Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Hell and High Water by Tanya Landman

Librarian M shares a recent historical fiction fave:

Hell and High Water by Tanya Landman

Caleb is a mixed-race teen living a nomadic lifestyle with his white father in 18th-century England. They roam from town to town presenting a Punch and Judy show to make money. Everything is going well until his father is arrested and sentenced to be shipped to the English colonies in North America. Caleb heads north to live with his aunt and her family where he makes a gruesome discovery on the beach one day—his father’s dead body on the shore! Mystery abounds and Caleb wants to investigate with his cousin, but the perpetrator appears to be the town’s local lord, so they have to tread carefully.

This book tackles many issues including how Caleb fits into society as a person of color and how his female cousin doesn’t have as many opportunities as her male counterparts. In this way it reminded me a bit of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. However, instead of a romance this book is a thriller and mystery. It’s intriguing, interesting, and highly recommended!

More to read:

Up and Coming: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Radio Post: "Swim Until You Can't See Land" by Frightened Rabbit

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