Plot/Idea: Till the Sun Grows Cold is a work of historical fiction centered on a man teaming up with an endearing female Pinkerton detective to discover who was behind an ambush that killed his son. His motive for investigating the crime is believable. The novel may, however, benefit from a slower reveal of the culprit.
Prose: The prose is clear, propulsive, and inviting, while the setting is particularly vivid.
Originality: Bebout infuses the story with originality through an investigation into outside involvement in an attack on a military payroll convoy. There is a solid tradition of nineteenth-century female detectives, and Kate fits believably into the mold.
Character/Execution: This is a solid story with a credible narrative and a gratifying denouement. However, the narrative is somewhat lacking in narrative tension. Kate Warne is distinctive and alluring, while Merritt Cowles will garner empathy from readers. Though the chemistry between them is not always palpable, both are individually memorable.
Date Submitted: April 18, 2023
Plot/Idea: The reader is slowly pulled into this novel of revenge, dissatisfaction, and an ending with a satisfying twist. The romance and mystery elements, along with the military background, create a layered plot, and the author manages to successfully intertwine them all.
Prose: This novel is well-written, with quotes introducing each character and telegram messages giving the novel a true historical feel and setting the stage for the mystery that ensues. Carefully chosen words bring out the true intentions and motives of the characters.
Originality: Pulling in the original detective group of the time period is a nice touch, though readers will want to know more about this agency.
Character Development/Execution: Strong and confident characters who are memorable and likable send a relatable message about revenge and the dissatisfaction that comes along with it. The characters carry the theme of the novel throughout.
Date Submitted: August 03, 2022