Author: John Greenleaf Whittier
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: 2017-04-11
Genre: Detective and mystery stories
Murder Among Friends is a collection of short mysteries inspired by the life and works of John Greenleaf Whittier. All proceeds benefit the Whittier Birthplace museum. John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892) worked, among other occupations, as a newspaper reporter and editor before his poetry propelled him into the American consciousness. But once a journalist, always a journalist. He applauded a well-reported crime as only a former editor could do. His works promoting abolitionism appealed to humanity and treated specific cases as criminal proceedings. And scattered in his prose and poetry celebrating religion and rural life are works derived from famous crimes. After all, what's a little murder among friends? Stories by Edith Maxwell, John G. Whittier, Pete Rawlik, Vicki Weisfeld, Ken Faig, Jr., William Cullen Bryant, David Bernard, Susan Oleksiw, Kristi Petersen Schoonover, Gregory L. Norris, Lucy Larcom, Rock Neelly, Celia Thaxter, Judi Calhoun, and D.G. Critchley. Introduction by Tim Coco. Edited by David Goudsward
Quaker midwife Rose Carroll discovers dark secrets in 1888 Massachusetts For Quaker midwife Rose Carroll, life in Amesbury, Massachusetts, provides equal measures of joy and tribulation. She delights in attending to the needs of mothers and newborns even as she mourns the recent death of her sister. Likewise, Rose enjoys the giddy feelings that come from being courted by a handsome doctor, but a suspicious fire and two murders leave her fearing for the well-being of her loved ones. Driven by her desire for safety and justice, Rose Carroll begins asking questions related to the crimes. Consulting with her friends and neighbors—including the famous Quaker poet John Greenleaf Whittier—Rose draws on her strengths as a counselor and problem solver in trying to bring the perpetrators to light. Praise: “First of hopefully many more to come, I believe that everyone will definitely enjoy this stand-out book.”—Suspense Magazine “A highly competent mystery.”—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.
When Hannah Breed confides to midwife Rose Carroll that she’s pregnant out of wedlock, Rose promises to help her through the pregnancy and figure out a way to break the news to her family. But that night, amid the noise and revelry of the Independence Day fireworks, Hannah 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 focusing in on the culprit only to be threatened herself. Praise: "Engaging"—Publishers Weekly "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 "Maxwell has given readers a wonderful gift with Called to Justice. It's 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
A suffragist is murdered in Quaker midwife 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. When Quaker midwife Rose Carroll finds the body of the group's local organizer the next morning, she can't help but wonder who could have committed the murder. Rose quickly discovers several people who have motives. The victim had planned to leave her controlling husband, and a recent promotion had cost a male colleague his job. She had 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. Praise for the Quaker Midwife Mysteries: "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 "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