"Forevermore (Pat O'Malley Historical Mysteries Book 1) is a unique adventure that only Jim Musgrave could give justice to. Everything I have read by this author has impressed me. It doesn’t matter the genre. Some people just have the gift and this man does it with finesse and style.
This is a great tale that kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t wait to come back to this story.
There is so much to offer and I am so glad I picked this book up on amazon.com. There was non-stop action that kept me wondering all the way through.
Not long after the Civil War, Patrick O'Malley investigates the death of Edgar Allen Poe. Before this story, I knew very little about Edgar Allen Poe although I do remember writing an essay on his life in middle school. This is an intriguing mystery that you will not want to put down. Such a great intriguing mystery. The drama will keep you guessing and the adventure will take you for an exciting ride into the unknown. Highly recommended and worth the ride."
Most historians uphold that literary legend Edgar Allan Poe died from complications to his crippling alcoholism. But private detective Pat O’Malley believes otherwise. He believes that Poe was actually a victim of murder. In Forevermore, O’Malley sets forth on a mission of danger and romance to uncover the truth behind the demise of his old friend and one of America’s most important authors. ||In most mystery novels, the quality of the story as a whole is largely dependent on the quality of the character telling it. Luckily, Forevermore has a great narrator and protagonist in the form of Pat O’Malley. O’Malley is a truly developed and surprisingly complex character. He is likeable, and not a generic womanizer. In fact, many of his tragic life experiences have left him with a sort of phobia of women. Surmounting this phobia becomes a paramount plot point which makes solving the case of Poe’s murder seem not just like a job, but also a journey of critical personal importance.
“This case was supposed to be closed, but now, with my new bit of evidence, I was going to attempt to bring truth to light.”
O’Malley is not the only character to enjoy in this novel, though. Author Jim Musgrave has concocted an excellent cast of supporting characters including some great interpretations of historical figures like William Wallace and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Becky Charming, the prostitute and closest confidante of O’Malley, is perhaps the most interesting of them all as a woman who perfectly balances sensuality with motherly wisdom and an almost aristocratic refinement.
It is a quick and entertaining read with some very good characters and very good attention to historical details. Here’s hoping that it’s only the first of many Pat O’Malley mysteries.
Forevermore, along with the other three mysteries in the Detective Pat O'Malley series were chosen as featured selections in the Self-E Program by the Library Journal and Bibliofiles. See the acceptance letter below.
The historical mystery, Forevermore, was a finalist in the Indie Book Awards for the Best eBook Category.
Jim Musgrave's Forevermore, about the murder of Edgar Allan Poe in 1849 Baltimore, won the Blue Ribbon for the Best Historical Mystery.