April 24, 2019

#BookReview for Charity's Burden (Quaker Midwife Mystery #4) by Edith Maxwell

Synopsis: Quaker midwife Rose Carroll seeks the true cause of a young mother's death
The winter of 1889 is harsh in Amesbury, Massachusetts, but it doesn't stop Quaker midwife Rose Carroll from making the rounds to her pregnant and postpartum mothers.

When Charity Skells dies from an apparent early miscarriage, Rose wonders about the symptoms that don't match the diagnosis.

She learns that Charity's husband may be up to no good with a young woman whose mother appears to offer illegal abortions. A disgraced physician in town does the same, and Charity's cousin seems to have a nefarious agenda.

With several suspects emerging, each with their own possible motives, Rose and police detective Kevin Donovan race against time to solve the case before another innocent life is taken.
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About the Author:  
Edith Maxwell is President of the New England chapter of Sisters in Crime and a long-time member of the Society of Friends. She is the author of the Local Foods Mysteries and writes the Country Store Mysteries under the pseudonym Maddie Day.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
My Review: It seems this is cozy mystery week.  Here is another one this one book four! Although I have not read the first three books I think this one did a great job.  I was never lost or anything and this one is pretty much fully contained so that you don't have to read the first three books.  This cozy mystery was a little more out there than some of them that I've read.  It talks about abortion and sexual practices in this time period.  I think that if you are interested in those kinds of things then check this one out.  

Go Into This One Knowing: Abortion, Sexual Practices 

Praise for the Quaker Midwife Mysteries:
Turning the Tide is a 2018 Agatha Award Nominee for Best Historical Novel
"Engaging."―Publishers Weekly
"[A] smart new series from the prolific Maxwell."―Booklist
"Maxwell ... introduces a series heroine whose struggles with the tenets of her Quaker faith make her strong and appealing. The author also imparts authentic historical detail to depict life in a 19th-century New England factory town."―Library Journal
"First of hopefully many more to come, I believe that everyone will definitely enjoy this stand-out book."―Suspense Magazine
"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
"Rose Carroll is a richly crafted and appealing sleuth. A terrific historical read."―Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author
"The historical setting is redolent and delicious, the townspeople engaging, and the plot a proper puzzle, but it's Rose Carroll―midwife, Quaker, sleuth―who captivates in this irresistible series debut."―Catriona McPherson, award-winning author of the Dandy Gilver series
"Maxwell introduces a fascinating new heroine with her Quaker midwife Rose Carroll."―Victoria Thompson, bestselling author of Murder on St. Nicolas Ave.
"[Rose's] strong personality combined with the author's distinctive voice and vivid writing style transported me instantly to another time and place."―Kathy Lynn Emerson, Malice Domestic 2014 Guest of Honor and author of How to Write Killer Historical MysteriesMurder in the Queen's Wardrobe, and the Diana Spaulding 1888 Mysteries
"The book is an intelligent, well-researched story with compelling characters and a fast-moving plot. Excellent!"―Suspense Magazine
"A riveting historical mystery featuring a refreshingly different kind of heroine, a Quaker midwife who also solves crimes with wit, intelligence, and gentle grace. It's a page turner. It's a fascinating look at nineteenth-century American faith, culture, and small-town life. And best of all, it's the second of what is sure to be a long and beloved series."―William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Cape Cod and The Lincoln Letter

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