Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mystery of the Month by J.R. Lindermuth

It’s the summer of 1898. The nation, just coming out of an economic slump, has been at war with Spain since April. And Sylvester Tilghman, sheriff of Arahpot, Jordan County, Pennsylvania, has a murder victim with too many enemies.

There’s Claude Kessler, who is found standing with a knife in his hand over the body of Willis Petry.

There’s Rachel Webber, Petry’s surly teen-aged stepdaughter, who admits an act intended to cause him harm.

Then there’s the band of gypsies who claim Petry is the goryo who stole one of their young women.

If this isn’t enough to complicate Tilghman’s life, add in threats to his job by McClean Ruppenthal, former town burgess; a run-in with a female horse thief; scary predictions by a gypsy fortuneteller, and the theft of Doc Mariner’s new motorcar.

There’s plenty of good eating, church-going and socializing along the way. And, before all is over, Sylvester solves the crime and even comes a little closer to his goal of finally marrying longtime girlfriend Lydia Longlow.

A couple early review snippets:

“A sneaky, twisty murder mystery filled with colorful and intriguing characters and enriched by precise period detail.” W.D. Dundee, author of Dismal River and Reckoning at Rainrock.

“Welcome to Arahpot where Sheriff Sylvester Tilghman keeps the peace in his little town…you’ll appreciate his wry humor and keen intelligence.” Carol Crigger, author of Two Feet Below and Three Seconds to Thunder.

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J.R. Lindermuth is the author of 12 novels, including two in the Tilghman series and five in his Sticks Hetrick mystery series. J.R. is a retired newspaper editor and currently serves as librarian for his county historical society where he assists patrons with genealogy and research. His short stories and articles have been published in a variety of magazines. He is the father of two children and has four grandsons. He is a member of International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Society and EPIC.


  1. Thanks for showcasing John's new book, Pat. I look forward to reading it.

  2. I look forward to reading it, too. It sounds like something I'd really enjoy. If I could just get that darned TBR stack to shrink. Soon.
    Marja McGraw

  3. Thanks John and Marja. And a special thanks to Pat for all she does to help other writers.

    1. And thanks to you, John, for being my guest this week.

    2. I love the premises of John's novels. So original, just like his titles. This is one creative guy.

  4. When I read this one, I'll be entering another time, another world, but I've already been guaranteed good vittles, so it sounds GREAT to me!

    Thanx, Pat and John!


  5. I read this wonderful book and posted my review on Amazon, Twitter, and Facebook. It is a great read and well written. Everyone should pick up a copy and read it. Great work!!!!!