Let’s get historical with Edith Maxwell’s latest Quaker midwife mystery, Turning the Tide. She is nominated in the historical mystery category of the Agatha Awards and in this book she takes us to the women’s suffragette movement in 1907. So, put on your yellow suffragette banner and let’s solve a mystery!
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A suffragist is murdered in 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, one of whom is Quaker midwife Rose Carroll. But the next morning, Rose finds the dead body of the group’s local organizer.
Rose can’t help wanting to know who committed the murder, and she quickly discovers several people who have motives. The victim had planned to leave her controlling husband, and a promotion had cost her male colleague his job. She’d 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.
I have read a couple of other books in this series and have always loved Edith Maxwell’s main character, Rose. She is a devout Quaker and balances her faith with working in a world full of women in labor, detectives, and murder. The plot centers around the women’s movement with appearances by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and John Greenleaf Whittier. Rose Carroll finds a suffragette brutally murdered in a town where the idea of women getting the vote is not always popular. Great historical mystery!
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My next book from the list of Agatha Nominees is A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder by Diane Freeman.