Timber Beasts: A Sage Adair Historical Mystery
A secret operative in America's 1902 labor movement, leading a double life that balances precariously on the knife-edge of discovery, finds his mission entangled with the fate of a young man accused of murder. An early 20th century Pacific Northwest historical mystery based on a true crime committed by Portland's ruling elite. More
Praise for the Sage Adair Historical Mystery Series of the Pacific Northwest
Most Recent Review . . .
Adair is a likable and realistic anchor for this well-written, smartly plotted historical mystery series that blends real and fictional people and events. The series is still accumulating a loyal fan base, but each novel brings it closer to the wide acclaim it deserves. — David Pitt, American Library Association Booklist Review, 2014 May Issue
Dry Rot is a riveting blend of history and mystery that should prove so very hard to put down, highly recommended. Midwest Book Reviews
Recommended Best Books on Portland: S.L. Stoner's historical mysteries, set in 19th and early 20th century Portland. The hero of the series is named Sage Adair, and the titles include Timber Beasts and Land Sharks. L.A. Times West
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had London. George Simeon had Paris. S. L. Stoner has Portland in the early 1900's. Her detective, Sage Adair, is back in the third historical mystery set in Stumptown’s lumber mills and seedy saloons. It’s a series that’s only getting better. Sunday Oregonian
The author incorporates many historical details to create a realistic account of an episode in the class war that raged in America during the years of rapid industrialization. This engrossing tale is the first in what promises to be a worthy series. School Library Journal
Land Sharks skillfully weaves fact and fiction together to craft a story that not only entertains, but informs.
Stoner sets a great backdrop for the intrigue that happens on the dark side of the law...the novel is a page-turner. Southeast Examiner
Combines rousing adventure wtih accurate back-to-the-past details. Him Strassmaier, Oregon Historical Society, ret.
Timber Beasts is the winner and Land Sharks is a finalist, for the Gold Medal in the mystery category. Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group.
I recommend this book and others in the series to anyone interested in the political and social history of the Pacific Northwest. Carolyn J. Rose, www.deadlyduomysteries.com
Choosing a favorite historical novel written by an Oregon based author was not a difficult task at all. Hands down, my favorite novel in this category is “Land Sharks,” written by S.L. Stoner. Christine Webb, Oregon Book Report
The historic details show a wild and wooly Portland of an earlier age -- an age of hobo jungles, lumber camps, brothels, saloons, and corruption. Rose City Reader
A hard-to-put-down, deeply satisfying and entertaining adventure. Pacific NW Labor History Ass’n
Meticulously researched history. . .true-to-life. Northwest Labor Press
Land Sharks is an exciting piece of historical fiction, recommended. Midwest Book Reviews
In Dry Rot the author, a labor union lawyer, brings to life a city mired not only by muddy streets but by political corruption as well. Murder by the Book
Timber Beasts is a vacation and a treat. It’s also a history come alive. If Stoner makes this a series, I’ll sign up for the second one now. Southeast Examiner