A Simple Murder

A Simple Murder

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781250005533
1250005531
Branch Call Number: MF KUHNS
Characteristics: 322 p. ; 22 cm

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LT
May 14, 2015

Entertaining but unremarkable. Writing is often choppy. The author was brave enough to develop a main character who is not particularly likeable, but still holds one's interest.

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soanil
Feb 22, 2014

Considering her very first this book is really good and interesting

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sophia08
Oct 27, 2012

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.

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klwallen
Aug 08, 2012

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

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hilln
Aug 01, 2012

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!

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davises88
Jul 31, 2012

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.

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Roundcat
Jun 07, 2012

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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