The Final Reveille (Living History Museum Series #1)

The Final Reveille (Living History Museum Series #1)

by Amanda Flower


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As the director of Barton Farm, a living history museum, Kelsey Cambridge is underpaid and underappreciated, but she loves every minute of it. Determined to keep the struggling museum open, she plans to impress Barton Farm's wealthy benefactress, Cynthia Cherry, with a Civil War reenactment on the farm's grounds.

Unfortunately, the first shot in the battle isn't from a period soldier. It's from Cynthia's greedy nephew, Maxwell, who fires a threat at Kelsey to cut the museum's funding. The next morning, things go from bad to worse when Kelsey discovers Maxwell dead. Now Kelsey is the number one suspect, and she must start her own investigation to save Barton Farm...and herself.

Praise: "History and Civil War buffs will enjoy the historical details woven through the mystery, and Kelsey and the secondary characters are well drawn and sympathetic. This one will appeal to readers who enjoy contemporary cozies with a history frame."—Booklist

"Very well written...with great characterization, history, plot, and humor galore. A definite 5-star."—Suspense Magazine

"Flower combines a plethora of suspects, a soupçon of history, and a dash of romance."—Kirkus Reviews

"Flower peppers [The Final Reveille ] with enough historical detail and snarky one-liners to make readers intrigued to see what she'll do next."—Library Journal

"A thoroughly enjoyable mystery with history, humor, and heart!"—Krista Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Domestic Diva Mystery Series

"A spunky heroine in a fast-paced mystery...what a fun book to read!"—Mary Ellis, author of The Civil War Heroines Series

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738744735
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 05/08/2015
Series: Living History Museum Series , #1
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Amanda Flower (Tallmadge, OH) is an academic librarian and the Agatha Award-nominated author of Maid of Murder , the Appleseed Creek Mysteries, and the India Hayes Mysteries. She also writes the Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries under the name Isabella Alan.

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The Final Reveille 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Current Death in Living History   I’ve always enjoyed history, so I always enjoyed the various living history museums that my family visited over the years while I was growing up.  A new mystery series set at one seemed like a perfect series to tempt me, and The Finale Reveille was as fun as I’d hoped it would be.   Kelsey Cambridge run the Barton Farm in northern Ohio.  Normally, the museum is a collection of houses and shops with various interpreters who demonstrate what life was like during the early 1800’s.  However this weekend, the museum is hosting a Civil War reenactment on the empty fields adjacent to the museum’s town as an added draw.   While all this is happening, Cynthia Cherry and her nephew Maxwell come for a visit.  She’s a patron of many things in the area, but her generosity has helped Kelsey make many needed improvements to the museum.  During the visit, Maxwell pulls Kelsey aside and tells her that he is taking over Cynthia’s charitable foundation, and he intends to cut back on many of the causes that Cynthia has supported over the years, including the museum.   When the reveille coming from the reenactor’s came awakens Kelsey the next morning, she quickly discovers one of the soldiers bending over the dead body of Maxwell.  Just as quickly, the police zero in on Kelsey as a suspect.  With her freedom on the line, she must find out what really happened to Maxwell.  Can she do it?   I felt like the book started a little slowly, but that was needed time to introduce us to the museum and the characters.  Things were definitely happening, however, and it wasn’t too long before the plot picked up the pace, giving us some nice clues and motives for the murder.  While I did suspect the killer before the end, I wasn’t completely sure until everything was revealed.  Even so, there were a couple of details that weren’t explained, but it took me almost 24 hours after finishing the book to realize that.  That’s how small they are.   I’m so used to young single protagonists that it was a nice change of pace to follow Kelsey around.  She’s divorced with a five-year-old son, and that added a new layer to the book and some interesting sub-plots.  The story was filled with great people who came fully to life as the book progressed, and I can’t wait to see many of them again in future books.  I did feel that Kelsey was too harsh toward a new potential love interest early on in the book.  I get that she didn’t trust him at that point, but her reactions still seemed too harsh.  That didn’t last long, and it is my only complaint where characters are concerned.   This is not Amanda Flower’s first book, and it shows.  The writing was great at setting the scene and making Kelsey’s love of history contagious.  In fact, I’m wishing I had a historical fiction book lined up next on my To Be Read pile (another favorite way to experience history).   Any issues I had with this book are truly small.  Overall, I enjoyed this first book with a great new protagonist.  The Finale Reveille will not be the final book I read in this series. NOTE: I was sent an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: The Final Reveille - A Living History Museum Mystery 1 Author: Amanda Flower Published: 5-8-2015 Publisher: Midnight Ink Pages: 338 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: ISBN: 9780738744735 ASIN: B00VXK6CXA Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4 1/2 Stars . The Final Revielle is a book that grabs you with the cover and pulls reader to it whether they like historical or Mysteries. Although set in current times much of the action takes place on Barton Farms, a living museum set in Ohio. Kelsey Cambridge is the manager of the farm. That is set up and run much as they did in the nineteenth century. Cynthia Cherry, the farms benefactor arrives, along with her nephew Maxwell and his fiancé Portia. Maxwell who has never tried to disguise his disdain of the farm tells Kelsey during a heated argument that when he inherits they Cherry Foundation would no longer be providing any funding. Shortly thereafter Maxwell turns up dead and Kelsey becomes the prime suspect. To prove her innocence Kelsey needs to find the real killer before she becomes the next one to fall in the war of emancipation. With some charming characters, and a few twists and turns Amanda Flowers has a new series that that will take you along for the ride of our life. Although I did not like Maxwell and was pleased to see him dispatched I take that as a sign of building a character realistically. He comes across as a spoiled entitled brat that would just as soon push his sweet aunt in front of a bus as not. I loved Kelsey and her friend a lot. Cynthia Cherry is a dear and I would love to get to know her over a cup of tea. I was drawn into the drama and the scope of the re-enactment I attended a few while living in Georgia and this book brought back some wonderful memories. I look forward to reading more in this series. My rating is 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
A living history museum director organizes an attempt to relive the Civil War with a four-day re-enactment of a time in our history that divided our nation. In the hope of seeking continued support of Barton Farm, Kelsey Cambridge discovers more than her share of surprises throughout this event. Having been to Civil War re-enactments in the past I'm impressed with the knowledge that the author imparts in this whirlwind of sinister activities. Kelsey is one of those characters who is relatable and very likable. Her life hasn't been easy, but her love of her job is apparent throughout this maze of mysterious events, including her sleuthing skills while attempting to unearth a murderer. As with other Amanda Flower's books I've enjoyed, I found this book to be a cozy mystery with some unexpected events that I wasn't suspecting. The characters throughout this book are interesting, quirky, and some not so likable! I enjoyed reading this book as it captured my attention and kept it until the end. This is a great weekend read that will certainly keep you entertained!
Abby-F More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The characters were amazing, and the story was great! There were tons of twists and turns that left me guessing until the end. A far as the characters go I thought they were all well written, and their descriptions were great. I can't wait to read the next book!
kayteerufus More than 1 year ago
The Final Reveille did not disappoint this diehard Amanda Flower fan. I was pulled in from the very first pages and never let go. This is a book that was almost impossible to put down. Full of great characters, authentic historical references, flowing writing style and a wonderful mystery. The Final Reveille is a true winner. The only bad thing about this book, it ended and now the wait is on for the next in this series. This is a wonderful new cozy series that promises to just keep getting better and better. You can truly never go wrong reading an Amanda Flower book and The Final Reveille is a supreme example of that. Rest of review can be read -
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really good from start to finish. The Civil War reenactment taking place at Barton Farm is the center of the story but when a murder takes place, the manager of the farm is the suspect until she finds the real murderer. Really good read.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS This is a cozy read that takes place on Barton Farm a living history museum in Ohio. It is also during a civil war reenactment on the farm. I would love to have seen it. The main backer for the farm is Cynthia Cherry. She is getting older and only has one relative Maxwell. Maxwell is telling Kelsey Cambridge that she will lose her funding when he starts taking over for his Aunt Cynthia. The next day he is found dead on the farm. Kelsey is a divorced mom who has the running of Barton Farm. She lives in the cottage on the farm with her 4 year old son and her father only in the summer. Kelsey is the main suspect for the murder. So she is looking for the real guilty person. There are plenty of suspects, drama, history, colorful characters and personal family issues and even romance. The story is fast paced mostly taken place in one week time. The war gets rough with fights, murder and thefts. One of the Generals is also the police chief and is really into reenactments so he does not want the battle and dance cancelled. I would love to read more mysteries set at the Living History Museum. Can't wait to see what happens next at Barton Farms. I was given this ebook to read from Net Galley and Midnight Ink . In return I agreed to give honest review of The final Reveille and be part of its blog tour.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
a love of history and the importance of family The Final Reveille by Amanda Flower The First Living History Museum Mystery Kelsey Cambridge is the director of Barton Farms, a living history museum in Ohio. For the past two years Kelsey, who lives on the farm with her father and young son, has brought new ideas, and increased crowds to the museum with the financial help of benefactress Cynthia Cherry. Things become worrisome when Maxwell Cherry, Cynthia's son, who has no interest in history and thinks donating to the museum is a waste of time, tells Kelsey that his mother is ill and he'll be taking over her foundation's charitable work...and will stop funding the museum. As if Kelsey doesn't have enough to worry about with the current Civil War reenactment on museum grounds! Things get worse when Maxwell's body is found in the village and Kelsey becomes prime suspect in his murder. Searching for answers to clear her name Kelsey also faces her ex-husbands threats over custody of their son, a suspicious Civil War medic, a detective who seems to have it out for her, and several people who had cause to murder the unpleasant Maxwell Cherry! This book is the first in the Living History Museum series and it's off to a great start. I love living history museums and am lucky enough to have the Genesee Country Village and Museum nearby. So I was thrilled to see this new series. Amanda Flower has captured the ambiance of living history museums with her docents who stay in character (even with annoying teenagers trying to get them to break character), the featured activities of the town ( I'd like to make a brick), and the added excitement, and trials, of having civil war reenactors about! Not only that, she has crafted a finely tuned mystery. We have interesting suspects and I enjoyed not knowing quite who to trust. Amanda Flower combines a love of history and the importance of family into a fresh mystery novel complete with engaging characters and interesting facts set against a background of 19th century living in a 21st century world.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts We have a living history museum here in Wisconsin, Old World Wisconsin, and there is a mystery series set there as well by Kathleen Ernst. I love that series so I knew this new series would fascinate me as well and it didn’t disappoint. Kelsey Cambridge is the director at Barton Farm where history comes to life in Ohio. She decides to have a Civil War reenactment weekend to bring more people to the museum and help its bottom line. But the weekend gets off to a rocky start with the nephew of the farm’s benefactress is found dead in the village. The guy was planning to cut funding for the place so Kelsey becomes the prime suspect in his murder. So while cannons fire and fights continue on the battlefield Kelsey needs to fight her own battle and try to find the real rebel to save herself and the farm. This is an excellent start for this series. We meet Kelsey, her son, her father, her ex and his new fiancee’. We are introduced to some of the farm’s employees and the woman responsible for funding the amazing site. We also meet Chase who would like to get to know Kelsey much better. I especially enjoyed the reenactors and the way many of them try to stay in character for the whole weekend and those the work at Barton Farm staying in character even when the tourists tries to throw them off. Amanda Flower does an excellent job at bringing her characters to life no matter what part they are playing and she has left them will plenty of room to grow. Kelsey has a huge amount of responsibility but she also has a big heart. In addition to introducing the setting and the characters Flower gives readers a very well written mystery readers can sink their teeth into. I did figure out the killer well before it was revealed but I was actually surprised I was right because that rarely happens. I am truly looking forward to the next installment of this series as Kelsey is going to have her work cut out for her. It should be very interesting.