In The Spotlight: Donald Smith’s The Constable’s Tale

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SpotlightHello, All,

Welcome to another edition of In The Spotlight. As this is posted, it’s Independence Day in the US. So I thought it might be interesting to take a look at what life in Colonial America might have been like. Let’s do that, and turn today’s spotlight on Donald Smith’s The Constable’s Tale.

It’s 1758 in the colony of North Carolina, and plantation owner James Henry ‘Harry’ Woodyard is serving his term as a Royal Constable for Craven County. His work consists mostly of settling the occasional drunken quarrel, catching petty thieves, and other small matters. He is conscientious and tries to behave ethically; but he’s also hoping that loyal service in this capacity will make him eligible to move up in North Carolina’s social ranks.

Everything changes one day when an itinerant peddler makes a horrifying discovery. Edward and Anne Campbell and their son have been found…

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