Book Review: “The Constable’s Tale” by Donald SmithOctober 14, 2015 at 3:06 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
Tags: Book Review, Fiction, Thriller
From the back cover: Set in a tumultuous period that helped to forge a nation, a riveting mystery that takes a volunteer constable through the wilds of colonial North Carolina to track down a shadowy killer
When a traveling peddler discovers the murder of a farm family in colonial North Carolina whose bodies have been left in bizarre positions, circumstances point to an Indian attack. But Harry Woodyard, a young planter who is the volunteer constable of Craven County during a period in America’s past when there was no professional police force, finds clues that seem to indicate otherwise.
The county establishment wants to blame the crime on a former inhabitant, an elderly Indian who has suddenly reappeared in the vicinity like an old ghost. But he is a person to whom Harry owes much.
Defying the authorities, Harry goes off on his own to find the real killer. His investigation takes him up the Atlantic seacoast and turns into a hunt for even bigger quarry and more adventure then he ever dreamed possible. During his search for the truth about the murders, Harry learns that the eyes are not always to be trusted and people are not always as they seem.
I have never read a historical fiction story that took place in the late 1700s during the French and Indian War before. I had no idea of how a murder mystery set place then and there would work so I was intrigued as it seemed like a clever idea. Wow, let me assure you this is more than clever and it works so brilliantly. Royal Constable James Henry Woodyard is a regular person who happens to be a planter and then a part-time constable. He is a magnificent character and Mr. Smith builds him in such a manner that you believe his stubbornness as he sets off to find the real killer. “The Constable’s Tale” grabs you with the storyline and keeps you flipping pages as fast as possible. Don’t start this book late at night because you are going to want to finish it before you go to bed. A truly intriguing suspenseful thriller. I truly hope that Mr. Smith will give us more adventure with Royal Constable James Henry Woodyard.
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