Quaker Silence What happens when murder strikes at the heart of the nonviolent Quaker community Here is the debut of a refreshing and beguiling mystery series with a new sleuth in the time honored tradition of Miss

  • Title: Quaker Silence
  • Author: Irene Allen
  • ISBN: 9780679414148
  • Page: 263
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What happens when murder strikes at the heart of the nonviolent Quaker community Here is the debut of a refreshing and beguiling mystery series with a new sleuth in the time honored tradition of Miss Marple yet with a brilliant deductive style that s all her own Elizabeth Elliot is a widow of some years and considerable moral authority Since girlhood she has drawn innWhat happens when murder strikes at the heart of the nonviolent Quaker community Here is the debut of a refreshing and beguiling mystery series with a new sleuth in the time honored tradition of Miss Marple yet with a brilliant deductive style that s all her own Elizabeth Elliot is a widow of some years and considerable moral authority Since girlhood she has drawn inner strength from her beloved Quaker worship and just recently has been elected to serve as clerk of the Quaker Meeting in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts Elizabeth s worries about her ability to carry out the everyday duties of the job leading the congregation in prayerful meditation, balancing the budget, etc are put aside, though, when she receives the shocking news that a prominent member of the meeting has been found murdered in his garden The victim is John Hoffman, a wealthy businessman near retirement who is just preparing, he has announced to the entire congregation, to alter his will Obviously many people would rather he did not leave most of his estate to charity, yet the police focus their investigation on Tim, a young homeless man who attends the meeting and whom John Hoffman occasionally hired to work in his garden Not surprisingly, Tim is unable to supply a convincing alibi, yet Elizabeth is certain that he is innocent She rises to the occasion, standing up to the police, who are eager to convict an indigent man, and doing some wildly inventive and daring detective work that makes surprising use of Quaker practices and philosophy Before she finally confronts the killer, Elizabeth will sift through a myriad of red herrings and seemingly unrelated clues and secrets For within the blessed Quaker silence is greed, forbidden love, and vengeful anger struggling to find a voice Mixing timeless philosophy with contemporary concerns, Irene Allen s Quaker Silence marks the beginning of an outstanding mystery series.

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    1. I discovered this series about a year ago and am just now getting to the first in the series. Unfortunately, this author only wrote 4 mysteries. :(These take place in a Quaker community in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The primary character is the Clerk of the local Meeting. I've always been drawn to the Quakers. My ancestors were Quakers who came to the US in the 17th Century. I've found their philosophy very compelling. Religious doctrine and theology is not nearly as important to them as the phil [...]

    2. When one of the members of the Quaker Meeting in Harvard Square is murdered, clerk Elizabeth Elliot has to face the fact that someone among the Friends may well have committed the crime. After a homeless man is put in jail, Elizabeth sets out to prove his innocence. This "Elizabeth Elliot" cozy mystery series is fascinating to me as I am interested in the Quaker lifestyle. The mystery is good and 66 year old Elizabeth is a good sleuth. There are only four books in this series but I am definitely [...]

    3. Just discovered this author & series today while browsing the library stacks. Quick read, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I appreciated the insights into the Quaker worship practices, as much as the mystery that carries the story. Ready to read the second book in the series next!

    4. Quaker Clerk Elizabeth Elliot is certain that the homeless man of their congregation did not kill one of their leading members. An announcement that the wealthy businessman had made in worship indicated that he was making some changes in his will--changes that could negatively affect his nephew who was seeking a judgeship and his business partner as well. Elizabeth tries to talk with the local police, but finds that they had a predisposition to accuse the homeless man and did not want to conside [...]

    5. As mysteries go, there are others that are more well "mysterious" but that is not why I chose to read this. This is a cozy mystery that is not cutesy however. I read it because through story, it reveals a great deal about the Quaker way of thinking and acting, something I am interested in. The beginning had a bit of an unwieldy start as the author tried to introduce a somewhat large cast of characters. Once that was established, however, the mystery unfolded nicely. A nice story, just not a grea [...]

    6. Oh, very nice indeed. I did pretty well figure out whodunit fairly early, but the mystery story clicks along nicely all the same, the ending had its unexpected aspects, and the characters and storytelling are excellent. I was deeply impressed by the author’s ability to focus on the spiritual nature of the characters, to make that a very important part of the work, without once becoming the least bit preachy - or boring, either. I was very involved. Good stuff

    7. I loved both of Irene Allen's books (I only found the first two) and will look for the others. The mysteries were good, and the description of a little known (to me) religious practice was super interesting. I also loved that her character was older and sometimes invisible, but also cunning and adept at all situations. Well written for an easy reading kind of experience.

    8. For me, this series is more about daily life of a modern urban Quaker, not so great as a whodunnit. It illustrates several ethical issues that modern Quakers deal with, like gender equality, same-sex relationships, and economic inequities. I enjoy getting inside the head of Elizabeth Elliot, a woman trying to live intentionally and be true to her faith.

    9. There's very little gore and guts in this mystery. Instead you'll find a lot of information about Quakers, their beliefs, their philosophies and how that manifests itself in today's world. the mystery is almost secondary in this novel, and it worked. It will be interesting to see how it plays itself out in the next few books.

    10. Of interest primarily for its depiction of the Quaker community in Cambridge, MA. Although published in 1992, it reads as if written much earlier than that.

    11. I really like Irene Allen's mysteries. While they are not serious literature, they are pleasing diversions that take you into a fictionous serene Quaker community. Definitely books to enjoy.

    12. I learned a little bit about the Quaker religion which was good but otherwise I did not find the plot or the writing particularly compelling.

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