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Warm Springs Mystery
(Doce Blant Publishing, 2020) 
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Based on events in 1945, Warm Springs Mystery grips the reader with a historical adventure that reveals what really happened during Franklin Roosevelt's final visit to his favorite presidential retreat.

Rumors fly and danger stalks Washington, DC. Novelist Mickey Mathews and his friend Frank Tuttle, the former career Army officer, have again been called in to partner with the FBI. Using his intuitive sense for sniffing out wrongdoing, Mickey realizes the threat is real and imminent. When the target is discovered to be President Roosevelt, time is of the essence. Mickey soon realizes assassins may be hiding in plain sight aboard the presidential train. Once he and Frank arrive in Warm Springs, they must face kidnappers, traitors, and killers. Will they be able to unravel in time the dangerous web that leads to the possible assassination of the President?

 

The answers are waiting inside the pages of Warm Springs Mystery.

 

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Warm Springs Mystery: REVIEWS

Always Entertaining!

Gary Russell on March 10, 2021

In the fourth installment of the Mickey Mathews Mysteries, Mickey and Frank leave my home state of Michigan for exciting adventures in Warm Springs Georgia, as part of the team of federal agents protecting President Franklin Roosevelt while he’s at his Washington escape the “Little White House.” The familiar venues are different, but the intrigue and drama are better than ever. And the plot is more complex, but never confusing and always entertaining. In the end they return to Michigan to await creation of next installment. I have no idea where that will take place, but I’m eager to find out. 

History and entertainment

Beth Willoughby on February 6, 2021

Jim Sargent captured the essence of mid-1940s in time and place. The manner of speech, the culture differences between Michigan and the deep South, the reverence for and protection of President Franklin Roosevelt by the general public, the uniqueness of travel by train--all a wonderful background for a fast-paced mystery...can Mickey, Frank and Tommy thwart an assassination attempt on the President? These three friends try to solve another mystery--a good entertaining read.

Top notch book

Jeanann Montney January 22, 2021

Warm Springs Mystery is the second Mickey Mathews novel I have read. The Georgia setting seemed exotic to me as I live in the northern U.S. The author satisfactorily created a pictorial vista for me. Also train travel of the 1940s was adequately clarified along with the segregation of the passengers. For readers who enjoy historical mystery novels, this book is top notch. I recommend Jim Sargent’s latest narrative.

An exciting read

Bob Gorman on Nov 16, 2020

This latest entry in the Mickey Mathews series is a real humdinger. In the spring of 1945, Mickey and his partner, Frank Tuttle, travel to Warm Springs, Georgia, to stop a variety of nefarious characters - domestic and foreign - who the FBI suspects are intent on assassinating President Franklin Roosevelt while he is residing at the Little White House. Not only is it an exciting read, the location itself will be fascinating to many readers. I have been to Warm Springs on several occasions, even staying at the same hotel where our heroes are lodged, and can attest to the authenticity of place that Jim Sargent has created in his novel. So, if you love a good historical mystery with a strong sense of time and place, Warm Springs Mystery is the book for you!

President Franklin Roosevelt died of natural causes during the second week of a vacation in Warm Springs, Georgia, on April 12, 1945. Jim Sargent's latest novel stops before April 12, instead focusing on the first week of the vacation during which various aspiring assassins, unknown to each other but with a common goal, have turned up in Warm Springs for one last belch of evil that would have robbed the President of his natural death and further traumatized a war-weary nation. 

A savvy novelist-investigator trusted by Roosevelt, Mickey Matthews and his capable friend, Frank Tuttle, join the assemblage of folks riding to Warm Springs on the train that is pulling the President's bulletproof railcar dubbed the Ferdinand Magellan. The action starts on the ride down and continues for several days as Mickey and Frank assist the President's regular bodyguards in contending with false identities, cleverly disguised assassins, a damsel in need of rescue, more than one wicked woman, shootouts, and brushes with death. The evocation of the hot Southern town with its colorful cast of locals is pitch-perfect, and the detailed description of the train ride to Warm Springs and later the one back north captures the special aura of mid-century rail travel. 

This is not alternate history nor does it contradict the historical record. After all, thwarted assassination attempts don't necessarily become headlines. Jim Sargent knows the history well and he carefully places his imagined events in the unfilled chinks. We see FDR himself in several memorable scenes, and Dr. Sargent, a longtime Roosevelt scholar, perfectly captures the serenity and greatness of this unique President.

Although not a first-person narrative, the writing hews closely to Mickey's viewpoint. On the last page Frank wonders if Mickey will write about their Warm Springs adventure, which becomes a playful invitation for the reader to entertain the idea that the book in hand has somehow sprung from the pen of the protagonist himself. This highlights the fact that the novel has indeed been crafted to read like one that could have been written in the 1940s, an artifact from the same era as the story it tells. In its optimism about the triumph of good over evil, its vocabulary, dialogue, and style, the writing has been clipped of any modern day anachronisms as well as angst that would spoil the illusion that the story was composed by a forties writer, maybe even Mickey himself. You can gallop through the 400 pages without paying attention to this aspect of the writing, but if you take the time to savor the voice and style it will add to the pleasure you get from the novel.

David Hillman, Roanoke, Virginia, September 17, 2020

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