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In the fourth novel in the author's highly praised historical mystery series set in colonial New York, Pieter Tonneman and his wife Racquel become the targets of a killer, amidst a witchcraft scare and a wave of anti-Semitism.
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The first three books in Maan Meyers historical mystery series followed the Tonneman family from New Amsterdam in 1664 to 1808 New York. Now, in The Dutchman's Dilemma, we return to 1675 and the original Tonneman, Pieter, once sheriff of the island, now husband, father, and businessman, married to his beloved Racqel. When several animals are found mutilated, the whispers grow louder by the hour -- talk of devil worship and of witchcraft, dark tales of a conspiracy among the Hews. And when the killer trades horse flesh for human flesh, the city's simmering hatreds and superstitions boil over. Soon Racqel Tonneman, too independent for her own good, is both the target of vicious gossip... and of a killer.From Booklist:
Annette and Martin Meyers team up once again to write another fine historical mystery. Three previous novels have featured various members of the Tonneman family as they've grown and prospered in the New World. Now it's 1675, and Pieter Tonneman has remarried after the death of his first wife, Maria. His new wife, Racquel, is Jewish, but despite their religious differences, Pieter is happy. Unfortunately, trouble's brewing: a mad killer is butchering horses and leaving their bloody entrails in conspicuous places. First Councillor Nicasius De Sille wants Pieter to find out who's behind the mutilations. The Christians think the city's small colony of Jews--including Pieter's beloved wife--may be guilty. The Jews are terrified they'll be persecuted--yet again--for crimes they haven't committed. It takes all of Pieter's persistence and intelligence to finally reveal the strange truth. Superb historical detail, a clever plot, careful descriptions of the dialogue, dress, and customs of the times, and an easy-to-like hero make the Meyers' latest installment in the Tonneman saga a surefire winner, especially among fans of the historical mystery. Emily Melton
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