Taken Too Soon (Paperback)
A new book in the Agatha Award-winning series by Edith Maxwell
Quaker midwife Rose Carroll must turn her investigative skills on her own family when a young woman's murder stuns a New England community . . .
Following a long betrothal, midwife Rose Carroll and her beloved David are finally celebrating their marriage with friends and relatives, when a most disturbing telegram interrupts the festivities: the young ward of Rose's aunt has suffered a mysterious death, and Rose's help is needed urgently on Cape Cod. Reluctantly agreeing to mix her honeymoon plans with murder, Rose embarks on an investigation that will expose family secrets and a community's bigotry.
As Rose does her best to comfort her aunt in her loss and also learn as much as possible about the poor young victim's death, she discovers that each new clue points to a confounding list of suspects: a close friend of the victim who may have harbored secret resentments, an estranged brother of David's with an unsavory reputation, and the son of a Native American midwife who supposedly led the young woman astray. And as Rose grows closer to identifying the perpetrator, the solution will rattle her assumptions about her own family and faith . . .
Praise for the Quaker Midwife Mysteries:
"Through Quaker Rose Carroll's resourceful sleuthing-and her midwifery-we are immediately immersed in the fascinating peculiarities, tensions and secrets of small-town life in late-19th-century Amesbury." -Susanna Calkins, author of the award-winning Lucy Campion Mysteries and the Speakeasy Mysteries
"Edith Maxwell's latest Quaker midwife mystery teems with authentic period detail that fascinates as it transports the reader back to a not-so-simple time. A complex, subtle, and finely told tale, Judge Thee Not's sensitive portraits and vivid descriptions, along with Rose Carroll's humanity, intelligence, and-yes-snooping, make this a sparkling addition to a wonderful series. A sublimely delightful read." -James W. Ziskin, author of the award-winning Ellie Stone Mysteries
"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 . . ." -Catriona McPherson, Agatha-, Anthony- and Macavity-winning author of the Dandy Gilver series
"Not only is it a well-plotted, intelligent mystery, it also shines light on how women were treated-and, in many cases, mistreated-by people they trusted for help in desperate situations. Highly recommended." -Suspense Magazine
"Clever and stimulating novel . . . masterfully weaves a complex mystery." -Open Book Society
"Riveting historical mystery . . . a] fascinating look at nineteenth-century American faith, culture, and small-town life." -William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Cape Cod and The Lincoln Letter
"Elegant and well-crafted, rich in period detail, Edith Maxwell's latest foray is a stunner " -Susanna Calkins, author of the award-winning Lucy Campion Mysteries and the Speakeasy Mysteries, on Judge Thee Not
About the Author:
Agatha Award-winning author Edith Maxwell writes the Amesbury-based Quaker Midwife historical mysteries, the Lauren Rousseau Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and short crime fiction. As Maddie Day she writes the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries.
A long-time Quaker and former doula, Maxwell lives north of Boston with her beau, two elderly cats, and an impressive array of garden statuary. She blogs at WickedAuthors.com and KillerCharacters.com. Read about all her personalities and her work at edithmaxwell.com.