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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (306 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eleanor Kuhns Narrator: Richard Waterhous Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Will Rees Series Release Date:
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1796: When traveling weaver and former soldier Will Rees learns that his son David has run away, he immediately sets out after him. After tracking him down at a Shaker settlement near Durham, Maine, Will unexpectedly finds himself heading a murder investigation. As he adapts to the ways of the Shakers he begins to discover that some members of the community may hold clues to solving the case, but uncovering those clues will also reveal dark secrets that could threaten the whole community; meanwhile, the body count continues to rise. In this outstanding debut, Eleanor Kuhns has crafted an atmospheric and authentic portrait of a compelling time in history that will leave listeners on the edge of their seats.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Kuhns’ intimate voice and all-seeing eye make [the Shaker community] seem an exotic world indeed. But she also shows that greed, envy, and materialistic values are nothing if not universal.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “This outstanding debut won the 2011 Mystery Writers of America/Minotaur Books First Crime Novel Competition, and it’s as good an argument for continuing these contests as it gets. Kuhns, a career librarian, delivers a superbly researched and beautifully crafted historical mystery.”

    Toronto Globe & Mail

  • A Simple Murder works as an intense historical but also a heartfelt story about families, especially the bonds between fathers and sons, and the grievances that can pull relatives apart…Kuhns’ affinity for showing the complicated relationships that drive people shines in this strong debut.”

    Kansas City Star

  • “Kuhns’s closed-room mystery is refreshingly original, both for its setting and time period. In keeping with her protagonist’s profession, Kuhns weaves together disparate threads into a beautiful finished piece.”

    Library Journal (starred review, Debut of the Month)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ma'lis Wendt | 2/19/2014

    " I really liked this delightful historical murder mystery set in post Revolutionary Maine among a Shaker community. Kuhns gives the reader an excellent sense of life of the times as well as an intriguing mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ellen O'brien | 2/14/2014

    " I had hoped to learn much more about the Shakers from reading this book than I did - that was my first disappointment. My second was the resolution which was depicted in classic Agatha Christie style with all the suspects gathered together in order to find out who was lurking about the Shakers in disguise, who had murdered several members of the community and why and what was the impact of the terms of a little-known will. Perhaps I would have empathized more with the protagonists if I had been better informed about what life with the Shakers was like but there weren't enough details about the religious movement or why anyone would choose it to make me care. On the other hand, it was a gentle mystery with some romance. Ok but not spectacular to my taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Susan | 2/12/2014

    " This is a new author who won an award from the Writers of America for "First Crime Novel". It is a probably going to be a series with the character William Rees who is a traveling weaver set in the late 1700's. This book was set in a Shaker community so that and time period made it interesting. He was always driving his cart back and forth to town -very time consuming... For an award winner, I can't say the writing was above average. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laura | 2/1/2014

    " Interesting period and setting. An enjoyable read. "

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