Join us for a night of cozy New England mysteries with Edith Maxwell and Jessie Crockett on Thursday, November 16th at 7pm!
Edith Maxwell and Jessie Crockett both write a number of mystery series and are active in the New England mystery writing community. They blog together at www.wickedcozyauthors.com.
Edith Maxwell's latest series is the Quaker Midwife Mystery series.
For Quaker midwife Rose Carroll, life in Amesbury, Massachusetts, provides equal measures of joy and tribulation. She delights in attending to the needs of mothers and newborns even as she mourns the recent death of her sister. Likewise, Rose enjoys the giddy feelings that come from being courted by a handsome doctor, but a suspicious fire and two murders leave her fearing for the well-being of her loved ones.
Driven by her desire for safety and justice, Rose Carroll begins asking questions related to the crimes. Consulting with her friends and neighbors--including the famous Quaker poet John Greenleaf Whittier--Rose draws on her strengths as a counselor and problem solver in trying to bring the perpetrators to light.
Praise for Delivering the Truth:
A 2016 Agatha Award Finalist for Best Historical Novel
"[A] smart new series from the prolific Maxwell."--Booklist
"Maxwell . . . introduces a series heroine whose struggles with the tenets of her Quaker faith make her strong and appealing. The author also imparts authentic historical detail to depict life in a 19th century New England factory town."--Library Journal
"Rose Carroll is a richly crafted and appealing sleuth. A terrific historical read."--Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling 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.
Jessie Crockett's latest is Murder in an English Village, the first book in the new Beryl and Edwina Mystery series, written under the name Jessica Ellicott. She is also the author of the Change of Fortune series, written under the name Jessica Estevao.
About Murder in an English Village:
As friends, the boisterous and brash American Beryl couldn't be less alike than the prim and proper British Edwina. But as sleuths in an England recovering from the Great War, they're the perfect match . . .
1920: Flying in the face of convention, legendary American adventuress Beryl Helliwell never fails to surprise and shock. The last thing her adoring public would expect is that she craves some peace and quiet. The humdrum hamlet of Walmsley Parva in the English countryside seems just the ticket. And, honestly, until America comes to its senses and repeals Prohibition, Beryl has no intention of returning stateside and subjecting herself to bathtub gin.
For over three decades, Edwina Davenport has lived comfortably in Walmsley Parva, but the post-World War I bust has left her in dire financial straits and forced her to advertise for a lodger. When her long-lost school chum Beryl arrives on her doorstep--actually crashes into it in her red motorcar--Edwina welcomes her old friend as her new roommate.
But her idyllic hometown has a hidden sinister side, and when the two friends are drawn in, they decide to set up shop as private inquiry agents, helping Edwina to make ends meet and satisfying Beryl's thirst for adventure. Now this odd couple will need to put their heads together to catch a killer--before this sleepy English village becomes their final resting place . . .
Praise for Murder in an English Village:
"You'll love this delightful new series about two ladies of a certain age who refuse to let Society's expectations hold them back from bringing a killer to justice. The very British Edwina and the too American Beryl are a wonderfully mismatched pair who will keep you turning pages until they solve the crime."
--Victoria Thompson, bestselling author of Murder in the Bowery
"Remember the name Jessica Ellicott. Her deftly executed debut novel, in which two female amateur detectives, one American and one English, work together to solve an old mystery and a new murder in post-World War I England, is a delight from start to finish. The characters are interesting, the plot is intriguing, and there is the added attraction of a cute little dog. What more could fans of historical cozies ask for?"
--Kathy Lynn Emerson, author of Murder in a Cornish Alehouse
Jessie Crockett loves the beach, mysterious happenings and all things good-naturedly paranormal. While she lives for most of the year in New Hampshire with her dark and mysterious husband and exuberant children, she spends summers on the coast of Maine where she keeps an eye out for sea monsters and mermaids.