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Chickahominy Fever (Civil War Mystery)
by Ann McMillan
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0670031070, Hardcover)Ann McMillan has a gift for seamlessly weaving together a "rollicking good mystery and meticulously researched slice of history" (Richmond Times-Dispatch). In Chickahominy Fever she has done it once again, combining suspense with elegant period detail and bringing to life a sweeping, rich, and complex cast of characters from every echelon of Southern society.
It is the summer of 1862. The Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, its hospitals already overflowing, lies under the shadow of the brutal Seven Days Battle. In the mounting confusion Narcissa Powers begins to suspect foul play in the ward. Morphine, the only relief for the brutally injured, is disappearing. And after a mysterious "patient" dies suspiciously, tension mounts. The mystery reunites Narcissa with her old friend and fellow investigator Judah Daniel. Soon the two women, with their British journalist ally Brit Wallace, are drawn into a tangled web of spies and traitors and uncertain loyalties.
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"In June 1862, Union forces have Richmond under siege. Brigadier General Henry Wise brings a letter to Confederate President Jefferson Davis that details the weak spot in the city's defenses. The letter is thought to have been destroyed, but it is stolen - taken by a servant who has trained all her life for such a chance. Unaware of this new danger, the city carries on tending to the wounded from the battle of Seven Pines and the thousands of new casualties from the battles of the Seven Days." "Confederate nurse Narcissa Powers is trying to help a woman locate the body of her soldier son, while free black herbalist Judah Daniel is searching for the mother of a black infant found abandoned at St. John's Church. In the chaos that has besieged Richmond, the fates of these two prove difficult to discover." "As the stolen letter makes its way to the heart of Richmond's Unionist network, Narcissa and Judah Daniel find their individual quests converging in an underground, high-stakes political operation that could change the course of the war. The fates of both sides, Union and Confederate, rest on the letter. But lofty political goals are on a collision course with human hopes and fears. The bonds of family and friendship strain until they break apart in one night of violence, betrayal, and murder."--BOOK JACKET.
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