Sign of Nine Stripes | Critical Book Review

IndieBookView presents a captivating blend of mystery, romance, and history in Carol Amorosi’s latest installment, Sign of Nine Stripes. Jaylynn Korrell delves into the heart of this indie historical novel, offering a critical perspective that uncovers both its narrative strengths and stumbling points.

Uncharted Territory: Angus Returns to the Colonies

In this third installment of the MacKay Mysteries series, Angus embarks on a new chapter of his life in America, aspiring to establish himself as a surveyor. However, the Pennsylvania he left behind is no longer the same. As political tensions rise and unwarranted taxes polarize the populace, Angus finds himself entangled in not only the complexities of his career but also an unsolved crime knocking at his door. The stage is set for a tale that weaves together the personal and the historical.

A Balancing Act: Mystery and Historical Realism

Amorosi’s skill in intertwining a compelling mystery with historical events remains evident in Sign of Nine Stripes. The book sheds light on significant historical milestones, with figures like Benjamin Franklin making notable appearances. History enthusiasts will relish the plethora of historical tidbits seamlessly integrated into the narrative. However, unlike its predecessors, this installment opts for a less perilous tone, focusing on resolving a single crime rather than multiple criminal enigmas, leading to a somewhat slower pace.

Matters of the Heart: Love Takes Center Stage

The narrative shifts gears by spotlighting Angus’s romantic entanglements, particularly with Little Hawk, a Native American woman from his past. Despite the potential for an exhilarating romantic subplot, Angus’s indecision and weak excuses create a prolonged and somewhat frustrating romantic tension. The absence of immediate urgency in solving the crime leaves Angus meandering, making the investigation less gripping than in previous installments.

Languid Pursuits: A Lack of Tension

Unlike the palpable danger present in the initial books, Sign of Nine Stripes feels less fraught with peril. The Sons of Liberty make appearances but fail to evoke a substantial threat. Angus’s pursuit of the crime lacks the urgency seen before, leaving readers with a sense of aimlessness that diminishes the excitement typically associated with the MacKay Mysteries.

Looking to the Horizon: Hopeful Prospects

In spite of the somewhat subdued tone of Sign of Nine Stripes, there’s optimism for the future of the series. Amorosi’s narrative choices, though leading to a calmer installment, offer readers an engaging journey through history. As the pages turn, readers are left eagerly anticipating the direction in which Amorosi will steer the MacKay Mysteries in future installments.

In conclusion, while Sign of Nine Stripes may deviate from the pulse-pounding intensity of its predecessors, it still provides an enjoyable historical adventure. Readers can appreciate the nuanced exploration of love and history, eager to see what twists and turns lie ahead in the series.

Publisher, Genre, Print Length, and ISBN

PublisherGenrePrint LengthISBN
IndieBookViewHistorical Fiction269 pages78-1736837269

IndieBookView presents a captivating blend of mystery, romance, and history in Carol Amorosi’s latest installment, Sign of Nine Stripes. Jaylynn Korrell delves into the heart of this indie historical novel, offering a critical perspective that uncovers both its narrative strengths and stumbling points. Uncharted Territory: Angus Returns to the Colonies In this third installment of…