"Murder on the Books" Modern Midwife Mysteries by Christine Knapp: Review/Giveaway

Review by J. Landon

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an ebook copy of the book and a link to purchase it.

If you enjoy Call the Midwife with a twist of a Miss Marple mystery, youll really enjoy the Modern Midwife Mysteries series by Christine Knapp.

In book three, Maeve and her husband are settling in with their newly adopted baby, now eight months old, when Maeve is also pregnant and due to deliver any minute. Christmas is around the corner with all its additional activities, plus the modern midwife practice does not slow down for the holiday or the weather. New England lives up to its reputation and provides a stunning white Christmas.

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Maeve and her sister, Meg, have teamed up in books one and two as amateur sleuths to solve local murders. When Maeve drops by the library near closing time to return a book and copy a knitting pattern, she comes across the head librarian dead in the snow behind the building. As Holmes says, The game is afoot.”  But whats really afoot is that Maeves baby is planning to arrive feet first.

Knowing their crime-solving record, Maeve and Megs mother enlists their help to solve some jewelry thefts at her residential senior home. The town comes alive with lights and color as the smells and sounds of Christmas approach. Babies are delivered by Maeve and the other midwives, cookies are baked, families gather for feasts and football, and Maeves baby still hasnt turned.

The M&Ms, as their mother calls them, decide to focus on the jewelry thefts and let the police deal with the possible murder of the librarian. As they narrow down their suspects for the thefts, murder clues keep dropping in their laps. Face-to-face with the prime suspect, Maeves water breaks. Will she make it to the hospital in time? Will the killer get away? Its an exciting delivery as the book concludes.

Something I found interesting about this book was the midwifery information about infants at the beginning of each chapter. I always enjoy learning something even when Im reading fiction. This is a fun read that will get you in the mood for the Christmas season.

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J. Landon is retired and blissfully at work on the ‘great American novel.’ She’s worn many hats through her career including: wife, mother, piano teacher, middle school teacher, university professor, painter, jewelry maker, and dragon tamer. She has eight published short stories.
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  1. Sounds interesting! Count me in!

  2. Sounds interesting! Count me in!

  3. This is a new to me series. I'd love to win a copy to learn about the charaters and the author. Doing that is how I built a home library of almost 3000 volumes.

  4. We have a winner!
    Lorie Ham


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