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The Witch Hunter's Tale: A Midwife Mystery (The Midwife's Tale) Paperback – December 15, 2015
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“Thomas's outstanding third mystery featuring midwife Bridget Hodgson offers a powerful portrayal of collective madness. . . . How [Bridget] handles tough moral choices helps make this entry the best to date.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Thomas's follow-up to The Harlot's Tale does not disappoint. With authentic historical details and fascinating characters, this book will draw readers deep into the elaborate world of 17th-century England, midwives, and witch hunts.” ―Library Journal (starred review)
“Besides making his heroine a plausible sleuth, Thomas conveys the challenges of midwifery without clumsy exposition.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Harlot's Tale
“As pleasurable as his mystery is, the true thrill here is Thomas's lively portrait of 1644 York and his unique heroine.” ―Cleveland Plain Dealer on The Midwife's Tale
“A briskly plotted historical mystery starring a pair of brave, tenacious, intelligent women who take no prisoners and make no apologies.” ―Lyndsay Faye, author of Gods of Gotham
“Thomas is a historian by profession and it shows in the wealth of detail with which he recreates the city of York amid the turmoil of the English civil war.” ―Rhys Bowen, author of the bestselling Royal Spyness series
“A heart-stopping page-turner coupled with a gritty and realistic portrayal of two strong and contrasting woman characters vividly depicted against the backdrop of the besieged city of York.” ―Cora Harrison, author of I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend
“The gripping story, fascinating characters, and intriguing era make Thomas's debut mystery a reader's delight.” ―Priscilla Royal, author of The Killing Season
“Thomas's fiction debut is packed with fascinating information about a midwife's skills and life during the English civil war. The ingenious, fast-paced mystery is a bonus.” ―Kirkus Reviews on The Midwife's Tale
“Everything rings true in historian Thomas's superb first mystery. . . Authentic details of life in 17th-century York complement the whodunit's intelligently concealed clues.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred) on The Midwife's Tale
About the Author
SAM THOMAS teaches history at University School near Cleveland, Ohio. He has received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Neweberry Library, and the British Academy. He has published academic articles on topics ranging from early modern Britain to colonial Africa. Thomas lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio, with his wife and two children.
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This is one book I could not put down. It was wonderful.