The Truth of All Things by Kieran Shields

63%

12 Critic Reviews

I would have preferred a bit more succinct version of this story, but I'm glad I read it.
-Journey of a Bookseller

Synopsis

Two hundred years after the Salem witch trials, in the summer of 1892, a grisly new witch hunt is beginning....
When newly appointed Deputy Marshal Archie Lean is called in to investigate a prostitute's murder in Portland, Maine, he's surprised to find the body laid out like a pentagram and pinned to the earth with a pitchfork.  He's even more surprised to learn that this death by "sticking" is a traditional method of killing a witch.
     Baffled by the ritualized murder scene, Lean secretly enlists the help of historian Helen Prescott and brilliant criminalist Perceval Grey.  Distrusted by officials because of his mixed Abenaki Indian ancestry, Grey is even more notorious for combining modern investigative techniques with an almost eerie perceptiveness.  Although skeptical of each other's methods, together the detectives pursue the killer's trail through postmortems and opium dens, into the spiritualist societies and lunatic asylums of gothic New England.
     Before the killer closes in on his final victim, Lean and Grey must decipher the secret pattern to these murders--a pattern hidden within the dark history of the Salem witch trials.
 

About Kieran Shields

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KIERAN SHIELDS grew up in Portland, Maine. He graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Maine School of Law. He continues to reside along the coast of Maine with his wife and two children. This is his first novel.
 
Published March 27, 2012 by Broadway Books. 418 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Truth of All Things
All: 12 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Excellent
Feb 15 2012

Both the detailed historical information and the intricate mystery hold your attention to the last page in Shields’ startling debut.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Jan 23 2012

Strong characters and a nicely convoluted, intelligent plot bode well for any sequel.

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The Maine Edge

Excellent
Reviewed by Allen Adams on Mar 29 2012

Walking that line of believability is a major key to the success of any mystery; Shields walks it masterfully.

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North Jersey

Excellent
Reviewed by Jeff Ayers on Apr 24 2012

Fans of historical thrillers will love "The Truth of All Things."

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Mystery Scene

Excellent
Reviewed by Sue Emmons

Shields, who is a native of Portland, offers meticulous research into the city’s history in this heart-pounding suspense that should delight any lover of period mysteries.

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Reads From the Field

Below average
Reviewed by Brigitte on Apr 12 2012

The story starts off a bit darker and more violent than what I typically gravitate toward.

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Journey of a Bookseller

Below average
Reviewed by JoAnn Hakola on Mar 12 2012

I would have preferred a bit more succinct version of this story, but I'm glad I read it.

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Bookworm Blues

Below average
Reviewed by Sarah on Apr 19 2012

Those first hundred pages, while interesting, can burn a reader out if they aren’t in the right mood.

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Bibliosaurustext

Good
Reviewed by Audrey on Apr 17 2012

I was pleasantly surprised by the characters, which are the real reason this book was such a great read for me.

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The Literary Gothamite

Below average
Reviewed by Lauren Cartelli on Apr 15 2012

At times it can feel like there are too many characters to keep track of their personal lives, lives that are often not fully explained and are left as loose ends once the mystery is solved.

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BookaliciousBabe

Good
Reviewed by Caboo on Jan 08 2012

It starts off with a bang, and just when you think things are solved, surprises jump out at you.

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Book Matters

Below average
Reviewed by Teri Harman on Apr 20 2012

Overall, a good read, but not as thrilling or gripping as I had hoped.

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