Monday, January 21, 2013

The Midwife's Tale by Sam Thomas - Book Review and Giveaway #MidwifesTaleVirtualTour


About the Book:

It is 1644, and Parliament’s armies have risen against the King and laid siege to the city of York. Even as the city suffers at the rebels’ hands, midwife Bridget Hodgson becomes embroiled in a different sort of rebellion. One of Bridget’s friends, Esther Cooper, has been convicted of murdering her husband and sentenced to be burnt alive. Convinced that her friend is innocent, Bridget sets out to find the real killer.

Bridget joins forces with Martha Hawkins, a servant who’s far more skilled with a knife than any respectable woman ought to be. To save Esther from the stake, they must dodge rebel artillery, confront a murderous figure from Martha’s past, and capture a brutal killer who will stop at nothing to cover his tracks. The investigation takes Bridget and Martha from the homes of the city’s most powerful families to the alleyways of its poorest neighborhoods. As they delve into the life of Esther’s murdered husband, they discover that his ostentatious Puritanism hid a deeply sinister secret life, and that far too often tyranny and treason go hand in hand.


About the Author:

Sam Thomas is an assistant professor of history at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He has received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Newberry Library, and the British Academy. He has published articles on topics ranging from early modern Britain to colonial Africa. Thomas lives in Alabama with his wife and two children.

http://samthomasbooks.com/


My Opinion:

All hail the midwife!

What a fascinating new character to build a series around; Lady Bridget Hodgson is a midwife in York as Cromwell's forces battle Charles I for control. But Bridget has more pressing matters to attend to - the many births she must attend, the unmarried, pregnant girls she must question and most importantly one of her friends has been accused of murder. Lady Bridget knows her friend is innocent and she sets out to prove it with the help of her new serving girl, Martha. Along the way she learns that Martha is not what she seems to be and her friend's marriage was not as perfect as it appeared.

This was such a delightful book. Such a different way to present both history and a murder mystery. Lady Bridget is a delightful character - a strong, independent woman in a profession with some level of power in a time we don't usually associate such things with women. She was fun to read and her adventures were educational and exciting. I was hooked on the first page of this book and read it through in one day. I can't wait for her next mystery to see how she and her sidekick solve it despite the scorn of the men in power.

If you are looking for a new twist on the mystery novel with a unique protagonist then I highly recommend you follow along with The Midwife's Tale.

Rating:
5

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Disclosure:  I received a free copy of The Midwife's Tale from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for my honest opinion. I received no compensation for this post.

20 comments:

  1. a midwife in the role of murder investigator is a fun twist! can't wait to read this one!

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  2. It doesn't surprise me because they had access to people's homes and knew many people because of the trade. And who knows what pregnant women say in the throes of delivery!

    seknobloch(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. Doesn't surprise me. Reminds me of other females who practice medicine in one way or another and are, by way of expertise, dragged into crime investigation (Ariana Franklin's female pathologist comes immediately to mind...Gabaldon's Clair Randall of the Outlander series, somewhat...I'm sure there are many more..

    nanze55(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  4. Yes and no - playing detective is not in a midewife's job description but after all, she may be privy to many secrets...

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  5. Yes, this sounds like a surprising story.
    amyc
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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  6. It does seem like an unusual choice but for me that makes it more interesting. Having a male author writing about 17th century midwifery is kind of out there too, but I can get into it. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  7. A midwife detective sounds possible and unique. Lovely idea and novel. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Glad to see you liked this one. I enjoyed it as well. Great review!!

    Kimberlee
    www.girllostinabook.com

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  9. Doesn't surprise me. Anyone can be an investigator these days!!

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

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  10. This doesn't surprise me at all as Midwifes, especially back then, were right there through it all (births, miscarriages, sexual intrigues) and had a front row seat for any drama and secrets that sort of thing entailed. This one sounds really good!
    candc320@gmail.com

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  11. It does surprise me, but what a great idea!
    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

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  12. no it doesn't surprise me. Anyone can be...if they are curious enough!

    nineteen19@blackfoot.net

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  13. I missed this one somehow and would love to read it!

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  14. whoops! forgot to leave my email...epkwrsmith@comcast.net

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  15. A midwife as an investigator does surprise me a bit, but it should make the story interesting.
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

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  16. Yes, I am very surprised that a midwife investigates a murder. It is just not sometime I would expect. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

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  17. I think its really interesting because its so unusual.

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  18. A very interesting concept and certainly very unexpected.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

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