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The murder of a young Shaker woman in 1796 Maine draws traveling weaver and former soldier Will Rees into a suspicious community to investigate
 
 
It is 1796. For several years Will Rees, a traveling weaver and

former soldier, too bereaved from the death of his wife to be a

proper father, has left his son in the care of his sister. Visiting

unexpectedly, he discovers his son has been treated like a serf

and has run away. Rees tracks him to a Shaker settlement near

Durham, Maine, where David is angry at his father and protected

by the community. While waiting for a chance at reconciliation,

Rees decides to ply his trade. After spending the first night in a

farmers barn he rides into town and is arrested for the murder of

a young Shaker woman.

 
After the farmer provides Rees with an alibi and he is released,

Elder White, a Shaker leader wary of the sheriff, asks Rees to

investigate the murder. Rees accepts the commission that will

keep him close to his son, but as Rees learns the ways of the

community he discovers that solving Sister Chastitys murder will

uncover some members darkest secrets.

 
An atmospheric and authentic portrait of a compelling time in

American history, A Simple Murder is an outstanding debut from

MB/MWAs 2011 First Crime Novel Competition Winner.

Review:

"Set in 1795, Kuhns's quiet, well-crafted debut, the winner of the MWA/Minotaur Books First Crime Novel competition, poignantly captures the Shaker ethos of the period. When widowed weaver Will Rees returns home to Maine from a long trip, he learns that his 13-year-old son, David, whom he left in the care of relatives, has run away. Hearing that a local Shaker community has taken David in, Rees goes there in search of his son. In order to stay near David and work on their strained relationship, Rees, who gained a reputation for crime solving while serving in the Continental Army, agrees to look into the murder of an attractive young woman, Sister Chastity, and later the disappearance of two male Shakers years before. Rees forms an appealing bond with sleuthing sidekick Lydia Jane Farrell, a former Shaker living near the settlement. Their unresolved relationship will fuel reader hopes for a sequel. Only some anachronistic language jars." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Five years ago, while William Rees was still recovering from his stint as a Revolutionary War soldier, his beloved wife died. Devastated, Will Rees left his son, David, in his sisters care, fled his Maine farm, and struck out for a tough but emotionally empty life as a traveling weaver. Now, upon returning unexpectedly to his farm, Rees discovers that David has been treated like a serf for years and finally ran away to join a secluded religious sect—the Shakers.

Overwhelmed by guilt and hoping to reconcile with his son, Rees immediately follows David to the Shaker community. But when a young Shaker woman is brutally murdered shortly after Reess arrival, Rees finds himself launched into a complicated investigation where the bodies keep multiplying, a tangled web of family connections casts suspicion on everyone, and the beautiful woman on the edge of the Shaker community might be hiding troubling ties to the victims. It quickly becomes clear that in solving Sister Chastitys murder, Rees may well expose some of the Shaker communitys darkest secrets, not to mention endanger his own life.

An atmospheric portrait of a compelling time in American history, A Simple Murder is an outstanding debut from Eleanor Kuhns, Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of Americas 2011 First Crime Novel Competition Winner.

About the Author

ELEANOR KUHNS is the 2011 winner of Mystery Writers of America/Minotaur Books First Crime Novel Competition. A career librarian, this is her first novel. She lives in New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781250005533
Subtitle:
A Mystery
Author:
Kuhns, Eleanor
Publisher:
Minotaur Books
Subject:
Mystery Historical
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
No. 1
Publication Date:
20130305
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Set in 1795, Kuhns's quiet, well-crafted debut, the winner of the MWA/Minotaur Books First Crime Novel competition, poignantly captures the Shaker ethos of the period. When widowed weaver Will Rees returns home to Maine from a long trip, he learns that his 13-year-old son, David, whom he left in the care of relatives, has run away. Hearing that a local Shaker community has taken David in, Rees goes there in search of his son. In order to stay near David and work on their strained relationship, Rees, who gained a reputation for crime solving while serving in the Continental Army, agrees to look into the murder of an attractive young woman, Sister Chastity, and later the disappearance of two male Shakers years before. Rees forms an appealing bond with sleuthing sidekick Lydia Jane Farrell, a former Shaker living near the settlement. Their unresolved relationship will fuel reader hopes for a sequel. Only some anachronistic language jars." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,

Five years ago, while William Rees was still recovering from his stint as a Revolutionary War soldier, his beloved wife died. Devastated, Will Rees left his son, David, in his sisters care, fled his Maine farm, and struck out for a tough but emotionally empty life as a traveling weaver. Now, upon returning unexpectedly to his farm, Rees discovers that David has been treated like a serf for years and finally ran away to join a secluded religious sect—the Shakers.

Overwhelmed by guilt and hoping to reconcile with his son, Rees immediately follows David to the Shaker community. But when a young Shaker woman is brutally murdered shortly after Reess arrival, Rees finds himself launched into a complicated investigation where the bodies keep multiplying, a tangled web of family connections casts suspicion on everyone, and the beautiful woman on the edge of the Shaker community might be hiding troubling ties to the victims. It quickly becomes clear that in solving Sister Chastitys murder, Rees may well expose some of the Shaker communitys darkest secrets, not to mention endanger his own life.

An atmospheric portrait of a compelling time in American history, A Simple Murder is an outstanding debut from Eleanor Kuhns, Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of Americas 2011 First Crime Novel Competition Winner.

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