NEWS FLASH: Edith Maxwell's short story, "A Questionable Death," (read it here) has been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Short Story! The story features Rose Carroll and the 1888 setting of the Quaker Midwife Mysteries. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming:
Greetings, dear reader. My author asked if I would introduce myself to thee and of course I acquiesced.
My name is Rose Carroll. I am twenty-four, which is getting along for a single lady in 1888, and I am a midwife and a businesswoman. I bicycle about our bustling mill town of Amesbury, delivering babies and guiding the health of pregnant ladies.
A number of factories in our town here in the northeastern corner of Massachusetts also manufacture graceful and sturdy carriages which have gained international renown. Or did until a terrible case of arson burned down many of the factories just last spring. After that I discovered I am rather adept solving crimes, too.
Mind you, I had no intention of acting the amateur detective. I am a forthright type by nature, though, and when a murderer had the gall to do the deed with my very own knitting needle, I felt called to assist the police with their investigation. Detective Kevin Donovan can't very well go sticking his nose into a laboring woman's bedchamber now, can he? The secrets women tell during their confinements!
|Photograph of Amesbury Friends Meetinghouse |
by Kathleen Wooten, used with permission.
Thee might already have understood by the manner of my speech that I am a member of the Religious Society of Friends. I struggle a bit with the patience required for discernment, the prayerful waiting we practice in order to understand the way God wishes us to go. But I am a firm believer in the values of simplicity, equality, integrity, and peaceful ways that my faith espouses.
I'll tell thee a secret, too. I'm not entirely single, having a handsome and open-minded beau in the person of David Dodge of Newburyport.
If I'm not too bold to say so, thee can learn more about me and my life from my author's first book about me, Delivering the Truth. Edith says she will give away an advance copy to one interested commenter here today! If thee doesn't happen to win, she has also a giveaway going until Second Month twentieth day (what thee might call February twentieth) on Goodreads, whatever that might be. The book will be released into the hands of the reading public on Fourth Month eighth day.
I wish thee good health.
Delivering the Truth releases April 8 from Midnight Ink.
Amazon-bestselling and Agatha-nominated author Edith Maxwell (aka Maddie Day and Tace Baker) writes four mystery series, as well as award-winning short stories. Maxwell lives in an antique house north of Boston with her beau and three cats. She blogs every weekday with the other Wicked Cozy Authors (wickedcozyauthors.com). You can also find her at www.edithmaxwell.com, @edithmaxwell, on Pinterest, and atwww.facebook.com/EdithMaxwellAuthor.