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  • 04/2021
  • B09X267T35 B09X8H7P6Q
  • 180 pages
  • $1.99
John Bebout
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Till the Sun Grows Cold
John Bebout, author

Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Create)

TILL THE SUN GROWS COLD is the story of two star-crossed lovers during the turbulent days following the American Civil War; it is a tragic search for justice, by land and sea, with one of the strongest female characters in recent historical fiction. Follow Kate Warne, Pinkerton Detective, as she attempts to help Merritt Cowles track down--and bring to justice--the killers of his son, a guard on a military payroll convoy. The story is set in the beautiful Florida keys where time follows a tropical rhythm and little is as it seems. Buy the book, grab a cuppa, and settle in for a grand adventure with characters you will care about!
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 8.75 out of 10

Assessment:

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: 9 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.00 out of 10

Assessment:

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

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 04/2021
  • B09X267T35 B09X8H7P6Q
  • 180 pages
  • $1.99
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