In The Dark Cabin Murders, author, Frank L. Gertcher weaves an exquisitely crafted Civil War era murder-mystery. The story includes good detective work by Jeremiah and James, romance between key characters and insight with regard to the battle of good and evil within the human soul. Frank uses vivid dialogue between characters and emotional first person thoughts to let readers vicariously experience love and hate, rage and remorse, ecstasy and fear, joy and sadness. Yet always, accurate descriptions of historical events and scenes are there, and the reader is immersed in time and place, just like the characters.
“Readers of murder mysteries looking for a range of insights into motivations cemented by strong descriptions of place and time will relish the many facets of The Dark Cabin Murders, which is anything but singular, involving readers in probes of inner being as well as mysteries and events that ultimately examine wider issues of the impact of life choices.” —Diane Donovan 05-06-2018, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
“An imaginative morality tale about free will, crime, punishment, and the possibility of redemption.” — Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Frank L. Gertcher is a retired senior scientist and current storyteller. My publications include five books and a number of papers in scientific journals. I was born in Clinton in Vermillion County, Indiana, and I grew up on a farm in Sullivan County. My mother’s ancestors lived and died on the Indiana frontier. For many years, my father and I fished and trapped on the Wabash River for a major portion of our family income. As an adult, I traveled to and lived in many places around the world, but I am still a Hoosier at heart.
The settings for my latest novel, The Dark Cabin Murders, include small towns and the countryside near my old Indiana home. I know these places. Wind Grass Hill is a real place near the family farm. I have several more novels in various stages of completion. If the good Lord gives me a few more years, new Wind Grass Hill novels will soon appear on bookstore shelves. My wife Linda and I now live in a retirement community in Florida. We enjoy golf, fine dining and world travel.