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Sins of a Shaker Summer

by Deborah Woodworth

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Something isn't right in the North Homage Shaker community, and it seems to have something to do with the Medicinal Herb Garden and the recently transferred Shakers from a sister community. The new residents in North Homage mainly keep to themselves. What secrets do they harbor? And did one of those secrets eventually lead to death? Sister Rose Callahan's recent appointment as eldress doesn't stop her from pursuing her own investigation, just as she did when she was the community's trustee.

This is another enjoyable installment in a Depression-era cozy series set in a Kentucky Shaker community. While the mystery is a bit slow to develop, the characters and setting will sustain most readers' interest until the suspense starts to build. The medicinal herb aspect of the plot should appeal to cozy readers with an interest in gardening. While I enjoyed spending time with characters I had come to know through the first two books in the series, there's nothing about the plot that would require reading the previous books first. Recommended for historical cozy fans. ( )
  cbl_tn | Sep 11, 2012 |
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Rose Callahan, newly appointed eldress of the community of Believers at the Kentucky Shaker viliage of North Homage, confesses to a nagging resentment toward Andrew, sent by the lead ministry in Mount Lebanon to act as trustee. She knows little about the man, except that he's taken charge of the Medicinal Herb Garden, over which Rose previously had control, and he's been expanding the tiny industry and experimenting with new medicinal herbs.

Now two little girls have suddenly become deathly ill, and Rose's attention turns to the herb garden. Suspecting that the girls may have taken a notion to nibble on pretty but poisonous plants, she fears their hallowed land may have accidentally been turned into a killing ground. But as Rose investigates, mysterious death invades the gentle oasis of their spiritual world, and some chilling secrets come to light...secrets that bring Rose closer to a truth that even a nonviolent Believer might kill to keep.

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