An expensive real estate development is halted when contractors find an ancient relic. The state of Maryland insists that archaeologists must determine the historical value of the site before construction proceeds.
Frank Light, a famous archaeologist, is sent by his university to study the site - a mudflat on an old farm. The relic appears to be part of an old ship, but a local black pastor insists the site covers a graveyard for slaves.
As he works, Light changes from a stuffy, well-contented professor into a man searching for his honor. He and a fellow historian - a female former student - fight for the right to uncover and preserve a terrible mystery she considers “amazing”. When financial and racial interests terrorize them, they realize the age-old lesson in life: Truth comes with a very high price in murder.
Slave Graves is the first book of the acclaimed River Sunday Romance Mystery series by Thomas Hollyday. The author’s unique Chesapeake voice once again gives us an exciting listen about the people, their beliefs and legends, the animals, and the grasping mud and black water wetlands of this mysterious American region. His other critically acclaimed novels include Magnolia Gods, Powerboat Racer, Gold, Terror Flower, China Jewel, and Easter Sunday.
Each book, introducing new memorable characters and retains the simple and beautiful lifestyle, history, and beauty of the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Powerful subjects such as freedom, atomic war, racism, religion, terror, sailing, and family love are approached. Stories are insightful and well-researched, with technical expertise, humor, and fast-moving action.
River Sunday Romance Mysteries are suitable for teen and older listeners. They have no strong language, and romantic descriptions are clean and suitable for family listening, discussion, and enjoyment. The author Thomas Hollyday has spent years working for animals rights.