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I read this book this weekend. It is set in pre-Civil War Pennsylvania during the anthracite coal rush (think California Gold rush on a smaller scale). The story follows the life and demise (it's also a murder mystery) of Captain Isaac Schlussel - a ruthless man whose greed affects everyone in his path, including the incredibly young and beautiful woman he married.
Captain Schlussel is shot. He doesn't die immediately, but lays in a stupor in his bedroom. While drifting in and out of consciousness he ponders his life and the people in it. I was totally surprised when the actual culprit was revealed.
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It sounds good. Mysteries are so much better when the ending isn't seen from a mile away.
I'm surprised that no one has snatched up your book by Katie Hickman. I thought it was very interesting. I'd never read much of anything about diplomat wives so it was all new for me.