- Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (March 29, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060528443
- ISBN-13: 978-0060528447
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It Had to Be You (Grace & Favor Mysteries, No. 5) Mass Market Paperback – March 29, 2005
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The plucky siblings Robert and Lily may live in Grace & Favor Cottage, on the Hudson, in 1933, but they must work to keep it. A local woman has turned her own home into a nursing home, and both Robert and Lily are hired to replace a sick nurse. When a difficult and crabby inmate is murdered only days from his expected natural death, the siblings join forces with the local police to try to solve the case. While this installment lacks some of the energy and plotting of earlier whodunits in this series, it is rich in period color: the inauguration of FDR and his first Fireside Chat, the repeal of Prohibition, and a homey subplot chronicling the installation of a dumbwaiter in the three-storied nursing home. A solid entry in a series that effectively merges the historical mystery with the village cozy. GraceAnne DeCandido
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Top Customer Reviews
To earn money, the siblings temporarily work at a private nursing home. When an overbearing old man is smothered, they work with Police Chief Howard to help solve the mystery.
I LOVE these characters and this book is no exception. I was reading another book when this arrived from Amazon and I could hardly wait to start reading it.
"It Had to Be You" transports the reader back to the early 1930's and immerses one in the jargon, names, and historical data of the time period. I was AMAZED at how this book was so well researched and the attention to historic detail that it showed. We learn of Roosevelt's inauguration; of his imposed restrictions on the banking industry and his fireside radio chats. We also meet traveling salesmen with the latest novelties: "samples" - small products of new items such as "Bisquick" that allow the consumer to try them before buying.
I especially enjoyed reading about Robert's suggestion of the dumb waiter. Churchill is an absolute MASTER at realism.
More than any other "Grace and Favor" book, "It Had to Be You" focuses more on the daily life of Lily and Robert Brewster rather than the mystery itself per se. If you seek a mystery that leaves your heart pounding and wondering who the culprit is, "It Had to Be You," is probably not the best choice. And to be honest, if you are seeking a great romance - these two are as celibate in thought and deed as it gets....
But if you seek an historic delve into the lives of two great characters (even if they both need a little romance in their lives!) - you can't go wrong. It is especially interesting how the Brewsters do a variety of odd jobs, and I look forward to the next book to learn what they will be involved in next!
Churchill is a wonderfully gifted writer and the series is great.
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