This is the first in a series about Sister Rose Callahan, a Shaker woman in 1930's Kentucky during the Depression. I read the book primarily because I didn't really know anything about the Shaker religion and beliefs and was interested in this now nearly-defunct sect, and the book does indeed provide a lot of that information. It has an interesting mystery and is well-written, which I gave it high points for, but I didn't personally really "connect" with the main character, which I have to do in order to really enjoy a series. As it's a fairly quick, easy read, I would recommend it for anyone with an interest in Shakers and if you and Sister Rose get along well *g* there are a few more books in the series to entice you. :)
Good book. I was interested because I live in Kentucky and have been to Pleasant Hill Shaker Villege. I haven't been to South Union, but plan to go next summer.
A very good series, and interesting to learn about the Shakers.
Number 1 in the Shaker series of mysteries.
Interesting look at Shaker life along with a mystery attached.
I found this book to be just sort of okay. Nothing really horrible about it but nothing hugely interesting either. I think I was hoping for a bit more information on the Shakers but I really didn't learn anything new. The writing is competent and the mystery was okay but there wasn't a lot of character development so the whole thing just seemed sort of flat. On the plus side, it's just over 200 pages so it's a quick read!
Death of a Winter Shaker - Sister Rose Callahan. Bk 1 by: Deborah Woodworth
The peaceful Shakers, pledged to hard work, worship and nonviolence could scarcely believe there was a dead body in their herb house. The handsome young drifter known as a "Winter Shaker" had professed to be a Believer to find refuge from the cold and the Depression. Now he'd gotten himself murdered. Shaker Sister Rose Callahan, with her practical knowledge and worldly experience is assigned to find answers the sheriff refuses to consider--even if it means discovering one of their own is the killer. But to protect a declining Shaker population, Rose must keep the sinful details hidden from the outside world. What the good Sister uncovers among the brethren are more than a tad of Earthly temptations, some un-Godly rivalry, and enough shameful secrets to raise havoc among the faithful...and to tempt some misguided soul to commit the most diabolical sin of all.
I enjoyed this cozy mystery about The Shakers in Kentucky. Interesting learning about the Shaker way of life and death was very fascinating. Enjoyed the mystery too and hope to read more from this author.