Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Book Review-Called For Justice--A Quaker Midwife Series by Edit Maxwell

About the book
Quaker midwife Rose Carroll is enjoying the 1888 Independence Day evening fireworks with her beau when a teenaged Quaker mill girl is found shot dead. After a former slave and fellow Quaker is accused of the murder, Rose delves into the crime, convinced of the man’s innocence. An ill-mannered mill manager, an Irish immigrant, and the victim’s young boyfriend come under suspicion even as Rose’s future with her handsome doctor suitor becomes unsure. Rose continues to deliver babies and listen to secrets, finally figuring out one criminal – only to be threatened by the murderer, with three lives at stake. Can she rescue herself, a baby, and her elderly midwifery teacher in time?


And I thought
Hmm.  I wasn't sure how I would feel about this book.  The first few pages were a bit slow for me.  But after a short awhile I was hooked.  I am 'learning' to be a fan of historical romances and now mysteries.   I've never read a cozy mystery from an historical period.  Called For Justice was food for thought for me about the genre of historical mysteries.   

The story was steady.  

The reader journeys along with Rose as she moves through her day doing the job of Midwifery that she is called to do.  

There is some romance involved.  Rose has a relationship with
Dr. David.  As in any good romance their relationship there is an older girl friend or 'wanna be' girlfriend or in this case... David's mother.  The romance is hindered by his mothers interference.  
But not for long.  David set his foot down and straightened out his mother. 

Not only David win points with me in standing up to his mother and her interference he won points by supporting Rose in her 
sleuthing.  Rather than being all concerned, bothered and trying to tell Rose what to do.  He actually supports her.  His understanding and support bolsters the relationship between himself and Rose.

Rose begins to ask questions and starts her own investigation when a friend of hers is taken in for questioning about the shooting.  
Rose is determined to prove his innocence and find the real killer.

The reader is swept along the way with Rose as a plethora of events and questions arise.  Rose is determined even until the end to find the true killer who turns out to be a big surprise.  

I enjoyed reading Called For Justice.  The authors attention to detail in describing the job(s) tasks of mid wife in the time period made for an interesting read.   And I can say that I might just be a new fan of historical mysteries.

I look forward to backtracking and reading book 1 in the series. 

I received a complimentary copy of Called For Justice from 
Great Escapes Book Tours.
I look forward to backtracking and reading book 1 in the series. 
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Coffee with a character the character that jumped off the page for me in Called For Justice was the police detective Kevin.  My curiosity was peaked at the relationship between the detective and Rose.  His character is a by the book cop yet he talks to Rose as almost an equal.  He does let it be known that he isn't going to divulge information about the case to her yet he accepts her investigations and listens to her suggestions and her complaints as well.  My curiosity on makes me want to read book 1 and dig more into the intrigue.

About the series-  The historical Quaker Midwife Mysteries feature unconventional Quaker midwife Rose Carroll in 1888 Amesbury, Massachusetts. The Quaker poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier is a character in the series.
 Delivering the TruthCover  

News: Delivering the Truth has been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Historical Mystery. And “The Mayor and the Midwife” has been nominated for an Agatha for Best Short Story. I am honored and thrilled. Read the short story here.

About the author Maxwell 
Agatha-nominated and Amazon best-selling author Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries and the Local Foods Mysteries, the Country Store Mysteries (as Maddie Day), and the Lauren Rousseau Mysteries (as Tace Baker), as well as award-winning short crime fiction. Maxwell lives north of Boston with her beau and three cats, and blogs with the other Wicked Cozy Authors. You can find her on Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, and at

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