Author: Digger Cartwright
Title: The Maynwarings
Genre(s): Literature and fiction; Contemporary fiction
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Review: Digger achieves another fantastic piece of writing with The Maynwarings. From the very beginning he sets the stage for readers to become engrossed with the intricacies of an intriguing and manipulative plot. Although longer than most novels I read, I finished this book in two days because I could not put it down! He outlines the character of Senator Barron with such precision, it was very easy as a reader to understand exactly the kind of man this character is. However, the plot has an incredible level of depth it provided Barron, along with the other characters, situations in which their darker and more treacherous features could be portrayed. Part of my enjoyment from this novel stems from Digger's perpetual efforts of keeping his readers on the edge of their seats. Although there is a lot happening with both the plot and characters, I never felt lost or that I needed to re-read something for it to make sense, which can often happen when the writing is cramped or the author does not have the tools to navigate a detailed storyline. I also really enjoyed the setting Digger chose for this novel as it was set shortly after the Civil War. It is easy to see how knowledgeable he is about this time period and what it would have been like to live during it through his scene descriptions. I highly recommend this novel if you are looking for a maturely written, gripping mystery with excellent character descriptions.
Book Description: "When United States Senator Barron Maynwaring returns to his family and his beloved ranch, the Greenbrier, much has changed in Carson City. Family friends have taken to gambling. Cattle rustlers have increased activity around the massive ranch. A mysterious stranger, Giddeon Van Thorn, has arrived in town on secretive business. A political opponent and the press have launched attacks on Barron and his family. When Dan Arkin, the Maynwarings's neighbor, is murdered, suspicion immediately turns to Jeremy Foster, a loner who had threatened Arkin after a crooked card game. When the posse led by the Maynwarings turns into a lynch mob, against their will, and Van Thorn's men hang Jeremy Foster, Barron's daughter Mary Catherine, the Carson City solicitor, launches an investigation of her own hoping to learn why the strangers wanted Foster dead.As Van Thorn attempts to buy up property in Carson City for a massive redevelopment, Barron's son, Stokes, a city councilman, attempts to block the slick businessman's plan that seems more than meets the eye. As they seek answers to Van Thorn's true intentions and dark background, the Maynwarings are stunned to learn that Jeremy Foster's brother has arrived in Carson City seeking revenge for his brother's untimely death. As bodies mount and the Maynwarings are bushwhacked, it becomes apparent that a sinister game of chance will determine the fate of the Greenbrier and the future of Carson City... yet in this high stakes game of chance nothing is as it seems!"
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