AMATEUR SLEUTH MYSTERY
A death occurs from natural causes, but Ben Reese (archivist, ex-World War II scout, Hill family friend) knows appearances can be deceiving. There's no dearth of suspects, who've circled the deceased, coveting Cumberland, caught fast in troubles of their own devising.
Displaced descendants of Revolutionary War hero Nathanael
Greene believe they have a right to Hannah's inherited land,
among them a self-seeking real estate agent who has profitable
plans for Cumberland. National park bureaucrats, opposed
by Hannah but pressed by a local politician, are threatening
to take Cumberland by right of eminent domain. Other islanders
hide questionable pasts involving arson and mercy killing.
The investigation takes Ben to Savannah and Charleston and points north, as he works to unravel a tightly woven tangle of good and evil-obsession that's complicated by the controversies pressuring the souls on Cumberland, forcing Ben to take sides.