Turning the tide

by Edith Maxwell

Other authorsGreg Newbold (Cover artist), Ellen Lawson (Cover designer), Nicole Nugent (Editor)
Paperback, 2018



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A MAX v3


Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2018]

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LibraryThing member JenSolak
This book reminded me of Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote if she had been a midwife, in 1888, and a Quaker! Our main character, Rose Carroll is back in her third book in the Quaker Midwife Mystery. I have not read the first two books yet, but as soon as I saw the description of this book I knew I wanted to read it. NetGalley kindly allowed me to read the ARC of the book in exchange for a review and I am so glad they did! Rose is a Quaker who is loyal to her beliefs, engaged to a non-Quaker man (a bit scandalous at the time!), and keeps coming across mysteries. Luckily the local police are accepting of Rose's abilities to find out what they cannot and she works with them.

Throughout solving the mystery in this particular book, Rose is also a fledgling suffragist who takes the reader along as she helps support the cause of women's right to vote. We are also able to learn a lot about midwifery at the time and see what her life is like balancing all of her duties to family, fiancé, her work as a midwife, and amateur detective. When I started the book I was not sure I was going to be interested in finishing, but as soon as the mystery kicked in I had to keep reading. Rose is a likable character who gives us her thoughts on each person in her world, as well as portrays herself realistically. She doubts herself, and is willing to wonder about her decisions.

I would recommend this book for mystery fans as well as fans of learning more about the every day women who were involved in the suffrage movement. It was wonderful to see the story of suffrage through the eyes of an every day woman and not just hearing about the women famous for their participation. Rose shows us her life and along the way works to solve a shocking murder. I did not see the ending coming, and that is always good in a mystery! I am hoping to go back and read the first two books in the series and learn more about Rose.
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LibraryThing member alekee
Be careful the author has brought our midwife Quaker Rose back, and unfortunately bodies seem to follow her too. We are in the 1880’s Massachusetts, and we are at historical meetings and suffragette demonstrations with some famous people.
I loved reading about how hard these women fought to get the vote, and how some men were so against it, really makes you think, and also what a lot take for granted.
We go to the deliveries of new babies, and wonder if Rose and
David will be able to go ahead and have their wedding, forces sure do seem to be against them. One good thing, it does look like there may be another book to answer some of these questions, and that makes me happy!
I enjoyed this story, and wasn’t sure of the who done it until the very end.
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 FrancesMcNamara
A good read, Turning the Tide provides a vivid portrayal of some unique characters in a Massachusetts town in 1888. In Book 3 of the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, Rose Carroll finds a suffragette bludgeoned on the eve of the 1888 election in Amesbury Massachusetts. Like author Edith Maxwell, I am grateful to women of the past who bucked the system for changes I’ve always benefited from. Rose is a different heroine in a small town and her job as midwife takes her behind the scenes in women’s lives, while her Quaker upbringing gives her a different slant on the world around her. She’s worried about her clients and whether she’ll be drummed out of her meeting for her engagement to a non-Quaker, while her unusual mother and friends all support the vote for women. There is a shocking scene at the end when the murderer is revealed in pretty unusual circumstances.

What I enjoy most about reading (and writing) historicals are all the unexpected details about what was really happening the past. Edith Maxwell provides a wealth of great and believable detail about this time of transition to electricity and telephones, with realistic carriages in this carriage producing town, election cakes, “Boston marriages”, and how babies were born. Historical characters Elizabeth Cady Stanton and poet John Greenleaf Whittier add to the meticulous detail. You’ll enjoy the flawed but sympathetic cast of characters as well. Highly recommended.
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LibraryThing member Vesper1931
1888 and the local leader of the Woman Suffrage Association is found dead by midwife Rose Carroll. As she help Kevin Donovan of the Amesbury Police Department she discovers that there are several people who have motives for the killing.
An enjoyable well-written mystery, the third in the series.
A NetGalley Book
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