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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sue | 12/8/2010

    " I enjoyed the book. It's set on a train going from North Carolina to Charleston, SC in 1859/60. Reminded me of a pre-Civil War "Murder on the Orient Express". "

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About the Author
Author Mark de Castrique

Mark de Castrique is the author of the Washington, DC, political thriller, The 13th Target, and author of the critically acclaimed Barry Clayton and Sam Blackman mystery series, both set in the mountains of his native North Carolina, and as well as mysteries for young adults. He is a veteran of the television and film production industry and serves as an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.