Monday, April 3, 2017

A Word from Detective Donovan

By Detective Kevin Donovan, from Edith Maxwell's second Quaker Midwife Mystery, Called to Justice, out April 8 from Midnight Ink! 


My author, the esteemed Miss Maxwell, asked me to share a moment from the murder investigation of July, 1888, so here you be. And she's after sending one of you (in these United States of America only, I'm afraid) a copy of the book, so be sure you leave a comment of one sort or another.
    
     I stepped out the front door of the Amesbury police station the morning after the killing. I'm sure I looked rather worse for the wear, and when I saw Midwife Rose Carroll, I groaned.
     “Miss Carroll. I am not surprised to see you so bright and early this morn. I would have sent for you in any case. I’ve just been reading Officer Gilbert’s report.” Moisture beaded on my face, and the buttons on my high-collared uniform shirt strained uncomfortably over my more-than-adequate belly.
     “Kevin, thee knows I prefer to be called Rose.” Quakers did not hold truck with titles, and she'd struggled to convince me to adopt the same practice. Rose went on, “I have several pieces of information—”
     “About Hannah Breed’s death.” I made a tsking sound. “You were there.” She and her doctor friend, Mr. Dodge, had been nearly first on the scene after young Miss Breed was shot dead during the Independence Day fireworks.
     “Yes.”
     I surveyed up and down the busy street. The horse-drawn trolley clattered by, filled with people on their way to the day’s work. A matched pair of chestnut mares pulled a graceful Bailey carriage, and a jay squawked from the tall swamp oak on the corner. I gestured to a bench on the bricked walkway. 
     “Have a seat," I said. "I need to interview you, since you are a witness to the facts of last evening. You ended up quite helpful to me in the murders of last April. You know I can’t involve citizens in my investigation, but if you have information to share, I’ll gladly hear it.”
     After we both sat, she turned to me on the bench. “Is thee thinking this is a case of murder?”
     “That hasn’t yet been determined.”
     She gazed at me. "But thee is entertaining the thought that it might have been murder, not an accident. Thee must have reason to believe Hannah’s death might be homicide. But why?"

Readers: What's your favorite transport from another era? What'd be your ideal method of getting around, past, present, or future? Remember, Miss Maxwell is giving away a copy of the brand new Rose Carroll mystery to one US reader who comments before midnight PDT tonight.

Kirkus Reviews: "An intriguing look at life in 19th-century New England, a heroine whose goodness guides all her decisions, and a mystery that surprises."

Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and award-winning, Agatha-nominated short crime fiction. As Maddie Day she creates the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries.

Maxwell is President of Sisters in Crime New England. She lives north of Boston with her beau and three cats, and blogs here, with the other Wicked Cozy Authors, and with the Midnight Ink Writers. You can find her on Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, and at her web site, edithmaxwell.com.

36 comments:

  1. I would like to try a coach, but I hear they are uncomfortable.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  2. By horse.They are such beautiful animals.Though I am afraid I would need the good dr after I fell off.
    Becky Prazak
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  3. A dray most likely would be the best fit, a working man's vehicle, pulled by muscled draught horses.

    pmurray2@maine.rr.com

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  4. Love biking to get around past and present but only when the weather and terrain cooperates.

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  5. forgot to include email
    vernagass@gmail.com

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  6. Horse drawn carriage always seems a little romantic. Kuzlin@aol.com

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  7. Looking to the past, a horse drawn carriage would be my preferred mode of transportation. Looking to the future, it would be teleportation a la Star Trek. Thank you for the chance to win. Dmskrug3 at hotmail dot com

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  8. a coach

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  9. A delightful glimpse at another time.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  10. Horse and buggy! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  11. I've been on a hayride, but never ridden in a horse carriage -- I would love to take a ride in one of those elegant carriages they manufactured in Amesbury. I'd especially love a carriage ride (maybe an open carriage) over the Christmas holidays to look at all the decorations and lights, all snug under toasty blankets. For the present, I don't mind driving, but there are some places that you've just got to fly to. For the future, spaceship travel would be pretty cool... bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  12. I would enjoy a horsedrawn buggy very much. A glimpse into space with a rocket ship is thrilling. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. Luxury trains----I think it would be so much fun to travel Europe like in the old days with fancy dining cars and private coaches.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  14. I would probably like a train. I think there is just something nostalgic about the old steam trains, the faster trains of today and the future such as maglev trains.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
    Maryann

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  15. My dream has always been a ride on the Orient Express.

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  16. I think it would be neat to travel by horse and buggy. I've always loved horses but never been in a situation where I could have one. I know, all animals treated as they deserve to be treats, take time, energy and love. I've got the love, always have, and now have the time since we are in our senior years but energy now would be a problem. :)

    I know from our travels on our trike how much more you see while traveling than in a car. I can only imagine how nice it would be to take in the countryside and all Mother Nature has to offer going slower in a horse and buggy. As will all things that "sound good", I imagine that even the sights and sounds would become normal if you didn't take the time to notice. It sure would be nice to experience it for a while just the same - as long as my arms and legs could get me in and out of the buggy. :)

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of your book. I would love to read it!

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  17. Thanks for the chance. I will go with a stage coach. Janngrogan@yahoo.com

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  18. I would like to ride a train in the past and present. In the future I would like o hover car.

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  19. Horses!riding or buggy!I grew up with horses.donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  20. A bicycle during the 1920's and onward through the 1950's. A flying car after that. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  21. Horses!riding or buggy!I grew up with horses.donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  22. Surrey with the fringe on top, thanks
    Ramosp@comcast.net

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  23. I would definitely choose a train ride, with those large windows to watch the beautiful scenery go by.
    agavigan@cox.net
    Loved the first book in this series.

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  24. I think I would like the horse and buggy from another era, and a super fast train or whatever it might be for he future. lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

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  25. I would like to get around in a horse drawn carriage. There is something about that time period that fascinates me. Congrats on your two new book releases.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. I would like to get around in a horse drawn carriage. There is something about that time period that fascinates me. Congrats on your two new book releases.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. I think it would be interesting to travel, even if just once, by the Quick Silver Royal Mail Coach. I read about it in at least one other book, and it quite fascinated me.
    Enjoyed the excerpt.
    Lauigl(at)Carolina(dot)rr(dot)com

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    2. Laurie, you are the lucky winner of CALLED TO JUSTICE! Please send your mailing address to me at edith at edithmaxwell dot com. And congratulations.

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  28. I get the Hemmings magazine and have a new favorite vintage car each time I look at it. jenne.turner at unt.edu

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  29. One of my favorite ways of transportation form another era is the street car and the train. I know we obviously still have both of them, but we don't use them for every day transportation anymore( in a lot of places). Thank you so much for the chance to win! This series looks fantastic.
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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  30. I would love to be able to travel like on Star Trek on a transporter.
    Thereadmaster@me.com

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  31. Trains I love trains and I wish I had lived in the 1940's so I could have ridden them.Somehow Amtrak does not have the same feel...
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  32. Laurie I is the lucky randomly selected winner. Congrats, Laurie. I wish I had a copy for everyone!

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