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"An ambitious, satisfying historical mystery." Kirkus Reviews

"Engaging, fully developed characters bring us back to another century to pose thought-provoking questions about social norms and challenging authority." Foreword Magazine

"Sullivan brings the pace of the thriller within a mystery that has many turns. Graven Images is a page turner that will leave fans on the edge of their seat." Suspense Magazine

"The portrait of a closed society in Graven Images is fascinating in itself. Add a few juicy secrets, a couple of murders, and an engaging midwife/sleuth and you have an engrossing mystery novel that will leave readers wanting more."

          Kathy Lynn Emerson, author of How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries

"In Graven Images, Eleanor Sullivan transcends the usual historical mystery by reminding us that it takes more than laws to safeguard the rights of women--it takes courageous hearts. The result is a book both thought-provoking and entertaining."
               Joanna Campbell Slan, author of The Jane Eyre Chronicles

"Graven Images is a beautifully written, intricately crafted mystery that will keep you guessing right to its rousing conclusion.  Prepare to be drawn into the intriguing world of the Separatists and utterly beguiled by Adelaide, the midwife, healer, and indomitable woman sleuth who solves murder in a society where you'd least expect it.  Highly recommended!"
            Sue Owens Wright, Braced for Murder (The Beanie and Cruiser Mysteries)

From the Author

Ever wondered what life was like in the early 19th century? Come along with me to experience the work and lives of 19th century settlers in a rural Ohio village who escaped religious persecution in their native Germany to carve a prosperous community out of the wilderness. Into this world comes Adelaide, a spunky, determined midwife, and her husband, Benjamin, who wants only to preserve harmony. Until murder interrupts their lives.

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  • File Size: 2503 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1939288118
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: October 9, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FRS2B9S
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ELEANOR SULLIVAN is the author of Singular Village Mysteries set in 1830s Zoar, Ohio, a village settled by her ancestors after their escape from religious persecution in Germany. The series feature a midwife, her cabinet-maker husband, and the town's leader, Eleanor's distant grandfather. The stories--and the murders in them--are fictitious; the town and its history are real! Graven Images is the second book in the series, following the release of Cover Her Body.

In her former life, Eleanor was dean of a university school of nursing, president of the world's largest nursing organization, editor of a prestigious professional journal, and author of award-winning books for nurses as well as a medical mystery series. Eleanor is a past member of the national board of Sisters in Crime and is an active member of Mystery Writers of America.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
Graven Images
Eleanor Sullivan
Yesteryear Press/Wyatt-MacKenzie, Sep 1 2013, $14.99
ISBN: 9781939288110

In 1833 the Separatists distrust outsiders staying at the hotel in their Zoar, Ohio village. Impoverished traveling artist Sebastian proves what the rigid leaders believe when they learn he has painted portraits of their girls. When the sinner is hung in a barn, the community rejects one of their members could be a killer; so they look outside and decide Irish tinker Egan killed Sebastian.

Midwife Adelaide Bechtmann does not accept the rationale that none of their pious people would violate God's Commandment: "Thou shalt not kill." Instead she remains open-minded, but knows she must tread lightly on her inquiry into the death of the artist; as she recently angered her husband Benjamin and the leaders when she investigated the drowning of a teenager (see Cover Her Body).

The second Singular Village historical mystery is a superb nineteenth century amateur sleuth that brings to life the rigid Separatist community in which followers must fully adhere to all edicts. Adelaide is a wonderful protagonist as her conscience to learn the truth and her need to improve herself and her community battle with her desire to obey the sect's rules. Although readers will need to adjust to a horde of characters introduced rapidly at the beginning, this is a refreshing Americana whodunit.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Geisz on March 30, 2014
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This book is even better than the last. ("Cover Her Body")I love the character development and the mystery. I also absolutely love the setting - the Separatist village of Zoar. I learned a lot about their beliefs and customs while enjoying the well-written mystery. It's fun to watch the protagonist Adelaide struggle with what she believes and how she sees herself fitting into her community. Definitely recommend.
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By Mary on December 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
Strangers are unsettling the inhabitants of Zoar, Ohio. First there is the artist painting portraits of attractive women and young girls in the community, even though such images are considered blasphemy by the sect's strict leader Josef Bimmeler. Next is the family of Irish travelers (gypsies) who are camped outside the village.

When one of these strangers is murdered and another suspected of the killing, Adelaide gets involved. Adelaide is a young midwife and herbalist with a passion for doing the right thing. Her community's leaders have a passion for protecting the community. They see all outsiders as a threat.

Adelaide has to navigate the strictures of her society in pursuit of the truth. Along the way, she is trying to improve her midwifery skills, be a good wife to Benjamin, raise their young daughter, and be a loving sister and helpful neighbor to a number of troubled souls. Adelaide has a lot on her plate.

Can Adelaide expose the real killer without endangering the well-being of her community? Can Adelaide seek justice without incurring harsh sanctions from her community's leader?

I stayed up way too late reading Graven Images because I had to find out what happened next. The compelling plot, engaging characters, and interesting historical context make a satisfying package for historical mystery lovers.
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In Graven Images, the second book in A Singular Village Mystery Series, seasoned author Eleanor Sullivan takes the reader on a journey into the life stories and issues within the Society of Separatists in Zoar, Ohio circa 1830. Unlike many historical mysteries and thrillers that overuse narrative to describe the setting, Sullivan has a nearly flawless ability to paint a detailed picture of the era through well-crafted, period dialogue in the voices of her characters and the internal dialogue of their private thoughts. The reader sees, hears, smells and feels with the characters. The author has created an intimate look back in time that respectfully portrays the religious struggles and issues, the simple pleasures of everyday life, and the work to build a successful community that will shelter and sustain its members. As a fellow author and avid reader,this book is extremely well written, the story draws the reader into the period, and the compelling characters provide vibrant splashes of color. The reader is in for special treat -- a rare look at life in the United States at a turning point in time.

Pamela Triolo, author of Death Without Cause: A Health Care Mystery
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