The Ninth Daughter

The Ninth Daughter

by Barbara Hamilton

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The Ninth Daughter by Barbara Hamilton

1773: The Massachusetts colony is torn between patriots who want independence from British rule and loyalists who support the King. At the center is the educated and beautiful Abigail Adams-wife of John Adams, a leader of the Sons of Liberty, the secret organization opposing the Crown. And when her husband is accused of murder, she must work to clear his name.

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ISBN-13: 9780425244630
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Series: Abigail Adams Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 669,192
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.04(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Barbara Hamilton is a pseudonym for Barbara Hambly. Hambly is a full-time author, who works in several genres. In the mystery world ,she is known for her bestselling Benjamin January historical mystery series, including A Free Man of Color and Good Man Friday among other titles. She has also written a number of historical novels about famous women in American history, including Mary Todd Lincoln and Dolly Madison.

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The Ninth Daughter 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I would! It was a great mystery with a hefty set of characters (historical and otherwise) with an underlying theme of political tension playing throughout the plot. I think that’s what made the book enjoyable, was despite the mystery being the main hook, the political tension and bickering between the patriots and the British was always in the forefront and mentioned when need be as it was central to the story. Every so often you had mention of Abigail’s refusal to drink tea for example, or minor scuffles happening between citizens and the Redcoats. Despite the tensions however, Abigail puts her ideas and beliefs aside and works alongside the British to solve this mystery. I enjoyed reading her character. She’s strong willed and has a good retort every so often when she needs to speak out, which shocks other characters as it wasn’t considered “proper”. I enjoy Abigail’s unorthodox behavior and it may seem as if she gives an air of an annoying stubborn woman, but it’s because of her personality that things get done no matter whose side you’re on or who you support. John and Abigail’s relationship was also nice to read. They’re both equals and you can see a subtle quiet strength between them and they compliment each other perfectly. There’s a mutual respect between the two and if they were alive now, they would probably be a political supercouple ;) The mystery aspect of the book was good and the intrigue is definitely noted. The setting is superbly done and very descriptive. The list of suspects was substantial and revelation of the culprit isn’t much of a surprise but the execution of obtaining the criminal and his background story was excellent to read , and was very satisfying to see the bad guys get their dues. The supporting characters are also well done - although I have to admit, there are just a little too many for me. Even minor characters have their personality and details and although it’s good and makes the world building more detailed and rich, sometimes it’s a bit hard to follow as to who’s who. (Perhaps a section of cast of characters would help in this case - especially when some characters share the same last name) I’ll be picking up the next book to read. It’s definitely worth looking into for those that love historical fiction mysteries. The tea has been dumped!!! So you have to figure out what sort of chaos is going to happen and what mystery Abigail will solve next.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Abigail Adams is going to visit a friend, but her friends isn't home and there's a dead woman on her floor. Who is this woman? When John is accused of the crime, Abigail starts trying to clear her husband. Meanwhile, some tea has just sailed into Boston harbor…. I love Revolutionary era history, so I wanted to like this book. However, it let the detail of life during that time slow down the pace of the story. And the plot that was here was highly predictable
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable book for me. It is set in Revolutionary Boston so there was a little bit of history along with the mystery. I liked how the author showed Abigail's and John's relationship. There were many key characters in this book and the author gave you just enough of each of them so you could get to know them a little more. Another thing I liked was how Abigail worked with the Redcoats to solve the mystery even though they did not agree on the politics that was going on in this country at the time. The author had some clues as to the mystery but they kept me guessing until the end of the story. In fact I had no idea that the killer was who it was. I was a little shocked at who it was. I am looking forward to the next book in this series to see what kind of trouble Abigail finds next.
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The historical background was interesting. I liked the character of Abigail Adams, but the idea that an 18th century wife and mother would be going around solving mysteries and putting her life in danger doesn't ring true. The book was an exciting read at the end, though.
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DeborahJRoss More than 1 year ago
I loved Barbara Hamilton's historical novels, The Emancipator's Wife (about Mary Todd Lincoln) and Patriot Hearts, which was in many ways a seduction into the life of Abigail Adams. I'd read some of Adams's letters to her children, full of wit and wisdom, not to mention compassion and an intriguing perspective on the events surrounding the American Revolution and establishment of the United States. The Ninth Daughter, under the guise of a fictional murder mystery, offers as well a beautifully wrought, richly detailed vision of life in Colonial Boston. The plot itself involves not only the expected crime and politically motivated cover-up, spies and counter-spies, the legacy of Puritanism (the reference to the nine daughter of Eve, each more sinful than the first), the Sons of Liberty and the run-up to the Boston Tea Party, but the details of daily life and personal relationships that make the characters and their times truly come alive.
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ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
The Ninth Daughter by Barbara Hamilton is the first in a historical mystery series starring Abigail Adams. Abigail stumbles upon a brutal murder of a mysterious woman when she stops to visit her friend, Rebecca Malvern. Before alerting the watch to the death, she informs Sam Adams and the other Sons of Liberty because Rebecca was a contact within the organization. In the course of ensuring that the British authorities won't discover any information about the revolutionary group, they destroy much of the evidence. Abigail is so enraged at the idea of the murderer escaping justice that she starts investigating the crime herself, especially when she discovers that Rebecca has disappeared and may have fled the scene because she recognized the man. Perhaps he is a Son of Liberty, putting the entire group under suspicion. Abigail must work with a British lieutenant when her husband John is arrested for the crime. This murder may put the entire American cause in jeopardy. Hamilton has done her research about the life of Adams and fills the pages with many real people along with historical detail that brings 1774 Boston to life. Hamilton also portrays Adams remarkably well and by making the crime one that threatens friends and family makes her interference in the investigation realistic. Those familiar with Adams will be pleased by the portrayal, and those who aren't will be intrigued by this spunky, smart Founding Mother. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
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Barbara Hamilton has done a marvelous job in writing this book. For those of you who are familiar with the letters of Abigail and John Adams, you will know that the author has done a remarkable job in recreating their relationship and background. And I don't think you necessarily need to be a student of history (though you may miss some inside jokes) to enjoy this book as the murder plot is unique and very suspenseful. Though at times the plot is a bit over-convoluted, even if I wasn't a fan of Abigail Adams I would have totally enjoyed this mystery. The author does a marvelous job of creating the surroundings and the characters. The murderer was very much a surprise, which is always a sign of an excellent mystery writer. I recommend this book and I myself eagerly await the next book in the Abigail Adams Mystery series.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1773, the Sons of Liberty demand representation in England's Parliament and a say in running the colonies that they consider a country. They are preventing a ship containing tea imported by the West Indian Company from unloading. Abigail Adams is at the periphery of the standoff as her spouse John is one of the leaders of the tea boycott. She visits her friend Rebecca Malvern, who tells her that her husband abuses her. Abigail finds a corpse of a woman on the kitchen floor. Before she goes for help, she notices Sons of Liberty items everywhere. John and his brother Sam arrive to clean up the mess; the victim is Perdita Pentyre married to a wealthy merchant and mistress to the colonial governor. Rebecca is missing and Abigail believes she has been abducted. She intends to find her friend as does Sam who believes Rebecca possesses a ledger containing the names of the Sons of Liberty in other colonies and the cipher which is used to communicate with them As her husband is accused of murder, her inquiry takes her into the worst sections of Boston where homicide is a daily activity. Barbara Hamilton writes a super Revolutionary War era Massachusetts Bay Colony amateur sleuth starring real historical figures who fans the flames of revolt two years before the "shot hear round the world" (Emerson's usage and not that of Bobby Thompson). The mystery is well crafted even though the audience knows John is obviously not the killer since this is not an alternate historical. The story line provides a deep look at Boston as rebellion is in the air. Fans will want to join the tea party hosted by Ms. Hamilton with guests being a who's who of Colonial Massachusetts. Harriet Klausner