It's my pleasure every Wednesday to introduce crime fiction from Oak Tree Press. Big publishing houses have money in their budgets for lots of press and advertising compared to the lesser known houses, so it's very easy for some excellent reading to fly beneath the radar. That just plain goes against my grain, which is why I like to introduce you to new books and authors. This week, I'd like to introduce you to author J.R. Lindermuth and his book, Sooner Than Gold.
About the book...
It’s the summer of 1898. The nation, just coming out of an economic slump, has been at war with Spain since April. And Sylvester Tilghman, sheriff of Arahpot, Jordan County, Pennsylvania, has a murder victim with too many enemies.
There’s Claude Kessler, who is found standing with a knife in his hand over the body of Willis Petry. There’s Rachel Webber, Petry’s surly teen-aged stepdaughter, who admits an act intended to cause him harm. Then there’s the band of gypsies who claim Petry is the goryo who stole one of their young women.
If this isn’t enough to complicate Tilghman’s life, add in threats to his job by McClean Ruppenthal, former town burgess; a run-in with a female horse thief; scary predictions by a gypsy fortuneteller, and the theft of Doc Mariner’s new motorcar.
There’s plenty of good eating, church-going and socializing along the way. And, before all is over, Sylvester solves the crime and even comes a little closer to his goal of finally marrying longtime girlfriend Lydia Longlow.
About the author...
I have to admit that I love the cover of this book because it reminds me of so many of the old ghost towns I've sought out over the years. If any of you like the cover, like the synopsis, and are still teetering on that top fence rail, I thought I'd let you know that-- if you have a Kindle or a Kindle reading app-- Amazon has a digital copy of this book available for the extremely reasonable price of $2.99!