I just finished up listening to the audio book Worthy Brown’s Daughter by Phillip Margolin. This one I picked up as it was recommended to me by a blog reader.
I love when blog readers recommend books. I usually find good ones that way. This one I have to say I enjoyed but I hated the guy who read the book. He was slow and dry. It made it hard for me love the book when I didn’t like the reader but I did like the story.
Here’s what Amazon has to say about it, “Worthy Brown’s Daughter, a compelling historical drama, set in nineteenth-century Oregon, that combines a heartbreaking story of slavery and murder with classic Margolin plot twists.
One of a handful of lawyers in the new state of Oregon, recently widowed Matthew Penny agrees to help Worthy Brown, a newly freed slave, rescue his fifteen year old daughter, Roxanne, from their former master, a powerful Portland lawyer. Worthy’s lawsuit sets in motion events that lead to Worthy’s arrest for murder and create an agonizing moral dilemma that could send either Worthy or Matthew to the hangman.
At the same time, hanging judge Jed Tyler, a powerful politician with a barren personal life, becomes infatuated with a beautiful gold-digger who is scheming to murder Benjamin Gillette, Oregon’s wealthiest businessman. When Gillette appears to die from natural causes, Sharon Hill produces a forged contract of marriage and Tyler must decide if he will sacrifice his reputation to defend that of the woman who inspired his irrational obsession.
At Worthy’s trial, Matthew saves Worthy by producing a stunning courtroom surprise and his attempt to stop the deadly fortune hunter ends in a violent climax.”
Amazon readers give it 4.2 stars. I am going to give it 4 stars…I like the story but the reader just kind of ruined it for me. I have to say I love the historical fiction part and I appreciated learning about the rights of African Americans at the time of the story.
My advice, skip the audio version and read the book!