If you like reading historical mystery novels, you will enjoy “The Devil’s Cold Dish’ by Eleanor Kuhns. This novel is set in Maine in 1796 on the farm of weaver Will Rees. Rees is an itinerant weaver moving from town to town weaving cloth for the women to use for clothing and other needs. He has married his second wife, Lydia, who is pregnant with their first child. Also living on the farm is his 16 year old son from his first marriage, which ended with the death of his wife, and five adopted children who were saved from the streets of New York. Rees is finally home after weeks of travel and comes home to a farm beset by vandals and his wife accused of witchcraft. After three murders which are somehow attributed to Rees and his wife, they have to flee prosecution. Rees is determined to clear their names and stays behind to investigate.
This novel is chock full of adventure and superstition. My thoughts of who committed the murders jump from one to another and I am not comfortable clearing anyone in my mind until the very end. Ms. Kuhns keeps the reader in suspense throughout. I would highly recommend this book.
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