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Solomon Spring

de Michelle Black

Sèrie: Eden Murdoch (2)

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Kansas, 1878: A natural wonder, sacred for centuries, is about to be profaned--but not if Eden Murdoch can prevent it. She has returned to the mystical Solomon Spring to seek solace after the death of her Cheyenne husband. She longs to make a fresh start for the sake of her nine-year-old daughter but a quiet life does not come naturally to a headstrong woman like Eden. When the owner of the Solomon Spring Company decides to bottle its mystical waters, build a health spa, and bar Indians from making pilgrimages to the spring, Eden decides she must stop this travesty. Inspired by Thoreau's essays on civil disobedience, she enjoys some early success, but makes deadly enemies in the process. Her past races to catch up to her: Brad Randall, Eden's one-time lover, is determined to find her again. He brings the astounding news that the son Eden lost as an infant fourteen years before has been located and is living nearby. The joy of her reunion with Brad and with her son is clouded by the reappearance of Lawrence Murdoch, Eden's long-estranged first husband. The warring couple plunges into a vicious custody battle. When Murdoch is found shot to death in an alley, Brad is tried andsentenced to hang. To save him, Eden must discover the solution to the murder, and bring the real killer to justice at the edge of Solomon Spring.… (més)
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Solomon Spring by Michelle Black is historical fiction termed a novel of suspense from the Victorian West It is the second book in a series of books featuring Eden Murdoch and Brad Randall. The first is An Uncommon Enemy. The third is The Second Glass of Absinthe.

In this outing Eden heads to Washington to get someone to help the Cheyenne who are facing starvation since the government has failed to send them the food they promised. She is also hoping to stop the desecration of Solomon Springs, a sacred site to the tribes. In the meantime Brad, who is the Commissioner of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, becomes frustrated that no action is being taken to help the Cheyenne. He takes a leave of absence and heads west. He is also hoping to tell Eden that her son, whom she thought was killed as an infant, survived. Eventually they both end up back in Kansas.

And that is only a small part of the beginning of the story. There is much more. I have a feeling that Michelle Black is a story teller at heart, so she keeps the plot moving quickly forward and does so with competent writing. You will not be bored reading Solomon Spring.

While there is non-stop action in this historical western, there really is no suspense. The mystery itself is quite thin. It is obvious who done it right away. Additionally the mystery part of the novel doesn't even start until around page 195. I began reading Solomon Spring because it was supposed to be a "novel of suspense, a mystery, so I was quite disappointed by the lack of suspense.

However, it is most certainly a fast paced plot, with the characters moving from one scene to another at a brisk pace. I have a feeling that if you are a fan of historical fiction you will probably appreciate Solomon Spring much more than I did, especially if you begin reading it knowing it is not really a mystery novel. The historical details all seemed quite appropriate for the time.

Recommended for me, highly recommended for fans of historical fiction; http://shetreadssoftly.blogspot.com/
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  SheTreadsSoftly | Mar 21, 2016 |
What a great story, with an emphasis on the Victorian West! ( )
  SherryAuthor | Mar 3, 2008 |
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Kansas, 1878: A natural wonder, sacred for centuries, is about to be profaned--but not if Eden Murdoch can prevent it. She has returned to the mystical Solomon Spring to seek solace after the death of her Cheyenne husband. She longs to make a fresh start for the sake of her nine-year-old daughter but a quiet life does not come naturally to a headstrong woman like Eden. When the owner of the Solomon Spring Company decides to bottle its mystical waters, build a health spa, and bar Indians from making pilgrimages to the spring, Eden decides she must stop this travesty. Inspired by Thoreau's essays on civil disobedience, she enjoys some early success, but makes deadly enemies in the process. Her past races to catch up to her: Brad Randall, Eden's one-time lover, is determined to find her again. He brings the astounding news that the son Eden lost as an infant fourteen years before has been located and is living nearby. The joy of her reunion with Brad and with her son is clouded by the reappearance of Lawrence Murdoch, Eden's long-estranged first husband. The warring couple plunges into a vicious custody battle. When Murdoch is found shot to death in an alley, Brad is tried andsentenced to hang. To save him, Eden must discover the solution to the murder, and bring the real killer to justice at the edge of Solomon Spring.

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