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eBook The Dumb Shall Sing download ISBN: 0425169979
Author: Stephen Lewis
Publisher: Berkley (August 1, 1999)
Language: English
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The Dumb Shall Sing book. A young infant has died mysteriously in the town of Newbury  . Throughout his career, he has been bot Born and raised in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, Stephen Lewis holds a doctorate in American Literature from New York University, and he is Professor of English Emeritus at Suffolk Community College, on Long Island, New York. He now lives with his wife and daughter on five acres in a restored farmhouse on Old Mission Peninsula in northern lower Michigan.

THE DUMB SHALL SING Stephen Lewis CHAPTER ONE The sloop Good Hope, its crowned lion figurehead pointing to open water, rode the outgoing tide past the mouth of Newbury Bay toward deeper. CHAPTER ONE. The sloop Good Hope, its crowned lion figurehead pointing to open water, 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.

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When an Irish Catholic servant girl is accused of causing the mysterious death of a Puritan infant, midwife Catherine Williams and her Native American servant struggle to cut through the town's prejudices and clear the girl's name. Format: Mass Market Paperback.

Historical Mystery by Stephen Lewis; originally published as a Berkley Prime Crime. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. Publisher: Belgrave HouseReleased: Aug 1, 1999ISBN: 9781610841115Format: book. carousel previous carousel next. The Blind in Darkness. Author Stephen Lewis.

The harsh realities of village life in Colonial New England are fertile ground for gossip and superstition  . Catherine Williams, a wealthy widow and midwife, refuses to believe that an Irish Catholic servant girl is to blame for the mysterious death of a newborn infant Catherine delivered. With the help of her Native American assistant, Massaquoit, she must use the town's own religious prejudices to discover the truth. Historical Mystery by Stephen Lewis; originally published as a Berkley Prime Crime. With the help of her Native American assistant, Massaquoit, she must use the town’s own religious prejudices to discover the truth. The Blind in Darkness

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When an Irish Catholic servant girl is accused of causing the mysterious death of a Puritan infant, midwife Catherine Williams and her Native American servant struggle to cut through the town's prejudices and clear the girl's name. Original.
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Nilador
This is the third colonial New England book we've reviewed whose main protagonist is a midwife! Catherine Williams, a respected, wealthy widow, serves as midwife to her Connecticut Puritan settlement just at the end of the 1637 Pequot War. Although the English and their Indian allies have subdued the Pequots through a bloody massacre, Catherine manages to save one, named Massaquoit. Over time their tentative master/servant relationship develops into a kind of mutual respect as they both try to establish the innocence of an Irish Catholic servant girl who has been accused of murder. 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." .

This is the first of Stephen's Catherine Williams New England mysteries. It opens with an "Explanatory Note" that helps set the historic stage for the narrative that follows.
Flathan
First Line: 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 1638. 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. 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. I'll be looking for the other two, The Blind in Darkness and The Sea Hath Spoken. Strong female characters in this time period should not be passed by!
Frdi
In 1638 Newbury Bay in the American Colonies, the British Army massacres the Pequot Indians. The Governor drowns the few surviving captives except for their leader Massaquoit. 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.
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.
Fans of colonial mysteries will gain much pleasure from Stephen Lewis' THE DUMB SHALL SING. 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.

Harriet Klausner
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I really enjoyed this book, especially in that it is set in the early colonial days of America. I read a lot of historical fiction and was happy to have something different than a story set in England in the [insert century here] time frame. 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. 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.