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Review | Delivering the Truth

Delivering the Truth

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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.

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Hott Review:

Though I’ve tried for quite some time, I just can’t seem to finish Delivering the Truth.

The mystery is a ​good one. Someone started a fire that killed several and Rose is looking for the perpetrator.

There is a sweet romance between Rose and the local doctor. They’re adorable if a bit awkward.

I think one of my biggest issues with Delivering the Truth are that the thees and the thys in Minnie’s speech were difficult to get used to. Every time she spoke I had t ore-read it to make sure I was understanding correctly. I also felt that the story was very slow. I just kept wishing she’d get to the point.

While Delivering the Truth wasn’t for me, I did buy a copy for a friend who loves cozies and she devoured and raved about it.


Author: Edith Maxwell
Source: NetGalley
Publisher & Date: April 8th 2016 by Midnight Ink
Genre: Historical Fiction, Cozy Mystery
ISBN: 0738747521 (ISBN13: 9780738747521)
Pages: 312
Grade: DNF
Setting: ​Amesbury & Newburyport, Massachusetts 1888
Series: Quaker Midwife Mystery #1

Author Bio:

Edith MaxwellEdith Maxwell is an Agatha-nominated mystery author. MURDER MOST FOWL, book four in her Local Foods Mystery series, releases in 2016. Edith once owned and operated the smallest certified-organic farm in Essex County, Massachusetts.

Edith also writes the historical Quaker Midwife Mysteries. DELIVERING THE TRUTH, featuring a Quaker midwife sleuth in 1888, releases in April, 2016. Edith is Clerk of Amesbury Friends Meeting. Her story, “A Questionable Death,” is nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Short Story.

As Maddie Day, Edith writes the Country Store Mysteries set in southern Indiana. GRILLED FOR MURDER releases in 2016.

BLUFFING IS MURDER, the second in Edith’s Lauren Rousseau mystery series (written as Tace Baker), features a Quaker linguistics professor. Edith holds a PhD in linguistics.

Her short stories have appeared in more than a dozen juried anthologies and magazines. She is active in Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime and is the Vice President of SINC New England.

Edith, a fourth-generation Californian, has two grown sons and lives in an antique house north of Boston with her beau, their three cats, a small organic garden, and some impressive garden statuary. She worked as a software technical writer for almost two decades but now writes fiction full time.

Websites & Links: Edith Maxwell's website Edith Maxwell's twitter Edith Maxwell's facebook

* info & image from edithmaxwell.com


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