The year is 1862, the Civil War is underway, and the Llyr sisters of Seneca Falls, NY, find themselves in the thick of things. Bronwen, who is a trained Pinkerton agent, will work as an agent for the north, while Kathryn, a nurse, is going to enroll with Dorothea Dix. the sisters go to Washington, DC, a busy city where there are sympathizers for both the Confederacy and the Union.

Bronwen soon finds herself meeting with some of the most important figures in the Union as she is asked to take on a dangerous mission. Kathryn, however, has problemsaccording to Dorothea Dixs stringent rules, she is too young and pretty to be a successful nurse. However, she will not rest until she can do her part for the Union.

Civil War buffs and history lovers as well as mystery fans will find SISTERS OF CAIN a most intriguing read. The story rings with historic authenticity and the espionage adventures will have you glued to the pages. (Aug., 384 pp., $6.99—Hardcover published September 2000)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg