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Who's Sorry Now? (Grace & Favor Mysteries, No. 6) Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 29, 2005

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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 )

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1st Printing edition (November 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060734590
  • ASIN: B000H5U7O2
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By kskrista on July 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I agree with all the disappointed reviews of this book. I've collected this series and, at this point, I'm seriously considering giving up the books. I have the hardcover and the synopsis of the book on the DJ isn't even correct! What about the skeleton? What on earth did Robert and Lily have to do with discovering the murderer? How did the killer have plans for Grace & Favor????? (I don't know WHERE that particular comment came from!)

The writing really IS terrible. I felt like the author was bored half the time she was writing. In a way, I was. There was no romance, no real danger, no real mystery--just the day-to-day happenings of silly Robert (who does come off as a rather weak character). The sentences were short, choppy and just stated facts. The story was still somewhat interesting. I suppose that's because I've been interested in the characters. I'm just sad because this series showed such promise; I loved the historical stuff. None of that in this one. (Oh--maybe that's where the skeleton came in????)

Spoiler coming....

I was SO GLAD Robert changed the name of the mailing facility! That was almost too much for me when it was going to be named after him. And the killer's explanation of why he replaced the paint can. Oh my word! Sure, I hadn't thought of that explanation myself, but it was so incredibly simplistic. I know that, figuratively, my jaw dropped.

I like Police Chief Walker and I like the new deputy. But I was surprised at how little Lily and Jack Summer figured in this story and at how silly Robert appeared. I felt sorry for him.

I still can't believe the skeleton part wasn't "resolved". Not that it needed to be--but the book gave the impression it was supposed to be related. How weird. And how disappointing.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Haltzman on February 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I've read one other Churchill book, but was willing to give this one a go. It was light, and charming, but, I just don't get it. The style of the writing, with the repitition of main plot themes over and over; it just seemed either the author thought we needed to be retold a story over and over, or she just ran out of things to write.

Let me give an example. Early in the book we learn that 3 "biddies" were going through the mail, and they wanted to prevent certain letters from being delivered. As the plot progressed, the protagonist felt it was important to tell others about what happened. Follow me so far? Now, in most books, the author would have written "...and he told them about the incident he saw with the mail," but this author has him repeat the same story with the same details to each person he sees. And WE, poor readers, have to hear it all over again. Likewise for other important "clues," they are repeated in detail over and over again as if the reader is a child, and needs to be reminded of these not-very-complicated plot developments.

The mystery itself was mundane, and there is a whole "subplot" of burying up some bones that is not at all relevent to the book.

Nice sense of life during the depression era, though. And charming (although 1 dimentional) characters
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By CWright on March 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have been a Grace & Favor fan from the series start, and was thrilled to see this new book on the shelves. That thrill didn't last. The series is supposed to be of a simplier time, but this story's dialogue is painfully simplistic while the plot is confused, disjointed, and a bit farfetched. What was the significance of the skeleton under the bush?-I didn't see any. What part did Robert and Lily (the central figures of Grace and Favor) contribute to the conclusion of the story?-I saw none. And what of the books in the library?-I don't believe it.

As I forced myself to finish the book I had the distinct feeling that the author had an assignment (was under contract) to write about 250 pages and the content was not necessarily important. So like many of us did while in high school, she wrote a lower quality story, but satisfied the assignment by achieving the required story length. I've never expected this genre of novel to be Pulitzer-qualifying, but I expect to be entertained.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on December 11, 2006
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I normally enjoy this series more than the Jane Jeffry series, which has gotten silly and boring...but this installment gave it a run for its money.

What was the point of this book? The murder seemed to be secondary to endless babbling about Robert and his postal center idea, or who was getting a dress hemmed at the tailor. The ending kind of came out of nowhere with no real reason. And the other mystery just seemed to be completely dropped without any explanation or resolution.

Though this series has two main characters, Lily has always seemed to come across as the star...but she was barely present in this one. And Robert has gotten exceptionally annoying. Does he have any purpose other than to drive around town showing off his car and bothering people while they're trying to make a living?

I hope the next installment is better or I'm done with this series.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ember on November 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have enjoyed the other Grace & Favor books but this one was so bad it didn't even seem to be by the same writer! I am very disappointed in this book.

(SPOILERS) The murder is dull and plodding. There are several sub-plots and story lines, large and small. How many scenes do we need to sell a stupid motorcycle? Just sell it! How many scenes do we need to get the deputy moved in? Just move in! How many scenes do we need about GETTING MAIL BOXES?!?! What in the world was the skeleton all about? Why wasn't it resolved?

There is scene after scene of filler, conversation after conversation about *nothing* and the ending is dreadful.
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