Tuesday, July 28, 2009

George Washington Stepped Here

Author: K.D. Hays
Publisher: Heartsong Presents Mysteries
ISBN: 978-1-59789-594-1
Genre: Inspirational/cozy mystery

Karen Maxwell has gone to work for her brother after her divorce. She is officially his secretary but is necessary for all the work that Dave doesn’t want to do. Still, when Dave offers her a chance to do investigative work, Karen jumps at the chance. Until she learns that the assignment is a rather iffy one.

The local historical society has claimed that their most treasured artifact seems to have been stolen. The artifact is actually a piece of leather that some claim that George Washington wrote battle plans on, but the society itself is divided on the issue. Some claim that there is no proof that George Washington was ever in the area. And others insist that he had been quite good friends with the taverns owner and stayed there several days.

To get to the bottom of the investigation, Karen volunteers at the museum. Of course, she has dual motives. In addition to finding out who took the artifact, Karen also wants to find out more about the blacksmith. Now, to convince her two kids to go along with the plan…

GEORGE WASHINGTON STEPPED HERE is part of the Karen Maxwell Mysteries, and, while I’m not sure, I think it was the first in the series. Since the cozy mystery collection by Heartsong has been discontinued, anyone interested in this book or series will have to look for the book which will have all three stories about Karen Maxell in it.

I enjoyed reading this story. It brought back found memories of taking my children to reenactments and historical museums when we lived in the Grand Rapids area. There is a lot of valuable history to be learned at these reenactments, and I think Karen Maxwell discovered this in the story as well. Not only that but she got to know some interesting people as she delved into the mystery. I did figure out who-dun-it fairly early in the story, but the telling was so interesting I had to keep reading—to see if I was right, and to see if the budding romance had a chance. $6.95. 244 pages.

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