Plot: Byrnside delivers a classic, historical murder mystery that maintains focus and tension up until its satisfying conclusion.
Prose: Prose effectively serves the story, yet does not always shine. Dialogue is generally vivid, witty, and allows readers to easily differentiate between characters.
Originality: The highly original backdrop of the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, greatly enhances Byrnside's storytelling, while infusing the narrative with historical resonance.
Character Development: The author crafts a lively cast of unpredictable characters with secrets, peculiarities, and potentially nefarious intentions.
Date Submitted: August 11, 2018