A Circle of Dead Girls
by Eleanor Kuhns
A circus arrives in Durham in the 1790s and the whole town is excited… until the body of a Shaker girl is found beaten.
1790s. The circus has arrived in Durham, Maine. Before weaver Will Rees is able to take in its spectacle, he spots Magistrate Hanson – the man he blames for his family’s having to flee Dugard two years earlier.
On his journey home he encounters Shaker brothers searching for a girl from their Zion community. Despite women not being allowed inside the circus, Leah had snuck out to visit it. They quickly come across her lifeless body beaten and thrown into a farmer’s field on the road leading to the circus.
Bored of his household chores, Rees begins investigating at the expense of his home life. He becomes entranced by the lives of the circus performers, including the charismatic horse rider and tightrope walker. Is his longing for his old journeyman’s life causing him to take his eye off the case, and can he stay out of Hanson’s way and keep his family safe?
Genre: Historical Crime & Mystery
“The setting and historical detail remain sharp, with strong, descriptive prose”
“Credible period detail ”
“A fine mystery with satisfying characters that powerfully evokes the privations of the period”
Kirkus Reviews on Simply Dead
“The plot twists rank among the author’s most clever. Historical fiction fans will be pleased”
Publishers Weekly on Simply Dead
“Kuhns makes the most of the cloistered Shaker community setting in this top-notch outing”
Publishers Weekly on The Shaker Murders
“An absorbing look at the early Shaker communities”
Kirkus Reviews on The Shaker Murders
A Circle of Dead Girls by Eleanor Kuhns is available in the following formats
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