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by Margaret Lawrence

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ISBN: 0333694686
ISBN13: 978-0333694688
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery
Author: Margaret Lawrence
Language: English
Publisher: Macmillan; First British Edition edition (1998)
Pages: 468 pages
ePUB size: 1271 kb
FB2 size: 1501 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 984
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I was surprised by Blood Red Roses. I had like Hearts and Bones, but found the story frequently overshadowed by the lyrical quality of the authors writing. While this does tend to still occur in Blood Red Roses, it's on a much lesser scale and so I was able to appreciate the story more.

Hanna Trevor, midwife in Rufford Maine has believed her husband to be dead for months when a series of murders occurs in her town in the midsts of summer. Her supposedly dead husbands' body, along with that of his new wife and children, is found the night of the harvest festival. Hanna is immediately a suspect, as a footprint left in blood shows the killer to be female.

Of course Hanna didn't do it. We know this because some chapters in this book, as in the previous, are devoted to the murderer's perspective. (This is a great writing style for mystery books.) The story in this book is fascinating and augmented by Hannah being called before an orphan master's court to prove she can provide for her child, who is also the illegitimate daughter of her lover Daniel (note: the love story in this book is very sweet and tender.)

I liked this book a lot and would recommend it highly. Be warned though, like the first book in this series it is quite dark. Insane people seem to crop frequently in these books and the way they're insanity is described is both horrifying and very accurate. In fact, I've never seen mental distress portrayed so well in writing before.

I rank this a sold 4.5 stars.
Blood red roses DB 46974
Lawrence, Margaret, (Margaret K.). Reading time 13 hours, 11 minutes.
Read by Annie Wauters. A production of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress.

Subjects: Mystery and Detective Stories

Series: Hannah Trevor mysteries volume: 2

Description: Maine, 1786. In this sequel to Hearts and Bones (RC 43725), midwife Hannah Trevor's young daughter, Jennet, is being forcibly taken from her to become an indentured servant. Political rebellion is brewing, and violence is spreading when a family found murdered in the woods is identified as Hannah's Tory husband and dependents. Hannah soon becomes the primary suspect. Some violence.
To be honest, I tend to shy away from anything that is classified as “literary”, because, in my view, good literature is far, far more than good writing, and all too often “literary” novels in any genre are pretentious, self-conscious, and are more concerned with how a story is told than with the story itself. So, I began this historical mystery with more than a little trepidation, and found that, yes, it was a little self-conscious, and yes, sometimes the symbolism and literary devices obscured the story being told, but that story, and most of the characters in it, were so powerful that they more than overcame these issues.

This book tells, essentially, 3 stories that are braided very nicely into 1, and none of them could exist without the others. First, there is the mystery and its resolution, and that is handled with subtlety and mastery. The 2nd story involves a very difficult period for the very new United States, and a revolution which could have, and possibly nearly did, end our Republic before it got on to its feet. The 3rd story involves a group of characters, but especially Hannah, a midwife, her deaf daughter, and both her husband and the man she loves. All the stories are so well intermeshed they can’t and shouldn’t be, separated, and the characters are so vividly drawn that those characters make themselves at home in the mind and heart of the reader. True, there are a few characters who are rather too symbolic to be credible, but, fortunately, they have fairly minor parts in the story, so I could consider them embellishments.

What does stand out about this book, though, is the absolutely glorious writing. Don’t get me wrong: I dearly love words, and the ways in which they can be used, but making lovely words just for the sake of making lovely sentences and paragraphs leaves me cold. Here, though, the writing winds around and through the story and supports it, giving it life, breadth and depth, without every trying to overshadow it.

This is the kind of writing that is so richly textured that it engages all the senses. Sometimes it is so beautiful that I had to stop my player, just to allow my mind to re-listen to a phrase and experience it again. Each feature of the story, each object of person in the book is touched and made more than 3 dimensional. Even the weather is a living, breathing, and possibly sentient, character. (no, not really, but reading the descriptions of some storms and fogs makes it feel sentient).

This was an absolutely enthralling, entirely satisfying reading experience, and this is a book which will haunt my memory and pluck my heartstrings for a very long time, I think.
I discovered this book quite by accident. My mom is a huge mystery fan, but she didn't really get into Blood Red Roses. One day I got bored and for lack of any other, I picked up this book. Honestly, it shocked me with its beauty. It has wonderful historical detail and characters so vivid you're ready to swear they existed. Another great thing was I could read this book without having read Hearts and Bones, its predecessor, though I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series.
The story is really wonderful. Hannah Trevor is a midwife in a small Maine town in 1786. Her loyalist husband ran off to Canada and apparently died there. But Hannah finds love in the arms of Major Daniel Josselyn, a quiet man with a scarred past, a stunning inner strength...and an ailing wife. What everyone knows is that Daniel is the father of Hannah's daughter Jennet. But when a murder rocks the small town, a murder to which mute Jennet is the only witness, everyone's faith is tested. Hannah has to fight for her rights as a woman in the 1700s as well as justice for a man she had long thought dead using all her skills as a healer and all her stubborn intelligence.
The prose style of this novel is haunting. The narratives are intense and revealling and faultlessly detailed. Hannah is a woman of uncommon strength, a very well drawn character. Daniel is skillfully done, torn, confused and hypnotic and also one of my all-time favorites. Little Jennet's narratives are fascinating, too. I also loved the portrayal of Charlotte Josselyn. It was so well done, one can't help but wish her well.
I would suggest anyone who is a fan of mystery and/or historical fiction should read this book. It's wonderful and completely unforgettable.