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Subject: Depression Era Mystery books?
Date Posted: 4/16/2011 5:42 PM ET
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A friend of mine prefers mysteries over romance books.. ~ we take her books from the library and that I trade for on PBS.

She has asked us if we could find books about the Depression Era.  We have found her a few books,...however I would like to research some more authors that write about the Depression Era ( fiction type of books )..

Thanks in advance for your suggestions! 

~Melissa

Date Posted: 4/16/2011 9:34 PM ET
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For mysteries, go to stopyourekillingme.com and look at the historical index for the 1930s.  A long list of authors and series is available.

Date Posted: 4/17/2011 12:41 AM ET
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Thanks so much Linda!  I appreciate your suggestion!

Date Posted: 4/17/2011 11:26 AM ET
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The Royal Spyness series by Rhys Bowen is set during the depression.  It's also set in England, but there was a depression there also.

Date Posted: 4/17/2011 11:36 AM ET
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Thanks for your suggestion Lynne!   ~ I will look at this series also.   =)

Date Posted: 4/17/2011 2:21 PM ET
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There are the Jill Churchill Grace & Favor books http://www.paperbackswap.com/Anything-Goes-Grace-Jill-Churchill/book/0380802449/

They're set in the Depression, and are cozies about a formerly wealthy, now desperate brother and sister who inherit a large house away from the city - with strings attached.

Date Posted: 4/17/2011 9:04 PM ET
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+1 Grace and Favor series!  Very enjoyable books with interesting Depression era history included.

Date Posted: 4/18/2011 5:13 PM ET
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Most of the 1920-30's series I'm reading are in other places besides the USA--don't know if that matters or not. I would highly recommend the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear...she is in England. I just discovered/started a series set in Germany during the same timeframe, the Hannah Vogel series by Rebecca Cantrell. Throughly enjoyed the first one of those.

I will have to keep the Grace & Favor series in mind...in fact, I think I do have the first one on my TBR, but I had tried Jill Churchill's other (modern day) series and totally hated it, so I've been reluctant. One day!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 4/18/2011 5:30 PM ET
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Thanks so much for all of the suggestions!   =)

Have a wonderful day,

Melissa

Date Posted: 4/18/2011 8:12 PM ET
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Susan Wittig Albert has a fairly new mystery series that is set in Depression-era Darling, Ala. The ladies of the Darling Dahlias Garden Club are called upon to do some sleuthing on the side.

  • The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree (2010)
  • The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies (due July 5, 2011)
Date Posted: 4/18/2011 8:26 PM ET
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All of these books sound great! 

Thanks Anna!

Date Posted: 4/18/2011 8:46 PM ET
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Cheryl, I didn't like Churchill's other series either, but I was charmed by the Grace and Favor books.  Don't be afraid to give them a try, I think you might enjoy them!