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“It’s as though death follows us.”


Boston, winter of 1805, is a challenge for former residents of milder climes. Jeffrey and Georgina Chadwick are not finding Boston to be the bustling, commercial center they had expected when they decided to make it their new home. 


Used to Great Britain’s milder weather, they did not  expect the bitter Boston winter. They didn’t anticipate that Boston citizens would still feel animosity towards loyalists. After all, the revolution ended more than twenty years earlier. They certainly didn’t expect to find a dead body in their new rental. 


But Jeffrey’s reputation as a solver of problems has followed him from their sojourn in Cape Breton. The victim’s father, a prosperous merchant, hires him to find who and why someone killed his son, who hadn’t even been in Boston for the past two years. In their search for information, Jeffrey and Georgina must dig deep for suspects. 


As the Chadwicks try to focus on the new murder, they must also deal with setting up a new home, helping two girls cope with loss, and finding their way in a town that speaks the same language but is really part of a different nation. 


Then the murderer decides they are getting too close.



“It’s as though death follows us."


Their Winter Burn. A strange new city, a bitter winter and a dead body. Boston in 1805 is not what they expected.



Their Chilling Fall 

Travel in 1804 is perilous at best and the ship on which the Chadwicks are travelling is veered off course in a fierce storm that deposits them on Cape Breton. Among the flotsam left on the beach by the storm, are several dead bodies, one full of knife wounds.

Georgina and Jeffrey’s plans have taken a hard left into chaos. Instead of the city they expected, they are in the wilderness of Nova Scotia, instead of preparing for the winter, they are charged with a murder investigation and then there are the orphans. Surely the winter can’t be that long!



I’ve read all 3 books in the series, each one better than the last. Masking Enemies is well written, combining history, romance, intrigue, and charming characters (okay, some not so charming, but that’s what makes it a good read). I am happy to recommend the whole series to anyone who historical novels.



I was surprised at how much these books drew me in. The characters are so well developed you feel like you know them.


Nice “who done it” adventure story with descriptive writing,that definitely puts you into the harshness of the 1800’s. Easy reading storyline.


Masking Enemies is a real page-turner! I do not read a lot of books in this genre, but this author has captured my imagination by creating characters I really care about and transporting me to another time and place. I have now read all three of the "ENEMIES" series, and "MASKING ENEMIES" is by far the best. I highly recommend the entire series to other readers.



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Mary Ann Trail is an author, traveler, mother and lover of history. A history major in college, she is a lifelong resident of southern New Jersey, where she spent most of her professional life as a college librarian.  She loves living equidistant from the Philadelphia and Newark International airports—both jumping off points for travel that allows her to explore, first hand, the settings for her stories. Frequent trips to England with her sister fanned her interest in English history as they strolled through Bath, followed Roman roads in Wales, and wandered prehistoric mounds in Dorset.

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