Book #3 “Incident at Exeter Depot” in stores March 20th! Finally!!
Exeter residents (and beyond) have been learning some hidden history of their town by reading the first two books in this historical-fiction mystery series, and now the series is complete.
In the newest cozy-caper, you will be introduced to Black entrepreneur, John Garrison Cutler, in whose honor a plaque was recently installed on his building at 127 Water Street. Cutler was what we now call an “influencer.” Alongside his story is a group of Exeter Suffragettes who are working hard to get Women’s Suffrage passed on the 1903 Exeter town ballot. Yes, Women’s Suffrage was on the ballot in 1903! It is no spoiler to say that it did not pass then, but they persisted. Author RM Allen’s “Incident at Exeter Depot” helps you learn about this exciting era in Exeter.
Speaking of historical eras in Exeter, it is clear that we are in one right at this moment. Not only is the world dealing with a pandemic, but in addition America is waking up to an updated version of history. Exeter is no exception. The fact is that of all of the places in New Hampshire, Exeter had the highest percentage of Blacks directly after the Revolutionary War, when almost ten Black soldiers settled here and raised their children and grandchildren.
This well-researched trilogy introduces you to a few of Exeter residents in three important eras: Revolutionary War, Abolitionist, and Women’s Suffrage. You will also meet some memorable women of both yesterday and today, including Maryvonne the sleuth. She zips around town following clues and talking to folks who may seem oddly familiar to you; barbers, police officers, selectmen, historians.
Much of this revealed history of Exeter has been hidden in plain sight for a long time. All trilogy profits donated to a project to put Exeter’s Black history on the map. Literally. More information at https://rm-allen.com/park-project-2021/
This final book will join the first two (“Incident at Exeter Tavern” and “Incident at Ioka”) at Water Street Bookstore in Exeter on March 20th, just in time for the annual Exeter LitFest weekend celebration on April 1-3. It is also available on Amazon/Kindle here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08XM32YVG
Thanks for your interest in changing the narrative, my Sisters.