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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Australia; Reprint edition (26 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014029838X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140298383
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.8 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,354,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The slaughter of an entire plantation family outside of Richmond during the Civil War attracts the curiosity of unlikely detective duo of Narcissa Powers, a wealthy white widow, and Judah Daniel, a free African-American spiritualist. Reprint.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Aug. 1999
Format: Hardcover
In 1861, the South recently won the Battle of Manasses. A lull before the bigger storm has set in as the fighting temporarily stops. Throughout the region, debate is common as not everyone feels war is the answer. Slave owners fear an uprising as the black population is much greater than that of the whites.
Confederate Colonial John Bretton returns home to visit his family in Manakin Plantation in Virginia. When he arrives, his worst nightmare becomes real. His parents and his wife are dead while their personal slaves hold the apparent murder weapons bloody knives. Thanks to the bravery of their nanny, John's son survives. She hid the lad before falling into a catatonic shock. To obtain the truth, family friend Dr. Cameron Archer enlists the aid of Narcissa (a white individual) and Judah (a black person). Their inquiry will soon lead to another murder with Judah being the prime suspect.
Civil War buffs and historical mystery fans will fully enjoy ANGEL TRUMPET. Through the eyes of a variety of Southerners, the story line provides a fascinating look at the early stage of the war. The structure of the mystery is well defined yet complex as many individuals have motives and opportunities to commit the slaughter. Narcissa and Judah symbolize race relations as they should be friends, but simply cannot since they are not equal. Ann McMillan has written a fascinating tale that will gain her much critical acclaim even as readers will demand more novels set in 1860's Virginia.

Harriet Klausner
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A mystery with depth and power 20 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
After reading McMillan's sparkling debut mystery, "Dead March," I waited eagerly to see if her second book would match that high standard. She did not disappoint. "Angel Trumpet" takes the engaging characters from Book I and propels them further into this fascinating time and place, Civil War Richmond. The mystery plot is woven in a tapestry of meaning and sub-meaning that gives the reader something lasting -- as well as a thrilling read. Narcissa Powers and Judah Daniel dig deep to solve a gruesome slaughter, and their world is populated with a remarkable cast of allies and suspects. The historical detail, once again, is adroitly handled and utterly believable. Book III can't come soon enough for me.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Excellent historical mystery 14 Sept. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In 1861, the South recently won the Battle of Manasses. A lull before the bigger storm has set in as the fighting temporarily stops. Throughout the region, debate is common as not everyone feels war is the answer. Slave owners fear an uprising as the black population is much greater than that of the whites.

Confederate Colonial John Bretton returns home to visit his family in Manakin Plantation in Virginia. When he arrives, his worst nightmare becomes real. His parents and his wife are dead while their personal slaves hold the apparent murder weapons bloody knives. Thanks to the bravery of their nanny, John's son survives. She hid the lad before falling into a catatonic shock. To obtain the truth, family friend Dr. Cameron Archer enlists the aid of Narcissa (a white individual) and Judah (a black person). Their inquiry will soon lead to another murder with Judah being the prime suspect.

Civil War buffs and historical mystery fans will fully enjoy ANGEL TRUMPET. Through the eyes of a variety of Southerners, the story line provides a fascinating look at the early stage of the war. The structure of the mystery is well defined yet complex as many individuals have motives and opportunities to commit the slaughter. Narcissa and Judah symbolize race relations as they should be friends, but simply cannot since they are not equal. Ann McMillan has written a fascinating tale that will gain her much critical acclaim even as readers will demand more novels set in 1860's Virginia.

Harriet Klausner
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Richmond to Cornwell: Move Over 10 Mar. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In addition to being a rousing good mystery, Ann McMillan's Angel Trumpet, is also one of the best summaries of the slave rebellions around Richmond, a story not often told around here. It's hard enough to develop a good plot; to re-create Richmond as it was in 1861 is difficult indeed. But McMillan shines in both her story telling and her setting. Her meticulous attention to historical detail is a delight and a relief from the romanticized Confederate sterotype. Her African charaters, freed and slave, are richly alive. Judah Daniel has taught me as much about herbal remedies as Euell Gibbons. You'll not find a better Civil War series, a better historical novel, or a more enjoyable mystery. She's 2 for 2. I can't wait for the next installment.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Home Front No Respite from the War 2 Mar. 2000
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Format: Hardcover
As if the war weren't bad enough, all is not quiet on the home front. In Angel Trumpet, the second book of her Civil War mystery series, author Ann McMillan sets the opening scene in gruesome technicolor. Her meticulous research and medical knowledge of the period are skillfully woven into the fabric of this story. Her two protagonists provide an interesting contrast: Narcissa Powers, a young white widow, is still growing in her self-awareness and abilities, while Judah Daniel, a free black herbalist and conjure woman, is a strong and fascinating character. The unlikely duo works together to make sense of the carnage that faced John Berton, master of Goochland Plantation, when he rode home in 1861 for a respite from the war. A captivating read that leaves one wanting more.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Immersed into History, Once Again 11 April 2001
By A. Y. Smittle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
At last! It finally came into paperback! I am too cheap to buy hardcover fiction, so I am very testy and impatient to get paperback editions. Ann McMillan did not disappoint me. Thank you, Ann! You set me back a century or two and I was oh, so comfy and fascinated. What an interesting interaction between black and white culture during "The Great Conflict," played up by the author quite believably. One reviewer here did point out that there was little to the mystery part of the story, but I think if a reader is more interested in the historical atmosphere and characters, they will not be disappointed. I picked this series up for a variety of reasons, least of all the mystery aspect. I am not a "mystery lover," thus I am unsure of what "mystery" conditions apply; but I recommend this book to anyone looking for a well written tale of women, race relations, plantations and murder all set during the Civil War.
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