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Called to Justice (A Quaker Midwife Mystery) by [Maxwell, Edith]
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When Hannah Breed confides to midwife Rose Carroll that she’s pregnant out of wedlock, Rose promises to help her through the pregnancy and figure out a way to break the news to her family. But that night, amid the noise and revelry of the Independence Day fireworks, Hannah 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 focusing in on the culprit only to be threatened herself.


"Engaging"—Publishers Weekly

"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

"Maxwell has given readers a wonderful gift with Called to Justice. It's 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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1708 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Midnight Ink (8 April 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rose Seeks Justice for a Pregnant Young Woman 11 April 2017
By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers - Published on
Last year, we got to meet Rose Carroll, a Quaker midwife in 1888 Massachusetts when the prolific Edith Maxwell started a new historical mystery series. Since I enjoyed that book, I was ready to return to Rose’s world in Called to Justice. It’s a return trip well worth making.

The book opens on the 4th of July, and Rose is among the many in the town of Amesbury out enjoying the festivities. As the parade is going through town, Hannah Breed confides in Rose that she is pregnant. Since Hannah isn’t married and is only in her late teens, Hannah doesn’t know what to do. Marrying the father, a man whose identity Rose wants to keep quiet, isn’t an option either. Rose promises to help Hannah, but she isn’t quite sure how she will do that.

That night, while Rose is enjoying the fireworks with her beau, David, someone starts screaming. Rose and David, who is a doctor, rush to see if they can help only to find that Hannah is dead. Someone used the fireworks to disguise the firing of the gunshot that killed her. Someone from the crowd steps forward and suggests that it was a former slave who shot Hannah. Rose knows the accused since he is also a Quaker, and knows him to be a kind and gentle man who has no motive. Yet the police seem focused on him. Can Rose clear her friend by finding out what really happened?

The book starts out quickly, but I did feel that the pacing of the story was a bit off overall. There are several strong sub-plots along the way that help keep our interest, however, and a couple of those do tie into the main mystery by the end. Of course, all the loose ends are tied up by the climax, which is a real page turner.

Rose lives with her late sister’s family, however we really only see her oldest niece Faith in this book since most of the family has gone to visit Rose’s parents on their farm. That means that our returning characters are a bit limited, however, I really appreciated getting to know Faith better here. Of course, Rose herself is a strong, resourceful character. I felt she overreacted to something at one point, but that was a minor issue and fortunately quickly resolved. The new characters are all strong and serve their purpose as suspects perfectly.

We get a couple scenes of Rose practicing her profession. I was at once fascinated and repulsed by them, but then I’m a guy and a bachelor at that, so discussing birthing makes me easily squeamish.

The setting and time period are really strong in this book. When I was reading, I felt like I was back in 1888. I actually had to laugh at a couple conversations the characters had about that new instrument the telephone and communication in that day and age. It’s always good to remember what life was like and think about how truly spoiled we are in many ways.

So if you are looking for a trip back in time, there is no better guide than Rose. Pick up Called to Justice and enjoy your time travel today.

NOTE: I received an ARC of this book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Second book in series! 9 April 2017
By Kris Anderson - The Avid Reader - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Called to Justice by Edith Maxwell is the second book in A Quaker Midwife Mystery series. Rose Carroll is a Quaker midwife in Amesbury, Massachusetts. Rose is watching the Fourth of July parade when she is approached by Hannah Breed, a seventeen-year-old mill worker. Hannah confides in Rose that she is pregnant, but she is unwilling to reveal the identity of the father. Rose agrees to help the young woman. Later that evening, Rose is enjoying the fireworks display with her beau, Dr. David Dodge. There are men shooting off guns nearby and soon screams ring out. David and Rose run over to find Hannah on the ground (someone took advantage of the chaos). When the police arrive, the manager of the Hamilton Mill, Lester Colby, makes sure to point fingers at Akwasi Ayensu, an African-American Quaker and local businessman. Rose is astounded that anyone would accuse Akwasi and is further incensed when he is arrested for the crime. Rose knows that Akwasi would not harm a soul and sets out to find the true culprit of the crime. In the meantime, Rose approaches John Whittier to hire counsel for Akwasi. Rose has to work in a little sleuthing in between her midwifery duties. Rose’s relationship with David is going along splendidly until his mother decides to interfere (she does not approve of Rose). This causes a rift between the pair that hopefully can be repaired. With Akwasi soon going to trial, Rose needs to step up her game if she is to find the real killer. The villain will not go easily, and Rose soon finds her life in peril.

Called to Justice is an interesting historical mystery novel. I liked the time period, the lovely setting, and the Rose’s occupation. I do wish, though, that the story had been written in the third person to make it easier to read. With the story being written in the first person, I found it harder to read the Quaker dialogue. I thought that the dialogue was stilted and old fashioned which suits the novel, but it hard to get through (in the beginning). The book is well-written, and I liked the mention of historical figures like Louisa May Alcott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony. There are also some appealing details that help set the time. Mail is delivered twice a day which aided communication between people living in different towns as well as businesses. Also, the telephone was just starting to be installed in homes. I give Called to Justice 4 out of 5 stars. While Called to Justice is the second book in A Quaker Midwife Mystery series, it can be read alone. The author provides all the necessary background details on Rose, her family, friends, and life. The mystery was intriguing but not overly complex. Most readers will be able to discern the identity of the killer before the reveal. The relationship between Rose and David did not dominate the book. It was nice, light and romantic which I appreciated. I will be looking for more of Edith Maxwell’s novels to read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read. 11 April 2017
By Sherry Legan - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Hmm. I wasn't sure how I would feel about this book. The first few pages were a bit slow for me. But after a short awhile I was hooked. I am 'learning' to be a fan of historical romances and now mysteries. I've never read a cozy mystery from an historical period. Called For Justice was food for thought for me about the genre of historical mysteries.

The story was steady.

The reader journeys along with Rose as she moves through her day doing the job of Midwifery that she is called to do.

There is some romance involved. Rose has a relationship with
Dr. David. As in any good romance their relationship there is an older girl friend or 'wanna be' girlfriend or in this case... David's mother. The romance is hindered by his mothers interference.
But not for long. David set his foot down and straightened out his mother.

Not only David win points with me in standing up to his mother and her interference he won points by supporting Rose in her
sleuthing. Rather than being all concerned, bothered and trying to tell Rose what to do. He actually supports her. His understanding and support bolsters the relationship between himself and Rose.

Rose begins to ask questions and starts her own investigation when a friend of hers is taken in for questioning about the shooting.
Rose is determined to prove his innocence and find the real killer.

The reader is swept along the way with Rose as a plethora of events and questions arise. Rose is determined even until the end to find the true killer who turns out to be a big surprise.

I enjoyed reading Called For Justice. The authors attention to detail in describing the job(s) tasks of mid wife in the time period made for an interesting read. And I can say that I might just be a new fan of historical mysteries.

I look forward to backtracking and reading book 1 in the series.

I received a complimentary copy of Called For Justice from
Great Escapes Book Tours.
I look forward to backtracking and reading book 1 in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 14 April 2017
By Lori Caswell/Dollycas - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Dollycas’s Thoughts

In her follow up to Delivering the Truth Edith Maxwell takes us back to Amesbury, Massachusetts in 1888 just in time for the Independence Day celebration. Rose Carroll is enjoying the fireworks with her beau David Dodge when gunshots ring out and a young woman in found dead. A former slave and Friend becomes the prime suspect leading Rose to delve into the investigation herself. She finds her life in danger the closer she gets to learning the truth. Just when she needs him most her relationship with Doctor Dodge gets rocky and Rose tries to remain strong. There are several lives in danger as this midwife strives to keep everyone safe.

Rose has become a very comfortable character for me. She is smart, caring and kind to everyone she meets. She carries a calmness about her, something that is very important in her work as a midwife. She also keeps her wits about her when things get out of control. She is true to herself and her beliefs. The author captures the history of the time very well. She draws on her Quaker roots to give us real sense of Quaker lifestyle.

The characters Ms. Maxwell surrounds Rose with are quite varied. From very wealthy to factory workers and even a former slave. All are very fleshed out and believable. As Rose connects with them we become aware of their true colors. Some we can quickly eliminate as suspects and others need further scrutiny.

The plot entwines the characters together in many ways making the mystery a tough one to solve. The story gives us a complex mystery with a perfect flow that builds to an exciting climax. Suspense was ratcheted up quite high as the ending played out. I absolutely loved this story.

A wonderful mystery you can get lost in. Travel back with Rose and the people of Amesbury. A perfect escape!
5.0 out of 5 stars an intricate, heartfelt mystery 10 April 2017
By Cozy Up With Kathy - Published on
CALLED TO JUSTICE by Edith Maxwell
The Second Quaker Midwife Mystery

Rose Carroll is pleased to celebrate the one hundred-and-twelfth birthday of the United States of America, especially as she will be enjoying the town festivities with her beau, Doctor David Dodge.

During the fireworks Rose and David hear someone shouting for a doctor and rush to find a young woman has been shot. Was it an accident, a reckless shooting in celebration of the nation's birthday, or did someone murder the girl? Performing her duties as a midwife and continuing her romance with the good doctor, Rose also seeks justice both for the pregnant girl who was killed and for her fellow Quaker and former slave who is accused of the crime.

It's always a pleasure to travel back in time with Edith Maxwell. Her authenticity and attention to detail make reading her Quaker Midwife Mystery series as good as having a time machine. Although CALLED TO JUSTICE is a historical mystery, it tackles issues we continue to face today such as racism, sexual assault, and our basic insecurities when it comes to love. While progress has been made to some degree, the struggle is much the same today as it was for Rose and her companions.

CALLED TO JUSTICE is an intricate, heartfelt mystery. The author guides us down multiple avenues, developing characters and motives, in order to work out the truth and find justice. By doing so Maxwell enhances the setting, detailing life as it was and making it more real. Edith Maxwell brings the late 1800s to life with wonderful characters, a finely wrought mystery, and a modern sensibility.

FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.