Thursday, January 16, 2014

Original Death Book Spotlight

Book Description:

Voted one of the Top 10 Mysteries & Thrillers of 2013 by Publishers Weekly and praised by NPR's "All Things Considered" book reviewer Alan Cheuse for its excellent prose and portrait of "the heart of pre-colonial America", Eliot Pattison’s ORIGINAL DEATH is set in 1750s in upstate New York during the French and Indian War and brings to life the human drama and lessons offered by the early settlers––mostly Scot, German, Irish, French, and English––who set out across the Atlantic and entered the American wilderness.

The novel follows Scottish highlander and outcast Duncan McCallum on his quest to solve the ritualistic murder of a settlement of Christian Indians in the woodlands. As the truth emerges, Duncan is drawn into a world of Native mysticism, cultural rivalry, and political intrigue.
Author's Note:

Our histories just aren’t good enough...

We are creatures made up of stories. From the time men first took lightning-struck fire into a cave and sat around it we have recounted tales of our forebears, our hunts, our dreams, our journeys, our joys and our woes. Stories are our spiritual DNA. Enough humans repeating enough stories create a culture. A few decades of telling stories about whom we have been can define a civilization. But somewhere along the way we lost the significance of storytelling.

Our histories grew sterile. They lost the human element, they lost the anchors that define meaningful stories and, more importantly, that define a people. We are not about dates of wars and names of kings. We are about the songs of Roman children, the brushstroke of the ancient Chinese poet, the tears of Iroquois widows and the salt spray off the bow of a Viking longship.

We have novels because our histories aren’t good enough.
About the Author: 
Described as "a writer of faraway mysteries," Eliot Pattison is an international lawyer whose travel experiences span a million miles of global trekking. He brings his social and cultural concerns to his fiction in three acclaimed mysteries series: the Edgar award-winning Inspector Shan Series, set in China and Tibet, the Bone Rattler series, set in Colonial America, and the Ashes of the Earth series, set 20 years after a global nuclear holocaust.
Pattison resides in rural Pennsylvania with his wife, three children, two horses, and two dogs on a colonial-era farm. For more info visit:

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you. 


Sally Bridges said...

This book sounds really good I am going to buy it!!