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In the Still of the Night (Grace & Favor Mysteries, No. 2) Mass Market Paperback – May 2, 2000


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; First Edition edition (May 2, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380802457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380802456
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #960,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Agatha Christie is alive and well and writing under the name Jill Churchill." -- --Nancy Pickard

"Jill Churchill just keeps getting better and better." -- --Kansas City Star

About the Author

Jill Churchill has won the Agatha and Macavity Mystery Readers awards and was nominated for an Anthony Award for her bestselling Jane Jeffry series. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed Grace and Favor mysteries and lives in the Midwest.

Customer Reviews

It's a fun mystery, full of wonderful characters.
Brenda
Lily and Robert accept their challenge to fulfill their Uncle Horatio's will and seek paying guests to their inherited domain.
dikybabe
I look forward to enjoying the next installment in this fun period mystery series.
L. Kelly

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By omnireader on June 7, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had never read any of Jill Churchill's books, as I am usually a fan of British mysteries. However, I was intrigued by the premise of an American series set in what has always been known as the Golden Age of British Mysteries, the late 20's and 30's. I enjoyed ANYTHING GOES and was delighted by IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT. Lily and Robert Brewster, a high society brother and sister who have been wiped out in the Crash have inherited a slightly down at the heels mansion in the Hudson Valley and a huge fortune-if they can live in the house with very few financial resources for ten years. Their solution is to take in paying guests to help keep afloat. This sets up a perfect scenario for the "Country House Murder" so beloved by the golden age writers. It's a great read for fans of Agatha Christie who aren't fond of the modern tendency for graphic detail.
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80 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Nancy R. Katz VINE VOICE on May 25, 2000
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As she did in her first Grace and Favor novel, Anything Goes, Jill Churchill has written another wonderful addition to this mystery series with the publication of In the Still of the Night.
Brother and sister, Lily and Robert Brewster, are now living in the mansion they inherited from their Uncle Horatio. Getting used to small town life on the Hudson has proved to be pleasant but these two young people must now begin earning an income. Athough they live as wealthy people in the year 1932, according to the terms of Horatio's will they won't inherit anything for almost ten years. Lily and Robert come up with an idea to provide some income by hosting a weekend of paying guests and a celebrity who will entertain all. The assortment of people who gather for their weekend, though, have links to one another from previous days and suddenly there's been a murder and it seems as though almost everyone has a motive.
This book was very charming and evoked an era and style which is now forever gone. And Ms. Churchill also includes just enough historical information about the times to further set the mood. Unfortunately, I gulped down this book much too quickly and now I'm wondering how long I will have to wait for the next book from this author.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By "ophelia42" on May 5, 2000
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Another great story about Lily & Robert Brewster, who are inhabiting the Grace & Favor Cottage in order to inherit their uncles fortune. When they invite paying guests to stay for a weekend to mingle with a famous writer, one is murdered, and they learn plenty about their guests and their pasts. I truly enjoy Jill Churchills Jane Jeffrey series, and this new series is turning out just as good!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Chen on November 28, 2000
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For Robert and Lily Brewster, the planned gathering at Grace and Favor Cottage held the possibility of a living. For the guests, both honored and paying, it turned into something gelse entirely. Lily's hopes for the literary gathering featuring author, Julian West, are thwarted when one of their guests turns up dead and the much-valued manuscript of another disappears. When it appeals the two incidents might be linked, the brother and sister duo find themselves on the hunt for another killer in order to preserve their aspirations for their inherited cottage.
Jill Churchill displays a stunning ability to integrate the history of the 1930's with the fiction she writes. This is perhaps the story's greatest recommendation. The mystery itself is thin and while suspenseful, it also becomes somewhat predictable. What the mystery has to recommend itself are the strongly drawn characters with interesting quirks of credible motives. I did enjoy Lily's guests, but perhaps the most entertaining of them all was Robert's "idiot", Mad Henry, whose skill, or lack thereof, as an inventor, proves to be a constant source of irritation and bafflement for Lily though it ends up paying off in the end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James on June 16, 2002
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As a fan of Jill Churchill, I have read all of her Jane Jeffry titles. When I saw a new series, I doubted it could live up to my expectations based in the other series. I found the Grace and Favor series, if which this is the first, to be a totally fresh kind of mystery for me. The era of the Depression in a fascinating time of contrasts between the haves and have-nots. Lily and Robert are both. They seem to have inherited a line back to the good life, but making ends meet continues to be a challenge for them.
The idea of a house party with paying guests was certainly a new one to me. It was written with a lot of character development necessary to the future of the series, but with here-and-now action. A great read, as well as a great send-off for a new series.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By kellytwo on July 16, 2000
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Learning how to make lemonade when life hands you lemons is one of the more important lessons one can learn. A sterling example of this is in this second book of the new Grace and Favor series. The first book ANYTHING GOES introduced Lily and Robert Brewster, whose once-wealthy broker father committed suicide after the big crash of 1929, rather than face up to his greed-prompted mistakes, leaving them impoverished orphans.
Their struggles to survive with something of dignity intact is greatly enhanced by the will of their great-uncle, who leaves them a huge mansion along the Hudson, and the fortune to go with it--but only after they've proved they didn't need the money on which to live for the required ten years in the run-down mansion.
This charming pair of siblings blend well with the town folks of Voorburg-on-Hudson, having no more ready cash than any of the natives. However, they still have to live, so in the spring of 1932, Lily hatches the plan to convert Grace and Favor Cottage into an exclusive guest house, at which the drawing card will be a celebrity of some sort, who is offered a week-long stay in exchange for mingling with the other guests. Who pay to stay.
Julian West, a best-selling author is the first of these guests, accompanied by his 'man' Bud, who idolized his hero-employer so much that he accompanied him to France, and fought beside him in WWI.
Period detail is wonderfully mixed in with this assorted cast of characters, the whole reminding one immensely of the traditional English County House mystery. The puzzle is a good one (I figured out the why, but not the who) and the writing smooth. You'll enjoy your visit, and most likely, look forward to the next occasion, as well. I suspect you'll find a few old friends when you return. Hope it's soon!
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Jill Churchill has won the Agatha and Macavity Mystery Readers Awards and was nominated for an Anthony Award for her bestselling Jane Jeffry series. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed Grace and Favor mysteries and lives in the Midwest.

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