Sunday, April 8, 2018

Edgar Allan Poe and the Jewel of Peru by Karen Lee Street

When Edgar is asked to investigate a man's death, he tries to say no.  His wife is sorry for the woman left behind and she asks him to take it on.  He agrees but he already has an old enemy in town and he sends for Dupin to help him.  This is a very interesting case.

Pegasus Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 8th.

It's a bit unnerving when Edgar discovers the man who has tried to kill in the past is in town.  The man's wife indicates that the two men should set aside their differences and says her husband has promised not to kill him but it doesn't make him feel any better.

The basis of this story is ornithology.  The woman looking into her loved one's death is a taxidermist and she specializes in hummingbirds.  Her father collected the birds from all over the world and she made them live again with her work.  The young man was following her father's work and it was on his return trip that he stopped in this city and died by the docks.  Someone wanted what he had found...

It's a complex detailed read written much in the manner of Poe's work.  There are secrets, greed, unnecessary deaths and more.  It was fascinating in it's own way and kept me reading.  It's almost like having a visit with Poe.

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