By Linda Lee Peterson
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ALSO BY LINDA LEE PETERSON
Edited to Death
A Maggie Fiori Mystery
Paperback ISBN 978-1-938849-34-3
ebook ISBN 978-1-938849-32-9
The Devil’s Interval
A Maggie Fiori Mystery
Paperback ISBN 978-1-938849-11-4
ebook ISBN 978-1-938849-12-1
Maggie Fiori’s Newest Mystery Takes Her Back to the Civil War
This is the third in the acclaimed Maggie Fiori mystery series, but it’s not quite like the others. Yes, Maggie is still the smart-mouthed magazine editor in San Francisco whose curiousity leads her to become (or so says her long-suffering husband) over-involved in other people’s business, especially if a crime is involved. But this time the trigger is not a dead body—it’s a cache of journals, letters, and photographs of her great-great-great-grandmother Victoria, Maggie’s 19th-century doppelganger and a woman of much mystery. She was a nurse in a Confederate hospital during the Civil War, but why did she still have a horse, her beloved Tennessee Walker, long after all other horses had been conscribed for the war? What was her relationship with Walt Whitman? Who was Gabriel, the man she exchanged love letters with? And, most of all, why did she end up imprisoned under charges of treason and bigamy?
This captivating and unusual historical mystery dances back and forth from Victoria’s adventures in the hospitals and battlefields of the Civil War to Maggie’s explorations in modern-day Oxford, Mississippi, and at home in Oakland, California. It brings the challenges, complexities, and humanity of the Civil War to life—and is also an engrossing mystery.
About the Author
Linda Lee Peterson is the author of two previous Maggie Fiori mysteries, Edited to Death and The Devil’s Interval. She has also written several nonfiction books, including The Stanford Century, On Flowers, and Linens and Candles, and has written for many national publications, including the Chicago Tribune. A longtime San Franciscan and an alumna of Stanford University, Peterson now lives in Portland, Oregon. For more information visit her website.
The Spy on the Tennessee Walker
“Readers will finish this engaging book wishing that it had gone on for many more pages.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Historical action, romance, and modern mystery unite as Maggie and her crew solve the mystery of The Spy on the Tennessee Walker.”
— Foreword Reviews
“First-person diary entries and letters bring this nineteenth-century ancestor to life…will appeal to historical-fiction readers and Civil War buffs.”
— Library Journal
“The Spy on the Tennessee Walker is an eloquent and impassioned love letter to history and heroism, Southern cooking and storytelling, secret-keeping and clever sleuthing, and—above all—to smart, sassy, and fearless women. ‘Write what you know,’ goes the old saying. Linda Lee Peterson wrote the book—again!—on smart, sassy, and fearless.”
— New York Times–bestselling author Jefferson Bass
“The Spy on the Tennessee Walker is deliciously entertaining! Through old letters, flashbacks and the modern-day investigations of the San Francisco-based Fiori family, the secrets of Civil War nurse Victoria Alma Cardworthy are finally unraveled, a hundred and fifty years later. Amateur sleuth Maggie Fiori is a thoroughly contemporary character, but thanks to author Linda Peterson’s facility with historic fiction, Victoria will capture every reader’s heart.”
— Naomi Hirahara, Edgar Award–winning author of the Ellie Rush and Mas Arai mystery series
“A captivating tale of generations-long hidden secrets of spies, forbidden love, and the Civil War. I am a Linda Lee Peterson fan.”
— Robert Dugoni, #1 Amazon and New York Times-bestselling author of My Sister’s Grave
“Linda Lee Peterson returns with another stellar story featuring San Francisco reporter-turned-sleuth Maggie Fiori. Peterson moves deftly between the present day and the Civil War as she spins a compelling and moving tale of Maggie’s ancestors. Expertly plotted and skillfully executed, The Spy is a powerful and irresistible tale that will keep you reading late into the night. Highly recommended.”
— Sheldon Siegel, New York Times–bestselling author of the Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez novels
Praise For The Devil’s Internval
“Impossible to put down. Sparkling dialog, references both musical and literary, and an offbeat cast of believable characters make the pages fly by.”
—Library Journal STARRED REVIEW
“A fast-paced, intelligent tale of intrigue that will keep readers guessing until the refreshing end.”
—Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW
Praise For Edited to Death
“Strong focus, admirable prose, and a nifty story.”
“Brave, if blithely arrogant, character Maggie Fiori [is] a thirtysomething Oakland writer/know-it-all sleuth/Volvo-driving wife and mom who solves the murder of her boss, the urbane editor of a chichi regional magazine.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“If you are a Susan Isaacs fan, you will love journalist-turned-sleuth Maggie Fiori.”
—Jacqueline Winspear, author of the bestselling Maisie Dobbs series