The Shaker murders / Eleanor Kuhns.

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      Summary: "A peaceful Shaker community is rocked by a series of bizarre accidents, but is there more to them than first appears? Fresh from facing allegations of witchcraft and murder, travelling weaver Will Rees, his heavily pregnant wife Lydia and six adopted children take refuge in Zion, a Shaker community in rural Maine. Shortly after their arrival, screams in the night reveal a drowned body ... but is it murder or an unfortunate accident? The Shaker Elders argue it was just an accident, but Rees believes otherwise. As Will investigates further, more deaths follow and a young girl vanishes from the community. Haunted by nightmares for his family's safety, Rees must rush to uncover the truth before the dreams can become reality and more lives are lost. Yet can the Shaker Elders be trusted, or is an outsider involved?"--Provided by publisher.
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      KUHNS, E. The Shaker murders. First world edition. [s. l.]: Severn House Publishers, 2019. ISBN 9780727888372. Disponível em: Acesso em: 5 ago. 2020.
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      Kuhns E. The Shaker Murders. First world edition. Severn House Publishers; 2019. Accessed August 5, 2020.
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      Kuhns E. The Shaker Murders. First world edition. Severn House Publishers; 2019. Accessed August 5, 2020.
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      Kuhns, E. (2019). The Shaker murders (First world edition.). Severn House Publishers.
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      Kuhns, Eleanor. 2019. The Shaker Murders. First world edition. A Will Rees Mystery. Severn House Publishers.
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      Kuhns, E. (2019) The Shaker murders. First world edition. Severn House Publishers (A Will Rees mystery). Available at: (Accessed: 5 August 2020).
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      Kuhns, E 2019, The Shaker murders, First world edition., A Will Rees mystery, Severn House Publishers, viewed 5 August 2020, .
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      Kuhns, Eleanor. The Shaker Murders. First world edition., Severn House Publishers, 2019. EBSCOhost,
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      Kuhns, Eleanor. The Shaker Murders. First world edition. A Will Rees Mystery. Severn House Publishers, 2019.
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      Kuhns E. The Shaker murders [Internet]. First world edition. Severn House Publishers; 2019 [cited 2020 Aug 5]. (A Will Rees mystery). Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2019 January #1

Weaver Will Rees seeks sanctuary for his family after fleeing his home and charges of murder against him, and witchcraft against his wife, Lydia, as described in The Devil's Cold Dish (2016). What could be safer for his heavily pregnant wife and their five adopted children than the Maine Shaker community of Zion? But the day after Rees arrives at Zion, one of the brethren is found murdered. Within days, a teenager and an elderly woman also are killed, and attempts are made on the lives of the murdered woman's husband and finally on Will himself. Shaker elders want to believe the killer is a visitor and not one of their own, while Rees is doubtful. Reasoning that subsequent crimes are attempts to cover up the original murder, he is faced with solving the killings as a means of ensuring his family's future safety. This sixth Will Rees entry illuminates post-Revolutionary Shaker life, providing backstory that gives Rees nightmares, as it hints at the future for the family in this readable historical-mystery series. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2018 December #3

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. After Will finds the murder weapon, a poker with traces of blood and hair on it, the church elders, knowing of his experience as an investigator, allow him to look into newcomers to the community as possible suspects. The stakes rise when another body turns up, this one even more clearly the product of foul play. Kuhns makes the most of the cloistered Shaker community setting in this top-notch outing. (Feb.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.