Delivering the Truth (A Quaker Midwife Mystery)
Publisher: Midnight Ink (April 8, 2016)
Paperback: 312 pages
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.
This was definitely a different type of historical cozy for me as the main character is a Quaker and it took a little time to get in groove of the “thee and thy’s”. However, I enjoyed reading a book where the protagonist is a midwife and of the Quaker faith, it was interesting to learn a bit about this faith.
Now when it comes to the murders….I had no idea. I had some suspicions but those suspicions jumped from character to character as the story progressed. I don’t think I ever suspected the correct person!
Rose does have a suitor for her affections and I will be very interested to see how this plays out in future books since he is not a Quaker but has no problems with her faith. His mother may be another story!
We give the book 4 paws up and await the next installment!
About the Author
Agatha-nominated and Amazon best-selling author Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife series, 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.