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Dead March is the first in an exciting new mystery series that takes place during the Civil War. It is the spring of 1861. Though the War Between the States is in its infancy, Richmond, Virginia, is not free of violent death, as two astute and courageous women from opposite ends of society discover when a grave is robbed, yielding the murdered body of a young slave woman.Dead March is the first in an exciting new mystery series that takes place during the Civil War. It is the spring of 1861. Though the War Between the States is in its infancy, Richmond, Virginia, is not free of violent death, as two astute and courageous women from opposite ends of society discover when a grave is robbed, yielding the murdered body of a young slave woman. The silk scarf left carelessly with her body leads to suspects from every echelon of Richmond society -- and to more deaths. Narcissa Powers, a young white widow, begins to investigate and is soon aided by Judah Daniel, a free black herbalist and conjure woman. As the War's casualties begin to pour into the city and the "Dead March" echoes through the streets, the mystery deepens, and Narcissa and Judah must risk their lives to find the killer -- or killers -- and save the life of an innocent child. With its well-paced suspense and fascinating characters, Dead March is both an elegant mystery and a moving evocation of the Old South....

Title : Dead March: A Civil War Mystery
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ISBN : 9780140280203
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Dead March: A Civil War Mystery Reviews

  • Nancy
    2019-02-11 16:40

    I thought this was a great book.Set during the early days of the Civil War, the author did an excellent job in the portrayal of her characters as devoted, proud Virginians and their love of their way of life. A lifestyle that of course led to the enslavement, degradation and death of many. Narcissa Powers is a strong woman, recently widowed however, she is not, an aggressive, sufferagist type. The author keeps her true to her Southern roots.What limitations are imposed upon this Southern genteel lady having been born in to this type of lifestyle? The desire to follow her conscience comes only after she convinces herself there is nothing left for her (no husband, child, home) and her refusal to become a burden to her family.I would've like to have had more interaction between Narcissa and Judah Daniel. I'm thinking since this is the first book, their relationship will continue to grow in subsequent sequels.

  • Lisa
    2019-02-18 19:24

    An interesting little mystery. It was different to read about the Civil War from a southern point of view.

  • Graceann
    2019-02-03 18:32

    Narcissa has lost just about everyone she loves, and as a widowed woman in 1861 Richmond, she is beholden to the relatives who deign to take her in.In this opening book of mysteries from Ann McMillan, Narcissa is called to the bedside of her brother, and in the aftermath of his illness a mystery unfolds. The mystery takes in grave robbing for the purpose of providing cadavers to medical schools, childbed fever, and the beginning of the American Civil War. McMillan weaves in the social parameters and the layout of wartime Richmond quite well, and makes us care about the characters. She also fleshes them out while keeping the story moving and concluding it in a tidy 300 pages. While I enjoyed Dead March, and it was indeed mysterious, I cannot in all honesty call Narcissa a "sleuth." She was more of a damsel in distress who suddenly finds strength she didn't know she had, and she is surrounded by strong, interesting characters who bring bits of the puzzle to her. It was refreshing to have the murderer revealed and not have it be a surprise. That was thoroughly enjoyable. Dead March got three stars instead of five because it took quite a while to get rolling and because the three protagonists aren't so much a mystery-solving team as a group to whom interesting things happen.

  • Vickie
    2019-02-02 18:27

    I expected to enjoy reading this Civil War mystery, but I had no idea how much I'd look forward to the time I could spend with the characters. Narcissa is a strong-willed woman, not in a aggressive way, but in a well-mannered way. Southern women are to be cherished, but she is a widow and hasn't a place in the world until her sister-in-law, Mirrie, asks her to help her with running of the house so that Mirrie can assist her invalid father with his work. This gives Narcissa a purpose in life as well as the opportunity to investigate the cause of what she is sure is the murder of her brother. Judah Daniel is cautious with her dealings with Narcissa, but they work well together as they can in the South during the time of the Civil War. I liked learning about the plants she chose for her medicines and what she grew in her garden. I enjoyed watching the relationship build between the two women. This is a very well written mystery story and I was taken aback by the whodunnit. It made sense, but it was startling. I am very glad that this is a series. I have the third in the series, CIVIL BLOOD, and I am looking for ANGEL TRUMPET, second in the series. Ideally I'll read the series in order. Keep your fingers crossed.Five shivery Southern beans.....

  • Doughgirl5562
    2019-02-15 19:30

    Rating: 3.5*I'm one of those people fascinated by anything Civil War related, but have put off reading this book because reading about murder during a war seems a wee bit redundant. But I shouldn't have put it off as this book was really interesting. Not necessarily gripping. I found it easy to put this book down, but always picked it up again. I read it ten pages at a time LOL. And there is definite "authenticity" to the book since the author lives in Richmond herself and has been a writer and editor for the Medical College of Virginia.One think that I would have REALY liked is an epilogue or notes at the end of the book that brought the reader "up to date" on the medical issues in the book. The main storyline is based on what, at the time, were just medical theories - and also medical isues which were common at that time but are very uncommon now. As it was, I googled everything and figured it out myself, but the author could have written a few short paragrahs and saved me some googling time.

  • Ken Hohman
    2019-01-31 21:30

    Solid historical fiction mystery set in Richmond, Virginia at the onset of the Civil War. It was great to see some of the finer details of Richmond City in 1861 brought to life. Beyond that, the authenticity of free blacks and slaves is palpable and the mystery, though not too hard to connect the dots, is compelling throughout. The character of Brit Wallace, a British journalist, is a welcome dash of energy and levity. It was especially interesting to read a scene where a plot in the famous Hollywood Cemetery is being dug up. I did have trouble tracking Narcissa Powers's spoken parts in several of the chapters; her voice could get lost in the mix. But anyone with a thirst for historical accuracy in a Civil War era mystery can't go wrong with Dead March.

  • Sharon Smith
    2019-01-24 15:38

    I don't normally much like fiction, but I decided to pick this one up because of its Civil War setting. I then went on to read the rest of the series and wish the author would write more. McMillan worked hard at realism and it's difficult to find anachronisms, a challenge when you have a female protagonist in a mid-19h century time frame. The author succeeds in making Narcissa Powers realistic to her time but still strong enough to be acceptable to a modern audience (had to make her a widow, though, so she would be free to investigate). The addition of a free black woman as a second protagonist allows the author to take her characters into colorful and unfamiliar surroundings. The mystery is good enough to maintain interest. I like these books and would buy more in the series.

  • Kathy
    2019-01-31 13:26

    Interesting historical mystery set at the beginning of the Civil War. The main characters are two women from opposite ends of the social spectrum -- one a white widow who becomes a nurses' aid at the beginning of the war and an african-american woman who is an herbalist/midwife/conjure woman -- who solve the mystery together. It was a little show going at first, but I can see that the author was setting up the background of the characters. Once that was finished, I really enjoyed and look forward to reading more of this series. I'm sorry I missed them when they first came out!

  • Devorah
    2019-01-30 17:41

    I'm starting to find more interest in American historical mysteries than I used to. This is a good debut. Some interesting insights on Richmond at the onset of the war. Can't help comparing to All Other Nights by Dara Horn or Murder at Manassas by Michael Kilian. Amazing that people thought of the first battle of the war as an entertainment and a picnic experience. Nice mentions of O.W. Holmes, H. Greeley. Looking forward to reading the next in the series. Curious whether Narcissa will get more "spine" and become more critical of the assumptions of her upbringing in the next book.

  • Brandon Donnell
    2019-02-01 19:32

    Although I do love historical fiction I'm not the biggest murder mystery fan. However this series has truly grabbed me. It doesn't get too bogged down in descriptions. The action is well written, and I found myself rooting for Narcissa and Judah. The scientific, and medical aspect of it was really interesting as well. Also I definitely want to see what happens with the determined "Brit". I say it was a good read overall. Worth taking on a plane or a long road trip to pleasantly pass the time.

  • Ann
    2019-01-23 14:49

    Another series that I started to read in college, but never finished. I chose this for my mystery book club and we were all impressed by the author's research and her choice to make her heroine unsure about the moral arguments about slavery on either side of the issue. The writing is very good, and I wished I had more knowledge of Richmond so I could enjoy the setting more.

  • Brendan Bowens
    2019-02-14 15:35

    Dead March is the story of a murder mystery during the start of Civil War. Although history books may seem boring, Ann McMillan manages to masterfully blend history and mystery together. This book is hard to put down and the suspense will keep you on your feet throughout the entire book.

  • Sheryl
    2019-02-13 14:47

    I would read more of these. The tone and subject matter reminds me of Charles Dodd's books.

  • Debbie
    2019-02-13 16:33

    It was ok; not quite as good as I had hoped. The characters are interesting but didn't completely grab me. Good twist at the end.

  • Fran
    2019-02-01 15:37

    Interesting tale of mystery and medicine set in the past.

  • Marcy
    2019-02-14 17:23

    Excellent series about a nurse during the civil war. Part mystery, part romance. Can be hard to find.

  • Andy Plonka
    2019-02-05 16:51

    A pretty good mystery laced with an adequate amount of Civil War and period facts to keep it interesting.

  • Cris
    2019-02-05 21:36

    Extremely slow pace. I found the characters to be uninteresting and undeveloped.

  • Jackie R
    2019-02-22 13:41

    I enjoyed this little historical mystery. I do find the ending ambit tedious. Problem solved but shenhadnto eliminate all loose ends so some dragging and unnecessary fillers.