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Quaker Witness (Elizabeth Elliot Mystery #2)

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  82 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Meet Elizabeth Elliot. A Quaker whose quiet wisdom and determined will are powerful tools of detection.

In the world of paleontology, the name of the game is research. Some would even kill for credentials. So it comes as no surprise--and as quiet satisfaction for many--when an eminent scientist is found murdered in his Harvard lab. The prime suspect is a beautiful graduate
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 15th 2001 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published October 12th 1993)
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A rather sweet, Quaker-inflected cozy.
Sherrill Watson
Not as good as Quaker Silence, but still very good.

Janet Stevens is a PhD student at Harvard, studying paleontology. She is sexually harassed by her advisor, Paul Chadwick.

Enter Elizabeth Elliot, detective and Friend.

Some of the explanations of how he died left me cross-eyed . . . I didn't find the religious blurbs at the beginning of the chapters as comforting . . . and I didn't like the ways Elizabeth ignored the Quaker "rules' when it suited her-- the author could have found another way. Ha
Vickie Aldrich
As a Quaker I enjoyed this book. I also liked that it was not extremely violent and portrayed women's struggles in academia at the end of the 20th century.
John Williams
This book is a little over the top in its portrayal of Quakers. As a scientist, I primarily enjoyed the portrayal of scientific misconduct.
Beth Pearson
Sexual harrassment, a lesson in Quaker culture and beliefs, romance, pride, forgiveness, ethics in higher education, general decency to human beings and a bunch of other stuff. This book had a lot more to it then I suspected.

I have to say I liked it. A little suspense, but nothing too creepy.

It also surprised me with some swear words. It is hard to see that coming when you are reading a book about a religious old woman and each chapter starts out with a scripture from the prophet Isiah! Borrow
The sleuth of this mystery is a widow in her sixties, clerk of Cambridge Friends Meeting. It is very good at portraying a Quaker way of life and of seeing the world. I really liked the ending especially. Sarah Dowell owns this book if you would like to read it.
Part of a series of whodunnits, but I didn't like it. The protagonist is a senior citizen Quaker. Way too much moralizing, which was boring -- even though I believe in the same values. No interesting characters.
Jenny O
Loved this one, too, and will keep looking for the rest of the series. Irene Allen has a great way of teaching you about another culture while you skip along with the mystery. WEll worth a read, easy and enjoyable.
Very readable mystery. It takes place at a Harvard Univ. science building, and I was glad to be able to follow the story in spite of the scientific nature of the mystery.
Harvard grad student wants to press a sexual harrassment complaint against her advisor, but someone kills his instead.
A low-key mystery set at Harvard with a Quaker clerk of meeting as the mystery-solver.
Michael Reale
Awesome. Another excellent read in the Elizabeth Elliot Mysteries.
Diana Sandberg
As good as the first. A bit moodier, very involving.
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Quaker 1 4 Sep 20, 2008 05:14PM  
Irene Allen is the pen-name of Dr E Kirsten Peters, former faculty member in Washington State University's Department of Geology. She is a native of rural Washington State who graduated with a degree in geology from Princeton University in 1984. She earned her doctorate from the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at Harvard University in 1990. She has also done published research in the late- ...more
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