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Murder, sweet murder
2021
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When her father is accused of murder, Lydia rushes to Boston alongside Will Rees. Despite them offering to help prove his innocence, Marcus Farrell rejects their help. Things escalate when Julian, Marcus’s brother, is killed. Is Marcus behind both murders? Can Will and Lydia solve the murders before the Farrell family tears itself apart? - (Ingram Publishing Services)

Will Rees accompanies his wife to Boston to help clear her estranged father’s name in this gripping mystery set in the early nineteenth century.

January, 1801. When Lydia’s estranged father is accused of murder, Will Rees escorts her to Boston to uncover the truth. Marcus Farrell is believed to have murdered one of his workers, a boy from Jamaica where he owns a plantation. Marcus swears he’s innocent. However, a scandal has been aroused by his refusal to answer questions and accusations he bribed officials.

As Will and Lydia investigate, Marcus’s brother, Julian, is shot and killed. This time, all fingers point towards James Morris, Lydia’s brother. Is someone targeting the family? Were the family quarreling over the family businesses and someone lashed out? What’s Marcus hiding and why won’t he accept help?

With the Farrell family falling apart and their reputation in tatters, Will and Lydia must solve the murders soon. But will they succeed before the murderer strikes again? - (Ingram Publishing Services)

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Publishers Weekly Reviews

In Kuhns's superior 11th mystery featuring Maine weaver Will Rees (after 2021's Murder on Principle), Will and his wife, Lydia, set out for Boston in 1801 in response to a distress letter from Lydia's sister, Cordelia. Cordelia, who's aware of Will's reputation as an amateur sleuth, wants him to prove Marcus Farrell, the owner of a sugar plantation in the West Indies and her and Lydia's father, is not a murderer. Rumors have circulated that Marcus shot Roark Bustamonte, a poor West Indian immigrant, after a quarrel. But after the couple arrive in Boston, Marcus asks them not to pursue the matter, since in his view the killing will remain unsolved, given the lack of any witnesses and his having bribed the sheriff to eliminate him from suspicion, and be rapidly forgotten. This argument doesn't dissuade Will and Lydia, who, uncertain of Marcus's guilt, determine to discover who else might have had a motive for killing Bustamonte. A second murder connected to the Farrell family raises the stakes. Kuhns makes the most of having her lead operate in an unfamiliar setting en route to the satisfactory reveal. This series shows no sign of running out of steam. Agent: Mitchell S. Waters, Brandt & Hochman Agency. (Feb.)

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