Written by Cathy Pegau
Murder on the Last Frontier by Cathy Pegau takes place in Cordova, Alaska in 1919. I initially thought that this would be a romantic cozy mystery. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the historical accuracy, great writing (a romance) and a free thinking suffergette.
This is a the first book in a series and I serious hope that there are more of them. Charlotte Mae Brody is arriving Alaska via the S.S. Snow Queen. She has traveled from New York to get away. Her articles have created controversy (and she does not want it to spill over onto her parents) and to get away from a man. It is a chance for Charlotte to start over. She is a journalist and will write articles on life in Alaska (for a magazine back east). Charlotte’s brother, Michael is a doctor in Cordova. Michael is engaged to Ruth, a pastor’s daughter (appearances are important to their family). All of these characters are well written and the reader will know them, because all of us have someone like Ruth in their lives.
There is room for improvement, and I hope to see it in the next book in the series (which I look forward to reading). However, I hope that the next book tones the romance down a bit, Charlotte is a very interesting character all by herself.
I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest and objective review.