A day in the life with Rose Carroll by Edith Maxwell

called-to-justiceIndependence Day, 1888

During the parade to celebrate our country’s one-hundred-and-twelfth birthday that hot Seventh Month day, I found the militaristic marching distasteful. But I giggled and pointed along with the rest of the crowd at the various horribles (as they call them) walking by. My favorite was policeman dressed as a British bobby pulling an outhouse on a cart labeled “Amesbury Lockup.”

Thee might be aware that, while the rest of our bustling mill town of Amesbury enjoyed a day of rest and festivities, babies can decide to come into the world at any moment. As a midwife I was fortunate to have none appearing so far, but if I was called to a birth, I would go.

After the parade the new statue of Josiah Bartlett, an Amesbury resident and the second signer of the Declaration of Independence, was to be dedicated. My friend and fellow Quaker, the famous abolitionist and poet John Greenleaf Whittier, had been asked to write a poem for the occasion. Because John did not care for public speaking a professor from Andover, the assigned reader, rose and cleared his throat. The familiar cadences ended thusly:

And thou, O Land he loved, rejoice
That in the countless years to come,
Whenever Freedom needs a voice,
These sculptured lips shall not be dumb!

It was just like John to make sure freedom was mentioned. After the speech, I found myself following some paces behind a tall colored man whose jaunty gait looked familiar.

“Akwasi,” I called. “Is that thee?”

He halted and craned his head to glance behind him. “That it surely is, Rose. What a delight to see thee.” He pivoted and held out both hands to greet me, squeezing my pale hands in his when I arrived. His smile was broad and white in his dark face, and smiling made his ears stick out farther than they usually did. He was a warm and generous member of the Society of Friends, but he hadn’t always been. John Whittier had sheltered a teenaged Akwasi in the hidden quarters in the cellar of the Meetinghouse as part of the Underground Railroad during the last year of the War for the Union. Akwasi had chosen to stay on in Amesbury even though not all local residents had welcomed him. He’d been diligent about his studies, mentored by John, and had become a member of the Meeting.

“Did thee hear the poem of Friend John?” I asked.

He released my hands and laid his right hand on his heart. “‘Whenever Freedom needs a voice, These sculptured lips shall not be dumb!’ Let us hope that comes to pass, Rose. Let us pray it does.”


You can read more about Rose in Called To Justice, the second book in the “Quaker Midwife” historical mystery series.

Quaker midwife Rose Carroll is enjoying the 1888 Independence Day evening fireworks with her beau when a teenaged Quaker mill girl is found shot dead. After a former slave and fellow Quaker is accused of the murder, Rose delves into the crime, convinced of the man’s innocence. An ill-mannered mill manager, an Irish immigrant, and the victim’s young boyfriend come under suspicion even as Rose’s future with her handsome doctor suitor becomes unsure. Rose continues to deliver babies and listen to secrets, finally figuring out one criminal – only to be threatened by the murderer, with three lives at stake. Can she rescue herself, a baby, and her elderly midwifery teacher in time?

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About the author
National best-selling author Edith Maxwell is a 2017 double Agatha Award nominee for her historical mystery Delivering the Truth and her short story, “The Mayor and the Midwife.” She writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries and the Local Foods Mysteries; as Maddie Day she writes the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. Her award-winning short crime fiction has appeared in many juried anthologies, and she is honored to served as President of Sisters in Crime New England.

A fourth-generation Californian and former tech writer, farmer, and doula, Maxwell now writes, cooks, gardens, and wastes time as a Facebook addict north of Boston with her beau and three cats. She blogs at Wicked Cozy Authors, Killer Characters, and with the Midnight Ink authors. Find her at edithmaxwell.com and elsewhere.

All comments are welcomed.

Called To Justice is available at retail and online booksellers or you can ask your local library to get it for you.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a print copy of Called To Justice. US entries only, please. The giveaway ends April 9, 2017. Good luck everyone!

31 responses to “A day in the life with Rose Carroll by Edith Maxwell

  1. I have not read any books byEdith Maxwell. This book sounds interesting. It’s set in the time period I like to read about. I love historical mystery books.

  2. I love historical mysteries. Edith Maxwell is a new author to me as I have not read any of her books. However this series first book Delivering the Truth is next on my TBR pile. I can’t wait to read it. Thank you Dru for introducing authors to us mystery fans. Have a great weekend.

  3. I really liked the post and how that independence parade seemed back then. Only 112 years young! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  4. Thanks for this captivating and fascinating feature and giveaway. I enjoy historical mysteries and this one sounds memorable.

  5. After I read books I donate to a local library and this one sounds like I’d like it and it would be a “clean” read for the Mennonite and Amish who get books from the library.

  6. Thank you for hilighting Edith Maxwell. I live historical mysteries, and this is on my wish list. Thanks for the chance to win.

  7. elainehroberson

    Enjoyed the post and I know I would enjoy the book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  8. Thanks – the book sounds great. DRU, you are doing an absolutely wonderful service each day!!! in giving us a taste of the books out there. Thank you!!

  9. Loved the first book. Can’t wait to read this one.

  10. I think a mystery set back in the 1800’s should teach me a bit of history as well as let me try to solve a mystery. Sounds like a good book.
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  11. Linda Herold

    I’d love to win a book by this author! Thanks so much for the chance! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

  12. Celia Fowler

    I’d love to read more about Rose Carroll and the historical characters she comes in contact with in Called to Justice. Thanks for the giveaway Dru!

  13. Kay Bennett

    Wow, I dont know how I havent read any of this series yet, since I love the author. Thanks for the chance to win.

  14. This sounds like a very intriguing mystery, I’m sure we’d both enjoy reading it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  15. Really enjoyed the description of the book. Enjoy reading historical mysteries and the Quaker and midwife storyline sounds like a fascinating read.

  16. Doward Wilson

    Love this author & can’t wait to read this series. Thanks for the post & giveaway.

  17. Gail Arnold

    I loved the first book in this series and anxiously await the second. I’d love my very own copy since, as a retiree, most books I read come from the library. Thanks for the chance to win, Dru!

  18. Julie Fetcho

    Want to read this author.

  19. I enjoy Edith Maxwell’s books and her midwife series is one of my favorites. I would love to be chosen to win a copy of her book. Thanks Dru Ann for having Rose Carroll and her side to this book.

  20. Pauline Barlow

    I don’t believe that I have ever read a Quaker mystery before. and know I’d like to read one; perhaps “Call to Justice” is the one to begin.

  21. Love her Country Store mysteries and Local Foods mysteries.
    Looking Forward to reading her newest series.

  22. wendynewcomb

    Oh this sounds like an interesting story, and a Quaker mystery sounds great!!! Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

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  23. Thank you for the heads-up on this series…..added to my WishList…….

  24. I would love a signed copy of this book.

  25. Karen Terry

    Sounds like a real good plot.

  26. conniepsaunders

    Sounds great! Thanks for this giveaway!!
    Connie
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  27. This sounds so intriguing!
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  29. I have read all of this author’s books except for this series and am very anxious to try them…..I just know they are going to be great!!

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