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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.
Review: This is the first book in a new series. I had to read this one because I love Sam Thomas' Midwife Mystery series that is set in England.
I have to say I loved this book as much as those in that other series. Rose is a smart character and the history of the story is done well. Though I'm not so sure about the timing for Bertie's friend who was a female lawyer at the time, but this is fiction, so I'm not going to quibble.
I really did love Rose, she was very forward thinking, considering her religion and she was very smart especially in how she went about helping the detective. She was really a well developed character. Her beau, David Dodge is wonderful too. I hope that as the series goes on, she'll be able to find happiness with him, as she is not his mother's first choice as a bride for her son.
This was really several mysteries that all tied together. I found myself guessing quite a few times at who was to blame only to be wrong each time. It starts with a factory fire, then the murder of the owner's son by one of Rose's knitting needles, then the death of the young unwed mother who seems to have been having an affair with the owner of the factory.
Everything seems to point to a connection and possibly one killer, or does it. That is really what makes this book so enjoyable. It keeps you guessing to the very end.