Aug 202019
 


Charity’s Burden (A Quaker Midwife Mystery)
Historical Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Massachusetts
Midnight Ink (April 8, 2019)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 0738756431
ISBN-13: 978-0738756431
Kindle ASIN: B07D5TWJCL

Quaker midwife Rose Carroll seeks the true cause of a young mother’s death in turn-of-the-century Massachusetts.

The winter of 1889 is harsh in Amesbury, Massachusetts, but it doesn’t stop Quaker midwife Rose Carroll from making the rounds to her pregnant and postpartum mothers. When Charity Skells dies from an apparent early miscarriage, Rose wonders about the symptoms that don’t match the stated cause of death. She learns that Charity’s husband may be up to no good with a young woman whose mother appears to offer prohibited medical procedures. A disgraced physician in town does the same, while Charity’s cousin seems to have a nefarious agenda of his own. With several suspects emerging, each with their own possible motives, Rose and police detective Kevin Donovan race against time to solve the case before another innocent life is lost.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This was such a powerful story! 1889 in Amesbury, Massachusetts and Quaker midwife Rose Carol is caught up in a hot political issue. As a midwife, she feels part of her job is to help with family planning but with The Comstock Law that is on the same level as performing an abortion. Let me be clear, Rose does not perform “mechanical” abortions but someone in town does and it may have cost one of her patients their lives.

Charity Skells is dead after losing too much blood, more blood that would have been caused by a miscarriage. Rose believes Charity may have had an abortion. When she visits the husband’s work to inform him of his wife’s death the receptionist is a little overprotective regarding who can talk to the man. A woman whose mother provides prohibited procedures. Rose also finds another doctor in town that could have hurt her patient. She soon realizes she needs to the help of her friend, Detective Kevin Donovan, but they have to get a little creative with their communications because the new police chief has banned her from the station and any case she may want to get involved in.

On Rose’s homefront, she is still waiting for approval to marry her non-Quaker beau David both from his mother and the Amesbury Friends. Her niece Faith has been given permission to wed her betrothed Zeb and the marriage will take place soon. Her brother-in-law Frederick introduces his new companion Winnie. Everyone is happy because he had been struggling greatly following his wife’s death.

Ms. Maxwell weaves such a wonderful story of the life of women in 1889.  I had a “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” moment think of our world in 2019.

Rose’s life is complicated as she tries to determine how her patient died, but she is also dealing with her other pregnant patients and helping raise her sister’s children. Rose is so brave, stubborn, and independent, even when her own life is threatened.  She and her Friends are comfortable in their faith and their place in the town. The author strikes a nice balance between the main mystery plot and the daily life subplots. I loved that history moves on with a telephone in Rose’s home and that she helps with an unusual birth,

Two ceremonial events, a funeral, and a wedding take place in this story. I was so intrigued by these happenings in the Quaker tradition. Even a Catholic in attendance comments on the differences. The Quakers have such a calm way about them in happy times and in sad and are very open to allowing non-Friends to express themselves as well. I was moved by both events.

Characters that are genuine with true dialogues including the “thee”s and “thou”s, are involved in a very compelling story. Scenes are described in such rich detail, I forced myself to slow down so I could breathe in every word.

I am so excited. The next book in this series Judge Thee Not will be released in just a few weeks, September 10.

As always, I recommend reading this series in order for maximum enjoyment.

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About the Author

Agatha-nominated and Amazon best-selling author 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. Maxwell 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 www.edithmaxwell.com.



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Apr 102018
 

Turning the Tide (A Quaker Midwife Mystery)
Historical Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Massachusetts
Midnight Ink (April 8, 2018)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738750545
Kindle ASIN: B071HZSHJ7

 

 

A suffragist is murdered in Rose Carroll’s Massachusetts town

Excitement runs high during presidential election week in 1888. The Woman Suffrage Association plans a demonstration and movement leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton comes to town to rally the troops, one of whom is Quaker midwife Rose Carroll. But the next morning, Rose finds the dead body of the group’s local organizer.

Rose can’t help wanting to know who committed the murder, and she quickly discovers several people who have motives. The victim had planned to leave her controlling husband, and a promotion had cost her male colleague his job. She’d also recently spurned a fellow suffragist’s affections. After Rose’s own life is threatened, identifying the killer takes on a personal sense of urgency.

 

Dollycas’s Thoughts

It’s 1888 and women want the right to vote! Rose is getting involved with the Woman Suffrage Association and they will be demonstrating on Election Day. She has attended a few meetings and met movement leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Coming home from a delivery Rose sees something by a bush. Sadly, it is the body of the head of the local Woman Suffrage group. Another murder in town. The police are following their leads but seem intent on someone Rose thinks is innocent. So with a little investigating on her own, she unearths quite a few suspects. When she receives an anonymous note telling her to stop investigating she knows she must be getting close.

I know when I pick up a book in this series that I will be transported back in time, be thoroughly entertained, and may even learn something. I love reading about the Quaker lifestyle.

In this story, we learn how marrying the love of her life could have her banned from her group for marrying outside her faith. Plus David’s mother doesn’t want him marrying outside his social status.  David, a physician, and Rose, a midwife, make a fine couple. They are both forward thinkers too. He has no problem with her working or demonstrating for the right to vote. However, he does worry about her putting herself in danger with her investigations and rightly so.

I really enjoy the family time in the background of this story, baking bread, sitting down for family meals, and story time. Rose’s mother comes to visit and like Rose, she brings a calming presence to the family. She is part of the suffrage movement too and encourages her oldest granddaughter to join the cause. Smoothing over the participation with her father. When I think of Rose, calm is the first word that comes to mind. Whether helping with a birthing crisis or facing off with dangerous people she keeps her wits about her and thinks things over, trying to have a plan before acting.

The mystery part of this story was complex. The suspects ran the gambit from the victim’s spouse, her friends, people against the woman’s right to vote and just some general unsavory individuals around town. What came to pass was very exciting with a surprising ending.

Edith Maxwell is such a wonderful storyteller. Though the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote didn’t happen until 1920, it is stories like this one that brings to light the long and hard suffrage movement. With that as the theme of Rose’s story fiction and real events collide to reinforce the knowledge of the fight that started the equal rights for women movement. Rights we are still fighting for in 2018.

The characters and the dialogues are genuine. The settings are described so well. The main plot and subplots blend together nicely and the book flows effortlessly.

Until next year, I can’t wait!

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About the Author

Agatha-nominated and Amazon best-selling author 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. Maxwell 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 www.edithmaxwell.com.

You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and at www.edithmaxwell.com.



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Jun 082017
 


I just love it when Edith Maxwell drops by for a visit!
Her latest Local Foods Mystery was just released on May 30th!

Welcome Edith!! 

Writing Cozy

 

I’m delighted to be a guest here again. Thanks for inviting me, Lori!. Mulch Ado About Murder, my fifth Local Foods Mystery, came out on May 30 and I’ll give away a signed hardcover to one commenter here today.

Here’s the cover text:

It’s been a hot, dry spring in Westbury, Massachusetts. As organic farmer Cam Flaherty waits for much-needed rain, storm clouds of mystery begin to gather. Once again, it’s time to put away her sun hat and put on her sleuthing cap when a fellow farmer is found dead in a vat of hydroponic slurry—clutching a set of rosary beads. Showers may be scarce this spring, but there’s no shortage of suspects, including the dead woman’s embittered ex-husband, the Other Man whose affair ruined their marriage, and Cam’s own visiting mother. Lucky for Cam, her nerdy academic father turns out to have a knack for sleuthing. Will he and Cam be able to clear Mom’s name before the killer strikes again?

This is the first cozy mystery series I wrote. I am often asked why I write in the genre I do, and my answer is that I love reading cozies. Real life is scary enough. I don’t need my down time to be filled with car chases and international thrillers, or with depressing noir and male detectives always commenting on women’s legs and other “assets.”

When I started writing the first book more than twenty years ago, I had a small certified organic farm, so I figured, hey, write what you know. I didn’t finish the book until 2012, after I landed the contract with Kensingon Publishing, but I loved the world I had set up all those years earlier so I kept it. It’s a classic cozy setup: an outsider returns to a small town, a cast of recurring characters support her amateur sleuthing, and justice is restored in the end.

In the case of the Local Foods Mysteries, Cam Flaherty is the outsider. She’s a former software engineer who takes over her great-uncle Albert’s farm at his request when he can’t do the work anymore. The cast of regulars are members of the Locavore Club, a group of locals who believe strongly in eating food grown close to where they live. And justice is restored by the end of every book.

Throughout the series, Cam has been referring to her peripatetic academic parents, to whom she isn’t particularly close, but we’ve never met them – until this book. Right away Cam’s mother Deb gets involved in a public protest against a new hydroponic farmer, and she was seen going into the farmer’s greenhouse. So when Nicole turns up dead, you know the police want to talk to Deb.

The series is set in a town modeled on West Newbury, in the northeast corner of Massachusetts, where I had my farm. One of the annual spectacles is the Memorial Day parade, with all the quirks and color only a small town can present. I knew I wanted to include it in a book, and I love that book came out exactly at the time it is set (as did the first book in the series. A Tine to Live, a Tine to Die).

I love writing this series and immersing myself in the farming life again without having to do all the hard work. Lots of readers have written me saying how much they learned about small-scale farming. I hope you like it, too.

Readers: What’s your favorite quirky Memorial Day parade? How about the small farm where you like to buy produce? I’ll give away a signed hardcover copy of the book to one commenter.

~Edith

About Edith Maxwell

2017 double Agatha-nominated and national best-selling author Edith Maxwell writes the Local Foods Mysteries and the Quaker Midwife Mysteries; as Maddie Day she writes the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. Her award-winning short crime fiction has appeared in many juried anthologies and journals, and she serves as President of Sisters in Crime New England.

A fourth-generation Californian and former tech writer, farmer, and doula, Maxwell now writes, cooks, gardens (and wastes time as a Facebook addict) north of Boston with her beau and three cats. She blogs at WickedCozyAuthors.com, Killer Characters, and with the Midnight Ink authors. Find her on Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and at www.edithmaxwell.com.



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Mulch Ado about Murder (Local Foods Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – Massachusetts
Kensington (May 30, 2017)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496700292
Kindle ASIN: B01LJKQGES

 

 

It’s been a hot, dry spring in Westbury, Massachusetts. As organic farmer Cam Flaherty waits for much-needed rain, storm clouds of mystery begin to gather. Once again, it’s time to put away her sun hat and put on her sleuthing cap . . .

May has been anything but merry for Cam so far. Her parents have arrived unexpectedly and her crops are in danger of withering away. But all of that’s nothing compared to the grim fate that lies in store for one of her neighbors. Nicole Kingsbury is the proud owner of the town’s new hydroponic greenhouse. She claims the process will be 100% organic, but she uses chemicals to feed her crops. To Cam’s surprise, her mother embarrasses her by organizing a series of loud public protests against Nicole’s operation.

When Nicole is found dead in a vat of hydroponic slurry—clutching another set of rosary beads—Detective Pete Pappas has a new murder to solve. Showers may be scarce this spring, but there’s no shortage of suspects, including the dead woman’s embittered ex‑husband, the Other Man whose affair ruined their marriage, and Cam’s own mother. Lucky for Cam, her father turns out to have a knack for sleuthing—not to mention dealing with chickens. Will he and Cam be able to clear Mrs. Flaherty’s name before the killer strikes again?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Spring is such a busy time for a farmer. The last thing Cam needs is a surprise visit from her parents. O.K. that’s not the last thing she needs, the last thing she needs is to get wrapped up in another murder. But that is just what she does. When she arrives at the new hydroponic greenhouse to drop off some seedlings she finds the owner Nicole Kingsbury dead in a vat of slurry. Because of the group protesting outside the greenhouse she has plenty of witnesses to provide an alibi for the time she arrives. Unfortunately that doesn’t work for her mom, who happens to be one of the protesters.  There are plenty of other suspects too but her mom is hiding something. To keep her mom out of jail she is going to be assisting the local police including her boyfriend Detective Pete Pappas.

What I really like about these stories is that Cam does the her sleuthing but she quickly tells the police anything she finds even if they don’t always appreciate her help. This time her dad even lends a hand.

Edith Maxwell has created such a vibrant cast of characters. Cam has really grown into her role as a farmer. I love that she has a group of volunteers that help with the chores and receive produce for their labors. They span all ages from teenagers to senior citizens.

Of course, I have heard of organic farming but hydroponic farming is brand new to me. The author educates the reader in the course of the story. I found the process very interesting.

The story is well written with important seeds sprinkled throughout getting us closer and closer to finding the killer. The family dynamic that grows between Cam and her parents was just as engaging as the murder mystery. The author gives us suspense and drama peppered with humor and also gives us several heartwarming moments too. Cam and Pete’s relationship has to take a little break because of the investigation but its strength shines in the way they handle the separation.

This is a strong addition for this series. A perfect summer read. And there are recipes in the back of the book too. Yes, it can be read as a stand alone. PICK yours up today!

Dollycas

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Readers: What’s your favorite quirky Memorial Day parade? How about the small farm where you like to buy produce? Tell me in the comments below. I’ll give away a signed hardcover copy of the book to one commenter. 

Winner will be chosen Tuesday Morning – June 13

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Apr 122017
 


Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
Edith Maxwell drops by today for 20 QUICK QUESTIONS!

Favorite Color –  Turquoise, with purple a close second

Favorite Candy –  Dove Dark minis – a must-have on my desk at all times

Favorite Snack –  I’d like to say a freshly plucked sun-warmed strawberry. But honestly, it’s Cape Cod potato chips.

 

Favorite Soft Drink –  Cold Dr. Pepper, but I only have one per decade (I don’t touch the stuff otherwise)

Favorite Hard Drink –  A nice bourbon. Tiny splash of water, no rocks

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor –  Double dark chocolate fudge, or something similar

Favorite Movie –  Dr. Zhivago. Or Bridges of Madison County. And I don’t care what you think that says about me.

Favorite TV Show – Call the Midwife, of course!

Favorite Book – What? That’s like picking a favorite child.

Favorite Fictional Character –  Again: I have to pick one? Okay, Clare Fergusson from Julia Spencer-Fleming’s fabulous series. Can you beat a female Episcopal priest and former Navy helicopter pilot who falls in love with a married man and solves crimes, too?

Favorite Super Hero –  AuthorWoman!

Favorite Singer/Group/BandIris Dement, but she’s not writing new stuff anymore. Cheryl Wheeler, then. Love her voice, her lyrics, her concerts.

Favorite Carnival Ride – Merry go round. Rides that that hang me upside down? Can. Not. Do.

Favorite Spring Activity –  Planting my garden!

Favorite Summer Activity –  Harvesting in my garden and THEN deciding what’s for dinner. Going to the beach afterwards for a sunset walk.

Favorite Fall Activity –  Picking apples and making my world-famous apple pies.

Favorite Winter Activity –  Cross country skiing – quiet gliding aerobic exercise in clear crisp air, and for free? It’s the best.

Favorite Place to Read –  On the couch with a cat or two snoozing nearby

Favorite Place to Write –  In my lovely upstairs office, where I make stuff up and also keep track of what’s going on in my neighborhood (yes, all fiction writers are voyeurs)

Dream Vacation Destination –  A sunny beach, a big umbrella, fabulous local seafood, a few bottles of chilled white wine, and a huge stack of books. Geographic destination doesn’t much matter as long as I have those ingredients.

Thank you Edith for playing 20 Quick Questions today!!


Called to Justice (A Quaker Midwife Mystery)
Historical Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Massachusetts
Midnight Ink (April 8, 2017)
Paperback: 312 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738750323
Kindle ASIN: B01FOR0YRW

 
 
 
 
 

Quaker midwife Rose Carroll is enjoying the 1888 Independence Day evening fireworks with her beau when a teenaged Quaker mill girl is found shot dead. After a former slave and fellow Quaker is accused of the murder, Rose delves into the crime, convinced of the man’s innocence. An ill-mannered mill manager, an Irish immigrant, and the victim’s young boyfriend come under suspicion even as Rose’s future with her handsome doctor suitor becomes unsure. Rose continues to deliver babies and listen to secrets, finally figuring out one criminal – only to be threatened by the murderer, with three lives at stake. Can she rescue herself, a baby, and her elderly midwifery teacher in time?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

In her follow up to Delivering the Truth Edith Maxwell takes us back to Amesbury, Massachusetts in 1888 just in time for the Independence Day celebration. Rose Carroll is enjoying the fireworks with her beau David Dodge when gunshots ring out and a young woman in found dead. A former slave and Friend becomes the prime suspect leading Rose to delve into the investigation herself. She finds her life in danger the closer she gets to learning the truth. Just when she needs him most her relationship with Doctor Dodge gets rocky and Rose tries to remain strong. There are several lives in danger as this midwife strives to keep everyone safe.

Rose has become a very comfortable character for me. She is smart, caring and kind to everyone she meets. She carries a calmness about her, something that is very important in her work as a midwife. She also keeps her wits about her when things get out of control. She is true to herself and her beliefs. The author captures the history of the time very well. She draws on her Quaker roots to give us real sense of Quaker lifestyle.

The characters Ms. Maxwell surrounds Rose with are quite varied. From very wealthy to factory workers and even a former slave. All are very fleshed out and believable. As Rose connects with them we become aware of their true colors. Some we can quickly eliminate as suspects and others need further scrutiny.

The plot entwines the characters together in many ways making the mystery a tough one to solve. The story gives us a complex mystery with a perfect flow that builds to an exciting climax. Suspense was ratcheted up quite high as the ending played out. I absolutely loved this story.

A wonderful mystery you can get lost in. Travel back with Rose and the people of Amesbury. A  perfect escape!

Dollycas

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About the Author

Agatha-nominated and Amazon best-selling author 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. Maxwell 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 www.edithmaxwell.com.

You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and at www.edithmaxwell.com.



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Apr 122016
 

delivering the truthDelivering the Truth
(A Quaker Midwife Mystery)

New Series
Historical Cozy Mystery
Setting – Massachusetts
Publisher: Midnight Ink (April 8, 2016)
Paperback: 312 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738747521
E-Book ASIN: B019KKTWX6
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Synopsis

Quaker midwife Rose Carroll hears secrets and keeps confidences as she attends births of the rich and poor alike in an 1888 Massachusetts mill town. When the town’s world-famed carriage industry is threatened by the work of an arsonist, and a carriage factory owner’s adult son is stabbed to death with Rose’s own knitting needle, she is drawn into solving the mystery. Things get dicey after the same owner’s mistress is also murdered, leaving her one-week-old baby without a mother. The Quaker poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier helps Rose by lending words of advice and support. While struggling with being less than the perfect Friend, Rose draws on her strengths as a counselor and problem solver to bring two murderers to justice before they destroy the town’s carriage industry and the people who run it.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is an excellent debut!

The story takes place in Amesbury, Massachusetts in 1888. Rose Carroll is a midwife and she is also a Quaker. She has been taught from birth to see the best in people and let God’s light shine on everything she says and does and in times of turmoil. Turmoil comes in a fire, an arson, of a carriage factory and all the surrounding buildings. Several lives are lost. The turmoil continues when the owner of the carriage factory’s son is murdered. The weapon just happens to be one of Rose’s knitting needles. This means she knows the killer. When another death occurs, one of her patients, she knows she has to do all she can to uncover the truth and the murderer.

I am so impressed with this author’s writing. The Quaker lifestyle is unique and it is portrayed so well in this story.  She is writing about something she know personally and it shines. I appreciate the insight into their Meetings and their quiet form of worship, their views and beliefs on equality and passive resolution. As someone not too familiar with their way of life I really only knew about their manner of speech,  their use of thee as an ordinary pronoun, and plain manner of dressing. So in addition to a fine mystery the story was educational as well.

Her descriptions of Amesbury make the town come to life. Following Rose from place to place we have a clear bird’s eye view. I loved traveling back in time, no cars and only a few telephones. It was amusing to see Rose handling the new invention of the safety bicycle (both wheels the same size.) She also shows us the dark things of this period. Children working at a very young age and  the poverty families faced. Most people worked so hard to provide so little.

I love Rose. She has such a good heart and is an wonderful midwife. Amazing to think she was only paid $2 per child and when people could not afford to pay she worked things out in trade. Being a midwife and a Friend enabled her to get close to people to ask questions about the deaths. She also has a beau who is not a member of her faith. This makes for interesting times together like meeting his parents.

Edith Maxwell has written a complicated mystery. She gives us plenty of suspects with different types of motive. It keeps a good pace and then ramps up at the end with an edge of you seat climax.

If you are a fan of historical mysteries you will love this book. If you are looking for something fresh and new that takes you back in time this is the perfect book for you. For me this one goes on the keeper shelf and gets a paradise rating.

paradise 2016

Dollycas

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MaxwellAbout This Author

Edith Maxwell is an Agatha-nominated mystery author. MURDER MOST FOWL, book four in her Local Foods Mystery series, releases in 2016. Edith once owned and operated the smallest certified-organic farm in Essex County, Massachusetts.

Edith also writes the historical Quaker Midwife Mysteries. DELIVERING THE TRUTH, featuring a Quaker midwife sleuth in 1888, just released.  Edith is Clerk of Amesbury Friends Meeting. Her story, “A Questionable Death,” is nominated for an Agath Award for Best Short Story.

As Maddie Day, Edith writes the Country Store Mysteries set in southern Indiana. GRILLED FOR MURDER releases in 2016.

BLUFFING IS MURDER, the second in Edith’s Lauren Rousseau mystery series (written as Tace Baker), features a Quaker linguistics professor. Edith holds a PhD in linguistics.

Her short stories have appeared in more than a dozen juried anthologies and magazines. She is active in Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime and is the Vice President of SINC New England.

Edith, a fourth-generation Californian, has two grown sons and lives in an antique house north of Boston with her beau, their three cats, a small organic garden, and some impressive garden statuary. She worked as a software technical writer for almost two decades but now writes fiction full time.

You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and at www.edithmaxwell.com.



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Edith is touring Delivering the Truth right now with Great Escapes. You can go to the Tour Page HERE to check out the stops and enter the giveaway.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Feb 252016
 
Earlier today I reviewed a book inspired by Walt Whitman, where Edgar Allan Poe made a cameo appearance. Now let me share this book of short stories with you inspired my Edgar Allan Poe.

edgar allan cozy
Edgar Allan Cozy: Wicked Short Stories
Cozy Anthology
Setting – Maine

Print Length: 55 pages
Wicked Cozy Press (January 16, 2016)
ASIN: B01AQ77TBY
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When cozy mystery writers meet Edgar Allan Poe, the result is Edgar Allan Cozy. Each story in this suspenseful new anthology is inspired by the work of Poe. “The Raven,” “The Lighthouse,” “MS. Found in a Bottle,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” and “Annabel Lee” have been updated and set in the fictional town of Raven Harbor, Maine.

 

Dollycas’s Thoughts

As soon as I heard about this collection I was so excited to read it. A modern spin on classic Poe, sign me up!

The book starts with a wonderful introduction of how these poems and stories can to be. They all take place in Raven Harbor, Maine. It was fun to have the stories all tie together in the same setting.

First up Barbara modern take on The Raven. I loved it!!!

Next Sherry Harris gives us The Lighthouse, a story where Madeline Wilson tries to find out what happened to her great-great-great grandfather, Barnabas, all those years ago. The residents seem to know the story but are pretty tight lipped. It has a nice twist that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Then Sheila Connolly gives us Found in a Bottle. This is a dark tale. A story were a romantic weekend turns into a true mystery. The romance of the story quickly fizzles but what continues is very interesting.

An Intolerable Intrusion by Edith Maxwell comes next. She gives us her modern twist on A Tell-Tale Heart. This was an entertaining read and if I was forced to choose my favorite I would have to pick this one.

Sadie Hartwell’s Within These Walls is next. What do you do when your husband cheats? This story has an intriguing idea. I knew where it was going but I loved it none the less.

The book wraps us with Anna, Belle and Lee by Sherry Harris. She has crafted quite a poem of a twisted love triangle.

Whether you are a fan of Poe or not, I know you will enjoy this little collection. It was a nice mini escape at only 55 pages. It will also be a keeper to be read again and again.

perfect 2016

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cozy wednesday 2013 640I am so happy to welcome Edith Maxwell here today.
Her new book will be released May 26 and she is here to tell us a bit about it and one lucky reader will win an Advance Copy of Farmed and Dangerous!!!

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farmed and dangerousI’m delighted to be your guest today for Cozy Wednesday. New England is just coming off one of the snowiest winters in history, so it’s apt that Farmed and Dangerous is set in January in Massachusetts. My farmer, Cam Flaherty, doesn’t get to escape for a tropical vacation, and instead is keeping her farm share program going despite snow and cold temperatures. She also tends her chickens, and has to deal with an anonymous neighbor dropping off an unwanted rooster named Ruffles for her to take care of.

I didn’t get to escape the cold, either, despite having a farmer son living and working in Puerto Rico. I’m now a full-time writer, though, and since we didn’t lose power in any of this winter’s storms, I just sat up in my second-floor home office, watched the snow fall, and wrote books.

JDmarch2013In past years, though, I did get to escape to the tropics several times. The first year my son was in Puerto Rico, I went for Thanksgiving. Late November is a very dark time of year in the northeast, so it was a total treat to head south. He joined me at a mountaintop bed and breakfast, where our cabin had an outdoor kitchen and I fell asleep to the sound of the Coqui frog chirping, “Ko-kee? Ko-kee?” and the sight of fireflies. The weather was warm during the days and comfortably cool at night. We ate Thanksgiving dinner at the beach with the family who owns the farm – picture doors open to the outside, everybody barefoot and in shorts, and children in and out of the swimming pool. It was heavenly.

CostaRica2009Two other Januaries we went to Costa Rica. Swimming in the warm Caribbean. Eating fresh pineapple and recently caught fish. Zip-lining through treetops. Gazing at splendid colorful birds like Scarlet Macaws and toucans.

Blue_MorphoSpending an afternoon in a butterfly sanctuary and having Blue Morphos land on your arm. Also heaven! On one of those trips I had the best massage of my life on a pavilion with a roof but no walls. Mild fresh air on my skin, a tall strong woman kneading my muscles, and hot oiled rocks warming my back. Now that’s an escape.

IMG_1579Other winter getaways used to be primarily to visit my mother in southern California where I grew up. The last one, in 2012, was especially poignant because she died two months later, but my sisters and I had a lovely time with her and we all felt so grateful to have been there.

PlayaI’m not sure where Cam would go for a winter escape if she could. Her pal, farm volunteer Lucinda DaSilva, is Brazilian, though, so maybe they’ll both go south to solve a farm-related mystery in Rio one of these books!

~Edith

farmed and dangerousFarmed and Dangerous
(Local Foods Mystery)

3rd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Massachusetts
Kensington Books (May 26, 2015)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0758284679
E-Book ASIN: B00ONTR4IU
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Snow is piling up in Westbury, Massachusetts, and Cam Flaherty’s organic farm has managed to survive the harsh New England winter. Unfortunately murder seems to be the crop in season…

Organic farmer Cam Flaherty is struggling to provide the promised amount of food to her customers in her first winter in Westbury, Massachusetts, and her new greenhouse might just collapse from the weight of the snow. Supplying fresh ingredients for a dinner at the local assisted living facility seems like the least of her worries—until a cantankerous resident with a lot of enemies dies after eating the meal.

But while the motives in this case may be plentiful, the trail of poisoned produce leads straight back to Cam. Not even her budding romance with police detective Pete Pappas will keep him from investigating her.

As the suspects gather, a blizzard buries the scene of the crime under a blanket of snow, leaving Cam stranded in the dark with a killer who gives new meaning to the phrase “dead of winter.”

About The Author

Agatha-nominated and Amazon-bestselling author Edith Maxwell writes four murder mystery series, most with recipes, as well as award-winning short stories.

Farmed and Dangerous is the latest in Maxwell’s Local Foods Mysteries series (Kensington Publishing). The latest book in the Lauren Rousseau mysteries, under the pseudonym Tace Baker (Barking Rain Press), is Bluffing is Murder. Maxwell’s Country Store Mysteries, written as Maddie Day (also from Kensington), will debut with Flipped for Murder in November, 2015. Her Quaker Midwife Mysteries series features Quaker midwife Rose Carroll solving mysteries in 1888 Amesbury, with John Greenleaf Whittier’s help, and will debut in March, 2016 with Delivering the Truth.

A fourth-generation Californian, Maxwell lives in an antique house inorth of Boston with her beau and three cats. She blogs every weekday with the other Wicked Cozy Authors (wickedcozyauthors.com), and you can find her at www.edithmaxwell.com, @edithmaxwell, on Pinterest and Instagram, and at www.facebook.com/EdithMaxwellAuthor.

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am excited to bring you a Brand New Cozy Series today
and to welcome Edith to Escape With Dollycas!

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tine to liveGrowing Garlic

Thanks so much for asking me over, Lori! My new cozy mystery, A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die, is set on an organic farm, and I wanted to share a bit of my own background in farming.

Twenty years ago I operated and co-owned a small certified-organic farm in northeastern Massachusetts. One of my specialties was garlic. I grew hundreds of bulbs of both stiff-neck and soft-neck (braidable) garlic.

Seed Garlic

Seed Garlic

Finished Bed

Finished Bed

April

April

June

June

It’s a fantastic crop. You plant it in late fall, when everything else is dying off for the winter, preferably on a nice sunny Indian-Summer kind of day. After the ground freezes in December, I mulch the beds with salt marsh hay, which prevents frost heaves.

In April the green shoots push up through the hay, and I harvest it in late July. I learned much of what I know about growing garlic from a great book, titled Growing Great Garlic.

Garlic has no pests in our area. It doesn’t need pruning or thinning. It feels like a free crop in the spring, because the work was done so long ago. I use lots of garlic when I cook, and it stores well. What’s to lose?

Here is a paragraph from my second Local Foods mystery, ‘Til Dirt Do Us Part, which takes place in the fall but will be out in early spring 2014. Farmer Cam Flaherty is planting her garlic. She has already split the garlic bulbs into cloves, selecting the fattest ones for planting and using the rest in her own kitchen. (Preston is her Norwegian Forest cat)

“She took the basket of cloves and a pitchfork to the field. She loosened a large bed that had held bush beans earlier in the season, so it was now rich in nitrogen from nodules on the legume roots, and covered it with several inches of finished compost. Kneeling, she pressed a clove, root side down, about an inch into the loose rich soil. The next clove went in four inches away. She continued that way along the length and width of the bed, every clove a hand’s width from its neighbor. Preston sidled by to visit and sat on a bale of salt marsh hay to watch her work.”

Scapes

Scapes

Scapes

When you plant stiff-neck garlic varieties like German Red and Rocambole, the cloves grow in a single layer around a central stalk. Right around now in the season, the plants throw up a scape. It’s the stalk becoming an alien-looking pointy growth that loops around into a circle and then keeps growing. The scape ultimately wants to become a garlic flower, but that robs the bulbs of energy, so farmers clip them off with scissors. I like to saute them. These crunchy green stalks, either whole or chopped, provide a nice mild garlic flavor.

After the Equinox, the garlic starts bulbing underground. I harvest it when two-thirds of the leaves are yellowing, and lay it out first in the sun and then in a cool dry place to cure. Soft-neck garlic varieties, which grow in several concentric layers and don’t have the rigid central stalk, can then be braided.

What about you? Have you grown garlic? Do you have any varieties you prefer, or would you rather just shake a little dried garlic out of a jar?

~Edith

About Edith Maxwell
Locavore Edith Maxwell’s Local Foods Mysteries published by Kensington let her relive her days as an organic farmer in Massachusetts, although murder in the greenhouse is new. A fourth-generation Californian, she has also published short stories of murderous revenge, most recently in the Fish Nets and Thin Ice anthologies.

Edith Maxwell’s pseudonym Tace Baker authored Speaking of Murder, which features Quaker linguistics professor Lauren Rousseau and campus intrigue after her sexy star student is killed. Edith is a long-time Quaker and holds a long-unused doctorate in linguistics.

A mother and former technical writer, Edith lives north of Boston in an antique house with her beau and three cats. You can find her at www.edithmaxwell.com and
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tine to liveA Tine to Live, A Tine to Die
(Local Foods Mystery)

Brand New Series
Cozy Mystery
Kensington Books (May 28, 2013)
Hardcover: 272 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0758284617
E-Book File Size: 502 KB
ASIN: B00B60D92E

goodreads-badge-add-plus-d700d4d3e3c0b346066731ac07b7fe47It’s the start of the farming season in Westbury, Massachusetts, and geek-turned-novice farmer Cameron Flaherty hopes to make a killing selling organic produce. A colorful Locavore Club belongs to Cam’s farm-share program. But when a killer strikes on her property, her first foray into the world of organic farming yields a bumper crop of locally sourced murder. To clear her name, Cam has to dig up secrets buried deep beneath the soil of Produce Plus Plus Farm. And when the police don’t make progress in the case, she has to catch a murderer whose motto seems to be, “Eat Local. Kill Local.”

Dollycas’s Thoughts
An excellent debut!!

Cam Flaherty is a protagonist that is easy to identify with. She has come back to Westbury to take over the farm where she spent so many summers growing up. Just when her ideas starts to bear fruit a man is murdered.

Maxwell has surrounded Cam with more than a few suspects and friends that keep her strong as she fights to clear her name. These characters are really well fleshed out for the first book in a series. We learn a lot about their backgrounds which always makes the reader invested in their lives and the story. It also makes the book extremely hard to put down.

With issues like a local militia, some residents with immigration problems, and the localore way of eating many Westbury area residents are adapting makes this a very interesting story in addition to a well plotted mystery.

Edith Maxwell has firmly planted a great foundation for what I know is going to be a very tasty series!

a perfect escape

5 STARFISH

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