Entertaining but unremarkable. Writing is often choppy. The author was brave enough to develop a main character who is not particularly likeable, but still holds one's interest.
Considering her very first this book is really good and interesting
The story is pleasant and the mystery is a satisfying puzzle. I think of this as a romance mystery because the writing has that quality to it.
1st post-revolutionary war, weaver William goes to Maine Shaker village to check on son, investigates murder, falls in love.
Who'da thunk someone could have pulled off writing an excellent murder mystery set in (of all places) a late 18th century Shaker community in Maine? Well, Eleanor Kuhns managed to do so -- in spades! Shakers were a Christian sect of hard-working, God-fearing, celibates whose grinding daily routine didn't leave much room for fun (but, man, did they make great furniture!). Yet I found this book to be an enjoyable, fast read, well deserving of its awards. I was able to figure out whodunit fairly early on, but getting to the end is more than half the fun of this book. I hope this is the first of a series. Take this with you on a holiday trip to visit Hancock Shaker Village in Western Massachusetts. Enjoy!
I'm looking forward to seeing how Kuhns develops her characters. Having traveled to several Shaker historic sites and studied about them, her research seemed spot on. Her telling was both nuanced and clear. She has a good eye for detail yet doesn't let the story get bogged down in minutiae.
Kuhns has done her research. The social relationships of the Shaker community bear some resemblance to catholic religious communities in other books I have read. This is apparently the beginning of a series, so the mystery was satisfactorily solved, but the relationships of the main characters are left open for later development. The characters are believable and interesting enough that I would like to read more about them. I will keep an eye out for further mysteries by this author.
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