Sunday, April 8, 2018

Turning the Tide by Edith Maxwell

"An intriguing look at life in 19th-century New England, a heroine whose goodness guides all her decisions, and a mystery that surprises."--Kirkus Reviews

A suffragist is murdered in Rose Carroll's Massachusetts town

Excitement runs high during presidential election week in 1888. The Woman Suffrage Association plans a demonstration and movement leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton comes to town to rally the troops, one of whom is Quaker midwife Rose Carroll. But the next morning, Rose finds the dead body of the group's local organizer.

Rose can't help wanting to know who committed the murder, and she quickly discovers several people who have motives. The victim had planned to leave her controlling husband, and a promotion had cost her male colleague his job. She'd also recently spurned a fellow suffragist's affections. After Rose's own life is threatened, identifying the killer takes on a personal sense of urgency.


About The Author

Edith Maxwell is an Agatha-nominated and national bestselling mystery author who writes the Local Foods Foods Mysteries. Book five, MULCH ADO ABOUT MURDER, releases in 2017. Edith once owned and operated the smallest certified-organic farm in Essex County, Massachusetts.

Maxwell also writes the historical Quaker Midwife Mysteries. DELIVERING THE TRUTH, featuring a Quaker midwife sleuth in 1888, released in 2016 and is nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Historical Mystery. Her story, "The Mayor and the Midwife," is the second Rose Carroll story to be nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Short Story. CALLED TO JUSTICE releases in 2017.

As Maddie Day, Edith writes the Country Store Mysteries set in southern Indiana. WHEN THE GRITS HIT THE FAN released in 2017.

Maddie Day also writes the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries, with MURDER ON CAPE COD debuting in 2018.

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 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.


My Review

e careful the author has brought our midwife Quaker Rose back, and unfortunately bodies seem to follow her too. We are in the 1880’s Massachusetts, and we are at historical meetings and suffragette demonstrations with some famous people.
I loved reading about how hard these women fought to get the vote, and how some men were so against it, really makes you think, and also what a lot take for granted.
We go to the deliveries of new babies, and wonder if Rose and
David will be able to go ahead and have their wedding, forces sure do seem to be against them. One good thing, it does look like there may be another book to answer some of these questions, and that makes me happy!
I enjoyed this story, and wasn’t sure of the who done it until the very end.
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Midnight Ink, and was not required to give a positive review

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