It’s the summer of 1898. The nation, just coming out
of an economic slump, has been at war with Spain
since April. And Sylvester Tilghman, sheriff of
Arahpot, Jordan County, Pennsylvania, has a murder
victim with too many enemies.
There’s Claude, who is found standing with a knife
in his hand over the body. There’s Rachel, a surly
teen who admits she intended to cause harm. Then
there’s the band of gypsies who claim the victim is
the goryo who stole one of their young women.
If this isn’t enough to complicate Tilghman’s life,
add in threats to his job, a run-in with a female horse
thief; scary predictions by a gypsy fortuneteller, and
the theft of Doc Mariner’s new motorcar, plus,
plenty of good eating, church-going and socializing.
And, before all is over, Sylvester solves the crime
and even comes a little closer to his goal of finally
marrying longtime girlfriend Lydia Longlow.