Thursday, August 3, 2017

Quaker Rose in the News

Rose Carroll here, from Edith Maxwell's Quaker Midwife Mysteries.

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.

50 comments:

  1. I've never read any books in this series but it does sound very interesting. Like the title. Thanks you for the opportunity.

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  2. Wow,that's a lot of tidbits! I would ask her how different is being Quaker to something like Unitarian?! Thanks!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It's pretty different. The Unitarians have a minister and sermons, for example, whereas Friends believe they all minister to each other and sit together in silent expectant waiting.

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    2. Thanks for the explanation! So they are quite different in how they practice their religion from a lot of others.

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  3. New to this series. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  4. I love Midwife-Stories and I love your other Series too. Maddie Day's too.

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  5. New series for me...... looks so interesting!!

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  6. Oh, the scandal of riding astride! Gossipy or not, the tidbits are interesting. I would love to win this large print edition for my near blind mother. Thank you for the chance. Dmskrug3(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  7. Thanks for this fascinating novel which interests me greatly. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  8. Midwife stories are captivating and this one sounds wonderful. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. Edith Maxwell and her Midwife series are two of my favorites. Thank you for hosting Edith on your blog. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks Robin! I am here on the third of every month, with one of my many characters taking the stage. ;^)

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  10. I think riding side saddle would be very uncomfortable---kudos to the the lady who is riding astride.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  11. It is interesting that there were gossip columns in Amesbury in the 1880's, but then again, people love to gossip. I wonder what David's mother thinks of it? bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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    1. Clarinda highly disapproves, as you can imagine!

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  12. As being such anheadstrong woman, is the unconventional postmistress possibly to be found unsuitable for such an entrusted and important position?
    I just put in an order for your earlier works in the series to catch up with the gossip!

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    1. Thanks! So far Bertie is hanging onto the job.

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  14. How exciting to be a character - to see your name in print in a book by none other than Edith Maxwell!

    Sounds like from Miss Tunstall’s Tidbits that Called to Justice if one to keep you on your toes with lots of interesting character and twists and turns.

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  15. I haven't read any of this series yet but I like to read about midwives as well as mysteries. Thanks for the chance to win! Cathi_7@yahoo.com

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    1. You are the winner, Cathi! Congratulations. Please check your email.

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  16. I haven't read this series yet. I really sounds like an interesting book. I would enjoy learning about midwives and the Quakers.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. I haven't read this series yet. I really sounds like an interesting book. I would enjoy learning about midwives and the Quakers.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. The one common thread between your Quaker midwife heroine and Dr. Dodge is they're both against slavery. After all, if Dr. Dodge was a Unitarian, he would have known or knew of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, the rector of same church. After 2 years of preaching abolitionist sermons, the congregation couldn't stand it and he was dismissed! I'd love to give the large print book to my twin, an avid reader, who has eyesight problems as a result of a mini-stroke.

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  19. Shocking! . . . and a delightful book! <3

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  20. Quakers are awesome - very fascinating history. Sounds like an intriguing series!

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  21. I keep planning on getting this series and just dont do it. Would love to win a copy!! Thanks for the chance. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  22. I have read the first one and loved it then read the next and really loved it so I love this series you are a winner no matter what you write and i will always read and review on amamzon and goodreads and tell people what i am reading ! ptclayton2@aol.com

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    1. Thanks! You are the kind of fan every author wants.

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    2. I really believe that Rose deserves a little romance and Dr. David seems to be a good candidate if they can meet in the middle concerning their religious beliefs. I look forward to finding out and I love the tidbits! They sound a little like the community news columns that used to appear in our local paper.
      Thank you and Blessings!
      Connie
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  23. New to this series. As I approach 60, I have come to appreciate large print books.

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  24. This sounds like a fascinating series to check out. And, I must admit, reading a large print book is easier on these middle-aged eyes.

    suemngirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. Hello! This series sounds great! I love all of the Amish mysteries. My Husband and I plan to go to Lancaster, Pa. for our 40th Wedding Anniversary in September, and I cannot wait to sample all of the wonderful foods I read about in the Amish books. Would LOVE to win this copy of your new book! Thanks for the chance to win! Patty pc1977@zoominternet.net

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  26. Cathi is the randomly chosen winner of my book! Congrats, Cathi (please check your email), and I wish I had a copy for everyone.

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  27. I loved this book & hope to win this large print copy for my town's library. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. The Series sounds really interesting. I haven't read any of these yet. Thank you...Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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