Cradle to Grave

Cradle to Grave

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"Will Rees is adjusting to life on his Maine farm in 1797, but he's already hungering for the freedom of the road, and his chance to travel comes sooner than he expects. Lydia has just received a letter from her old friend Mouse, a soft-spoken and gentlewoman who now lives in the Shaker community in Mount Unity, New York. To Lydia and Rees's astonishment, she's in trouble with the law. She's kidnapped five children, claiming that their mother, Maggie Whitney, is unfit to care for them. Despite the wintry weather and icy roads, Rees and Lydia set out for New York, where they sadly conclude that Mouse is probably right and the children would be better off with her. There's nothing they can do for Mouse legally, though, and they reluctantly set out for home. But before they've travelled very far, they receive more startling news: Maggie Whitney has been found murdered, and Mouse is the prime suspect. In Cradle to Grave, Eleanor Kuhns returns with the clever plotting, atmospheric historical detail, and complexly drawn characters that have delighted fans and critics in her previous books"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250050007
1250050006
Branch Call Number: MYS Kuhns, E 100.3 2014
Characteristics: 338 pages ; 22 cm

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May 16, 2015

The book was enjoyable enough, but Kuhns gave my ability to suspend disbelief a bit too much of a workout.

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Roundcat
Jul 17, 2014

As Will Rees and his new wife, Lydia, try to come to terms with his son's resentment of Will's previous neglect, they receive a request to help a member of the Shaker community that Lydia lived in at the beginning of this series. This book informs us about village governance in early America and decisions about how to provide (or not) for indigent members of the community. The problem that Will and Lydia have come to solve becomes a murder with an abundance of suspects and wrong-doing by inhabitants of the village. The solution is unlikely to make anyone happy, but the ending leaves us expecting that there will be more to this series.

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