Cry of the Innocent
by Julie Bates
April 11 - May 6, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
April 1774 – Within the colonial capital of Virginia, Faith Clarke awakes in the middle of the night to discover a man savagely murdered in her tavern. Phineas Bullard was no stranger. Faith’s late husband had borrowed heavily from the man and left Faith to struggle to pay the debt.
With unrest growing in the American Colonies, the British are eager for a quick resolution at the end of a noose, regardless of guilt. Under suspicion for the crime, she must use every resource at her disposal to prove her innocence and protect those she loves. Her allies are Olivia and Titus, slaves left to her by her late husband’s family, individuals she must find a way to free, even as she finds they also have motives for murder.
Faith seeks to uncover the dead man’s secrets even as they draw close to home. Determined to find the truth, she continues headlong into a web of secrets that hides Tories, Patriots, and killers, not stopping even though she fears no one will hear the cry of the innocent.
Cry of the Innocent is a historical mystery that takes place before the events of the American revolutionary war. Faith Clarke is the owner of a tavern. When one of her customers is murdered in her tavern, Faith immediately becomes a suspect. In order to clear her name, she decides to investigate the case on her own. However, her hunt for the true killer leads her on a more dangerous journey than she could ever imagine. She also finds many treacherous secrets that if known could endanger her loved ones and herself. Could Faith find the killer and protect her loved ones?
Faith is a complex and likable protagonist. She is a widow with a young son. Faith runs a struggling tavern and works hard to keep her business afloat. However, Faith is also a slave owner. She is against slavery but her husband had brought his slaves with her upon her marriage. Faith cares for the slaves and regards them as her friends. Throughout the novel, she strives to find a way to free her slaves under the British law. Faith also must choose which side she must pledge her allegiance. Throughout the novel, she is conflicted about choosing either the English or the rebels. Therefore, Faith is conflicted with her beliefs and her thoughts on justice. I also like her sleuthing methods. Faith is very relentless in her pursuit to find the killer. She never gives up her hunt even when many urge her to stop investigating. Thus, I like her observational skills and her determination.
Overall, this novel is about beliefs, justice, and revolution. I found all the characters to be very realistic. While the middle dragged a little and was filled with unnecessary scenes that did not enhance the novel, I found the story to be very well-written. The novel seems to be meticulously researched and made the setting come alive. I found how the characters reacted to the events of the pre revolution to be very convincing and believable. The mystery itself was very fascinating and surprising. I also like how the author featured real famous historical figures in the novel. Therefore, Cry of the Innocent is a very satisfying debut to a promising mystery series! I can’t wait to read more about Faith Clarke’s adventures! I recommend this novel for fans of In the Midst of Shadows, Death of the Dance, and Cape Menace!
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Praise for Cry of the Innocent:
"An absorbing, fast-paced, and contemplative whodunit."--Kirkus Reviews
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Julie Bates grew up reading little bit of everything, but when she discovered Agatha Christie, she knew she what she wanted to write. Along the way, she has written a weekly column for the Asheboro Courier Tribune (her local newspaper) for two years and published a few articles in magazines such as Spin Off and Carolina Country. She has blogged for Killer Nashville and the educational website Read.Learn.Write. She currently works as a public school teacher for special needs students. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Southeastern Writers of America (SEMWA) and her local writing group, Piedmont Authors Network (PAN). When not busy plotting her next story, she enjoy doing crafts and spending time with her husband and son, as well as a number of dogs and cats who have shown up on her doorstep and never left.
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