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A Simple Murder

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  • Posted June 11, 2012

    A BREATH OF FRESH AIR!

    Will Rees, a travelling weaver, has returned to his farm to check on his son David only to discover that he has run away to the local Shaker community. He finds David there, but also finds that one of the young women there has been murdered. As shocking as that would be anywhere, it's almost unbelievable among the peaceful Shakers. Because Will has a history of solving crimes, he is asked to stay within the community and find the murderer. He agrees, as it will give him much-needed time with his son. As he searches for the murderer, he finds a web of deceit that goes back through the past and threatens the serenity of the peaceful Shaker community.

    After the fascination with the Amish over the past few years, this novel was a breath of fresh air. I have been interested in the Shakers since visiting one of their communities as a child, but it seems that they have been overlooked in the world of fiction. Ms. Kuhns has not only written an excellent mystery novel, but a very realistic, albeit fictional, portrayal of Shaker life. If her debut novel is any indication of her future work, I look forward to any and all of her future novels.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2012

    I could not decide how many stars for this book. It is a well wr

    I could not decide how many stars for this book. It is a well written, and researched book . But something is missing, and I found it dull in some parts. perhaps the writer will improve next time, I have a feeling that this is going to be a series. The biggest problem, was too many characters, At the end of this book, one needed a scorecard to list the names. A library book, not a bought book.

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  • Posted May 15, 2012

    Eleanor Kuhns certainly knows how to write and research a story,

    Eleanor Kuhns certainly knows how to write and research a story, with both the setting and the time period integral to the tale. Will Rees is a flawed hero readers can enjoy, and he has enough sense of purpose to get the job done when obstacles begin to build around him.

    The details and description proved plentiful throughout the novel, and the characters were by no means one-dimensional, but something was missing throughout most of the first half of this novel. It might have to do with the slow start, and the details that sometimes took the reader a bit too far away from the story. The second half moved a little quicker, and the ending provided a good summary, but it felt rushed.

    While not a complete surprise at the end, this book had a decent plot and a few suspects to keep the reader’s interest. It was a unique read focused on a unique time period, but as the winner of the First Crime Novel Competition the bar should have been set a little higher.

    I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

    Robert Downs
    Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

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    I just started reading, but so far, so good. I'm sure I'll be l

    I just started reading, but so far, so good. I'm sure I'll be looking for more after reading. Congratulations Eleanor!
    -Lisa, The Field Library

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