In the early 1800s in a village on the Illinois frontier, young Jo Mae Proud wishes her cruel brother dead. Forced into prostitution by Caswell, Jo Mae discovers she is pregnant and vows to escape. When Caswell is injured by a near lightning hit, he becomes more dangerous, and more hated. The flawed residents of the Village of Sangamon harbor many secrets. Caswell knows them all. Will he tell? Jo Mae runs away and eventually finds shelter with Fish, the old Kickapoo Indian who camps by the river. Wishing Caswell Dead is a historical mystery about the evil that hides within a village, one girl who is determined to save herself and her child, and a violent murder no one wants to solve.
Publishers Weekly described Wishing Caswell Dead as “a worthy historical” with characters that are “surprisingly complicated” and “wonderfully individual.”
About the Author:
Pat (aka Patricia) Stoltey is the author of two amateur sleuth mysteries and a thriller in addition to this new historical mystery. She lives in Northern Colorado with her husband Bill, Sassy Dog, and Katie Cat. Wishing Caswell Dead is available for pre-order in hardcover and ebook at most bookstores and online booksellers.