I enjoyed reading Called For Justice. The authors attention to detail in describing the job(s) tasks of mid wife in the time period made for an interesting read. ~The Journey Back
Called to Justice is as much historical fiction as it is cozy mystery, and I found both aspects of the story to be riveting. ~The Book’s the Thing
Edith Maxwell has created a series around the most charming cozy mystery character I have come across in the many years I have read this genre. ~Bibliophile Reviews
I am hooked on this series ,if you love a great murder with Historical background and a story so well written you will be captivated from the start. ~Shelley’s Book Case
I was enthralled with the mystery Maxwell created in CALLED TO JUSTICE. From the beginning of the story until all becomes known and things are solved, I was riveted to my chair. ~Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Called to Justice by Edith Maxwell is an impressive and enjoyable story. It is steeped in historical detail that is not only interesting, but fascinating, ~The Power of Words . . .
CALLED TO JUSTICE is an intricate, heartfelt mystery. The author guides us down multiple avenues, developing characters and motives, in order to work out the truth and find justice. ~Cozy Up With Kathy
This was a very well written book that flowed well and was a very good read. ~Melina’s Book Blog
It was a wonderful glimpse into the past and a mystery that is intriguing. The ending is so good with unexpected twists. ~Texas Book-aholic
There are many twists and turns to this story as Rose tries to put all the pieces of the puzzle in their proper places. ~Book Babble
The mystery is well written and is also well paced. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing… ~Queen of All She Reads
Quaker midwife Rose Carroll is enjoying the 1888 Independence Day evening fireworks with her beau when a teenaged Quaker mill girl is found shot dead. After a former slave and fellow Quaker is accused of the murder, Rose delves into the crime, convinced of the man’s innocence. An ill-mannered mill manager, an Irish immigrant, and the victim’s young boyfriend come under suspicion even as Rose’s future with her handsome doctor suitor becomes unsure. Rose continues to deliver babies and listen to secrets, finally figuring out one criminal – only to be threatened by the murderer, with three lives at stake. Can she rescue herself, a baby, and her elderly midwifery teacher in time?
Praise for Delivering the Truth by Edith Maxwell (Book 1 in this series)
Ms. Maxwell weaves a sturdy cloth from the stories of the various characters in Delivering the Truth. ~Back Porchervations
The author takes us into Rose’s life, making us feel as though we are right there with her in every situation. The mystery is well-developed and leaves the reader guessing right to the end. ~Book Babble
Where are you from? I
was born in Pasadena, California, and grew up in that area. I’ve lived in
Boston and north of there for 35 years, though.
Tell us your latest
news? I am nominated twice this year for the highest award in the traditional
mystery genre, the Agatha Award. Delivering
the Truth, the first Quaker Midwife Mystery, is nominated for Best
Historical Mystery. My short story, “The Mayor and the Midwife,” is nominated
for Best Short Story. I am honored and thrilled, and beyond excited. The awards
are announced at the end of April. Fingers crossed!
When and why did you
begin writing? I wrote stories – lots of them – as a child, but then I switched
to journalism, academic writing, essays, and tech writing before getting back
to fiction about twenty-five years ago.
When did you first
consider yourself a writer? When my mother told me I was a good writer. I was
about eight, and I believed her! My first published fiction for which I was
paid was “The Viking Girl,” a short story that won a contest in the Pasadena Star News when I was nine –and
I was paid two dollars.
What inspired you to
write your first book? I was reading almost entirely either cozy mysteries or
mysteries written by women with a female protagonist, like Sue Grafton and Sara
Paretsky. I thought I might as well try my hand at writing one.
Do you have a
specific writing style? I mostly write books in the first person narrative of
the protagonist, from a single point of view. Some of my series are lighter
than others, but none are violent or abusive, none feature offensive language,
and all the romance has the bedroom door shut before it gets too hot and heavy.
How did you come up
with the title? Midnight Ink created the title, and I liked it.
Is there a message in
your novel that you want readers to grasp? I hope readers will find their own
messages in my books. My amateur sleuth, Rose Carroll, has certain ways she
acts, certain beliefs, but that doesn’t mean they are for anyone else to
What would you like
my readers to know? I love transporting you away from your own here and now
into the 1888 world of Quaker Rose Carroll. I also love hearing from readers,
so please find me and drop me a note after you read Called to Justice and my other books, both in the Quaker Midwife
series and in my several contemporary mystery series. Let’s talk!