Solomon Spring by Michelle Black

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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 and her young daughter have returned to the mystical Solomon Spring to seek solace after the death of Eden's Cheyenne husband. But when the owner of the Solomon Spring Company decides to bottle its mystical waters, 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.

Meanwhile, her past races to catch up to her: Brad Randall, Eden's one-time lover, brings the astounding news that the son lost to Eden 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 jailed and sentenced to hang.

To save him, Eden can must discover the solution to the murder, and bring the real killer to justice at the edge of Solomon Spring.

"Lawyer and Native American specialist Michelle Black sets her absorbing Solomon Spring in what was then the wild, wild West of 1878 Kansas. In an intricate plot involving murder, family secrets and the enduring legacy of racial injustice, Eden is ultimately reunited with a former lover, a disillusioned Indian Affairs bureaucrat from Washington, and a child she has long given up for dead.
Black's graceful style and meticulous attention to historical detail render Solomon Spring a historical thriller of the first water."
-Raleigh News-Observer

"Eden Murdoch, the central figure in Michelle Black's second book set among the Cheyennes in Kansas in the 1870s, is one of those premature modernists who give life to so many fine historical mystery series--Miriam Grace Monfredo's Civil War books, for example, or Laurie R. King's stories about Mary Russell. There's a well-drawn murder plot, a credible and touching love story, and an homage not only to contemporary feminism but also to the civil disobedience taught by Henry David Thoreau".
-Dick Adler, Chicago Tribune

"The strong characters, the vivid details of life in the West in the late 1800s, and an engaging plot combine to make this an absorbing historical mystery."
- Booklist

"Credible and engaging characters, particularly the fearless and feisty heroine, Eden Murdoch, together with a well-paced, suspenseful plot make for a fine historical adventure yarn in a this sequel to Black's An Uncommon Enemy."
- Publishers Weekly

"The saga of Eden Murdoch began in An Uncommon Enemy and this latest work continues the life of this resilient 19th century woman...Readers of An Uncommon Enemy will not want to miss this sequel! And those who are meeting Eden for the first time receive enough back story to be thoroughly engrossed in this creative mixture of fact and fiction. This is a fast-paced enthralling read."
- Romantic Times
 

About Michelle Black

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Michelle Black has written three previous novels set in the Victorian West, including An Uncommon Enemy published by Forge Books. She is a lawyer who publishes a Cheyenne language course in a nonprofit partnership with a linguist on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. Michelle Black divides her time between homes in Kansas City and Colorado.
 
Published February 4, 2011 by WinterSun Press. 304 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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