My good heavens. Who knew a modest midwife like myself would ever appear in the Amesbury Chronicle's gossip column? Believe me, I never wished for such notoriety. But sure enough, the inquisitive Annie Tunstall managed to eke news out of a simple romance.
Read it for yourself. And then leave a question for either Edith or myself - she has a copy of my latest adventures in large print to give away!
Miss Tunstall’s Tidbits
Midwife Rose Carroll has been spotted about town courting with handsome Newburyport doctor David Dodge. One's a Quaker, one a Unitarian. Is that combination going to mix like whiskey and water... or like oil and water?
Amesbury postmistress Bertie Winslow continues to scandalize the town by riding astride rather than sidesaddle. The Tidbit’s sources hint at further misbehavior between Miss Winslow and the lady she shares her home with, the attorney Miss Sophie Ribeiro. To top it off, Miss Winslow calls her steed Grover – the first name of our dear President! Can no one tame this woman?
The Tidbit was shocked - shocked, we tell you - to learn that an apparently upstanding manager at the Hamilton Textile Mills has been accusing Amesbury's own adopted Akwasi Ayensu of murder. Ayensu is a fine cabinetmaker who was supported in his goal of leaving slavery behind by none other than the abolitionist Quaker poet John Greenleaf Whittier. Let's hope Detective Kevin Donovan solves this case - and fast.
I should hope so, too! Remember, we are giving away a copy of Called to Justice, my latest adventures, in large print to one person who comments below.
[An abbreviated version of this post first appeared in April, 2016, at Lisa K's Book Reviews.]
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.