Turning the Tide

Written by Edith Maxwell


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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.




A Cleverly Written Mystery, Beautifully Plotted! 5 stars

What a pleasure it is to return to Rose Carroll’s world in this, her third mystery. These books are fast rising to be among my most favourite reads!

Rose Carroll, Quaker, midwife and apparently with a penchant for happening across dead bodies continues with all three in Turning the Tide. With several suspects, she takes it upon herself to assist the police with their enquiries, hoping that folk are more likely to talk to her than them. Once again, she finds herself in peril and this is an exciting read following Rose through the ups and downs of the investigation alongside her day to day duties.

I adore everything about this series; the time, the language, learning more each time about Quakers, midwifery in the 1880’s and general family life in that period. For me, an important part of these books is reading through the author’s note at the beginning and appreciating the lengths Edith Maxwell goes to in her research to make her stories as authentic as possible. There are also lots of pieces of information to be gleaned there which add to the tale.

I think this is the best of this series so far, and I have been glued to the pages suspecting first one person and then another. Did I guess right? Not a chance! This is a cleverly written mystery with lots going on, and one which I highly recommend. Beautifully plotted as always, and exceptionally well written, I have closed my kindle at the end with a sigh of complete satisfaction. As a reader, I can’t ask for more than that!

My grateful thanks to publishers Midnight Ink for approving my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: historical mystery, midwife, Quaker


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2798 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Midnight Ink
  • Publication Date: 8 April 2018
  • Link to Buy: http://amzn.eu/60yqnAF



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Meet the Author




Edith Maxwell (Amesbury, MA) 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. She blogs at wickedcozyauthors.com.




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