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Delivering the Truth

(Quaker Midwife Mystery #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  552 ratings  ·  158 reviews
Quaker midwife Rose Carroll hears secrets and keeps confidences as she attends births of the rich and poor alike in an 1888 Massachusetts mill town. When the town’s world-famed carriage industry is threatened by the work of an arsonist, and a carriage factory owner’s adult son is stabbed to death with Rose's own knitting needle, she is drawn into solving the mystery. Thing ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published April 8th 2016 by Midnight Ink
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Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was first drawn to this book due to the midwifery and the historical setting. The history period is shown in great vivid detail on the pages, as you follow along with Quaker midwife Rose Carroll. Rose embodies her Friend upbringing, but that doesn't stop her from pushing against the tide to help those in need and help solve a murder mystery or two.

I really liked Rose, she kept a steady head on her shoulders, kept a ear out for any information that may help the cases she comes across. Most i
Feb 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, arcs, 3-stars
Delivering the Truth is the first book in the new Quaker Midwife Mystery series by Edith Maxwell. The main character of Rose Carroll is engaging and interesting and Maxwell's attention to cultural detail is superb, but the mystery itself was a little flat, and conflict resolutions were obvious from very early in the text. This isn't a mystery which will keep you up all night in a race to discover the conclusion, but if you're looking for a book to while away a rainy afternoon, Delivering the T ...more
Jody McGrath
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
It is 1888 in Massachusetts, and Quaker midwife Rose Carroll provides a very good and well-needed job in her town. She values the Quaker belief of all are equal, and provides her services to both the rich and the poor, the wed and the unwed. When a horrible fire happens burning down 3 factories in town and killing some of the workers inside, Rose cannot seem to put away the serious feeling of injustice she feels down to her bones. When the local detective asks her to keep her ears open, she take ...more
One of the great things about reading historical fiction is that you learn so much. I am not ashamed to admit that before reading this novel I knew next to nothing about Quakers. And I'm also not ashamed to admit that the constant use of 'thy' and 'thee' got to be more than a little annoying while reading the book. That being said, it was necessary to maintain the authenticity of the speech of "The Friends".

The novel takes place shortly after The Great Blizzard of 1888.

Set in Amesbury, Massachus
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author. This will be my fair and honest review:
I absolutely love Edith Maxwell's writing, in all her noms de plume. In DELIVERING THE TRUTH, Maxwell ventures into the historical mystery genre with a tale that takes place in Amesbury, MA during the late 19th century. The protagonist, Rose Carroll, is a Quaker midwife who attends meetings with John Greenleaf Whittier, who appears as a character in the story. The historical accuracy is beyond reproach, and, a
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an enjoyable, interesting journey into the world of a Quaker midwife in 1880s small-town Massachusetts who uncovers the secrets behind a sudden rash of crimes. Rose is a practical, straightforward narrator who always keeps readers in the know. The historical details were well-chosen and seemed quite accurate. Getting to see into the life of a midwife at that time kept the book well grounded. I really enjoyed turning to this novel several nights in a row!
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 88-books-in-2018
What a great book! I mean, a really good one. This is one heck of a page turner, its fresh, its unique, its all you could ask for in a good murder mystery. Its not graphic, its clean, its inspirational, the town and its people are all interesting and likable.
I deff recommend this little gem. Ive added the next 2 books in the series to my wishlist.
Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
Too much “thee” and “thy” and the rest of the folk spoke like 20th Century people.
Excellent first in a series, however I got lost at times with all of the new characters.
Jan 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Delivering the Truth is the first book in a new cozy mystery series by Edith Maxwell. I was eagerly awaiting this book because I like the premise of an historical mystery setting. The idea is not something being done right now with cozy mysteries available right now to read. Normally its a food book, Amish, a hobby, etc. so the idea of a Quaker midwife in 1888 who finds herself in the middle of a mystery intrigued me. I had high hopes for this book because I like cozy mysteries and always enjoy ...more
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
1888, weeks after one of the worst blizzards in New England, and in the bustling carriage manufacturing town of Amesbury, Massachusetts, not far from the Maine border, Quaker midwife, Rose Carroll, finds herself not only hard at work attending pregnant women rich and poor, delivering babies, and attending the women and new born afterward, but also in the midst of arson and murder.

And she’s curious. Not only curious, but she finds that several of those she attends o r has met on her rounds might
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first book in Edith Maxwell's Quaker Midwife mystery series does a great job of introducing readers to Rose Carroll, a Quaker woman working as a midwife in 1888 Amesbury, Massachusetts.

Still struggling with the death of her sister, Rose has a busy business aiding women through their pregnancies and delivering their children into the world. She's also helping to care for her sister's family which includes a number of children (also still adapting to life without their mother) and her sister's
Edith Maxwell heeds well the old rule of thumb, write of what you know, in Delivering the Truth, A Quaker Midwife Mystery #1, sharing her knowledge and experience of the Quakers and the location of her new cozy mystery series. Not only does the reader learn about Quaker faith and lifestyle but is provided with an artistic panorama of the story's location, descriptions of its climate, and a vision for what it was like to live there more than a century ago. Rose, a single Quaker midwife, somewhat ...more
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This cozy is a treasure for historical fiction lovers and those who have ancestors in Amesbury, Massachusetts. It is set in 1888 and Rose Carroll is a Quaker midwife. Delivering the Truth by Edith Maxwell has the usual double meaning in titles of cozies.

Besides the complex mystery and the indications that the main character and her relatives are Quakers, the author also amuses us with the standard price of the day like $2 for delivery of a baby and the fact that telephone, bicycles and electric
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rose Carroll specializes in bringing new life into the world, but all around her, people are dying. While the local detective is investigating and assuring the community that he will find the killer and the arsonist, Rose feels compelled to give him a little help. She tells him that she is inquisitive. But we all know the saying, "curiosity killed the cat". Reading about the practice of midwifery in the 1880's was very informative and extremely interesting. Rose relies on her Quaker friend, who ...more
Mary Kay Kare
May 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like it I really did. But the author has put a 21st century woman in the dress of a 19th century Friend and the fit is awkward and awful. Then she stumbles around asking impertinent questions which people, for no good reason, answer, and finally she happens almost by accident on the person who gives her the final info necessary. Then the obligatory women-in-jeopardy scene and the good guys live happily ever after. Yuck. And these 19th century Friends didn’t seem awfully good at livin ...more
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Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Author Edith Maxwell is a masterful storyteller. Indeed, only this series can take me away from my reading material of choice, cozy mysteries.

Ms. Maxwell has created a strong protagonist in Quaker midwife, Rose Carroll. Rose, is compassionate, and brilliant. She’s a woman who knows how to take care of things is an era when men dominated.

This historical mystery was very hard to put down. Read in almost one full setting, I was enthralled with the mystery Maxwell created in CALLED TO JUSTICE. Fro
Elizabeth Atkinson
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was immediately drawn in by the Quaker midwife protagonist, Rose, and loved following her through her day in the historical New England setting... so rich with detail and suspense! I can't wait for the next book.
Norman Hom
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
The characterization and atmosphere were good, but the mystery was horrible. It wasn't crafted well, and there wasn't much of a possibility for readers to solve one murder (and the second was easy to solve).
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, mystery
This title in the Quaker Midwife mystery series takes place in 1988 Massachusetts. Midwife Rose Carroll delivers a healthy baby to Minnie O’Toole. A single mother, Minnie likely had an affair with wealthy and married William Parry. Willian’s wife Lillian is also pregnant and a client of Rose’s. Then a series of murders occur that affect these two families. Rose gets involved in solving the crime while practicing her profession and dating the town’s doctor. She’s known and respected by the popula ...more
Holly McIntyre
Oct 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Why do I keep trying to like historical cozy mysteries when they are so clearly not my cup of tea? All things considered, this one wasn’t bad. The main character, Rose Carroll, is a 19th century Quaker midwife, with a nose for detection and time for a dose of romance on the side. The plot is complex enough to be somewhat interesting, but the characters are all paper-thin, without depth or complexity. I understand the use of thee and thou to convey the concept of Quaker plain speech, but I am und ...more
Sharon Chase
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I had very mixed feelings about this book. It was fun to read a book with a Quaker protagonist. Modern Friends do not "thee & thou" or dress plainly any longer, but we do still "hold people in the light" and look for "that of God" in everyone. I felt at home here in a way I seldom do as I read. Then why does this author (a Quaker herself, I believe) have her protagonist resolve the final conflict violently? Why do that? It does not fit the character or the story. It reinforces the notion tha ...more
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Geri by:
My first time reading a book in this series.
Being a Midwife in those days was certainly a challenge.
J. Bill
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I admit it. I love a good mystery. And I love books with Quaker characters, if they're well written and not hokey like some of those... um ... genre sectarian "romances" ("Simple Love: A Mennonites Go Mad Book"). So when you put mystery and Quaker characters together, then I'm predisposed to like such a book. As I did with Irene Allen's series of "Elizabeth Elliot" mysteries a few years back (Quaker Silence, Quaker Witness, Quaker Testimony, and Quaker Indictment). Those books are still favorite ...more
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is an excellent debut!

The story takes place in Amesbury, Massachusetts in 1888. Rose Carroll is a midwife and she is also a Quaker. She has been taught from birth to see the best in people and let God’s light shine on everything she says and does and in times of turmoil. Turmoil comes in a fire, an arson, of a carriage factory and all the surrounding buildings. Several lives are lost. The turmoil continues when the owner of the carriage factory’s son is murdered. The weap
Rhonda Lane
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Priscilla Herrington
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Under various names, Edith Maxwell writes cozy mysteries. Delivering the Truth is the first in a series of historical novels: The Quaker Midwife series. In these books, Maxwell draws on her own life experience: She is a member of the Quaker Meeting in Amesbury, as is midwife Rose Carroll. Maxwell's keen interest in local history infuses the story with a sense of authenticity.

The story takes place in the 1880s. Rose serves the women of Amesbury as midwife and also as a listening ear and sometimes
Mark Baker
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, mystery
Rose Carroll is a Quaker Midwife in Amesbury, Massachusetts, in 1888. The small town is usually quiet until a fire destroys some of the factories in town, killing employees. Rumors circulate that it was caused by arson. Will her connections in town help Rose figure out what is happening?

This is a good series debut. I had a little trouble keeping track of the characters at the beginning, but I quickly got them all straight, and I grew to care for them by the end. The plot is good with some nice c
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a murder mystery with a difference. Rose Carroll is a Quaker and a midwife. In a world where most women are wives and mothers and/or mill workers she is her own boss as a midwife. She is also someone with a desire to solve mysteries but when someone is killed with one of her distinctive knitting needles she finds herself a bit more involved than she bargained for.

I really enjoyed seeing Rose's world. The story was quite fast paced with many twists and turns. I am looking forward to read
Leslie Karst
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The first in Edith Maxwell’s new series, this is a fascinating look into late nineteenth century life in New England, told from the viewpoint of a Quaker midwife. Meticulously researched, Delivering the Truth is a treasure for anyone interested in culture and history. But the book is also an exciting whodunnit, with engaging characters, a captivating love story, and a satisfying sense of social justice. Looking forward to number two in the series!
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Edith Maxwell is an Agatha- and Macavity-nominated mystery author who writes the Local Foods Foods Mysteries. Maxwell also writes the historical Quaker Midwife Mysteries, featuring a Quaker midwife sleuth in 1888.

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