Friday, August 5, 2016

Friday Memes: These Honored Dead by Jonathan Putnam

Happy Friday everybody!
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My general store still bore the name A. Y. Ellis & Co., though Ellis had departed long ago. It was one of a dozen stores that stood around the perimeter of Springfield's central square and served its two thousand inhabitants.
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Before I could respond, the proprietor of another store on the square stopped by the table and asked Lincoln a few questions about a dispute he'd been having with a customer over a rotten barrel of beer.
This week I am reading These Honored Dead by Jonathan Putnam. I got this review book from Crooked Lane Books. Here is the description from Amazon:
Joshua Speed, the enterprising second son of a wealthy plantation owner, has struck off on his own. But before long, he makes a surprising and crucial new acquaintance--a freshly minted lawyer by the name of Abraham Lincoln.

When an orphaned girl from a neighboring town is found murdered and suspicion falls on her aunt, Speed makes it his mission to clear her good name. Of course, he'll need the legal expertise of his unusual new friend. Together, Lincoln and Speed fight to bring justice to their small town. But as more bodies are discovered and the investigation starts to come apart at the seams, there's one question on everyone's lips: does Lincoln have what it takes to crack his first murder case?

Inspired by actual events from the American frontier, Jonathan Putnam's thrilling debut These Honored Dead brings renewed verve and vigor to the historical mystery genre that readers haven't seen since Caleb Carr's The Alienist.


  1. This sounds fabulous! And such a wonderful cover too. I'm hooked!

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  2. Oh my word!!!!! I need to read this! Will TBR it immediately. Thanks for sharing this! Here's my Friday Meets:

  3. It sure seems that there are a lot of good books this year with the historical fiction genre.

  4. Sounds fascinating. I've started reading more historical fiction, and this sounds like a story I'd thoroughly enjoy.
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  5. I read Springfield and think The Simpsons... lol... Happy weekend!

  6. This is the first I've heard of this one. It looks interesting as I enjoy mysteries and historical fiction. Happy Reading!

  7. Intriguing! I love a historical mystery and haven't read one set in Lincoln's life. Adding to the TBR.

  8. This sounds like it could be an interesting read. Hope you enjoy it.

  9. Suspicion falls on her aunt? That's interesting and sad.

  10. Great cover, wonderful beginning, and lovely snippet. I will make sure to watch for this one! Thanks for sharing.


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