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Author of the Jane Jeffry series, contemporary mysteries set in suburban Chicago, Churchill focuses here on her historical series set in the Depression-era Hudson Valley and starring brother and sister Robert and Lily Brewster, who live in the beautiful old Grace & Favor mansion with a variety of interesting boarders. This time a new resident of Voorburg-on--Hudson is targeted by racists. The grandfather of a Voorburg resident has just arrived from Germany and soon finds a big red swastika painted on his shop window. Shortly after, a kindly train porter is found brutally murdered in the train station. Who is perpetuating such hatred? Robert and Lily play relatively small roles this time, with the story focusing on police chief Howard Walker and his admiring deputy, Ron Parker. A fair, kind, and smart hero, Walker is delightful to be around, and the relationship between the two cops is a highlight of the story. Churchill's spare yet eloquent prose fits perfectly with an era that eschews waste of any kind. The nice mix of Depression history and cozy ambience is reminiscent of a Preston Sturges film. Jenny McLarin
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“Delightful....spare yet eloquent prose...[a] nice mix of Depression history and cozy ambience.” (Booklist )
“Agatha Christie is alive and well and writing mysteries under the name Jill Churchill.” (Nancy Pickard )
“Zany…witty…Churchill’s stories…are written to amuse and entertain, and this they do in abundance.” (Chicago Sun-Times )
“Crisp and clever . . . savvy and witty . . . Jill Churchill just keeps getting better and better!” (Kansas City Star )
“It will leave you feeling a little better about human nature.” (Washington Post )
The book was very interesting and well written. I would prefer more of Lily in all of these books. For me she is what makes these stories. Read morePublished on September 3, 2013 by Marilyn Bullington
Sorry to be out of the flow of reviews on this, but I did not find this such a bad book. Perhaps I have just read a later edition with some added editing. Read morePublished on May 2, 2012 by Commenter77
I love Grace and Favor mysteries. Jill Churchill is an amazing writer that has more or less disappeared from bookstores, urging me to book this book via Amazon (lucky for them!). Read morePublished on January 15, 2012 by Pupa
This book is #6 in the Grace and Favor series. Churchill does an excellent job of establishing the atmosphere of the Great Depression era. Read morePublished on June 24, 2011 by TheJanith
Did anyone do any editing on this? This was a waste of time and money for the buyer. There was so much repetition. Read morePublished on September 29, 2010 by Annie
Personally, I like Churchill's Grace and Favor mysteries better than her Jane Jeffrey series -- probably partly because, being set during the Great Depression, they have the flavor... Read morePublished on October 24, 2009 by Joan C. Scott
My wife and I have followed this series from the start. I now regret the time spent with this last book. Very boring, with no continuity. Read morePublished on September 14, 2009 by Blinky8773