Death on a Southern Breeze
Mark de Castrique

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Narrated By: William Dufris

Duration: 5 hours and 29 minutes

What to expect

A locked-room young adult whodunit in the classic tradition of Sherlock Holmes

June 1860. A new locomotive christened A Southern Breeze steams across the Carolina countryside carrying seventeen-year-old Jeb Bennett and his twin sister, Rachel Leigh, to the exhilarating promise of a summer in Charleston.

While storm clouds gather over the landscape, fiercer storms rage inside the passenger cars. The tensions between North and South rapidly escalate until one traveler’s journey abruptly and brutally ends. Who is the murderer? Was the victim the real target? Amid swirling suspicions and deceptive intrigue, Jeb and Rachel Leigh join Pinkerton detective Jonathan Ward in a race to unmask a killer.

But murder isn’t the only evil Jeb must confront. As motives and suspects abound, Jeb learns what it means to place a price on a human life, not only as a victim of murder but also as property to be traded and sold.

The final showdown means hard choices, a test of loyalties, and a face-to-face encounter with death on A Southern Breeze.


Children’s / Teenage fiction: Crime and mystery fiction, Children’s / Teenage fiction: Historical fiction

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“De Castrique has neatly blended a host of historical details into his novel: the Underground Railroad, the birth of photography, and the credo of Florence Nightingale.”


“William Dufris manages to shift with ease from the Yankee accent of Pinkerton detective Jonathan Ward to the soft drawls of Southern military school cadet Jeb Bennett and his sister, Rachael Leigh.”