Murder, Sweet Murder
by Eleanor Kuhns

‘This series shows no sign of running out of steam’ Publisher’s Weekly

Will Rees is on a very personal mission – to clear his wife’s estranged father of murder – in this claustrophobic turn-of-the-century mystery novel set in Boston.

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?


“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”

Publishers Weekly

“The ambience of early 1800s Boston makes for an interesting read”

Kirkus Reviews

“Crisply drawn characters, combined with the immersive Boston setting, which beautifully delineates the life and times of the era, from the rich to the very poor, add up to a satisfying historical mystery”


“Plenty of interrogations, sleuthing, and complicated family secrets coming to life”

The Historical Novels Review

“This sobering look at the cultural divide over slavery in the early days of the Republic deserves a wide audience. The intricate plot builds to a satisfying resolution”

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“The setting and historical detail remain sharp, with strong, descriptive prose”

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Eleanor Kuhns

Eleanor Kuhns is a previous winner of the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel competition for A Simple Murder. The author of seven previous Will Rees mysteries, she is now a full-time writer after a successful career as the Assistant Director at the Goshen Public Library in Orange County, New York.

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Murder, Sweet Murder by Eleanor Kuhns is available in the following formats

Hardback97807278500961st February 2022145 X 223mm224$28.99
Hardback978072785009625th November 2021145 X 223mm224£20.99
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