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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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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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Mystery Writer’s Toolbox Program

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On Thursday, January 8, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 Noon at the Winnetka Community House, Winnetka, Illinois, Richard Davidson will present at Off-Campus Writers’ Workshop (OCWW):

“The Mystery Writer’s Toolbox”

Dick’s workshop will cover a wide variety of formatting and storytelling aids designed to simplify the construction of a mystery novel and enhance its impact on the reader, with specific clues about the way to approach the development of a new mystery, comparing his techniques with those of several other writers. If time permits there may be a brainstorming exercise for mystery development.

Richard Davidson is the author of the self-help guidebook: DECISION TIME! Better Decisions for a Better Life. He has written the five novels that comprise the Lord’s Prayer Mystery Series: Lead Us Not into Temptation, Give Us this Day our Daily Bread, Forgive Us Our Trespasses, Thy Will Be Done, and Deliver Us from Evil. He has edited an anthology, Overcoming: An Anthology by the Writers of OCWW, and he has had pieces included in the last two annual anthologies published by the Military Writers Society of America. His latest novel, Implications, continues to chronicle the exploits of Arthur Blake and the investigative associates who aided him in the earlier mystery series. It is the first volume in a new series, The Imp Mysteries.

Dick will accept manuscripts for critique, but will comment on them in writing, to the author, because the body of material to be covered in his main program is large. Please follow the submission guidelines on the website: ocww.bizland.com. Dick will not have time available for in-session discussions of manuscripts during the workshop.

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2015 in Resources

 

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The Bookshelf Expands

Lake Geneva and books 003With the completion of the five-volume Lord’s Prayer Mystery Series plus the editing and publishing of Overcoming: An Anthology by the Writers of OCWW, the bookshelf for Richard Davidson has expanded to seven volumes:

DECISION TIME! Better Decisions for a Better Life

The Lord’s Prayer Mystery Series:

Lead Us Not into Temptation (Volume I)

Give Us this Day Our Daily Bread (Volume II)

Forgive Us Our Trespasses (Volume III)

Thy Will Be Done (Volume IV)

Deliver Us from Evil (Volume V)

and Overcoming: An Anthology by the Writers of OCWW (Richard Davidson, Editor)

Visit the Davidson Books blog for more details.

The current mystery is whether the next book will be a mystery novel or something totally different. Watch this space for news in the near future. Visit http://readworthybooks.blogspot.com for reviews of the foregoing books.

 

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