The United States is two years into World War II and Lt. Peter Maxwell is itching for some action. He finally gets his chance aboard the ammunition ship  Liberty Hill Victory. However, he discovers to his dismay that the crew is entirely African American and has no experience handling ordinance. To add to an already tense situation, there is a murderer on board and Maxwell, along with the crew, must discover who it is and make it back to port alive-a daunting task at best.

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Patrick Culhane’s Red Sky in Morning is a great novel set in the 1940s during WWII. It harkens back to a simpler time for detective and mystery novels, when characters relied more on their wits instead of technology. Patrick Culhane does this extremely well. This novel is engaging with believable characters and a realistic plot. I encourage anyone who is a fan of detective novels to read this book-you won’t be sorry.