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The Iron Men of Clayton & Other Tales (The Casebook of MacTavish 3)

The Iron Men of Clayton & Other Tales (The Casebook of MacTavish 3) [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Elton Harmon
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Is the "Jonah" who seems to be causing delays on a stormy stagecoach passage good or evil? MacTavish the crime reporter (inspired by his landlady) studies a tantalizing sequence of coded messages. The father of a kidnapped child devises an aggressive plan to take on the criminals. Jolly fiddlers at a summertime festival may not be as amicable as the audience assumes. An asylum resident taunts officials with a startling secret. The sensational "bullet-proof" scheme of Australian bushranger Ned Kelly isn't lost on South Carolina miscreants. . . .

These and other episodes comprise the third compiled volume of short stories from "The Casebook of MacTavish." Set in late-19th-Century South Carolina, the series follows the adventures of an eccentric young crime reporter who often is a step or three ahead of police in solving crimes and mysteries of his time.

Daniel Elton Harmon's characterizations and writing style have been described as a cross between those of Arthur Conan Doyle and Mark Twain—"Sherlock Holmes in South Carolina." The MacTavish "Casebook" serial parellels his original project, "The Harper Chronicles." Volume One of his Harper tales received broad acclaim from mystery fiction reviewers in the United States and The United Kingdom.

* "Written with verve, wit, and freshness, this is a high-quality read from an author who, one feels, instinctively knows how to tell a good, old-fashioned story," wrote Sara Cuthbertson (Historical Novel Society, England) of The Chalk Town Train & Other Tales, the original Harper collection.

* Heather England at Bard's Ink called The Chalk Town Train & Other Tales "a book the reader can take anywhere and read anytime—from the commute to bedside, from the park to a fireside armchair. Harmon's style quickly transports his audience to another world, another era. Very realistic, very authentic."

* "From first word to last, each of Harper's adventures proceeds without a stumble, and the reader who can stop after reading just one must have a will of iron," penned Elizabeth Burton in the Blue Iris Journal. "His style is crisp and effortless, setting scenes with an economy of language that likely owes much to the author's own career as a journalist. Indeed, the only real flaw in The Chalk Town Train is that it's over too soon, and before the appetite is satisfied."

These cozy mystery stories are becoming popular with readers of all ages.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 153 KB
  • Print Length: 88 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hornpipe Vintage Publications (6 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008U0N16C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,046,948 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Short stories of short crimes 25 Feb 2013
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An entertaining collection of short stories set in old America. The characters are amusing, the cases well considered, and all-in-all these stories are well written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Iron Men is an enjoyable read. 30 July 2014
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Solid collection of MacTavish stories. If you have read the other collections, you will get more of the same with this one. These are fun little stories that are good to pass the time with. Each individual tale is independent of the others and easy to read in a single sitting.
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