Edith writing with hope from north of Boston.
[NEWS FLASH; Lainie is the lucky winner of Joanna Schaffhausen’s book. Please check your email, Lainie!]
I’m excited to present the hot-off-the-press cover for A Changing Light, my seventh Quaker Midwife Mystery!
Isn’t it stunning? Here’s the blurb:
In a new mystery from Agatha Award-winning author Edith Maxwell, midwife Rose Carroll confronts a killer on the cusp of a new age . . .
As the nineteenth century nears an end, midwife Rose Carroll can see signs of progress and change everywhere in her Amesbury community. Adding to the excitement is the annual Spring Opening, when the town’s world-famous carriage manufacturers throw open their doors to visitors from all over the globe. This year’s festivities are tainted, however, when a representative from a prominent Canadian carriage company is murdered.
Driven by her strong sense of justice, Rose is determined to track down the killer. She has only just begun her investigation when she learns that the plans for a radical new horseless carriage have gone missing. Faced with the question of whether the two crimes are connected—and a list of suspects that includes some of Amesbury’s own residents and any number of foreign visitors—Rose has to delve into a case with implications for the future, even if the motive for murder is one of mankind’s oldest . . .
The book releases April 13 and it’s is up for pre-order now. (A temporary glitch doesn’t show it connected to the previous six books in the series, but they’re working on that.)
I very much enjoyed writing this book and bringing the real Amesbury Spring Opening into the story. Tuberculosis, which was running rampant at the time, plays a role, as well. Rose has lots of changes going on in her personal life to match those in the 1890 world around her!
Readers: Which historical events spark your interest? Do you have a favorite era to read about? I’ll send one commenter an ebook version of Taken Too Soon, the previous book in the series.