Boca Grande Sleuths will hold their next session on Tuesday, April 16 at 4 p.m. in the Boca Grande Community Center Woman’s Club Room.
“Faded Coat of Blue” by Owen Parry is the story of a colorful, scrupulous and unassuming sleuth named Abel Jones, who is the protagonist of this solid historical thriller set during the opening months of the Civil War.
When a crusading abolitionist is found murdered in 1861 in a Union encampment near Washington, Jones, a convalescing casualty of First Manassas, presently assigned to desk duty, is tapped by the Union’s newest general, George B. McClellan, to discover the killer and bring him to justice.
Although Jones is the most modest of men, a teetotaling Welsh immigrant, a Methodist and stout moralist, as a former solider in Britain’s Indian army he’s a veteran of some of the bloodiest battles of the century.
Modeled on the best qualities of such famous detectives as Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes, with a little Miss Marple thrown in, Jones is small of stature and hampered by an injured leg ... but he is a courageous man and seeker of truth.
Decrying injustice everywhere, from child prostitution to military atrocities, the humble do-gooder proves a daunting foil for an assortment of villains, including McClellan himself.
Call the Friends office at 964-0827 for more information on this program.
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