A Simple Murder is about a murder in a Shaker community in Maine. Will Rees is a traveling weaver. After his wife’s death, he has left his son with his sister and family on his farm. On returning from a trip, he discovers his son has run away (he’s been terribly mistreated) and is living with the Shakers. On arriving at the Shakers, he is recruited to help solve a murder that has just occurred. He is assisted by Lydia, a former Shaker, and this provides the love interest. Many twists and turns. Interesting look at Shaker life and so nice to read a book with no profanity.