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A Questionable Death and Other Historical Quaker Midwife Mysteries

A Questionable Death and Other Historical Quaker Midwife Mysteries

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One of the rising stars of the last several years has been author Edith Maxwell, who also writes as Maddie Day. Her works in traditional mystery have included a number of series characters, including Rose Carroll, a Quaker midwife of the 19th century, whose complete short works appear in this Crippen & Landru collection for the first time. Maxwell has added new stories to this book, which include mysteries from the perspective of other characters near and dear to Rose.

 Edith Maxwell writes the Agatha Award-winning and Macavity-nominated Quaker Midwife Mysteries and Agatha-nominated short crime fiction. As Maddie Day, Maxwell pens the Country Store Mysteries, the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries, and the Cece Barton Mysteries. She’s a proud lifetime member of Sisters in Crime and a member of Mystery Writers of America.

Maxwell lives north of Boston, where she writes, gardens, cooks, and wastes time on Facebook. Find her (and Maddie) at EdithMaxwell.comwickedauthors.comMystery Lovers’ Kitchen, and on social media under both names.


For lovers of Call the Midwife, Edith Maxwell’s A Questionable Death, is a must read! The book’s ten midwife Rose Carroll short stories, featuring history, birth, and murder, will leave you wanting more. Award Winning Author Debra H. Goldstein


"I so enjoyed spending time with Edith Maxwell's beloved sleuth, Rose Carroll, in these astute and thought-provoking stories!" Alyssa Maxwell, author of The Gilded Newport Mysteries


Edith Maxwell’s Rose Carroll is more than a Quaker midwife in late 19th century New England. She’s a moral compass, an astute observer, and a staunch advocate for women in a time when women’s rights were more trampled than honored—and a fine detective who uses her ability to go where the police can’t to work tirelessly for justice. The compact, compelling stories in A Questionable Death and Other Stories will satisfy the mystery lover and the history lover alike.

—Leslie Budewitz, three-time Agatha Award-winning author of the Spice Shop Mysteries and the “Stagecoach Mary” Fields short stories


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