Called to Justice
By Edith Maxwell
A Quaker Midwife Mystery #2
Midnight Ink, 2017
Quaker midwife Rose Carroll is enjoying the 1888 Independence Day evening fireworks with her beau when a teenaged Quaker mill girl is found shot dead. After a former slave and fellow Quaker is accused of the murder, Rose delves into the crime, convinced of the man’s innocence.
An ill-mannered mill manager, an Irish immigrant, and the victim’s young boyfriend come under suspicion even as Rose’s future with her handsome doctor suitor becomes unsure. Rose continues to deliver babies and listen to secrets, finally figuring out one criminal – only to be threatened by the murderer, with three lives at stake. Can she rescue herself, a baby, and her elderly midwifery teacher in time?
Called to Justice by Edith Maxwell is an impressive and enjoyable story. It is steeped in historical detail that is not only interesting, but fascinating, and I felt transported to the small factory town of Amesbury, Massachusetts of 1888. A beautiful setting, the Quaker faith, and the birthing of babies all combine to give a feeling of authenticity, and I loved the historical references to people like John Greenleaf Whittier. Characters and plot are delightfully complex, but easily readable. I became immersed in the narrative from the very beginning.
The story unfolds through the voice of Rose, a Quaker midwife. It was easy to connect with Rose, a woman devout in her faith, independent and loyal. In murder mysteries, the protagonist’s rationale for sleuthing doesn’t always seem logical, but that’s not the case here – for a fellow Quaker and former slave is falsely accused of the crime. A romantic relationship between Rose and David adds interest, as it’s not without some trouble spots. And the mystery has a surprising twist that readers will enjoy.
I loved Called to Justice and hope for many more stories to come.
I was provided a free copy of this book through Great Escapes Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Agatha-nominated and Amazon best-selling author Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries
Maxwell lives north of Boston with her beau and three cats, and blogs with the other Wicked Cozy Authors.
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