The Maidservant and the Murderer

The Maidservant and the Murderer From the author of THE MIDWIFE S TALE comes Bended Hooke the startling story behind midwife Bridget Hodgson s arch nemesis the murderous and malignant Rebecca HookeOn an autumn day in young Re

  • Title: The Maidservant and the Murderer
  • Author: Sam Thomas
  • ISBN: 9781466850439
  • Page: 371
  • Format: ebook
  • From the author of THE MIDWIFE S TALE comes Bended Hooke, the startling story behind midwife Bridget Hodgson s arch nemesis, the murderous and malignant Rebecca HookeOn an autumn day in 1620, young Rebecca Hey rode into York in the back of a farmer s wagon and started on the path that would eventually make her one of the most powerful women in the city Rebecca was an orFrom the author of THE MIDWIFE S TALE comes Bended Hooke, the startling story behind midwife Bridget Hodgson s arch nemesis, the murderous and malignant Rebecca HookeOn an autumn day in 1620, young Rebecca Hey rode into York in the back of a farmer s wagon and started on the path that would eventually make her one of the most powerful women in the city Rebecca was an ordinary country girl when she became John and Grace Hooke s maidservant a little light fingered, perhaps, but never malicious In the Hookes service, however, she finds herself caught between a vicious mistress and a rapacious master, with their quiet but kind son, Richard, the only benevolent face in view.In Samuel Thomas e original short story, Rebecca recounts her escape from this desperate situation, and bears witness to the choices that have turned her from a na ve young woman into the ruthless Rebecca Hooke The question she would ask the reader is simple, What else would you have had me do 10,700 words

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    • SheLove2Read says:

      Not what I was expecting but very good. It's hard to fathom at times how horrific the 1600s were for women. I found myself both admiring yet appalled at the "heroine" of this story. I would not say she was inherently evil, but all that she went through lent to her evilness. 4 stars

    • Erin says:

      Find this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentary.Antagonist. Otherwise known as an opponent, competitor, enemy or rival. In Sam Thomas' The Midwife's Tale, Rebecca Hooke is all of these to heroine Bridget Hodgson. Malevolent and self-serving, she seems a transparent adversary, but appearances can be deceiving.In his latest novella, The Maidservant and the Murderer, Thomas sheds light on Rebecca's troubled past, adding new depth to her character and illustrating the circumstances that molded [...]

    • Beverly says:

      I recently read The Midwife's Tale for my Mystery book group and enjoyed it so much that I immediately requested the next book in the series (The Harlot's tale) from my local library. During our book discussion I found out there was a short mystery available on Kindle that fleshed out the character of Rebecca Hooke who was such a problem for Bridget, the protagonist in The Midwife's Tale. Although this quick read certainly explained a lot about why Rebecca became the horrible person she turned o [...]

    • Wren says:

      Wow that was not what I expected. Great taste of what is to come!

    • Kendracipollini says:

      A sweet, sick short story detailing the life of a maidservant gone awry. I enjoyed reading this and found myself rooting for the villian. Also a great peek into life at the time and cool knowing that the peek was historically accurate in setting as well. Looking forward to the next novel in this series.

    • Sharon Chance says:

      Author Sam Thomas gives his readers a unique look at one of the characters from his Midwife Mystery series. But fleshing out the "love to hate" Rebecca Hooke, Thomas shows how this woman came to be the conniving person she is, and how she contributes to the overall series.I love this little "treat" for the readers and hope Thomas continues to offer these little tidbits between books.

    • Rachel Cochran says:

      3.5

    • Vivian says:

      Too short!I enjoyed this short story very much but wish it could have been a bit longer. I guess the definitive term is short mystery so I really cannot complain!

    • Margaret says:

      review coming soon

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