Regulated for Murder: A Michael Stoddard American Revolution Thriller

Rated 4.71/5 based on 7 reviews
Redcoat detective Michael Stoddard, out of uniform and bearing intelligence for Lord Cornwallis, must solve the murder of his loyalist contact before a brutal sheriff frames innocents and delivers Michael up to his nemesis, a psychopathic British officer.

REGULATED FOR MURDER, Suspense Magazine Best of 2011:

"A tightly woven storyline that rang true and felt complete." ~ Grace Krispy, MotherLode More

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About Suzanne Adair

Award-winning novelist Suzanne Adair is a Florida native who lives in a two hundred-year-old city at the edge of the North Carolina Piedmont, named for an English explorer who was beheaded. Her suspense and thrillers transport readers to the Southern theater of the Revolutionary War, where she brings historic towns, battles, and people to life. She fuels her creativity with Revolutionary War reenacting and visits to historic sites. When she’s not writing, she enjoys cooking, dancing, and spending time with her family.

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Review by: Karen Matthews on Oct. 28, 2012 :
I'm not usually one to read about historical books, or ones that take place during wartime or things like that. *Although I loved “Gone With The Wind*. So I am the first to say that this type of book was a bit out of my comfort zone for reading. But I’ve been in a rut lately and thought I’d try something new…I read the opening pages and was hooked by the authors writing style and intrigued by the story, so I decided to give it a shot. Fast forward two hours later and I still haven’t stopped reading! I kept thinking there would be a place where I’d lose interest and I could set it down and go eat dinner. Well, I may be starving but it is worth it! I feel transported in time and part of something much bigger than myself. I love this world that Suzanne Adair has chosen to explore and use as the backdrop for such a fascinating mystery. Even for me, someone who is reading out of her comfort zone, there is a complex story that just pulled me in and refused to let me go. I enjoyed reading every page of this and will definitely be recommending it to my friends. Ms. Adair has converted me to historical dramas because now I want to read more!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Samantha Ryan on Oct. 27, 2012 :
There is nothing that bugs me more than reading a historical novel, whether it be a romance, drama, thriller, mystery, or what have you, where it is clear that the author either didn’t do her research, or was just misinformed. And it seems like I have been running across many of these types of novels as of late. So it is with great pleasure that I find myself singing the praises of “Regulated for Murder: A Michael Stoddard American Revolution Thriller” (quite a mouthful!) by Suzanne Adair. A story that felt as authentic as it gets without reading from a history book. I appreciated the attention to detail and lack of anachronisms. The editing was near flawless and the characters were well-developed. And the plot? Well it kept me up until the wee hours of the night…but it was very worth it! The pacing was spot on and I love the fact that I actually learned something while reading a book that was very entertaining.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Claire Middleton on Oct. 27, 2012 :
I read this book in one night…it was that good! I admit I’ve been obsessed with reading about the south, and especially the wars there ever since I visited the Carolinas last spring. I’ve read a good many books in this genre but there was something about this one that really resonated with me. The characters, the dialogue, the scenery the atmosphere the author created…it all just felt so “alive” and “real”, as if I was really there being part of the action. I wasn’t bored for a second and couldn’t stop reading until I reached the end. I’m definitely reading more from Ms. Adair in the future and am happy to see that she has written more!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kaylee Stevens on Oct. 25, 2012 :
This novel was amazing. I was pulled in by the author’s strong voice from the opening pages, and am happy to say it carried throughout the whole story. I liked how Ms. Adair writes, there is a real strength and authenticity there (very important for a historical novel!) and she made every word count. I won’t re-hash the plot (as it is in the book description already), but this is one of the most original and captivating historical mysteries I’ve read in a long time, if ever. I felt completely transported to another time and place and thought it was really easy to read, and I was never lost or confused. I only realized after I was done that this book is part of a larger series but I thought it was fine (at least for me) as a standalone novel. Definitely recommend to fans of historical fiction, or anyone who enjoys a well-written and engaging read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Tracy Smith on Oct. 21, 2011 :
Suzanne Adair's Revolutionary War historical thrillers are delightfully atypical and original. Instead of writing from the nearly ubiquitous Patriot perspective, her books are seen through the eyes of Loyalist, neutral, and British characters, unlike most novels taking place during this time. Her books are always a pleasure to read because it's obvious that the author has taken the time and effort to properly research and get the historical details right.

In her fourth installation, she brings a previously minor character, British Army Lt. Michael Stoddard, to center stage.

The book starts with Stoddard conducting a raid at the office of a shady land agent, who is nowhere to be found, but had left a nasty trap for Stoddard and his men. To his chagrin, Stoddard is soon taken off the case for a different assignment. He is sent incognito in civilian clothes on a courier mission to Hillsborough, NC with a message for General Cornwallis to give to another man to deliver. Michael finds his contact freshly murdered; so fresh, that he spies the presumed murderer escaping out the back.

And this is where the fun begins. The Sheriff and his cronies soon arrive, at first trying to arrest Stoddard for the murder. Michael, who gives a phony name and back story, is drawn into solving the murder and becomes entangled in much more than he'd originally bargained for. He quickly realizes that this is a complicated case, which has its roots in events taking place ten years previously, during the time of the Regulators.

The author populates Hillsborough with several engaging secondary characters, a few of whom I'd love to see again. We also see the dastardly Dunstan Fairfax reprising his role from earlier books.

This is a book that will keep you reading well into the wee hours, as you'll be too busy reading to see what happens next to bother with going to bed.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Debbi Mack on Oct. 17, 2011 :
This novel is a most suspenseful historical mystery and thriller, with a dash of romance that gives the story great heart. Suzanne Adair’s writing is smooth and evocative. The action scenes will leave you breathless. Furthermore, the notion that no one knows who's on what side pervades this American Revolutionary War era story in a most intriguing way. A genuine page-turner right up to its haunting conclusion.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: aobibliophile on Oct. 16, 2011 :
Every unpunished murder takes away something from the security of every man's life. - Daniel Webster


Lieutenant Michael Stoddard of the 82nd Regiment is a redcoat and criminal investigator in Wilmington, North Carolina. under instructions from his superior Major James Craig, he leaves for Hillsborough to deliver a dispatch to Ezra Griggs who works for Lord Charles Cornwallis. working undercover as Michael Compton, the Lieutenant arrives to find the courier murdered in his home. Michael finds himself deputized to assist the investigation. as clues and evidence pile up, so do decade-old secrets that someone wants to remain buried.
author Suzanne Adair's latest novel transports the reader back to 18th century America where the political climate is volatile, where loyalists and rebels abound and where innocent men and women are caught in between. by including known historical personages and weaving facts and imagination into the story, she has skillfully painted another plausible scenario of this tumultuous era.
the author's attention to detail is excellent and conveyed to me images in sepia tones. the speech, customs, behavior and nuances of the period are addressed very well too.
the story itself is interesting and i particularly liked how the criminal investigation part was approached and conducted to arrive at solutions sans the benefit of modern forensic tools and technology.
the characters themselves are well-developed. i noticed again how women were featured as having important roles and making significant contributions during the Revolution.
one of the highlights in the book is the tense and bloody reunion between Michael and his traitorous nemesis Lt. Dunstan Fairfax. how it turned out was something i did not expect but it was all for the best - for now...
Michael's strength lies in his mental faculties but he should really do something more about his physical ineptitude when he gets into a fist fight. his weakness though makes him somehow endearing and marks him as a true officer and gentleman especially in the eyes of the Widow Kate and his able assistant Nick Spry.
overall, this is a wonderful piece of historical fiction and murder mystery and i look forward to reading more of Michael's future investigative undertakings.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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