Someone is murdering the ministers of Massachusetts and Cotton Mather feels
he is the next target so he takes to his bed and refuses to leave it. Cotton’s
wife, Abigail, in fear for him contacts her cousin Hetty Henry and Cotton’s
cousin Increase Mather to help and get him back on his feet and to find out
the truth about the deaths.
Increase determines to look into the matter and Hetty insists on helping him
out much to his chagrin. Hetty an independent young woman twice widowed with
means of her own is determined to help out her cousin and find the truth about
the deaths of the ministers with or without Increase‘s help. They squabble
and bicker yet find themselves pulled together by the events occurring around
Increase and Hetty soon find that there are suspects aplenty including the
Royal governor Edmund Andros and his henchman, old Gammar Pisspot who is a
few cards short of a full deck, the mad Quaker Gabriel and the West Indies
Along the way the two fight political oppression, mob violence and voodoo
being perpetrated by unknown people while each step takes them closer to the
truth about the murders in Massachusetts.
M. E. Kemp has written a fascinating mystery with a marvelous historical backdrop
giving us insight into the lives of people living in the Massachusetts Bay
Colony back in the day.
Engaging characters add depth to the story. Hetty is a delightful character
who you will find yourself cheering for as she shows herself to be a bright,
intelligent and capable woman who is more than able to deal with whatever
life has to offer.
The plot is well written and numerous red herrings will keep you guessing
until the unexpected ending. A thoroughly enjoyable read which will have you
wanting to read more about Hetty, Increase and historical Massachusetts.
ABOUT THE REVIEWER
Andrea Maloney is a stay at home mom and jewelry designer who loves
to read. Her favorite books are mysteries, suspense and thrillers.
She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two daughters and one
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