SWEET TWISTED PINE
Lori R. Hodges
Outskirts Press (2019)
Reviewed by Robert Leon Davis for Reader Views (02/2020)
“Sweet Twisted Pine” by Lori R. Hodges is a historical fiction mystery set in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
Michael Mullen, a well-established Professor of Literature from Philadelphia was living a quiet and successful life. Michael was born in this city, having lived a sheltered life; not ever having leaving this huge Northern metropolis. While relaxing at home one day, a police officer suddenly knocks on the door in the middle of the night! He asks Michael to accompany him to a location where a dead body is located.
Startled and worried why he was asked such strange request, he dutifully follows the officer’s request to an alley not far from his residence. He’s introduced to the homicide officer who is examining a dead corpse with a blanket thrown over the body. Michael is asked to take a peep at the corpse to see if he recognizes it; but to no avail. Confuse to why he was asked specifically about the corpse, he’s told that the dead person has something in his hands. The object in his hand begins a long and dangerous search for his beloved lost sister who is a missing person. Where is she? What is in the dead corpse hands? What does this object have to do with his sister’s disappearance?
This is an old time 1880s thriller and mystery odyssey that begins with a mystery and ends with a surprise. It’s very difficult to pen these types of books unless one has done extensive research on the time period! Hodges did an outstanding job! All the characters fit the time period very well as do the locations and settings. The syntax is dead on and the cadence is perfect!
“Sweet Twisted Pine” is an excellent book to read and I was delighted to review it. I must also mention that the editorial standards were professionally executed; as without this attribute the book could have been wanting. Don’t let the title throw you off – you’ll see why it’s very appropriate when you’ve completed the reading.
Finally, I would like to say that I felt this book would be a good candidate for a Part Two! It’s very much the type of story that could go another round. “Sweet Twisted Pine” by Lori R. Hodges is easily a five-star work of art!