A Reckoning in Belvoir
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Runaway slaves, or so everyone thought...until the bodies started turning up in the woods outside the town of Belvoir. One after another and shocking in their appearance, the slaves are returned to the Randolph farm to be buried. But soon, terrible secrets are unearthed, secrets that will reveal a decade old story of betrayal and revenge and the reason why a serial killer stalks the Randolph farm. More
By the early fall of 1863, most of Belvoir’s townsfolk had gotten used to soldiers coming and going, food supplies dwindling to almost nothing, and runaway slaves leaving to join the Union army. What they hadn’t gotten used to was the serial killer roaming the Randolph farm on the outskirts of town. Two women, one a slave and the other, the wife of a slave owner, find themselves linked to the killer in Belvoir.
Martha mourns the life she had before the war. With someone murdering her family’s slaves, she not only fears she might lose her farm to the Yankees, but now also worries that the killer will come for her sons and grandsons next. Ethel is rearing a mute son who is just reaching the crossroads of manhood. She should be envisioning freedom and the life that she and her son will soon have. But she can’t. The killer is the first thing she thinks of in the morning and her last thought at night.
Martha and Ethel are bound to a tragedy that began years earlier when one of the Randolph slaves tried to run away. Neither of them knew it at the time, but they each played a part in a doomed and enduring legacy. They now have to decide how to face the consequences of their actions and determine if there is anything they can do to end the killing at the farm.