Books by Michelle Black

SÉANCE IN SEPIA by Michelle Black
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 21, 2011

"Historical novelist Black (The Second Glass of Absinthe, 2003, etc.) is awkward at dialogue but dandy at plotting. And three cheers for Victoria Woodhull, whose place in the feminist pantheon is richly deserved. "
Real-life feminist Victoria Woodhull experiences the fictional consequences of free love. Read full book review >
THE SECOND GLASS OF ABSINTHE by Michelle Black
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Kit and Bella are appealing, eccentric ingénues in an unappealingly politically correct tale from Black (Solomon Spring, 2002, etc.)."
How the West was drunk, framed, and turned fugitive. Read full book review >
SOLOMON SPRING by Michelle Black
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Black (An Uncommon Enemy, not reviewed) serves up a Western in which a beautiful, anachronistic heroine rises above American sexism, imperialism, capitalism, and racism, all so that she and her true love can be together."
Once upon a time in the West, Eden Murdoch and Brad Randall met and fell in love. But Eden was happily married to a Cheyenne medicine man, Hanging Road, and Randall, an officer in the Army, had a promising career and a wealthy fiancée waiting back East. Ten years later, in 1878, Eden's life with the Cheyenne and Brad's life as the Commissioner of the Bureau of Indian Affairs have both fallen apart. In a minor example of Black's providential approach to plotting, lightning from a clear blue sky strikes Hanging Road while, under the direction of Brad's agency, the Cheyenne are relocated to reservations where they will starve. For the sake of her nine-year-old daughter, Eden returns to white society and homesteads in Kansas near Solomon Spring, a natural, and naturally sacred, spring. When the spring's owner, that subtle villain Phineas Claypool, commercializes the site, Eden protests and lands in jail. Back east, Brad's wife is having an affair, and the new Secretary of the Interior reveals that he has no sympathy for Indians. Virtuous Brad quits both wife and job and heads westward to tell Eden that her son, presumed dead, is alive and well. When Lawrence Murdoch, the boy's father and Eden's abusive first husband, turns up to claim the wealth of his son's adoptive parents, someone shoots him, and Brad is arrested for his murder. Read full book review >