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July 25, 2014

GRAVEN IMAGES by Eleanor Sullivan

When unruly vagabonds face rigid religiosity,
anything can happen.  Even murder.

 Graven images (A Singular Village Mystery #2)
A Singular Village Mystery
Book Two
Eleanor Sullivan

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 After an itinerant artist is found hanging in a barn, local villagers are quick to blame an Irish traveller conveniently passing through town. Only his broken leg keeps him from being delivered to the authorities immediately. Adelaide, a young midwife in the 1830s settlement, suspects the killer is one of their own. At the same time, she's struggling with her own secrets and fears she'll be caught violating the society's strict religious rules. Unbeknownst to Adelaide, her husband, Benjamin, is facing threats of his own. Then suspicion falls on Adelaide's sister for the murder, and Adelaide must risk her own life to find the killer before the traveller is delivered to the authorities where he'll surely be hanged.

Paperback, 328 pages
Published September 1st 2013 
 by Yesteryear Press, a Wyatt-MacKenzie Imprint
ISBN 1939288118
 (ISBN13: 9781939288110)

Eleanor J. SullivanELEANOR SULLIVAN is the author of Singular Village Mysteries set in 1830s Zoar, Ohio, a village settled by her ancestors after their escape from religious persecution in Germany. The series feature a midwife, her cabinet-maker husband, and the town's leader, Eleanor's distant grandfather. The stories--and the murders in them--are fictitious; the town and its history are real! Graven Images is the second book in the series, following the release of Cover Her Body.

In her former life, Eleanor was dean of a university school of nursing, president of the world's largest nursing organization, editor of a prestigious professional journal, and author of award-winning books for nurses as well as a medical mystery series. Eleanor is a past member of the national board of Sisters in Crime and is an active member of Mystery Writers of America.

From the Author

Ever wondered what life was like in the early 19th century? Come along with me to experience the work and lives of 19th century settlers in a rural Ohio village who escaped religious persecution in their native Germany to carve a prosperous community out of the wilderness. Into this world comes Adelaide, a spunky, determined midwife, and her husband, Benjamin, who wants only to preserve harmony. Until murder interrupts their lives.

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 Setting: Zoar, an Ohio village,, 1830
 There were outsiders in a hotel in the Ohio Village of Zoar.  The Separatists didn't trust them. They learn that Sebastian had painted portraits of their girls.  Sebastian is a poor artist. They hang Sebastian in a barn. No one in the village believed that one of them killed the outsider.   They finally decide that   Irish tinker Egan had been the killer.                         Adelaide Bechtmann, a midwife can't believe that any of their God fearing people would go against God's commandment, "Thou shalt not kill."She decides to look into what actually happened.  She knows if she makes her husband and the leaders angry again she will pay dearly.Does she dare?  Will she and if she does, will something bad happen to her?  Take up a copy and travel to Zoar, an Ohio village and find out what misdeeds are going on. This is a good who dun it book.

I was given a complimentary copy of GRAVEN IMAGES from the author Eleanor Sullivan FOR my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.
I would give this book 3 COTTAGES.Cotteges Icon Clip Art

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