In a Dark and Lonely Place, this was a tale of two similar stories that took place and became separated 100 years in time. Like Bonnie and Clyde, in this nine-part novel, it was about the historical true love story of John Ashley and his girlfriend Laura Upthegrove, the first outlaws in Florida history that spanned years and ended in tragedy. In present day Florida, the fictional John Ashley, a framed and famed police detective, and his witness girlfriend, Laura Groves, who was wanted from the law. From start to finish, Edna Buchanan interwove the historical and fictional counterpart stories with the same story about the police who were after them in two different centuries and ended up in two different outcomes, when both world collided towards the end of the story. For those who love historical mysteries, this is the one for you.
This was one of Edna Buchanan's finest mysteries ever. I loved the parallel comparison of the fictional and factual counterparts of John Ashley and Laura with two different end results, when history didn't repeat itself. I loved how they meshed together for this fantastic novel. The backdrop of present day and past Florida was terrific. I did feel sorrow for both John Ashleys and Lauras in this novel. It was both fascinating and gripping as well. I did hate how the corrupt police mistreated both families in their time period. Riveting, driven and well-researched and written for this historical fiction/mystery.
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