Wednesday, April 12, 2017

BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: Called To Justice (Quaker Midwife Mystery #2) by Edith Maxwell

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Called to Justice (A Quaker Midwife Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Midnight Ink (April 8, 2017)
Paperback: 312 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738750323

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Synopsis: 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?

Review: This is the second book in the historical Quaker Midwife cozy mystery series. Once again, we are transported to the 1800s in Amesbury, Massachusetts and the life of Rose Carroll.  Shortly after Rose learns that an unmarried mill girl, Hannah, is pregnant, Hannah is shot and killed in the middle of a crowd during Independence Day fireworks. Rose is determined to find who killed her, and why....and even more so after another Quaker (and former slave) is arrested for the crime.

Not only do we get to watch Rose do her best to solve the murder, 
we also get a glimpse into her work as a midwife with a variety of clients. Once again, the poet John Greenleaf Whittier plays a role as a supporting character.

There are many twists and turns to this story as Rose tries to put all the pieces of the puzzle in their proper places. The final reveal wasn't a total surprise for me, but it took me a great deal of the book before I settled on a suspect.

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher with no expectation of a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

Rating: Four stars

About the author
 photo Maxwell-199x300_zpsyr5580n9.jpg 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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Robin Coxon said...

This series of Edith Maxwell's is one of my favorites. I have a cousin who is a midwife but can only imagine what it was like to be a midwife back at that time. Thanks for providing information by hosting Edith Maxwell and her latest book. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

Kathleen C. said...

i am a fan of Edith Maxwell and this series is great. I am excited about the newest book. I enjoy the era and the setting...definitely unique. Thanks for joining in on the giveaway opportunity.

diannekc said...

Sounds like a great read. Like the Quaker midwife storyline.