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Death of a Winter Shaker (Sister Rose Callahan Mystery) [Mass Market Paperback]

Deborah Woodworth
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038079201X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380792016
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,288,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fascinating historical tale

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YOUNG GENNIE MALONE'S LONG, DARK BLUE SHAKER cloak flapped behind her in the brisk wind as she wove through the kitchen garden on her way to the Herb House. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant new series! 18 Mar 1998
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This is a fascinating novel about a part of American history that I don't know very well. Shaker society was never really covered in class, and so I read this with fascination. Besides the well done parts about Shaker society, the mystery itself is also fun to read about. Sister Callahan seems to be the only sane person sometimes there as the other Shakers are portrayed as religious fanatics to the point of being violently fanatical. I'm hoping that the people we meet in the next book will be a tad calmer. Besides that one problem I was still enchanted by this book and look forward to the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great mystery and fascinating glimpse into Shaker community 22 Jan 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book. Before reading it, about all I knew about the Shakers was that they were originally a fringe group of Quakers who shook (rather than quaked) in the presence of the Lord, and who believed in chastity for all members -- and that they made beautiful furniture and were outstanding cooks. But this book takes you right into a Shaker community, and makes the people seem very real. It therefore provided a fascinating glimpse into their way of life. But that was all serendipitious -- it is an excellent mystery in its own right, and thoroughly enjoyable. I can't wait to read the rest of this series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant new series! 18 Mar 1998
By J. Hitchin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a fascinating novel about a part of American history that I don't know very well. Shaker society was never really covered in class, and so I read this with fascination. Besides the well done parts about Shaker society, the mystery itself is also fun to read about. Sister Callahan seems to be the only sane person sometimes there as the other Shakers are portrayed as religious fanatics to the point of being violently fanatical. I'm hoping that the people we meet in the next book will be a tad calmer. Besides that one problem I was still enchanted by this book and look forward to the next one.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not an Earthshaking Read 2 Jun 2001
By OMalleycat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
While Sister Rose Callahan is an interesting and unexpected detective, this book only barely makes it into my "recommend" column. The material on latterday Shaker communities is fascinating and seems to be presented honestly. The members of the Shaker community are shown to have faults and doubts regarding their faith and the larger community is shown to have prejudices toward the Shakers. The attractions and difficulties of living among Shakers are nicely presented. However, the mystery is barely passable. Wordworth does not play fair with readers who like to predict the solution to the mystery. She presents almost no definitive clues and introduces vital information late in the story. Knowing this book is the first in a series also raises questions: Will there be frequent murders among the peaceful Shakers? How will Sister Rose manage to get involved in enough mayhem, while remaining an observant Shaker, to justify a series? I'll read the next one in hopes it is a better mystery, but I won't anticipate continuing the series if it is not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A different kind of mystery 3 Dec 2001
By nlw - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having visited a Shaker village and purchasing my copy there, I found that I could visualize the setting so easily. Ms. Woodworth does an excellant job of presenting the Shaker community very accurately. ( from what I learned ) I was very surprised at the development of the plot.
I am looking forward to adding the rest of the Shaker mysteries to my collection
5.0 out of 5 stars A good mystery 28 Jan 2014
By Gwendolyn H. Pozdena - Published on Amazon.com
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Deborah Woodworth is an excellent writer about Shakers. She makes her mystery seem like fact. She obviously has done a lot of research on Shakers and their way of life.
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