Janet Kellough is a professional storyteller who has written and appeared in numerous stage productions featuring a fusion of spoken word and music. Her previous books in the Thaddeus Lewis series are On the Head of a Pin, Sowing Poison, 47 Sorrows, and The Burying Ground. She lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario.
When Nathan Elliott disappears, can a Methodist circuit rider discover what truly happened?
After an absence of many years, Nathan Elliott returns to the lakeside village of Wellington in Ontarioâ€™s Prince Edward County to be at his dying fatherâ€™s side. Within a few days of his return, his brother reports that Nathan disappeared while the two were cutting firewood and no trace of him can be found. Shortly after, Nathanâ€™s wife arrives in the village. Claiming that she can contact the dead, she begins to hold sĂ©ances for the villagers.
Thaddeus Lewis, a Methodist circuit rider, is outraged. Lewisâ€™s ethical objections propel him on a twisted path. On his journey, Lewis encounters towering sand dunes and a mysterious wild boy. After coming up against greed, fraud, and murder, can Lewis learn the truth about Nathan Elliott? Religious conflict and political dissension all play a part in this tale set in 1844 Upper Canada.
This is a thoroughly well-done historical mystery.
Kellough manages to work all these ingredients to conjure another rich tale of murder and intrigue in the County.