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Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
Call of the Blackbird is a historical fiction mystery novel by Nancy Polk Hall. Carrie Mitchell travels to France to visit her childhood friend Colette and after a week, decides to take a break. She rents a car, drives into the French countryside, and takes a picnic on a hillside overlooking the Moselle river. However, when she turns the ignition of her rented car, nothing happens. She walks to the nearest town to call for help and meets a boy, Jacques, who introduces her to his father, the Comte de Merle. The three become friends and, while sightseeing with Jacques in Verdun, the boy goes missing. Determined to help find him, Carrie finds herself in the middle of an intriguing story that goes back to the Second World War. Who would want to kidnap Jacques and why?
Nancy Polk Hall’s Call of the Blackbird is an intriguing mystery novel that will grab your attention from page one. The characters are well-developed and fascinating. The chemistry between Carrie Mitchell and Paul de Merle is unmistakable, and this gives the story a hint of romance. The chapters are well structured and the author’s literary style is descriptive. Readers can almost feel as if they are in the car with Carrie as she navigates the scenic French setting. One gets the same feeling when she explores the Chateau de Merle in the Auvergne. The dialogue is suspenseful and authentic, which helps set the mood of the story. Call of the Blackbird will transport you to 1980s France and immerse you in a mystery that dates back to the mid-1940s and it’s an enjoyable read!