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Impending: A Genealogical Mystery

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Impending is no longer impending. It has arrived and is available for purchase in either printed paperback or Kindle eBook formats. Most books by Richard Davidson emphasize the influence of past events on present activities and situations. Impending carries that thinking even further. It is both a work of historical fiction and a current-day mystery novel. It starts with a family secret stemming from the American Civil War battle of Gettysburg, develops through an odyssey to Australia, matures in outlaw and fractured family years of the late nineteenth century, and comes to a series of climaxes in the present day. The details of this latest absorbing adventure through the years follow:

Young married private detectives, Debbie and Jeremy Hadley, discover that Debbie’s family, the Danforths, have a family secret. Grandma Marie Danforth summons them because she fears that alienated family members and underworld characters will attempt to wrest control of the secret from her. The history of the secret begins at the American Civil War Battle of Gettysburg and develops through a century and a half of Danforth family twists and intrigues. Although written as a continuous story, Impending actually is two novels in one: the saga of how the secret developed from its inception to the present day, and the mystery of how to counter multiple attempts to hijack it. Impending is history and mystery all-in-one. Debbie and Jeremy team with police from two cities to unravel the mystery and reach its surprising conclusion.

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2017 in Historical Fiction, Mystery

 

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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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