“Shadowed by Death” Another Excellent Historical Novel from Mary Adler

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Mary Adler has done it again, sweeping me away to another time and place with this second book of her Oliver Wright mystery series. Like the first one, it’s set in the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 40s, while the country was in the throes of WWII. Again I experienced the culture in that locale during that era as well as the prejudice and suspicion that prevailed against immigrants.

Of course the fact we were at war with some of the counties from which these people hailed, to say nothing of all sorts of intrigue in progress due to the convoluted political situation in Europe, nothing was simple. While the majority of these immigrants came to the USA to escape oppression as well as possible annihilation, it’s not surprising that their motives could be questioned. These interactions and the history behind it, most of which few of us know, made the story that started out as a murder mystery all the more interesting.

The characters were engaging and well-drawn, including Oliver’s awesome German Shepherd, Harley. Relationships are believable and convincingly complex, both interpersonal and familial as well as between ethnic group. The plot is gripping, loaded with historical information, and full of suspense and surprises. Mary Adler is one of my favorite authors with her smooth, imagery-rich style, historical value, and authentic cultural context. All in all, an outstanding read.

You can pick up your copy on Amazon here.

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2 thoughts on ““Shadowed by Death” Another Excellent Historical Novel from Mary Adler

  1. Marcha, thank you for such a wonderful review. It has come at the perfect time when I am starting the third book and wondering just how much history is too much. Some people love it, while others are not really interested in it. I couldn’t have left anything out of the second book, though. I needed to make that record of the times. I love your statement about the relationships being complex and believable. That is so important to me. Thank you, again! You are my ideal reader!

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    • I wouldn’t change a thing, Mary. You can’t please all the people all the time. As long as most your readers love the history, go for it. I have the same situation with my science fiction. Some people grumble about “too much science” and “too many big words” while other people love it. Figure out who your ideal audience is and write to them.

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