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The Blood Spangled Banner: A First Ladies Mystery Paperback – April 20, 2016
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"Barbara Schlichting's first First Lady Mystery, featuring DolleyMadison, The Blood Spangled Banner. Great debut."Lavender magazine E. Boatner.
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"An unexpected discovery ofletters from Dolley Madison should excite Liv, but instead it leads her into atangle of theft, murder and bewildering clues. DOLLEY MADISON: A Blood SpangledBanner draws upon important historic facts to solve a modern-day mystery." Beth Solheim, author of At Witt's End andOutwitted.
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Ms. Schlichting, whom I first learned about on 'Twitter' has an incredible knowledge of Presidential First Ladies of History, and an incredible sense of storytelling. True the heroine, Olivia is enamored with her beau, Aaron. True, Olivia has a relationship with her Grandparents that defies most families. True, Olivia is unusual in her business relationships (with the First Ladies.) Also, true is the fact that the story grabs you, presents multiple possible suspects, has you trying to figure out truth from fiction and then not caring about it at all, and finding out you wish History followed some fiction.
Finally, you have on-page action and you find yourself trying to figure out just what the 'Secret' is. With multiple red-herrings...you end up sighing at the ending and going to see if the Author has written any further editions in the series...yes, she has!
Give this novel a read. Rather ignore the cover and the theme and allow yourselves to enter the adventure of a true mystery. The best kind...a family secret! And, you will find some National pride as a bonus. Enjoy!
Liv Anderson, our protagonist, is a bit of a history buff and loves for first ladies, shows a shop in Minneapolis that makes doll houses/miniatures of the first ladies/presidents the White House in their respective time period. Liv is contacted by the head of the department store in York, who wants to inquire lives doll houses for a new line of toys. Liv is a ecstatic, until the woman drops dead in her store, with one of Liv's doll houses to break her fall,
I like the blend of history and mysteries, where Liv not only has a mystery to solve, but a "secret" to uncover.