The Ninth Daughter

The Ninth Daughter

Book - 2009
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When a murder occurs in the home of their friend and fellow patriot, Rebecca Malvern, John Adams is accused of the gruesome crime, which was seemingly perpetrated to obtain a secret Sons of Liberty document. With both her husband's good name and the fate of the Sons of Liberty at stake, Abby must uncover a conspiracy that could cost them all their freedom--and their lives. Set in Massachusetts colony, 1773.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, c2009
ISBN: 9780425244630
9780425230770
Branch Call Number: HAMIL
Characteristics: 359 p. ; 21 cm

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artemishi
Nov 16, 2014

The Ninth Daughter surprised me. I expected an interesting cozy-style mystery with a fictionalized version of Abigail Adams, John Adams' wife. But this was an interesting balance between well-researched historical fiction, and serial killer murder mystery.

I did not figure out who did it before Abigail Adams did, which worked just fine since she solves this crime (and others, in this series, apparently) through curiosity, intelligence, and knowing her community. At a time when crimes (especially done to the lower classes) were ignored for the sake of the politics involved, this unlikely detective-type heroine fits perfectly.

But where this book truly shines is in its historical aspects. Hamilton has managed to bring to life the Puritan work ethic, the active role of Christianity in the lives of the folk of Boston (and the Protestant vs Catholic feelings of the time), the role and responsibilities of women (holy carp, I would never have lasted), and the tense political situation overlaying (and complicating) everything.

It never felt like a lecture, but neither did Abigail feel too distant from modern sensibilities to relate to. She's curious, compassionate, frustrated, and has a mounting pile of housework to do. She loses her patience, banters with her husband, tries to keep from gossiping, and recognizes that what is good isn't always what is right (and vice versa).

Also, Lieutenant Coldstone.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one and highly recommend it for fans of historical fiction, the late 1700's America (and events leading to the Revolutionary War, as told by first person perspective), murder mysteries, clever female protagonists, political commentary (I mean, truly, there are some then-and-now themes going on), and immersive writing.

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tocch101
Aug 10, 2012

A great read that is intriguing and fitting to the world and time that it was written. Enjoyable and hoping for more stories.

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kalio
Dec 07, 2010

Rebellion is brewing in 1773 Boston, and founding mother Abigail Adams is a very busy woman. She?s the wife of one future U.S. president and mother to another. Her husband John Adams is a member of an undercover society of gentlemen whose aim is to overthrow British rule of the American colonies, and Abigail is privy to all their secrets. And one cold morning when she stops to visit her friend Rebecca Malvern, a fellow patriot who has committed the unthinkable act of leaving her abusive husband, Abigail finds herself up to her ears in murder. There?s a dead woman on the floor of Rebecca?s kitchen and Rebecca herself is missing. Redcoats quickly link the rebels to the murder and John Adams is at the top of the list. To clear her husband?s name and find her friend, Abigail abandons hearth and home and scours the city streets for clues?while the brutal killer lingers somewhere very close by. The tension mounts as author Barbara Hamilton seamlessly weaves historical fact and dramatic fiction. Abigail Adams (1744-1818) is well-documented as a supremely competent and intelligent woman, which means, of course, that she makes an excellent and intrepid sleuth.

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Apr 17, 2010

Anger and violence

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