Reading & Signing: Eleanor Sullivan, author of Cover Her Body
- Categories: Literary
- Event posted: July 8, 2012
- Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014
In a strict, religious society in 1830s rural Ohio, a 16-year-old girl is murdered because she’s pregnant, but the only person who suspects it wasn’t an accident is Adelaide, a young, midwife, who worries that the remedy she gave the girl for a “woman’s ailment” caused her death. Adelaide’s husband, Benjamin, fearful that they’ll be banned from the prosperous community, forbids her from questioning the girl’s death. But a mistake she made years ago cost the life of a mother and her unborn babe, and Adelaide vowed to never let another mother die.
Pressure mounts when Adelaide is accused of harming the girl, but the allegation only fuels her determination to find the killer, even though she begins to suspect that her husband might be involved in the girl’s death. And the more she investigates, not only does she start to question her own faith and beliefs, but she finds herself attracted to an unlikely man in the community, a man who has vowed to remain celibate. Then her questions alert the outside authorities and now this isolated community is invaded by the very society they had shunned. Eleanor Sullivan
Ten years ago, Eleanor Sullivan turned her attention to writing mystery fiction, publishing three medical mysteries featuring nurse sleuth Monika Everhardt: Twice Dead, Deadly Diversion and Assumed Dead.
Then she looked for another challenge. Recalling her grandmother’s admiration for their mutual ancestor and the town he founded, she traveled to Ohio again. There she found the village—named Zoar for the refuge Lot found when he escaped Sodom just like the Separatists had escaped religious persecution in Germany—much as it was in the 19th century. Museums, shops, and private homes dot the roads and paths that surround the community garden that anchors the town and the original inhabitants’ beliefs.
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