Susan Wittig Albert’s 2009 book in the China Bayles series Wormwood is set in a Kentucky Shaker village. This book is filled with information about the history of the Shaker religious group, from their formation in England, their growth and success in the United States to their decline in membership and almost extinction.
China is invited to the Shaker village by a friend to help with some herbal workshops and after some urging from her family and friends she decides to go for some much needed rest. When she meets with Martha, her friend, she is asked to do some sleuthing and of course there is more mystery and mayhem around the corner.
I did not know anything about this religious group before reading the book other than they made furniture. It was an interesting read, but not one of my favorites.