Delivering the truth

by Edith Maxwell

Other authorsGreg Newbold (Cover artist), Ellen Lawson (Cover designer), Theresa Pojar (Book format)
Paperback, 2016



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A MAX v1


Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2016]

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LibraryThing member alekee
We get a real look into Quaker life in this story set in Amesbury, Massachusetts, in 1888. We meet midwife Rose Carroll as she goes about her work of helping women with their births and the babies as they spend their first few weeks on earth.
Rose has taken up residence with her deceased sister’s family, and uses their porch for her bedroom and office. Life seems rather routine until the lifeblood of the town goes up in smoke. There are three factories burned to the ground taking many lives with it, and it was arson.
Now Rose is privy to a lot of the goings on in this community as she goes about her work, and she has her suspicions as to who would have committed such a heinous act. Things go from bad to worse as murders start happening, and Rose becomes involved again.
There is also a bit of romance going on between Doctor David and Rose, but then there is also his mother and her want of an upper class woman for a wife for him, you will wonder how that will work out.
In the end I was wondering who would end up surviving with all the evil going on, and what a surprise when you find out the perpetrator of these crimes.
I enjoyed this quick interesting read, and once you pick it up you will want to read until the end, you need the answers.
I received this book through Net Galley and the publisher Midnight Ink, and was not required to give a positive review.
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LibraryThing member Maydacat
This novel was a good mix of historical fiction and mystery. Rose is a Quaker midwife in 1888 who becomes embroiled in a murder when one of her knitting needles turns out to be the murder weapon. Trying to solve the mystery and catch a murderer, reveling in a growing relationship with a wealthy doctor, taking care of her deceased sister’s large family all while delivering babies and caring for new moms keeps Rose hopping. Adding interest to the story is the addition of Quaker John Greenleaf Whittier whose counsel Rose often seeks. But when Rose gets too close to solving the murder, her life, too, is threatened. First in a new series, this cozy with its engaging characters and interesting plot was quite enjoyable and entertaining.… (more)
LibraryThing member Carolee888
This cozy is a treasure for historical fiction lovers and those who have ancestors in Amesbury, Massachusetts. It is set in 1888 and Rose Carroll is a Quaker midwife. Delivering the Truth by Edith Maxwell has the usual double meaning in titles of cozies.

Besides the complex mystery and the indications that the main character and her relatives are Quakers, the author also amuses us with the standard price of the day like $2 for delivery of a baby and the fact that telephone, bicycles and electricity were just starting to be used. Herbal medicines were very common. I also learned more about delivering babies. I remember that when my son was born, my doctor called it a difficult birth. Now, I know what would have happened if he had not turned my baby before my son was born.

Rose Carroll, the main character, has moxie and she is definitely Quaker. She gets invited to a fancy dance frets over whether she would wrong in wearing a special dress for the occasion. She consults with John Greenleaf Whittier, her friend over that subject and at times about the mystery that she has taken herself to investigate because of her need for the truth. There are more than one murders in this story and even more than one case of arson.

The pace is very steady and the story always entertains and at sometimes feel sad. Child labor was still the norm for the children of poor families. I think this type of cozy is especially best for people who love history and genealogy with a passion. I am eager to read the second book in this series. Edith Maxwell crafted an excellent historical cozy.

I received an advanced copy of this book from the Publisher as a win from FirstReads but that in no way made a difference in my thoughts or feelings in this review.
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LibraryThing member Romonko
This first in a series about a Quaker midwife looks to be a very promising new start to an intriguing series. There certainly aren't any other female protagonists like Rose Carroll out there in fiction-land that I know of. It is an historical mystery set in the little town of Amesbury, Massachusetts. Rose is a midwife as I mentioned and she lives with her brother-in-law and his five children and practices as a midwife for the fortunate women of Amesbury. Amesbury is a quiet little town usually, but suddenly there seems to be a crime spree going on. First, a local carriage making business is set on fire, killing people working inside, and then not one, but two different murders. Rose knows that the crimes are related in some way, and the local constable Kevin Donovan decides to use Rose's observation skills, and her pragmatism, as well as the access she has as a midwife to the town's populace, to try to get her to get information that will help him solve these crimes. I loved Rose, and her quiet, Quaker ways, her honesty and forthrightness, and her love of humanity. She is absolutely marvellous, as are all the characters in this book. This was a very satisfying and an enjoyable read, and I will be certainly reading more of Rose and her escapades.… (more)

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