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Impostor: A Genealogical Mystery, Military Writers Society of America Review

Impostor: A Genealogical Mystery

Author: Richard Davidson

Reviewer: Betsy Beard

 

Beginning in the present day and reaching back through the decades to World War II, Impostor: A Genealogical Mystery by Richard Davidson is a mystery with a great deal of historical fiction thrown in.

Jeremy Hadley’s fiancée, Debbie Danforth, plans to surprise Jeremy with a genealogical research into his origins so that she can present him with a piece of graphic art that represents his family tree. But she runs into complications when she discovers that the man they thought was Jeremy’s great-grandfather was an impostor. Debbie’s research uncovers the fact that the real Michael Farrell Hadley was born in London on 17 April 1914…and died the same day.

In their quest to discover the truth, Debbie and Jeremy travel to England to find answers to the question of his heritage which was conceived in mystery and has been shrouded in secrecy for seventy years. Impostor takes us behind the scenes to the formation of the intelligence gathering community of the late 1930s and carries us through wartime American and British spy rings to the present day farmlands of the English countryside.

Fans of genealogical research are sure to enjoy this fast-paced mystery from its beginning to its surprising and unorthodox conclusion.

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2017 in Resources

 

Impostor: A Genealogical Mystery

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The gravestone of a baby who lived less than one day casts the shadow of a man. Jeremy Hadley’s Great-grandfather is discovered to have taken the name and birth data of a child who died shortly after birth. Who was this Impostor? Was he good or evil? How should his present-day descendants feel about him? For that matter, should they alter their feelings about themselves based on this flaw in their ancestry?

The genealogical investigation is led by Jeremy’s live-in girlfriend, Debbie Danforth, who is also his partner in a start-up detective agency. What they find disrupts the structure of the Hadley family while revealing hitherto hidden information about events that preceded World War II in both Britain and the United States. Even their supporting associates in a covert federal agency discover facts that had been previously unknown to them.

This novel is leading readers in several countries to take a new look at their own family trees for past disconnections and substitutions that may change their outlooks on present-day family relationships.

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2016 in Historical Fiction, Mystery, Resources

 

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FANtastic!

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I recently learned that during December, one of my readers purchased all of my mysteries and read them in a single month. Hopefully, she has since added my Decision Time self-help guide and Overcoming anthology to her library. It reminds me of my own effort about twenty-five years ago, when I read all of Agatha Christie’s mysteries and short stories in a single year. It’s fun to randomly pick a novel from a mystery author and then, if you like it, read all of his or her other offerings. My mysteries feature common settings and characters that appear throughout my Lord’s Prayer and Imp Mysteries. Each volume stands on its own, but you’ll find familiar people and places in the next novel you read.

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2016 in Resources

 

Impostor

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My current project emerged from a genealogy effort several months back. This third volume in the Imp Mystery Series is called “Impostor”. When I studied my family tree, I discovered a branch I hadn’t seen before. It was in England, and I found that one of the children was born and died on the same date. I don’t know whether he didn’t survive birth, or if he lived for only a few hours. This discovery made an impact on me, and it’s now the focus of my new book-in-progress. The girlfriend of one of my characters decides to do a family tree for his side of their pending merged family. She discovers that his great-grandfather had the same name, birthplace, and birth date as a stillborn baby. Who was this IMPOSTOR? Naturally, they have to find out more about him…

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2016 in Resources

 

Impulses – An Arthur Blake Mystery Novel

Impulses is the second volume in my Imp Mysteries series. (Each volume title begins with Imp. Volume 1 in the series was Implications.) Although these mysteries use some of the same characters and settings as my earlier Lord’s Prayer Mystery Series, the Imp mysteries are not tied to a single theme. They are loosely connected stand-alone novels, some of which may stray a bit from the mystery genre.

Impulses presents a story that has many facets, or impulses, to it. Arthur Blake moves from initial boredom caused by a dearth of cases to an array of situations requiring simultaneous investigation. We focus on a small-town rehabilitation home where four female patients have died over the course of a year and also look at the apparent suicide of a pastor who had visited all of those women shortly before they died. Additional casework involves the disappearance of two people from a college town, the arrival of a mysterious shipment at Arthur’s father’s antiques shop, and examination of a woman who is experiencing flashes of memories from a deceased man. This latter evaluation leads Arthur and all of us readers to consider the possibility of life after death, in the context of university studies that have documented convincing instances of prior life memories.

The story also includes the introduction of a pair of younger investigators who assist in this volume’s cases but are likely to have their own adventures in future novels. Enjoy all of our Impulses and the characters who participate in them.

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Posted by on October 7, 2015 in Resources

 

MWSA Selects “Deliver Us from Evil”

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One of my books made the MWSA Summer Reading List…

Summer 2015 Bob Doerr’s MWSA Recommended Reading List – Summer 2015
The Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) is an organization of over one thousand writers, poets, and artists drawn together by a common bond of military service. One purpose of our Society is to review the written works of our members. From our recent book reviews, and from a list of old favorites, we’ve selected the following as our 2015 Summer Recommended Reading List:

Charentin, 1918 by David Andrew Westwood
Edge of Valor by John J. Gobbell

Deliver Us From Evil: The Lord’s Prayer Mystery Series, Vol V by Richard Davidson

Murder in the Slaughterhouse by Tom Crowley
I Flew with Heroes by Thomas R. Waldron
Oveta Culp Hobby: Colonel, Cabinet Member, Philanthropist by Debra L. Winegarten
Surrender September 2, 1945 by Suzanne Simon Dietz & James L. Starnes Jr.
Wait Until Sunset: Memories of a Distant Conflict by Robert E. Burtt
Warfilms: An Overview of Motion Pictures Within Military Record Groups by Philip W. Stewart
Evil Deeds by Joseph Badal
Silent Invaders: Combat Gliders of the Second World War by Gary A. Best
Secret Assault by Don Helin
African American Warrant Officers…In Service to Our Country by Farrell J. Chiles
The Dare by Linda Swink
Hellbound by Chester D. Campbell
Yankee in Atlanta by Jocelyn Green
Damned Yankee by Carolyn Schriber
Emmerspitz, 1938 by David Andrew Westwood
The Asian Imperative by Kenneth Andrus

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2015 in Resources

 

Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) Review of Implications

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MWSA Review

Author Richard Davidson weaves an intricate mystery in his new book, Implications. The clues in this story are like pieces of dew on a spider’s web that his protagonist Pastor Arthur Blake has to find and pull together. I enjoyed how the author drew in history from the 1920’s and even Al Capone into Blake’s investigation of his present day arson. Lost diamonds, bootlegging, mob murders, infidelity, revenge, all have to fit together just right, so Blake can solve the case he has been assigned, the arson of a local church. If you enjoy mysteries this is a great read. With a truly likable protagonist, complex plots, and a lot of suspects to weed through. A fun read.

Reviewed by: Bob Doerr (2015)

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2015 in Book Reviews and Interviews, Historical Fiction, Mystery, prohibition

 

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