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.
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by Eleanor Kuhns
by Eleanor Herman
by Kate Carlisle
"Narrator Susie Berneis evokes the eerie setting of Salem, Massachusetts, a century after the infamous witch trials. When a wealthy businessman is murdered, a slave of Jamaican descent is arrested, and her fiancŽ asks Will Rees, a traveling weaver who also solves crimes, for help. Berneis effectively portrays male characters as well as female characters, which is essential in a story with a male protagonist. Berneis juggles a wide cast, including a family of spoiled adult children, heirs to their murdered father's business. Rees has family problems of his own as the father of five adopted children and an angry teenager. Listeners are taken in and out of Salem's underground tunnels as Rees pursues the real killer. M.R. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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