I ride about my bustling mill town of Amesbury, Massachusetts on one of the new safety bicycles, the kind with two even-sized wheels, to visit my clients' homes when their birthing time is near. I hear many a secret in the birthing chamber, as well.
The famous poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier, and a fellow Quaker, lives a few blocks away from me and worships at the same Friends Meetinghouse as me. In fact he designed the beautiful simple building. I go to him for counsel every now and then, and he is most generous with his time. I also visit with my irreverent friend Bertie Winslow, postmistress of our fair town. She is the only person I know who would name her horse Grover – after the President of the country!
I live with my late sister’s family in a modest home. Unlike some of the carriage factory and mill owners’ fancy home, we are blessed with neither electricity nor indoor plumbing. Luckily this seems not to matter to my beau, the handsome David Dodge. He is not a member of the Religious Society of Friends, and I fear his society-matron mother rather frowns upon our alliance.
My life as an independent midwife and businesswoman is both difficult and fulfilling. I lose a baby on occasion, and that’s how things are in these times. I hadn't expected to have to solve murders too, but I'm realizing I have a bit of a gift for detecting. I hope thee’ll find a moment to read the book my author wrote about us, Delivering the Truth. Thee can judge my sleuthing for thyself!
Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries and the Local Foods Mysteries, the Country Store Mysteries (as Maddie Day), and the Lauren Rousseau Mysteries (as Tace Baker), as well as award-winning short crime fiction. Her short story, “A Questionable Death,” is nominated for a 2016 Agatha Award for Best Short Story. The tale features the 1888 setting and characters from her Quaker Midwife Mysteries series, which debuts with Delivering the Truth on April 8.
Maxwell is Vice-President of Sisters in Crime New England and Clerk of Amesbury Friends Meeting. She lives north of Boston with her beau and three cats, and blogs with the other Wicked Cozy Authors. You can find her on Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, and at her web site, edithmaxwell.com.