The Friends are thrilled to welcome Eleanor Kuhns as she talks about mystery writing, and murder and mayhem in early America on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 2 pm.
Please join us for a delightful afternoon of refreshments and a fascinating presentation! Eleanor will introduce and sign copies of her latest book The Shaker Murders, her sixth in a series of mysteries set in late 18th-century Maine in a cloistered Shaker community. Eleanor Kuhns is the winner of the 2011 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition. She served as director of the Finkelstein Memorial Library from 1995 to 2005 and is currently the assistant director at the Goshen Public Library in Orange County.
Here is a review of her new book from the journal, "Publishers Weekly"
"Authentic period detail and nuanced characterizations lift Kuhns’s fine sixth whodunit set in late-18th-century Maine. In 2016’s The Devil’s Cold Dish, weaver Will Rees and his family suffered a series of calamities, which included his being accused of murder and their being forced to sell their home. Now they hope for a respite from turmoil and violence by joining the Shakers, but that proves short-lived after the body of one of the Shakers is found in a bathtub. To Will, the signs of intentional violence—a bloody wound on the dead man’s head—are clear, but the Shaker leadership insists that the death was accidental and refuses to call in outside authorities. Kuhns makes the most of the cloistered Shaker community setting in this top-notch outing."
In addition to discussing the book, Eleanor will discuss some of the Shaker history and philosophy, and how she came to write about the Shakers, her research, and about authoring a book series.
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