Thoreau had all the makings of a great crime solver - the analytical skills of a surveyor, the observational skills of a scientist, a photographic memory, and a passion for collecting arcane information. His instinct for detecting human foibles was razor-sharp and he had a heart-felt sense of justice. And like most legendary detectives, he marched to his own drummer.
Thoreau on Wolf Hill
The winter of 1847 has brought a consumption (tuberculosis) epidemic which is devastating the village of Plumford, Massachusetts. In an atmosphere of increasing hysteria and superstition, country doctor Adam Walker and philosopher Henry David Thoreau seem the only voices of reason.
The winter also brings two visitors to Plumford. Solomon Wiley hails from Rhode Island and offers his services as a vampyre hunter, insisting that the scourge is supernatural in origin. At the same time, Adam's cousin Julia has returned home from France, mysteriously without her new husband.
When a former student of Thoreau is found mutilated and drained of blood in the woods, Wiley insists that a legendary Indian vampyre has arisen.
Dismissing the blustering fearmonger, Thoreau and Adam follow clues to the backstage world of a Boston theater, the smoky decadence of an opium den, and an Indian burial ground. Both men will need to keep their wits about them - or risk ending up in coffins of their own...
Series: A Henry David Thoreau Mystery (Book 2)
Paperback: 320 pages
(October 28, 2014)
Thoreau at Devil's Perch
Series: A Henry David Thoreau
Historical Mystery (Book 1)
Paperback: 352 pages
(October 29, 2013)
"In this promising debut...Thoreau is ...erudite, eccentric, waxing philosophical about his love of nature, and a natural detective." – Publisher's Weekly
"Ambitious...the research and fresh take on Thoreau make for an admirable start." - Library Journal
“A favorite literary figure shows an unexpected flair for detection in this historical mystery. Original and charming.” —Laura Joh Rowland, author of The Incense Game
“Well researched, captivating and compelling until the very end, Thoreau at Devil’s Perch is both mystery and love story...—Anna Loan-Wilsey, author of Anything But Civil
“B. B. Oak brings Thoreau’s nineteenth-century world to vivid life in this intriguing puzzler that will keep you guessing to the terrifying end.” —Victoria Thompson, author of Murder in Chelsea