Wednesday, February 1, 2012



For me, Mark de Castrique’s The Sandburg Connection was a mixed bag.

I struggle with books where characters spend forever talking about clues and possible solutions.

But the book’s back story kept me reading. Detectives Sam Blackman and Nakayla Robertson investigate the probable murder of college history professor Janice Wainwright.   

Professor Wainwright thought she had made a valuable historic find. Sandburg’s interest in folk music gave Professor Wainwright the clues she needed to find the treasure.

Someone killed her as she searched the grounds of Carl Sandburg’s home, Connemara.

As Sam and Nakayla investigate, they learn about Sandburg, the Sandburg home, Sandburg’s wife's Nubian goats, and much more.

De Castrique gives fictionalized versions of a few actual people. Among them are one of Sandburg’s secretaries and a relative of one of the former owners of the house.

This is a fascinating book for its historical content alone.

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