Caught in the Act
Caught in the Act, the second of Nixon’s books, shares the adventures of six Irish-American siblings. Right before the Civil War, these siblings move from the slums of New York to new homes on the Frontier.
This mystery focuses on 11-year-old Mike Kelley. A German immigrant farmer – more interested in acquiring cheap labor than a new family member – chooses Mike. When Mike overhears Friedrich and his wife discussing their fear of retribution over a man’s death, he suspects foul play.
Mike further suspects foul play when his best friend Reuben, an educated farmhand, disappears after a loud altercation with the overseer. Author Nixon believably pieces together this puzzle as she reveals the real motivations of father and son.
(This book stands on its own, so it is not necessary to have read the first book in the series.)