Turning the Tide (Quaker Midwife Mystery #3)

Turning the Tide (Quaker Midwife Mystery #3)

by Edith Maxwell


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"An intriguing look at life in 19th-century New England, a heroine whose goodness guides all her decisions, and a mystery that surprises."—Kirkus Reviews on Called to Justice

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.

Turning the Tide is a 2018 Agatha Award Nominee for Best Historical Novel

Praise for the Quaker Midwife Mysteries:

"Engaging."—Publishers Weekly

"First of hopefully many more to come, I believe that everyone will definitely enjoy this stand-out book."—Suspense Magazine

"Rose Carroll is a richly crafted and appealing sleuth. A terrific historical read."—Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author

"The historical setting is redolent and delicious, the townspeople engaging, and the plot a proper puzzle, but it's Rose Carroll—midwife, Quaker, sleuth—who captivates in this irresistible series debut."—Catriona McPherson, award-winning author of the Dandy Gilver series

"Maxwell introduces a fascinating new heroine with her Quaker midwife Rose Carroll."—Victoria Thompson, bestselling author of Murder on St. Nicolas Ave

"[Rose's] strong personality combined with the author's distinctive voice and vivid writing style transported me instantly to another time and place."—Kathy Lynn Emerson, Malice Domestic 2014 Guest of Honor and author of How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries, Murder in the Queen's Wardrobe, and the Diana Spaulding 1888 Mysteries

"A riveting historical mystery featuring a refreshingly different kind of heroine, a Quaker midwife who also solves crimes with wit, intelligence, and gentle grace. It's a page turner. It's a fascinating look at nineteenth-century American faith, culture, and small-town life. And best of all, it's the second of what is sure to be a long and beloved series."—William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Cape Cod and The Lincoln Letter

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738750545
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 04/08/2018
Series: Quaker Midwife Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 331,036
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Edith Maxwell is President of the New England chapter of Sisters in Crime and a long-time member of the Society of Friends. She is the author of the Local Foods Mysteries and writes the Country Store Mysteries under the pseudonym Maddie Day.

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Turning the Tide 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
an engrossing mystery set during a fascinating time in history TURNING THE TIDE by Edith Maxwell The Third Quaker Midwife Mystery The year is 1888 and Amesbury, Massachusetts is gearing up for the presidential election. Fighting for the right to vote, noted Suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton has come to Amesbury to lend her support to the Woman Suffrage Association. Midwife Rose Carroll, a Quaker and supporter of equality between the sexes, has joined the group and received her sash in preparation for the big demonstration on election day. Returning home in the early hours of the morning Rose discovers the body of Rowena Felch, leader of the group. Who could have killed her? A robber? The husband she was about to leave? The co-leader of the organization? Or a man who hated the cause? Rose Carroll is a delightful protagonist. Smart and proud of who she is, even though she doesn't quite fit in with societal norms of the time. Although Rose is a confident woman, this third Quaker Midwife Mystery finds her doubting herself and her relationship with David. With so many forces against them, will they be able to make it work? Rose also has to worry about her brother-in-law's behavior as she performs her midwifery duties and trains an apprentice. To make matters worse, after making some inquiries about the murder, Rose finds herself the target of the killer! I love the historical details found in this book, from clothing and bicycles to the food. The addition of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and John Greenleaf Whittier provides such verisimilitude and setting the story during such an important time makes history come alive. I've been lucky enough to visit Seneca Falls, the site of the first Convention on Women's Rights, and even stand in Elizabeth Cady Stanton's house! Especially now, it's important to revisit the past, not only to see how far we've come, but how far we have to go, and to sigh that some things haven't changed at all. TURNING THE TIDE is an engrossing mystery set during a fascinating time in history with vibrant characters who are pertinent today. While entertaining, it also provides a great history lesson and gives readers lots to contemplate; about society, equality, and justice. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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!
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
While the country is gearing up for the Presidential election of 1888, Rose Carroll and others in her town in Massachusetts are gearing up for a peaceful protest in support of women’s suffrage. Days before the election, Rose finds the body of Rowena Felch, the local leader of the movement, dead outside her home. Could it be that someone hates the idea of women voting that much? Or is there another motive? While women’s suffrage is a strong theme in the book, Rose quickly finds other motives for murder. I did feel the plot slowed down a time or two, but that never lasted for very long. In fact, the author was able to work in development in the mystery in the middle of some of the scenes about the suffrage movement. I especially appreciated the fact that some of the males in this book supported the movement, too. The characters are great as always, and a couple of sub-plots advance series storylines well. All told, this is another great book.
SummerMondays More than 1 year ago
This book reminded me of Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote if she had been a midwife, in 1888, and a Quaker! Our main character, Rose Carroll is back in her third book in the Quaker Midwife Mystery. I have not read the first two books yet, but as soon as I saw the description of this book I knew I wanted to read it. NetGalley kindly allowed me to read the ARC of the book in exchange for a review and I am so glad they did! Rose is a Quaker who is loyal to her beliefs, engaged to a non-Quaker man (a bit scandalous at the time!), and keeps coming across mysteries. Luckily the local police are accepting of Rose's abilities to find out what they cannot and she works with them. Throughout solving the mystery in this particular book, Rose is also a fledgling suffragist who takes the reader along as she helps support the cause of women's right to vote. We are also able to learn a lot about midwifery at the time and see what her life is like balancing all of her duties to family, fiancé, her work as a midwife, and amateur detective. When I started the book I was not sure I was going to be interested in finishing, but as soon as the mystery kicked in I had to keep reading. Rose is a likable character who gives us her thoughts on each person in her world, as well as portrays herself realistically. She doubts herself, and is willing to wonder about her decisions. I would recommend this book for mystery fans as well as fans of learning more about the every day women who were involved in the suffrage movement. It was wonderful to see the story of suffrage through the eyes of an every day woman and not just hearing about the women famous for their participation. Rose shows us her life and along the way works to solve a shocking murder. I did not see the ending coming, and that is always good in a mystery! I am hoping to go back and read the first two books in the series and learn more about Rose.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Turning The Tide is the third book in the A Quaker Midwife Mystery series. I really love this series from Edith Maxwell. The books are all well-plotted stories and have interesting and believable character. Maxwell has researched well, the time and area to provide the reader with an accurate portrayal of life in the late 1800’s Massachusetts. There is also the cameo appearance by John Greenleaf Whittier, Elizabeth Cady, and Susan B. Anthony. It’s 1888 and the presidential election is just around the corner. In the quaint little community if Amesbury the Amesbury Women Suffrage Association are having planning meetings for the protest they will put on on election day seeking the right to vote. One evening after a suffrage meeting, Rose Carroll is called to an impending birth. As delivering the baby she is heading home, near dawn and comes across the body of Rowena Felch hidden under a lilac tree in front of her home and looking through a front window at her it appears that a room has been ransacked. Rose had just met Rowena the evening before at the organizational meeting. When Det. Kevin Donovan arrives at the scene, Rose informs him that Rowena and a Zula Goodwin had exchanged some heated words at their meeting the evening before. In the past, Donovan has appreciated Rose’s help in solving other cases and offers to help find the person that murdered Rowena. Someone comes forward and claims to have seen Hilarius Bauer near Rowena home that evening. The police chief wanting a quick solution to the case orders Donovan to arrest Bauer. Rose feels certain he is not the murder and continues to investigate. On election day at the rally, a Leroy Dunnsmore a known opponent to the Suffrage movement tries to shoot Elizabeth Cady. It seems that Rowena’s husband might be innocent, as he had been out of town when the murder happened, but then he could have hired someone. Rose isn’t still sure whether the reason for the killing is related to her involvement in the suffrage movement or revenge for something more personal. When an attempt is made on her life, Rose knows she has to mover quick or she might be the next victim. If working as a midwife and investigating this murder, Rose also has to deal with her impending marriage to David Dodge, a doctor. Dodge is not of the Quaker faith and Rose has been told by Ruby Bracken that she will be read out of the Friends if she does marry Dodge. In addition, Dodge’s mother is dead set against the marriage, thinking her some could marry someone better. This was an exciting book with a few twists and turns and was a book that was hard to put down. I definitely want to read the next book in this exciting and informative series.
arkieclown More than 1 year ago
TURNING THE TIDE by Edith Maxwell is an extremely wonderful book to read on multiple levels. It will entertain and excite those interested in mysteries, midwifery, Quaker, historical events and women suffrage. Midwife Rose Carroll staying true to her Quaker beliefs is able to support the women suffrage right to vote campaign. The talk and dedication to detail in the book for this campaign helps us to understand how it was to live back when women didn’t have the rights of men and how far we have come. It’s one of the campaign meetings that brings Rose to meeting the murder victim the night before her demise. This isn’t the first murder that Rose has had dealing with. By now she is a welcome visitor into the police station often to offer information and details to Officer Kevin Donovan. Rose has problems of her own including being engaged to David Dodge, who isn’t a Quaker and whose Mother, Clarinda, doesn’t quite except Rose as a proper spouse for her son, and the prospects of being “read out of the Meetings” from the church for marrying a non-Quaker. She welcomes her Mom’s arrival for a visit hoping maybe she can help pave the way for a smooth upcoming marriage and find a way to appease the church that she is marrying a good man The murder investigation takes many twists and turns. One of which has Rose injured and locked in an old and cold building. It’s a story that keeps you wondering whodunit and wanting to keep the pages turning. In the end, it’s her midwife skills that Rose finds the most helpful in the case. Author Edith Maxwell delivers a very well researched and accurate to detail account of events for the time frame that TURNING THE TIDE is written in – the Presidential election of 1888. Her desire to be accurate in people, speech, dress, occupations, and events of the time is apparent down to the tiniest of details which enables the reader to actually step back in time through the pages of her book. TURNING THE TIDE by Edith Maxwell is the third book in the A Quaker Midwife Mystery series. This was the first book in the series that I have read so it can definitely be read as a standalone. I know that after reading this one, I will definitely be reading the first two books in this series and am hoping there will be a number four yet to come. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that loves a great mystery or a well written book that will turn you into a mystery lover.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Be careful the author has brought our midwife Quaker Rose back, and unfortunately bodies seem to follow her too. We are in the 1880’s Massachusetts, and we are at historical meetings and suffragette demonstrations with some famous people. I loved reading about how hard these women fought to get the vote, and how some men were so against it, really makes you think, and also what a lot take for granted. We go to the deliveries of new babies, and wonder if Rose and David will be able to go ahead and have their wedding, forces sure do seem to be against them. One good thing, it does look like there may be another book to answer some of these questions, and that makes me happy! I enjoyed this story, and wasn’t sure of the who done it until the very end. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Midnight Ink, and was not required to give a positive review.