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Subject: Jill Churchill-Grace and Favor
Date Posted: 5/3/2009 1:40 PM ET
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Until I joined PBS I was always into the more gritty mysteries. I never even knew there was such a thing as a "cozy" mystery.  The hardest thing now is to decide which to read next.  Jill Churchill was mentioned in the recent post listing cozies.  Her "Grace and Favor" series sounds like it might be a fun read. I would love to hear some opinions from our posters.  

Pat

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 5/3/2009 3:58 PM ET
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Her Grace and Favor series is fun.  It's about a sister and brother living during the depression.  They're adults but were very childish because they were from a very wealthy family.  Dad took care of everything.  Dad isn't around now but the house they're living in has a housekeeper and a butler.  The butler is the one controlling the purse strings per dad's will for 10 years. 

The brother and sister are striving to make ends meet.  They're growing to adulthood very nicely.

I also like her Jane Jeffery series but it's getting a bit stale after more than 15 books.  There are only so many murders a housewife can solve realistically.  How many dead bodies have you run across lately?  

Date Posted: 5/3/2009 11:58 PM ET
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I always wondered about the Grace and Favor series, if it was better than the one Jane Jeffrey book I read---which I wanted to throw across the room! LOL Usually if I try an author that has more than one series and don't like what I've tried, I tend to stay away from other series they write, too. Does anyone else do that? Are there authors who have different series with very different writing styles or different "types" of books, or does the leopard always show its spots? :)

Cheryl

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Date Posted: 5/4/2009 3:19 PM ET
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I enjoy the Grace and Favor series very much. Set during the Great Depression, Robert and Lily Brewster were high society until their father died and they were forced to work for a living. They were then left an inheritance by a great uncle in upstate New York. But there are strings attached to the inheritance..they have to live there for 10 years and be self sufficient as well. The characters are wonderful and they end up solving murder mysteries along the course of earning money for themselves and learning that they can live without the finer things in life. Their uncle's lawyer controls the purse strings, his wife is the cook and they have taken in some colorful boarders as well along the way. I've also learned alot about history during that time period and what people did to save money and keep from starving during that time. A little too close to home during this economic time at times ;) It's become my favorite series and I am glad i took the chance because I loathed the Jane Jeffries books! Always be willing to take the chance :)
Date Posted: 5/5/2009 12:06 AM ET
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That's good to know, Kim--thanks! I will definitely think about giving them a chance. I've got too many other series going at the moment to start something new, though, and already a whole parcel of new authors on my TBR waiting to be tried. Someday! :)

Cheryl

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Date Posted: 5/5/2009 9:47 AM ET
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The Grace and Favor series is one of my favorites. I zipped through them so quick that I was sad to finish the last one. I'm wondering if any more will be written. The last one, "Who's Sorry Now", was in 2005. I sure hope the series isn't finished.

Date Posted: 5/5/2009 12:57 PM ET
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I wondered if Churchill had run out of steam with the Grace and Favor series. It is much better, in my opinion, than the Jane Jeffries series.

I like the historical context and the way current events are woven into the story line.

Date Posted: 5/5/2009 4:03 PM ET
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I love this series too!  Amazon has had "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" a Grace and Favor book in Large Print listed forever (publish date seems to keep getting pushed out).  But no sign of a regular print version coming out.

Date Posted: 5/15/2009 7:21 PM ET
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I've read and enjoyed the first two books of Grace and Favor. For me, the hook is in the period detail, along with the likable characters, as the mystery - particularly book two - was pretty easy to figure out.

Date Posted: 5/16/2009 10:49 PM ET
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I guess I am odd man out.  I like the Jane Jeffry books and didn't care for the Grace and Favor ones.

Date Posted: 5/17/2009 3:00 PM ET
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Pat,

I am a gritty mystery girl too.   Maybe I will give this one a try with you. :) 

Date Posted: 5/17/2009 4:16 PM ET
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Cheryl, have you tried the Tim Myers books?  He has written several series under his real name, and uses other names for other series.  If you want more detail, just respond here.  I'll check back in the next day or so.  I love reading series more than novels, and cozies are my favorites.

Date Posted: 5/17/2009 11:18 PM ET
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Hi Nancy, yes, I've tried two of Tim Myers books (different series) and didn't care for them. I did finish the first candle one but the first soap one was awful and I DNF'd it. I was interested because I make handmade soap myself but I found it didn't hold my interest at all. I like the occasional cozy, but I've gotten more picky about them in recent years--seems like there are so many that are just cardboard cutouts of one another and the writing is often just...bad.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 12:50 PM ET
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Cheryl, I agree that those two series were not his best.  I did enjoy the Lighthouse series, and written as Elizabeth Bright  "Cardmaking."  I am getting the Melissa Glazer Clay and Crime series, but have not begun them yet.  Lighthouse was the most enjoyable.

What is your favorite soapmaking book(s)?  I have some molds and some glycerin and some books, but haven't done anything yet.  I hope to make some soap this summer.  Have you done any bath oil, lotions, etc.?

If you want to PM me directly, that would be great, as we are kind of off the subject here. :)

Happy reading!

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 1:36 PM ET
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Hi Nancy, I did send you a PM as we did get way off topic. LOL

Cheryl