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About the Author

Edith Maxwell (Amesbury, MA) is the vice-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, the Lauren Rousseau Mysteries, and the Country Store Mysteries. She blogs at wickedcozyauthors.com.

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  • Series: A Quaker Midwife Mystery (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Midnight Ink (April 8, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738747521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738747521
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a wonderful book! I was so happy to settle in this weekend and read Edith Maxwell's new book! I'm thoroughly enjoying her Local Foods mystery series and was introduced to Quaker midwife, Rose Carroll in her short story, “A Questionable Death.” "Delivering the Truth" is a tightly written mystery novel, with great historical detail, and wonderfully drawn characters. From the opening paragraph, I was drawn into this new world and invested in the people. Edith deftly interweaves information on being a Quaker, from beliefs and practices, into the fabric of the story. Rose Carroll is a great new sleuthing heroine, and especially compelling because of her role as a midwife. The resolution of the story is unexpected and very effective. I've already loaned my copy to my sister, but can hardly wait for it to come back home, so that I can re-read this. Transport yourself into a new time and place - well worth the journey! The next book in the series can't come soon enough!
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What an excellent book. I so love mysteries, that also teach me something! This book is a banquet, I learned a lot about the Quakers, the history of Amesbury, MA, and midwifes of the period. I also read an interesting story and a great mystery! I think it is a great talent to incorporate all these things while giving us great character, I really love Rose Carroll, an great supporting cast of family and friends and a community to care about. Ingrained in all of this is a great mystery which includes twists and a reminder that not everything has just a simple ending, I had part of this figured but not really the whole thing which is a delight in a mystery. I found myself very invested in this story and cannot wait for the next installment!!!!
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Delivering the Truth by Edith Maxwell, is finally out. As a midwife, Rose Carroll gets to go into houses all over town. Not just the houses but the bedrooms, and the private lives. It’s a perfect set up for a detective. As a Quaker she has a strong sense of justice.
I love books in which real historical people appear as secondary characters. John Greenleaf Whittier is the kindly mentor and the voice of conscience.
I love books with a strong sense of place. Edith has done her research on the town renowned for the manufacture of fine carriages.
I love strong women protagonists who still seem a part of the time in which the author has set them. Rose is one of my favorites.
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Edith Maxwell weaves several strands together skillfully. She creates a strong and charming sense of time and place, with many detsils. She shows the differences in class and outlook. She creates a protagonist (Rose, the curious midwife) who is appealing and to whom we can relate but who does not seem out of place in her time and place. The midwife role allows for a much freer movement across class and gender than most women could have had, and makes the midwife's role in solving the mystery sensible. Finally, the mystery itself is well constructed and not too obvious. All in all, an excellent historical cozy mystery. I look forward to the next one!
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This is my first book of the midwife series and I enjoyed it very much. I liked the setting of late 1800s New England and the historical references. I am aware of the Quakers and this book provided an interesting look in as inside the culture. Fun reading.
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Veteran cozy author Edith Maxwell introduces readers to Rose Carroll, a young Quaker midwife, whose work brings her into contact with every level of society and every kind of intimate secret. Set in 1888 in Amesbury, Massachusetts, this mystery is compellingly written with interesting characters and fascinating narrative. Maxwell draws the reader into the story by mixing arson, domestic violence, and family intrigue with historical events such as a huge fire destroying carriage factories, historical figures such as Quaker poet John Greenleaf Whittier, and medical details such as the new attention to reducing germs through handwashing and cough protection. There are enough characters and threads to keep the reader guessing how they will weave together in the end, and there are lots of historical details and descriptions that enrich but do not overwhelm the story. Rose Carroll, who impatience and inquisitiveness are decidedly un-Quaker-like, is a very likable heroine whom readers will want to follow in future installments in this Quaker Midwife Mystery series. Highly recommended.
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I highly recommend Delivering the Trutth. Edith Maxwell has given us a complex interesting main character in Rose Carroll. She is a strong and independent woman who still follows traditional manners. The historical aspects are fascinating. I found the Quaker traditions very interesting. Minor characters are involved and believable. The mystery plot was well crafted with lots of twists and turns. The ending left me wanting more, which is what a good book should do.
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Start of a wonderful new series. Can't wait until the next one comes out. Light reading with lots of characters though. You may need an index card in the book to keep track of them. Loved, loved , loved it!!!
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