Edith Maxwell & Maddie Day, historical and cozy mystery writers
Spend an evening with 2 great mystery writers --Edith Maxwell and Maddie Day -- who just happen to inhabit the same body.
Writing under her own name, Edith Maxwell is publishing her second historical mystery, Called to Justice. Set in Amesbury in 1888, this series features the unconventional Quaker midwife Rose Carroll, and often include poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier as one of the characters. The first, Delivering the Truth has just been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Historical Mystery. Congratulations to Edith!!
Writing as Maddie Day, she has created a cozy mystery series called Country Store Mysteries featuring chef/carpenter Robbie Jordan. And the latest in the series, When the Grits Hit the Fan, is coming out at the same time as Edith's historical mystery -- so we are having "both" authors on the same night. For a discussion ... with each other.... We do believe that Edith has promised they will interview each other, and we can hardly wait!
Amesbury author Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries and the Local Foods Mysteries, as well as award-winning short crime fiction. As Maddie Day she authors the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. Edith has always been a writer. She made her living writing technical documentation in the software industry, wrote features and essays as a free-lance journalist, edited medical texts, and produced several published articles and a doctoral dissertation in the field of linguistics. And before that she wrote fiction and news articles.She is active in Sisters in Crime, serving as the President of the New England chapter, and is a member of Mystery Writers of America. She is a Quaker, and in her past lives has run an organic farm, and been a midwife.
Some serious praise for Edith's first historical mystery: "The rules of the Friends, the well-researched midwifery details, and Rose’s intrepid loving ways combine to form a fascinating frame for a story that, though well steeped in the 1880s, will appeal to readers of contemporary cozies.” -Booklist "A strong and appealing heroine … authentic historical detail … Readers who appreciate the works of Margaret Lawrence and Eleanor Kuhns will relish as well.” – Library Journal
and for Edith's cozy mysteries, the local food mysteries: “Enticing. Cozy fans will be able to relate to this spunky…heroine.” – Publisher’s Weekly “5 out of 5 stars. Farmed and Dangerous had great characters, a good mystery with twists, interesting information about growing vegetables and herbs in winter, and a little romance. What more can a reader ask for in a cozy mystery! – The Avid Reader
and for Maddie's cozy series: Day’s series debut provides some quirky characters and red herrings along with the … romantic interest and recipes. – Kirkus Delightful cozy series…strong characterization and a clever plot… –Bolo Books