The Devil's Cold Dish (Will Rees)
by Eleanor Kuhns
Cover Artist: Malgorzata Maj /Arcangel Images
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Minotaur Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781250093356
Date: 14 June 2016 List Price $26.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
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Will Rees has experienced danger many times but never as much as he does in Eleanor Kuhn's latest novel, The Devil's Cold Dish. His life becomes a virtual nightmare--a living hell. One would think he was fighting a war in a foreign country. No, he is hiding from the ignorant, narrow-minded, superstitious citizens living in his own hometown of Dugard. For example, Zebediah Farley wears an amulet to protect himself from witchcraft. Evil men get drunk at the Bull, a local bar. They are easily riled into a frenzy by the hate speech coming from the cowardly Farley. They form a lynch mob and then storm onto Will's farm, searching for either Will or Lydia to hang.
Indeed, Will has a lot of responsibilities on his shoulders. He is so involved with farming, which he detests, he doesn't have much time for his beloved weaving. His friends turn their backs on him. Many of the townspeople think he is snobbish for having traveled to far away cities, such as Mt. Unity, New York, and Salem, Massachusetts. To be honest, Will has never liked the provincial town of Dugard. He, like many young people of modern times, craves the excitement of a large city. Having grown up in a small town myself (the type where everyone knows your business and exhibits little sympathy or understanding towards those who are different), I can relate.
Eleanor Kuhn's The Devil's Cold Dish is a tasty meal that will satisfy the hunger of most fans of historical mysteries. However, it is anything but cold. I found it steaming hot with tension, suspense and shocking violence. It filled me with fear, dread and anger. I was constantly afraid that one of Will's adopted children or his wife or his wife's unborn baby would be harmed. Drunken, unruly, jealous, vindictive rednecks (brandishing ropes and rifles) were constantly searching Will's home and farm. No one in his household appeared safe. Poor Will didn't know who to trust.
The Devil's Cold Dish left me feeling cold towards my fellow man. Fortunately, where the Devil's men have gathered, there will be found some Godly men. I can't wait to be served the next dish in Kuhn's incredible mystery series.