The murder of a young Shaker woman in 1796 Maine draws traveling weaver and former soldier Will Rees into a suspicious community to investigateIt is 1796. For several years Will Rees, a traveling weaver and former soldier, too bereaved from the death of his wife to be a proper father, has left his son in the care of his sister. Visiting unexpectedly, he discovers his son has been treated like a serf and has run away. Rees tracks him to a Shaker settlement near Durham, Maine, where David is angry at his father and protected by the community. While waiting for a chance at reconciliation, Rees decides to ply his trade. After spending the first night in a farmer’s barn he rides into town and is arrested for the murder of a young Shaker woman. After the farmer provides Rees with an alibi and he is released, Elder White, a Shaker leader wary of the sheriff, asks Rees to investigate the murder. Rees accepts the commission that will keep him close to his son, but as Rees learns the ways of the community he discovers that solving Sister Chastity’s murder will uncover some members’ darkest secrets. An atmospheric and authentic portrait of a compelling time in American history, A Simple Murder is an outstanding debut from MB/MWA’s 2011 First Crime Novel Competition Winner.
Shelfari edited the description of A Simple Murder Sunday, December 11, 2011.