A Murder in Passing by Mark de Castrique audiobook

A Murder in Passing: A Sam Blackman Mystery

By Mark de Castrique
A Poisoned Pen Press Mystery
Read by William Dufris

Blackstone Publishing 9781464201516

The Sam Blackman Mysteries: Book 4

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InAsheville, North Carolina, the Blackman & Robertson Detective Agency facesa disturbing reality: no clients. Sam Blackman finds inactivity intolerable, sowhen partner Nakayla Robertson suggests a mushroom hunt on the site of a historic freed-slave commune called the Kingdom of the Happy Land, Sam reluctantlyagrees. When he stumbles across a skeleton, his adventure mushrooms into a caseof murder. But it isn’t his case—he has no client—and the local authoritiestell him to butt out. ThenMarsha Montgomery comes to the office asking Sam and Nakayla to investigate aburglary at her mother’s home. In 1967 someone stole a rifle and a photograph ofMarsha’s mother, grandmother, and great grandmother taken in 1932 by renownedphotographer Doris Ulmann. Marsha’s visit is no coincidence: the photograph was taken at the Kingdom of the Happy Land.Sam’s being played, but why? WhenMarsha’s eighty-five-year-old mother Lucille is arrested for murder, Sam hashis answer and his case. Is the skeleton that of Jimmy Lang—Lucille’s loverand Marsha’s white father—who disappeared in 1967? Jimmy’s brother says no; Jimmy left to seek his fortune after Lucille rejected his marriageproposal. But others stood to gain from Jimmy’s disappearance. Aveil of betrayal and deceit hides a killer desperate to protect a dark secret,and no one—not even Sam—is safe from the deadly consequences.

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Summary

Summary

InAsheville, North Carolina, the Blackman & Robertson Detective Agency facesa disturbing reality: no clients. Sam Blackman finds inactivity intolerable, sowhen partner Nakayla Robertson suggests a mushroom hunt on the site of a historic freed-slave commune called the Kingdom of the Happy Land, Sam reluctantlyagrees. When he stumbles across a skeleton, his adventure mushrooms into a caseof murder. But it isn’t his case—he has no client—and the local authoritiestell him to butt out.

ThenMarsha Montgomery comes to the office asking Sam and Nakayla to investigate aburglary at her mother’s home. In 1967 someone stole a rifle and a photograph ofMarsha’s mother, grandmother, and great grandmother taken in 1932 by renownedphotographer Doris Ulmann. Marsha’s visit is no coincidence: the photograph was taken at the Kingdom of the Happy Land.Sam’s being played, but why?

WhenMarsha’s eighty-five-year-old mother Lucille is arrested for murder, Sam hashis answer and his case. Is the skeleton that of Jimmy Lang—Lucille’s loverand Marsha’s white father—who disappeared in 1967? Jimmy’s brother says no; Jimmy left to seek his fortune after Lucille rejected his marriageproposal. But others stood to gain from Jimmy’s disappearance.

Aveil of betrayal and deceit hides a killer desperate to protect a dark secret,and no one—not even Sam—is safe from the deadly consequences.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“De Castrique’s well-crafted fourth mystery featuring Ashville, North Carolina, PI Sam Blackman and partner/lover Nakayla Robertson explores America’s past history of racial segregation…This solid whodunit offers readers a glimpse into a curious chapter of cultural history.” Publishers Weekly
“This fascinating mystery, merging past and present, brings some little-known history to light and shows that laws change much faster than attitudes, as Sam and Nakayla, an interracial couple themselves, discover.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Mark de Castrique

Author Bio: Mark de Castrique

Mark de Castrique is the author of the Washington, DC, political thriller, The 13th Target, and author of the critically acclaimed Barry Clayton and Sam Blackman mystery series, both set in the mountains of his native North Carolina, and as well as mysteries for young adults. He is a veteran of the television and film production industry and serves as an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 8.58
Audience: Adult
Language: English