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Too Soon for Flowers (Bracebridge Mystery #2)

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In the spring of 1764, during a smallpox outbreak, Charlotte Willett and her good neighbor Richard Longfellow host a handful of guests undergoing inoculation. But when one of the quarantined group turns up dead, Charlotte and Richard are faced with a barrage of rumors, conjectures, and contradictions. Did the pox cause the death? Or was it something--or someone--more sinis ...more
Paperback, 291 pages
Published July 6th 1999 by Bantam
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Another enjoyable addition to this series. Even though I don't get the same thrill as I do when reading the first volume (since it doesn't have all the Halloween in New England elements that I crave), the mystery is still solid, although the ending is predictable. However, I don't really feel like it's supposed to be a big shocking reveal. I'm reading these more for the springtime atmosphere than for the plot, but I like both anyway.
This second in Margaret Miles' series is better even than the first. She has the characters speak in the circuitous way a mixed group would have spoken about sexual matters, if they spoke of them at all, but we do understand and when it gets right down to the point things are actually named. She doesn't use archaic constructs just has the characters talk around issues and even occasionally leaves a sentence hanging. The flowers in the title are the eruptions of smallpox, which are watched for af ...more
Jul 04, 2009 Paula rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, series, historical
This is book 2 in the series, following on from A Wicked Way to Burn, and like the previous book, Too Soon For Flowers is set in 18th century New England, still under the rule of the English but very much a place of its own in terms of culture. The local area has been swept by a smallpox epidemic and the small town of Bracebridge reluctantly agrees to allow a trial of the controversial new practice of vaccination.

Since this is a mystery novel, naturally there are more things going on here than m
Jan 03, 2012 Beth rated it liked it
This is a fun read though I don't feel that it provides much depth to the characters or historical info. Though it does a good job of giving background on inoculations.
Aug 19, 2012 Jen rated it liked it
While this story was good, the first book in the series was much better.
Pleasant, unchallenging mysteries in an intriguing setting.
Mar 31, 2011 Helen rated it really liked it
#2 cozy colonial with small pox
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