Series: A Henry David Thoreau Mystery (Book 3)
Paperback: 320 pages
(August 25, 2015)
Thoreau in Phantom Bog
Henry David Thoreau’s impassioned activism in the Underground Railroad leads him away from the banks of Walden Pond into a morass of murder…
In the spring of 1848, Thoreau returns to Plumford, Massachusetts, in search of a fellow conductor on the Underground Railroad, who has gone missing along with the escaped female slave he was assigned to transport. With the help of his good friend, Dr. Adam Walker, Thoreau finds the conductor—shot to death on a back road.
When the two men discover that Adam’s beloved cousin Julia has given the slave safe harbor, their relief is counterbalanced by concern for Julia, who has put herself in grave danger. Another conductor has been murdered in a neighboring town and a letter has been found from someone claiming to have been hired to assassinate anyone harboring fugitive slaves. With all of them now potential targets, the need for Thoreau and Adam to apprehend the killer is more urgent than ever…
"Enjoyable...Walker is an able Watsonian sidekick to the Holmes-like Thoreau, and the solution is even cleverer than the previous book...Thoreau is... erudite, eccentric, waxing philosophical about his love of nature, and a natural detective. "
"Third in the series, this historical mystery effectively mixes social commentary and love story with the murder plot and should appeal to a wide variety of readers." Booklist
"Provides plenty of vividly presented historical information on the Underground Railroad and Thoreau's world in the 1840's."
"Ambitious...the research and fresh take on Thoreau make for an admirable start."
"This is a well-constructed murder mystery set in 1840s. Thoreau is residing at Walden Pond...his character is nicely presented: dignified, thoughtful, humorous, and... ever as observant and deductive as Sherlock Holmes himself... Oak writes very well, the characters are solid and interesting, the victims and suspects are well-matched and not easy to determine...There is a good sense of the times and the life of simple but smart people living in rural Massachusetts... It was really quite a page-turner, and I stayed up pretty late one night to finish it off!"
The Historical Novels Review
"The Oaks create a scenario so believable, many will agree that Henry David Thoreau could have rivaled the greatest detectives...Mystery fans will have their powers of observation tested against that of Thoreau, the American version of Sherlock Holmes. And... if Thoreau is Holmes, then star-crossed lovers and narrators Adam, and his cousin, Julia, are Watson. There is something here for everyone. Most of all, it contains a very enjoyable, well-written story utilizing uncommon characters that will create fans for books to come."
D. A. Kentner, Gateway Publications
Series: A Henry David Thoreau
Historical Mystery (Book 1)
Paperback: 352 pages
(October 29, 2013)
Thoreau at Devil's Perch
Series: A Henry David Thoreau Mystery (Book 2)
Paperback: 320 pages
(October 28, 2014)
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...
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.