Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Review: Turning The Tide by: Edith Maxwell

Title: Turning The Tide
Author: Edith Maxwell
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Series: Quaker Midwife Mystery #3
Pages: 288
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley


A suffragist is murdered in Quaker midwife Rose Carroll's Massachusetts town

Excitement runs high during Presidential election week in 1888. The Woman Suffrage Association plans a demonstration and movement leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton comes to town to rally the troops. When Quaker midwife Rose Carroll finds the body of the group's local organizer the next morning, she can't help but wonder who could have committed the murder.

Rose quickly discovers several people who have motives. The victim had planned to leave her controlling husband, and a recent promotion had cost a male colleague his job. She had also recently spurned a fellow suffragist's affections. After Rose's own life is threatened, identifying the killer takes on a personal sense of urgency.

My Thoughts:

In this book the Woman Suffrage Association is in full swing as they plan a demonstration at the elections.  While some are against the movement women are all for it.  What could possibly go wrong?  After Rose delivers a baby and heads home she finds Rowena Felch is dead and her house has been ransacked.  Who killed the woman and why?  Add to that the missing husband and this mystery was slow moving.  Then Rose gets a talking to at her Friend's meeting about being shunned from the Quaker faith if she pursues marrying David which is of course marrying outside the faith!

I enjoy this book as it has great look at history and what women went through between relationships with people, their faith and more.  This one didn't disappoint in the least.  Our lead gal Rose has so much going on and all sorts of things working against her.  Add to trying to help her brother in law Fredrick who has taken to the bottle to easy the pain of his wife's death!

I found myself so drawn into this book I couldn't put it down it was a great mystery that really pulled you in with it's various aspects like the women's movement, Quakers and midwifery.  I can't wait to see what is next for Rose and her friends and family!

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