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Review: Red Jacket

Red Jacket: A Lute Bapcat Mystery by Joseph Heywood


Red Jacket coverThis is the first volume in a series of historical mysteries starring Lute Bapcat, a newly-minted game warden in far northern Michigan just before WorldWar I. The location is what caught my attention, because ancestors of mine lived and worked on the Keweenaw Peninsula in the U.P. (Upper Peninsula). They were tin miners from Corwall who came to work in the copper mines of Michigan.

This book was interesting for the local flavor and descriptions of the mining life. I really like the main characters, too, Lute and his sidekick Zakov, a Russian with too much education and a mysterious past. However, there were a LOT of co-stars in this drama, and keeping their identities separate was difficult at times. It was convoluted and difficult to keep the characters straight.

The book plodded quite a bit and the plot took a long time to resolve, with lots of red herrings (or so it seemed) and dead ends. I was confused a lot, which is uncomfortable, and the ending seemed rushed, as so many books do. I may try the next book in the series to see if these problems improved.

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2 thoughts on “Review: Red Jacket”

  1. This looks like a great read- I love historical fiction, especially historical fiction involving mystery. I am currently reading, a thrilling book about Thomas Edison that has quite a bit of mystery in it as well, and absolutely love it… it is titled, “Inventing Madness” by J.G. Schwartz This book makes you question everything you have been taught about Thomas Edison as the book intertwines true facts with fiction. Thanks for recommending “Red Jacket,” it is definitely next on my TBR list!

    1. Thank you, Ashley, for the comment and for the recommendation! I usually reply sooner but have been under the weather. 🙁 I’ll def check out “Inventing Madness”!

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