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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Delivering the Truth by Edith Maxwell

Delivering the Truth
(A Quaker Midwife Mystery)

New Series
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Midnight Ink (April 8, 2016)
Paperback: 312 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738747521


Quaker midwife Rose Carroll hears secrets and keeps confidences as she attends births of the rich and poor alike in an 1888 Massachusetts mill town. When the town’s world-famed carriage industry is threatened by the work of an arsonist, and a carriage factory owner’s adult son is stabbed to death with Rose’s own knitting needle, she is drawn into solving the mystery. Things get dicey after the same owner’s mistress is also murdered, leaving her one-week-old baby without a mother. The Quaker poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier helps Rose by lending words of advice and support. While struggling with being less than the perfect Friend, Rose draws on her strengths as a counselor and problem solver to bring two murderers to justice before they destroy the town’s carriage industry and the people who run it.

What I Thought:

This was a very entertaining read.  I really enjoy reading Edith Maxwell's writing as it flows so well.  I enjoyed this story because I really like the main character.  Rose is a wonderful midwife.  When there is a fire that destroys some carriage factories and other buildings, the chief of police asks Rose to keep her ears open for him.  Then the son of one of the carriage factory owners if found dead.  The murder weapon turns out to be one of Rose's knitting needles.  Rose has to try to figure out the killer  because some people in the town are treating her a pariah, and she doesn't want to lose business.  The plot of this story is a very good one and it kept my attention throughout.  There are many suspects I was kept guessing till the very end.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review. 

Agatha-nominated and Amazon best-selling author Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries and the Local Foods Mysteries, the Country Store Mysteries (as Maddie Day), and the Lauren Rousseau Mysteries (as Tace Baker), as well as award-winning short crime fiction. Maxwell lives north of Boston with her beau and three cats, and blogs with the other Wicked Cozy Authors. You can find her on Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, and at

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The Detective and the Midwife

Top o’ the morning to you. My name is Kevin Donovan, and I’m the police detective right here in our bustling mill town of Amesbury, Massachusetts. We have our fair share of crime, but with some luck and some leg work, we usually get the culprit behind bars before too long.

We’ve had quite the spate of misdeeds lately, though, coming on the heels of what they’re calling the Great Blizzard of 1888. I daresay they’re much more than misdeeds, too. Why, a case of arson that burned down nearly all our world-famous carriage factories and killed a few men, to boot? That was a tragedy affecting the whole town. Along came a nosy midwife who thought she had a clue or two as to the firebug. Turns out she did, and I thanked her for apprehending the disturbed young man.

Worse was a murder, the body found on the rocks where the Powow River rushes over them downstream of the mills. Stabbed he, was, and I was obliged to call Miss Rose Carroll into the station about the murder weapon, which was one of her possessions. The silly young woman is one of those Quakers, always addressing me as Kevin instead of by my rightful title, and insisting I call her Rose. Well, my sainted mother would turn in her grave if I didn’t at least add a Miss onto the name.

And then, don’t you know, another citizen of our town met an untimely end a few days later. This victim was a poor young mother, whom Miss Rose had delivered of a bastard son only a week earlier. I worked both those cases as best I could, but I couldn’t manage to stop Miss Rose from conducting her own investigation on the side, much as I tried.

In truth, she can go places and hear secrets I’d never be privy to, spending time in ladies’ bed chambers while they are in the throes of childbirth as she does. Unfortunately, Miss Rose got herself and one of her pregnant ladies in quite a  pickle recently. But this midwife is both brave and clever, and somehow managed to turn the tables on her attacker shortly before my officers and I arrived.

I’ve reluctantly come to admire Miss Rose’s forthright manner and keen curiosity. Because she’s a member of the Society of Friends, she does talk in an odd manner, but she’s always honest and upstanding. I’ll accept bits of her help, as long as she stays out of trouble from now on.

Book blurb: For Quaker midwife Rose Carroll, life in Amesbury, Massachusetts, provides equal measures of joy and tribulation. She attends to the needs of mothers and newborns even as she mourns the recent death of her sister. Likewise, Rose enjoys the giddy feelings that come from being courted by a handsome doctor, but a suspicious fire and two murders leave her fearing for the well-being of her loved ones.
Driven by her desire for safety and justice, Rose Carroll begins asking questions related to the crimes. Consulting with her friends and neighbors―including the famous Quaker poet John Greenleaf Whittier―Rose draws on her strengths as a counselor and problem solver in trying to bring the perpetrators to light.