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June 22, 2015

DEATH IN SALEM by Eleanor Kuhns






DEATH IN SALEM
Will Rees Mysteries
by
Eleanor Kuhns

 



SUMMARY
(from NightOwl Reviews)
(copyright Night Owl Reviews)

  • Number: 9781250067029
  • Release: June 16, 2015
  • Author: Eleanor Kuhns
  • Availability: Print-Book
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: HIST: Historical Fiction, * SUSP: Mystery
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books

It's 1796, and traveling weaver Will Rees is visiting Salem, Massachusetts. He's in town to buy a luxurious gift for his pregnant wife, a few yards of well-made fabric from the traders at the famed Salem harbor. While traveling through Salem, however, Rees comes upon a funeral procession for the deceased Mrs. Antiss Boothe. When Rees happens upon Twig, a friend who fought alongside him in the war, he learns that Mrs. Boothe had been very ill, and her death had not come as a surprise. But the next morning, the town is abuzz with the news that Mr. Boothe has also died--and this time it is clearly murder. When the woman that Twig loves falls under suspicion, Twig persuades Rees to stay in Salem, despite the family waiting for him back home in Maine, and help solve the murder. Rees is quickly pulled into the murky politics of both Salem and the Boothe family, who have long been involved in the robust shipping and trading industry on the Salem harbor. Everyone Rees meets seems to be keeping some kind of secret, but could any of them actually have committed murder? Will Rees returns in Death in Salem, the next delightful historical mystery from MB/MWA First Novel Competition winner Eleanor Kuhns.


AUTHOR
ELEANOR KUHNS is the 2011 winner of the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel competition. She lives in Campbell Hall, New York, received her master's in Library Science from Columbia University, and is currently the Assistant Director at the Goshen Public Library in Orange County, New York.



REVIEW
 On his way home, Will Rees was on his way home.  Twig, his friend asks for help with a murder investigation.  Rees just wanted to go home to his wife, Lydia,   He didn't quite understand how he became involved in this investigation.  Maybe Lydia would come and help?  For the plot of the book, the time period is very suitable, but I sure am glad I didn't live back then.  Women were second class citizens, not allowed to get an education, couldn't read, no phones, and travel was by horse and buggy.  Men did things like being a sailor or a merchant.  Jacob Boothe was a wealthy merchant and it wasn't a good thing for him.  Maybe his money is what got him murdered.  It wasn't who the murderer of one person, but now it was three.  Will this put Will in danger.?  After you read a few pages you become a part of the story.  The author put in some wonderful characters and fit them in perfectly for the time period.  Ms. Kuhns will keep you guessing until the end.  I would recommend this well written, mystery murder, historical fiction story to anyone.  Get a copy and go on this journey to figure out who the murderer was. If you can?

I was given a complimentary copy of DEATH IN SALEM from te author, Eleanor Kuhns and NightOwl Reviews for my view of the book.
I would give this book 4 STARS.


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