Somewhere in time
A new publisher, Top Five Books, has launched a series set in 1950s Washington DC with Murder Bay by David R. Horwitz.
Sgt. Ben Carey is an ambitious young beat cop with a troubled marriage. After his wife kicks him out, Carey bunks in a decrepit Victorian mansion only to find it haunted by the spirit of a man who died there from wounds sustained in the second battle of Bull Run.
Carey comes to suspect that the man was murdered and takes a break from his official duties to solve the nearly-century-old cold case.
The story alternates between DC in 1862 and the same city 95 years later.
PW says it is a debut with “definite promise.”
Though Horwitz, the son of a DC police officer, died in 2004, he left behind several more Ben Carey manuscripts.
Elena Santangelo has a series featuring Pat Montella, a young woman who experiences the sights and sounds of 1863 – the vibrations of bullets hitting old wood, the smell of campfire coffee and roast pork, and the faraway hissing of a steam engine – and finds herself involved in mysteries rooted in Civil War era Virginia that are related to events in the present day.
If the supernatural element interests you, you might want to try a bit of non-fiction as well.
Jeffrey J. Keene’s Someone Else's Yesterday: the Confederate General and Connecticut Yankee, a Past Life Revealed is the story of Keene’s uncovering of startling parallels between his life and that of General John Brown Gordon.
One of Anne Perry’s popular William Monk mysteries, Slaves of Obsession, finds Monk and his wife Hester tracking a man they believe to be a cold-blooded murderer all the way from England to the bloody battlefield at Manassas.
You can find a lot of excellent Civil War background info at the History Channel’s website including battle maps and much discussion of about the extent of the Lincoln assassination conspiracy, one of the great unsolved American mysteries.