, George Washington charges Becca with a danger
Cheryl Malandrinos
A thoroughly researched historical mystery awaits you in The Turncoat's Widow by Mally Becker.

It is the winter of 1780, and widow Rebecca Parcell finds rumors swirling around Morristown that she is a Loyalist sympathizer who betrayed her husband to the British.

Everyone knows her husband Philip was a Patriot, and they consider him a hero. Everyone except General Washington, who knew Philip Parcell was a British spy. That's why he agrees to help Becca keep her farm on the condition she unravels
The Turncoat's Widow is definitely a promising start for a debut author, though there were certain aspects of her writing that took me out of the story. In terms of the positives, I liked the unique setting of the story, as Revolutionary War-era America is often overlooked in historical mysteries and romance. Becca and Daniel were also sympathetic protagonists. Both were pulled into the intrigue of the war despite preferring to keep to their own business. With concise chapters and plenty of acti ...more
Bethany Swafford
Apr 29, 2021 rated it liked it
After the death of her husband at the hands of the British, Rebecca Parcell becomes the target of her neighbors. Some hated her husband, who was a spy for Britain only to switch allegiances. Many doubt Rebecca's loyalty. To save her farm, she agrees to act as a spy for General Washington. She has to keep ahead of other traitors to find a list of spies and unravel a plot that threatens the future of the new nation.

This was a strange read. It was fast-paced with some interesting characters. The pr
May 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Rebecca Parcell and Daniel Alloway find themselves working together to solve a mystery. Who betrayed Rebecca's husband Phillip and now wants to kill General George Washington? The unlikely spies face their own threats of betrayal and adventure in this fast-paced story.
I liked the historical aspects of "The Turncoat's Widow." I didn't realize the impact on the soldiers who fought to free their families and create an independent country. They faithfully served in the army but weren't guaranteed an
Feb 26, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel highlights the turmoil during the Revolutionary War. Becker does a good job of showing the condition for soldiers in the colonies. They were not being paid and the continental paper money had lost its value. People were willing to do what needed to be done to get money, blurring the lines of loyalty. Some were just out to profit from the war, regardless of loyalty. There are so many betrayers in this novel, I couldn't keep them straight.

I liked Rebecca as the heroine, needing to prov
Betsy Hoek
Mar 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
This fast-paced tale of espionage, betrayal, and mystery during the American Revolution has much to recommend it. I especially enjoyed the fact that the story has two protagonists, a man and a woman (the ‘Turncoat’s Widow’ of the title). Having these two main characters gives the story a wider scope—we get to see more than one person’s view of certain situations. The story turns on a coded list of British agents compiled by a Tory turncoat that is lost en route to General Washington. The turncoa ...more
Jennifer Moore
Feb 15, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
As a fan of historical fiction, I took a step away from the time period of World War II to venture back to our nation’s fight for independence by reading The Turncoat’s Widow. The character of Becca is a richly written character who is trying to overcome the reputation left behind as a result of her husband’s death with the community laying blame on her. Through a series of events, she meets General Washington and is brought in to “right the wrong” she’s accused of by finding her husband’s list ...more
Nov 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was a huge surprise to me, as it was not like the sanitized history I learned in school, about our founding fathers and the early days of the Republic. Instead, it was a dangerous, desperate, and unsettled time for the citizens. I had never heard about the prison hulks moored in New York Harbor filled with American prisoners. It was a shock to read that the bodies of the dead were tossed into the harbor, and their bones and skulls washed up on the shore.

Rebecca Parcell's husband is de
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