Faded Coat of Blue (Abel Jones Mysteries)

Written by Owen Parry
Review by Robert Gold

In autumn 1861 a young man is found shot through the heart, his body lying near an encampment south of the Potomac. The murdered man is famous for his good looks, his standing in Philadelphia society and his abolitionist lectures. Captain Abel Jones, formerly of the Queens army in India, is asked to investigate. An intensely moral man, Jones believes both in his country and in justice. In the course of his investigation he comes across powerful men that believe both are for sale. This story paints a powerful portrait of our country during a tumultuous time. The author manages to provide realistic details of daily life while keeping the story fast paced. This book combines mystery with history, good narrative style with an interesting plot. Highly recommended for all readers.