Murder, Sweet Murder
by Eleanor Kuhns
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Pub Date 01 Feb 2022 | Archive Date 31 Jan 2022
January, 1801. When Lydia’s estranged father is accused of murder, Will Rees escorts her to Boston to uncover the truth. Marcus Farrell is believed to have murdered one of his workers, a boy from Jamaica where he owns a plantation. Marcus swears he’s innocent. However, a scandal has been aroused by his refusal to answer questions and accusations he bribed officials.
As Will and Lydia investigate, Marcus’s brother, Julian, is shot and killed. This time, all fingers point towards James Morris, Lydia’s brother. Is someone targeting the family? Were the family quarreling over the family businesses and someone lashed out? What’s Marcus hiding and why won’t he accept help?
With the Farrell family falling apart and their reputation in tatters, Will and Lydia must solve the murders soon. But will they succeed before the murderer strikes again?
A Note From the Publisher
Average rating from 14 members
Proving her father innocent may call for Lydia Rees to find another family member guilty of murder.
Could it be Lydia's debutante sister, anxious to avoid a loveless marriage? Lydia's brother, whose opposition to slavery in the sugarcane fields has his father threatening to disown him? Lydia's uncle, who runs the family distillery and holds secrets from long ago? Or could her father have done the deed?
Lydia and husband, Will, head to Boston, the hometown Lydia fled years ago in favor of life in a Shaker village in Maine. She met and married weaver Will and lives happily on a 19th Century farm with their natural and adopted children. Her sister knows that Will and Lydia have solved several mysteries and begs their help.
"Murder Sweet Murder" Is Eleanor Kuhns' eleventh book in a series that gets better and better.
January 1801. Lydia Rees has received a letter from her half-sister, Cordelia, asking them to come to Boston to stay with her estranged family, as their father has been associated with a murder, and the resulting sigma has affected badly their social position. She wants Lydia and Will to investigate. But what could be the motive for the murders and by whom.
A well-written and entertaining historical mystery. With its varied and likeable characters though not so much the Farrell family. Another good addition to this series, which can easily be read as a standalone story.
An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Murder, Sweet Murder is an engrossing historical mystery that can be read as a standalone even though it is part of the Will Rees series. Will and Lydia Rees visit her family in Boston to try to clear her father of suspicion of murder. The story, setting and characters are well developed, believable and interesting. There are many suspects and possible motives that are narrowed down to reach a satisfying conclusion. New readers will enjoy discovering this series while followers will enjoy learning more about Lydia's family in the latest in the series.
Another great entry in the Will Rees series. This book gives us a peek into Lydia’s family and upscale life in post revolutionary Boston.
It's 1801. Will and Lydia are living peacefully and happily in Maine when a letter arrives from Lydia's half sister Cordy who is distressed because their father has been accused of murder. Well, she's mostly distressed because this has ruined her chances at finding a good wealthy husband. Will and Lydia, despite Lydia's great distaste for her estranged father pack up their daughters and head to Boston, where the situation quickly becomes murkier as there are additional murders. There's a certain irony in Will, who has spent so much time helping enslaved people escape to safety, is investigating to prove the innocence of a man who has made his money off plantations. I've enjoyed this series for the atmospherics and the characters but the mysteries are pretty good too. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. For fans of historical mysteries- and it will be fine as a standalone.
Another gripping and entertaining historical mystery set in XIX century USA. I loved how the author develops the historical background and how it is vivid.
The mystery is solid, I was glad to catch up with the characters and they are as well developed as usual.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
This is the 11th book in the series. This time, Will and Lydia are in Boston because Lydia’s father is accused of murder. Lydia is estranged from her family, except her half-sister Cordelia. When they arrive in Boston, with their daughter Jerusha along so she can look at a school in Boston, they are met with guarded hostility. Lydia’s father is quite wealthy and has been able to evade charges; however, the scandal has wiped away their social life and Cordelia is afraid she will not be able to get married. Both Lydia’s father and her stepmother ask that they not investigate the murder, but they do so anyway.
Will is completely out of his element in Boston as he is used to a more rural life. There is a lot of familial tension which leads to many potential suspects. The author has a neat writing style, and you are able to be transported back to the 1800s whether it’s in Maine (where the other books in the series take place) or in Boston (for this one). It is a very well-written and entertaining historical fiction mystery. As I have said with the other books in the series, each book can be read as a stand-alone – you get just enough background information – but it is better to read the series in its entirety.
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