on 5 November 2000
Sister Rose Callahan has real problems; can she be accepted by the male elder Wilhiem and how can she avoid leaving her current comfortable residence for the Ministery House, that her new promototion dictates. There is conflict with some former childhood Shakers and disaffected violent members of the local Langour community. Current events at the Shaker village and a death twenty five years ago cause Sister Rose to question the actions of her closest friends. She finds her real friends are Shaker diarys and the local deputy Sherrif. Problems pile up for Sister Rose and things look grim and near to a violent outcome. This is 1930's USA,echo's of the Great War,the depresion and an undercurent of violence. If you are unsure of who or what the Shakers were and are, this book will help clear your mind and may even shock you as to how "cults" live and relate to the rest of the world. This is an educated read, you will find it full of life, lifestyle and living peole.
on 6 February 1999
This book, and "Death of a Winter Shaker", were great stay-up-too-late-reading mysteries. Sister Rose is a clever, human central character. I happen to sing in a Shaker Chorus in New Hampshire, and so found the information on these utopian egalitarian folks very fascinating, and yet woven into the story in a very unobtrusive way.