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At first, I was a little leery of the book as it opens with shocking violence against native american people, however it probably rings true to the time and I just had to suck it up.

The Dumb Shall Sing

I was more grateful than I can say that it didn't turn into a love story of any kind. I bought the second in the series and enjoyed that as well and just purchased the third. If you like a true, period mystery, I think you'll enjoy the book. One person found this helpful. This is the third colonial New England book we've reviewed whose main protagonist is a midwife!

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Catherine Williams, a respected, wealthy widow, serves as midwife to her Connecticut Puritan settlement just at the end of the Pequot War. Although the English and their Indian allies have subdued the Pequots through a bloody massacre, Catherine manages to save one, named Massaquoit. Although the plot sometimes takes odd twists unrelated to the mystery, the book provides an authentic feel for the period through its use of 17th century language, and descriptions of the settlement's superstitions, rigid class and gender hierarchy, and sometimes unsettling violence. Lewis says he loosely based Catherine on Anne Hutchinson, a charismatic religious leader whose unorthodox views resulted in her eventual exile from the Puritan community.

Hutchinson's beliefs and her stance within Puritan society, however, were much more complex than are those of Catherine, who anachronistically is so much more forward thinking and enlightened than her fellow Puritans. Massaquoit's dignity and uprightness, too, seem a bit unreal. More interesting is his reluctance to forego his Indian way of life while understanding that his survival depends on his willingness to become "English.

It opens with an "Explanatory Note" that helps set the historic stage for the narrative that follows. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful.

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The sloop Good Hope, its crowned lion figurehead pointing to the sea, rode the outgoing tide past the mouth of Newbury Bay toward deeper waters whose color changed from light blue near shore to an almost midnight black. We first see wealthy widow Catherine Williams on board the Good Hope. It's New England in The Pequot War has ended, and all the Pequot leaders are ready for "justice" on deck. Since the agreement the Puritan leaders of Newbury made was with Catherine's deceased husband, they think they can conveniently forget about it. Catherine deems otherwise and manages to save the life of one of the leaders, Massaquoit, who will now live with her.

Catherine is a well-respected midwife and healer in the community. When a healthy baby she recently delivered dies, she is called upon to testify. The baby's mother is struck dumb with grief, and the father accuses both Catherine and his Irish Catholic maid of having had part in the infant's demise. Catherine believes the maid to be innocent, "guilty" only of being Catholic, and she begins to work to find the real reason for the baby's death.

Lewis uses setting and characterization to good effect in this first book in the series.

The Dumb Shall Sing by Stephen Lewis

Seventeenth- century New England comes to life, and Catherine and Massaquoit make a good team of investigators. The only weakness I found in the book was that it was glaringly obvious to me what had happened to the baby. That one flaw aside, I found The Dumb Shall Sing to be a strong start to the series, which to date only contains three books.

Strong female characters in this time period should not be passed by! The Governor drowns the few surviving captives except for their leader Massaquoit.

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The widow Catherine Williams, using the influence of the loan her late spouse provided the British, saves the Indian leader's life. Massaquoit objects because he wants to die with his tribesmen rather than be a slave, but has no say in his fate. The brief war leads to greater mistrust between the settlers and the natives.

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Catherine learns that a baby died a few days after she helped deliver the child. The father accuses their Irish serving girl of committing murder while the mother remains in muted shock. Catherine thinks this is another case of prejudice, but needs to obtain proof that the serving girl is innocent. With the help of Massaquoit, Catherine begins her own investigation into the death of an infant. The who-done-it aspects of the tale are entertaining while the novel depicts early seventeenth century Puritan life in the Massachusetts Colony.

The fifty-year old Catherine is an intrepid character whose fight against prejudice of all types rings loud and true throughout the tale. The nearly silent, but extremely intelligent Massaquoit serves as a superb partner to the boisterous Catherine. The support cast adds the feel of the austerity of life in that era.

Stephen Lewis provides historical mystery buffs with an arousing novel that deserves sequels. See all 4 reviews.

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There's a problem loading this menu right now. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Lists with This Book. May 14, Izzie rated it it was ok. A lot of historical detail but I did not find any of the characters particularly compelling. Nov 12, Lynn Demsky rated it really liked it Shelves: A tolerant woman, she hopes for understanding and respect between the Pequot Indians and the settlers, something no one else seems to want.

She even saved Massaquoit, a Pequot leader, from execution and took him into her home. When a few-days-old infant she had delivered dies, she is called to testify. Just seemed too simple to be bothered with but that was just the introduction of the life, times and setting of the people! Once the story got going I enjoyed it muchly and great because it was a quick read maybe 10 hours! Dec 13, Rachelle rated it liked it Shelves: For such a "religious" group of people the Puritans were purported to be, this book makes most of them out to be superstitious and hypocritical instead of godly.

It is more important that someone fits their stereotypes Native Americans, Catholics, poor people than a true murder be found Feb 07, Julie rated it liked it Shelves: The setting in Puritan New England could have been good, but the author didn't take the time to establish it well enough that the significance of, well, anything was clear--and that just doesn't work for a mystery novel. Mar 10, Jonna rated it it was amazing. I really liked this book - it had many of the items on my checklist for a good book: It had everything I wanted and it was a great read.

JoAnne Cutting rated it really liked it Dec 04, Ap rated it it was amazing Oct 06, Jen Peterson rated it liked it Sep 11, Steffy rated it really liked it Aug 06, Sandra rated it it was ok Aug 01, Shomeret rated it liked it Apr 03, Stephanie rated it really liked it Aug 08, Diane L rated it liked it Sep 14, Mary rated it liked it Apr 03, Teri rated it it was amazing Mar 04, Roberta rated it it was amazing Sep 23, Shunt rated it it was amazing Aug 25, Jeannette rated it it was ok Jun 15, Apr 22, Margaret added it Shelves: Well, I did not think there was much mystery here however I did like the historical period and setting and enjoyed reading the details and social mores of the colonial era.

Some of the actual story line seemed improbable and clearly none of it would have been possible if Catherine had not had such an influential husband and a friendship with the magistrate as well I would read more about this interesting time period, maybe just not in the cozy mystery genre though. Nicole Wilson rated it it was amazing Apr 14, Amy rated it really liked it May 07, Carol rated it really liked it Dec 26, Kristen rated it it was ok Jun 29, Sam Kroes rated it really liked it Oct 04, Nikki rated it really liked it May 23, Jan McClintock rated it it was amazing Jul 16, Ginger Rogers rated it liked it Nov 30, Wendy marked it as to-read Jul 01, Pam marked it as to-read Sep 07, Andy added it Oct 17, Mary marked it as to-read Jul 02, Amy added it Dec 31,