The Shaker Murders

The Shaker Murders

Book - 2019 | First world edition.
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"A peaceful Shaker community is rocked by a series of bizarre accidents, but is there more to them than first appears? Fresh from facing allegations of witchcraft and murder, travelling weaver Will Rees, his heavily pregnant wife Lydia and six adopted children take refuge in Zion, a Shaker community in rural Maine. Shortly after their arrival, screams in the night reveal a drowned body ... but is it murder or an unfortunate accident? The Shaker Elders argue it was just an accident, but Rees believes otherwise. As Will investigates further, more deaths follow and a young girl vanishes from the community. Haunted by nightmares for his family's safety, Rees must rush to uncover the truth before the dreams can become reality and more lives are lost. Yet can the Shaker Elders be trusted, or is an outsider involved?"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: London : Severn House Publishers, 2019.
Edition: First world edition.
ISBN: 9780727888372
0727888374
9781847519627
1847519628
Branch Call Number: M KUHNS, E.
Characteristics: 219 pages ; 23 cm.

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May 19, 2019

I think Will Rees would probably be sent off for anger management training in this day and age; but the Zion community of Shakers find in him a man willing to ask hard questions and look at suspects to whom they want to turn a blind eye. After following clues that seem to lead nowhere, and having one of those stories where we consider and reject the suspects one after another, the murderer is rather a surprise. For a reader new to this series, the Shakers, who appeared in the first books, are thoroughly explained. Some of the previous book's plot points as they apply to this book, are well covered; so we're not left wondering what's going on and why. Kuhns also sets up the characters and setting for the next book in the series. I continue to admire Lydia's strength, which counterbalances and complements Will's anger problems and adds insight to the clues he finds. The setting is realistically portrayed with tools being used in workshops, characters getting wet and muddy in the rain, trips to town by horse drawn buggy taking an hour or more, and the horse having to be cared for in order to be rested and healthy for further use. This was a very good historical mystery.

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