Hello, everyone, I just signed on. Kate: Glad to be aboard. Jordan: Please don't eat me. I have a specific question, and I was hoping I could get some advice and suggestions from members of this group. I've just finished a Civil War historical novel. The novel is set in Richmond, Virginia, and it involves the "Richmond underground," the pro-Union spy ring operated by Elizabeth Van Lew. However, my novel is told from the point of view of young Josey Holmes, the daughter of one of the members of the ring, and it purports to be her memoirs written years later. I'm trying to find titles of books that might be similar to mine (for purposes of querying agents). The chief issue I have is not topic but tone. There are several recent books on point in terms of topic, but I'm not sure they make very good comparables. My book in many places is comic (I hope) and there's a great deal of whimsy. Josey engages in good-natured banter with her love interest, a captain and a Union scout, who in turn trades barbs with his Scots sidekick, a doctor who's given to making references to obscure Celtic saints, whorehouses, and prostitutes, and who enjoys a "wee drappie o' the malt." Although there are serious matters--an escape on the part of Union soldiers from a brutal Confederate prison in Richmond, a Union raid on Richmond in the late stages of the war, and in particular an assassination plot against Lincoln that Josey helps to foil--there's a strong undercurrent of humor and jocose irony, with lots of repartee. (Let me mention here that my all-time favorite novel is John Barth's The Sot-Weed Factor, and I think the style is heavily influenced by him and that book.) I believe what I was trying to accomplish in the novel was to suggest that even in times of crisis and tragedy, people make human connections with others through humor and raillery, as well as through love and admiration. So, any thoughts? Can anyone steer me to one or more books that might be similar?