Book Reviews of A Wicked Way to Burn (Bracebridge, Bk 1)

A Wicked Way to Burn (Bracebridge, Bk 1)
A Wicked Way to Burn - Bracebridge, Bk 1
Author: Margaret Miles
ISBN-13: 9780553578621
ISBN-10: 0553578626
Publication Date: 2/2/1998
Pages: 309
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 29 ratings
Publisher: Bantam Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
This is the first of a series of historical mysteries set in Bracebridge, Massachusetts in the 1760's. The main character is Charlotte Willett, a young widow in her 30's, and her neighbor Richard Longfellow, an eccentric older man who is well-read and prone to doing scientific experiments and such. In this first book, a wealthy merchant is observed bursting into flame in the middle of a country lane and whispers of witchcraft and devil worship begin circulating in this very conservative Puritan setting. Charlotte and Richard both believe something else is afoot and set out to prove that this was not a case of spontaneous human combustion nor witchcraft. A little slow to get started but once I got into it it became very interesting and a good read. Very "Sleepy Hollow-ish" feel to the book.
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Helpful Score: 3
what a wonderful historical murder mystery!i plan on reading the series because the author is very talented not only in fleshing out her characters but her facts also, a good read
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Helpful Score: 3
Sluething in Colonial America. An interesting look at daily life in the colonies.
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Nicely done historical mystery set in the later 1700's but I didn't feel drawn in.
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Action set in 1763. The French and Indian War has just ended. But then a wealthy stranger nearing a small village bursts into flames and disapperas. Widow Willett and gentleman farmer/scientist Longellow don't agree that its witchcraft and set out to unravel the dark doings going on around them.
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While I enjoyed the book I didn't find it one that I would read again and again. It was good enough to request the sequels though.
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One of the best things about this book, is that it is historical, but cant be outdated. For instance if you read a cozy set in the 1980s technology has really changed.

This book is set right after the French and Indian War, when what the USA was just colonies of England. It is outside of Boston. The sleuthing techniques are on par with the present day knowledge of science, and the main characters are creative, smart and likable.

There are many many characters beside the main leads, and even those characters are distinguishable from each other, and not in the modern technique of giving them quirky traits.

This book would appeal to those who love history or who are sick of the typical cozy stereo-types. This is a very talented and experienced writer, who can spin a story.
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This is a historical mystery. It's an okay book. It's not very long, but it does keep your attention. This is not heavy reading, but it's not quite historical romance cheesy either. Enjoyable.