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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
A Witness to A Murder by Raymond Cook is set in 1885 when 41 families decide to travel from Independence, Missouri to Denver, Colorado for a better life. Joining this group are Carl and Anne Walker along with their son Virgil. With Dan Higgins guiding them, the little family looks forward to a future that is not so bleak anymore. However, before they can reach Colorado, they will have to face the dangers of the long journey. From tornadoes to accidents and disease, the Walkers and the other families will need to prepare themselves for a long treacherous journey ahead. However, getting to Denver was just the beginning. Before they can truly settle in, tragedy strikes the Walker family. But lucky for them, there is a witness to the crime. All the local authorities have to do is follow the clues and trust the witness. Can they do it?
A Witness to A Murder is fascinating and looks into the lives of couples and families who were trying to survive even decades after the Civil War. You can tell that Raymond Cook did deep research to understand how traveling such vast distances was difficult and perilous for people. The plot and the premise of the story are fascinating, to say the least. The descriptions of the journey from Missouri to Denver are vivid and incredibly detailed. The descriptions of the tornadoes, the deaths and the absolutely miserable times these families endured are heart-wrenching. The chemistry between Carl and Anne is gentle like their relationship. The pace is rather slow, but it is worth it when you reach the end. The author gives us the complete life story of the Walkers and the struggles they face as they try to fight for a better life. Bruni, the cat, plays a vital role in moving the story forward and bringing justice to the Walkers. Simple yet effective, this is a story to keep you entertained for days.