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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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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.
The usual cast of residents in a small town by the Hudson River, led by Robert and Lily Brewster, works its way amiably through yet another murder in their town, making this book a nice, relaxing bedtime read.
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Whoever wrote the publisher's blurb seems out of contact with the book.Read more