Five years ago, while William Rees was still recovering from his stint as a Revolutionary War soldier, his beloved wife died. Devastated, Will Rees left his son, David, in his sister's care, fled his Maine farm, and struck out for a tough but emotionally empty life as a traveling weaver. Now, upon returning unexpectedly to his farm, Rees discovers that David has been treated like a serf for years and finally ran away to join a secluded religious sect—the Shakers.
Overwhelmed by guilt and hoping to reconcile with his son, Rees immediately follows David to the Shaker community. But when a young Shaker woman is brutally murdered shortly after Rees's arrival, Rees finds himself launched into a complicated investigation where the bodies keep multiplying, a tangled web of family connections casts suspicion on everyone, and the beautiful woman on the edge of the Shaker community might be hiding troubling ties to the victims. It quickly becomes clear that in solving Sister Chastity's murder, Rees may well expose some of the Shaker community's darkest secrets, not to mention endanger his own life.
An atmospheric portrait of a compelling time in American history, A Simple Murder is an outstanding debut from Eleanor Kuhns, Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America's 2011 First Crime Novel Competition Winner.
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With a puzzling crime, a host of suspects, and a bit of hair-raising action, A Simple Murder will take you into a place where criminal action shouldn’t exist but all too often does.Read Full Review of A Simple Murder
Kuhns' affinity for showing the complicated relationships that drive people shines in this strong debut.Read Full Review of A Simple Murder
This is an enjoyable and thoughtful read, and I’d certainly be more than willing to follow Rees on his next investigation.Read Full Review of A Simple Murder
After reading this novel, I’d say she has what it takes to spin a great mystery yarn... I look forward to more novels from her.Read Full Review of A Simple Murder
...I didn't find the actual murder story/investigation very thrilling or enticing.Read Full Review of A Simple Murder
Eleanor Kuhns’ debut novel is a fascinating read, both because of the time period in which she has set the book and the interesting characters she has created.Read Full Review of A Simple Murder
In A Simple Murder, Kuhns brings the post-Revolutionary War period to life in this novel filled with interesting characters and a mystery that you want to follow to the end.Read Full Review of A Simple Murder
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