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A Simple Murder

Kuhns, Eleanor (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Former soldier-turned-traveling weaver Will Rees tracks down his mistreated son to a Shaker settlement in late-eighteenth-century Maine, where his efforts to reconcile are challenged by the murder of a young woman and dark community secrets.
Authors: Kuhns, Eleanor
Title: A simple murder
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 322 p. ; 22 cm
Summary: Former soldier-turned-traveling weaver Will Rees tracks down his mistreated son to a Shaker settlement in late-eighteenth-century Maine, where his efforts to reconcile are challenged by the murder of a young woman and dark community secrets.
ISBN: 1250005531
9781250005533
1466802499
9781466802490
Branch Call Number: FICTION Kuh
Statement of Responsibility: Eleanor Kuhns
Subject Headings: Murder Investigation Fiction Shakers Fiction
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Murder
LCCN: 2012005495
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Feb 22, 2014
  • soanil rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Considering her very first this book is really good and interesting

Oct 27, 2012
  • sophia08 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The story is pleasant and the mystery is a satisfying puzzle. I think of this as a romance mystery because the writing has that quality to it.

1st post-revolutionary war, weaver William goes to Maine Shaker village to check on son, investigates murder, falls in love.

Aug 01, 2012
  • hilln rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Who'da thunk someone could have pulled off writing an excellent murder mystery set in (of all places) a late 18th century Shaker community in Maine? Well, Eleanor Kuhns managed to do so -- in spades! Shakers were a Christian sect of hard-working, God-fearing, celibates whose grinding daily routine didn't leave much room for fun (but, man, did they make great furniture!). Yet I found this book to be an enjoyable, fast read, well deserving of its awards. I was able to figure out whodunit fairly early on, but getting to the end is more than half the fun of this book. I hope this is the first of a series. Take this with you on a holiday trip to visit Hancock Shaker Village in Western Massachusetts. Enjoy!

Jul 31, 2012
  • davises88 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I'm looking forward to seeing how Kuhns develops her characters. Having traveled to several Shaker historic sites and studied about them, her research seemed spot on. Her telling was both nuanced and clear. She has a good eye for detail yet doesn't let the story get bogged down in minutiae.

Jun 07, 2012
  • Roundcat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Kuhns has done her research. The social relationships of the Shaker community bear some resemblance to catholic religious communities in other books I have read. This is apparently the beginning of a series, so the mystery was satisfactorily solved, but the relationships of the main characters are left open for later development. The characters are believable and interesting enough that I would like to read more about them. I will keep an eye out for further mysteries by this author.

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