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A Circle of Dead Girls

#8 Will Rees Mystery

Eleanor Kuhns



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Severn House Publishers Ltd
01 January 2021
A circus arrives in Durham in the 1790s and the whole town is excited. until the body of a Shaker girl is found beaten.

1790s. The circus has arrived in Durham, Maine. Before weaver Will Rees is able to take in its spectacle, he spots Magistrate Hanson - the man he blames for his family's having to flee Dugard two years earlier.

On his journey home he encounters Shaker brothers searching for a girl from their Zion community. Despite women not being allowed inside the circus, Leah had snuck out to visit it. They quickly come across her lifeless body beaten and thrown into a farmer's field on the road leading to the circus.

Bored of his household chores, Rees begins investigating at the expense of his home life. He becomes entranced by the lives of the circus performers, including the charismatic horse rider and tightrope walker. Is his longing for his old journeyman's life causing him to take his eye off the case, and can he stay out of Hanson's way and keep his family safe?
By:   Eleanor Kuhns
Imprint:   Severn House Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 220mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   335g
ISBN:   9781780296678
ISBN 10:   1780296673
Series:   A Will Rees Mystery
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   01 January 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Eleanor Kuhns is the 2011 winner of the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel competition for A Simple Murder. The author of seven previous Will Rees mysteries, she is the Assistant Director at the Goshen Public Library in Orange County, New York.

Reviews for A Circle of Dead Girls (#8 Will Rees Mystery)

An absorbing look at the early Shaker communities * <b><i>Kirkus Reviews</b></i> on <b><i>The Shaker Murders</b></i> * Kuhns makes the most of the cloistered Shaker community setting in this top-notch outing * <b><i>Publishers Weekly</b></i> on <b><i>The Shaker Murders</b></i> * The plot twists rank among the author's most clever. Historical fiction fans will be pleased * <b><i>Publishers Weekly</b></i> on <b><i>Simply Dead</b></i> * A fine mystery with satisfying characters that powerfully evokes the privations of the period * <b><i>Kirkus Reviews</b></i> on <b><i>Simply Dead</b></i> * Credible period detail * <b>Publishers Weekly</b> * The setting and historical detail remain sharp, with strong, descriptive prose * <b>Booklist</b> *

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