Southern Secrets (Det. Annie Avants, #3)

Southern Secrets (Det. Annie Avants, #3) SECRET SOCIETY HIDDEN TREASURE REBEL GOLD MURDERDet Annie Avants Cousin, Zack, Lives In Mena, Arkansas And Has Come Into Possession Of Three Hidden Journals Written By One Of His Ancestors Who Was Deeply Involved With The Knights Of The Golden Circle, A Secret Society Active Before And During The Civil War The Journals Spell Out The Locations Of Some Of The Biggest Caches Of Rebel Gold Hidden By The KGC To Fund A Second Civil War Zachary Isom Avants Is A History Buff And An Avid Genealogist Who Searches Throughout Arkansas For The Ruins Of The Many Abandoned Cabins And Homesteads Left Behind By His Ancestors For Years, He Has Been Tracking Down These Abandoned Homesteads, Looking For Artifacts And Information On The Lives Of His Long Dead Relatives.Deep In The Ouachita Forests, He Comes Across A Caved In Pit That Is The Cellar Of What S Left Of A Cabin That Hasn T Been Touched For Almost 100 Years The Site Is Covered With Brush And Vines He Almost Misses Seeing It.Zack Sets Up Camp Next To The Pit And Begins Clearing Away The Brush It Was A Small Cabin, But Not The Typical Sentinel Outpost Shack That The KGC Used To Guard Their Secret Hoards When He Can Safely Climb Down Into The Pit, He Finds An Indentation In The Far Wall Of The Root Cellar He Carefully Digs And Finds, Hidden Inside A Small Opening, A Cast Iron Skillet With A Lid That Has Been Sealed With Pitch.Excited, He Takes The Skillet To His Makeshift Table Outside And Unseals The Lid Inside, Wrapped In Many Layers Of Oil Cloth, He Finds Three Journals One Is A Copy Of A Daybook Kept By Someone High Up In The KGC During The Civil War The Only Signature Is Avants The Other Two Journals Were Penned By Zack S Great Grandfather, Orris Avants.Unknown To Zack, The Leadership Of The Modern KGC Is Aware That These Journals Still Exist, But Have Never Been Able To Find Them When He And His Friend, Luke, Discuss The Journals At A Local Cafe In Hatfield, Their Conversation Is Overheard By A Local Old Timer Who Calls The KGC The KGC Is Determined To Recover The Journals Why They Don T Know What Caches The Journals Expose, And They Don T Want Treasure Seekers Finding Their Hidden Treasures.The American Government Is Also Interested In The KGC And The Millions Of Dollars They Stole And Hid FBI Special Agent Connor Smith Also Receives A Phone Call From The Old Timer About The Conversation He Overheard In The Hatfield Cafe Agent Smith Goes On Full Alert, Determined To Get His Hands On The Journals And Recover As Much Of The Stolen Loot As Possible.Zack Finally Realizes The Significance Of His Find And Mails The Journals To His Cousin, Annie, In California He Knows He Is Being Followed And That He, His Family, And His Friends Are In Danger. This was a Goodreads First Read book.It had an interesting plot an amateur historian uncovers three journals that both the FBI and descendants of members of the KGC want and plenty of twists and turns For that, I d give it four stars.The story is told in simple sentences with somewhat stiff narrative and dialog and much repetition of information As a result, it read as if it was written for the pre or young teen market Or as if English was a second language to Ms Benzaim.Some chapter s high points happen not at the end of the chapter as is usual, but in the middle And any danger the characters were in except for two incidents turned out to be nothing, as if Benzaim wanted to put her characters in threatening situations but just couldn t bring herself to actually endanger or harm them.Gang member dialog was not realistic Except for a few lines, they spoke like college graduates One example a gang member would have called the fancy wheels on a vehicle rims or dubs It was hard to keep track of the speakers in some scenes because Benzaim used too few tags to inform the reader who said what and when she did, it was often late in the conversation That she also often broke what should have been a single paragraph of dialog into two or only added to the confusion.Finally, the ending was incomplete There was no resolution with the real bad guy forced to pay for his crimes, just a quick w
This was really good, and full of all kinds of things I m interested in besides murder mysteries The story is about some private journals from the early 1900 s 1919 1921 that detail some activity within the post Civil War South with regards to stashes of money and other treasures intended to help finance a second Civil War and or a Pro slavery regime Word leeks out about the journals and the FBI and the group that are

[[ KINDLE ]] ✿ Southern Secrets (Det. Annie Avants, #3)  Author Renee Benzaim –
  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • Southern Secrets (Det. Annie Avants, #3)
  • Renee Benzaim
  • English
  • 13 May 2017
  • 9781499581126