Interesting cozy mystery set right after the depression. I don't tend to like historical mysteries but I liked this one. I think it will please those who like historical mysteries and also those who like mysteries in general.
I like anything Jill Churchill writes and I wish she were still publishing her books. This is a gentile mystery series set during the Great American Depression and chronicles the trials of a brother and sister who are barely able to eke out a living. Inheriting a distant relative's estate is a blessing even if they must leave New York and live in the house in a small town to reap the monetary benefits. Nice cozy mystery series with likable characters.
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first in the series (this is the 2nd). I found the beginning to be rather dull, basically just setting everything up in case you hadn't read the first one. And, there were some discrepancies between what was described as happening to the characters prior to this book, and what actually did happen in the book. Some people might not noticed these little discrepancies, but I certainly did.
Once the book got going it was a good read. A bit darker than the first one, but that goes with the time period (post WWI, depression era). I have the 3rd in this series and will definitely read it as the writing is good overall.
The stories of the Brewsters--brother and sister--are less well known than the Jane Jeffrey books, but I find them more interesting because they are set in the Depression Era. The Brewsters aren't poor--well, not exactly.
2nd in the Grace and Favor Series about brother and sister who move to an inherited mansion in Westchester County (NY) after the stock market crash and decide to open to paying visitors. Light and enjoyable.
A delightful series with wonderful characters.....am looking forward to see how they develop.....and I do wonder why the one bookcase is locked (if it has anything to do with anything) ?......I will read next one .....
Lily Brewser and her brother Robert have all the appearances of being filthy rich, even though the family fortune went out the window with the crash of 1929. But thanks to great-uncle Horatio, who left them Grace and Favor Cottage, a huge mansion on the Hudson not far from Franklin Roosevelt's Hyde Park, the Brewsters live in the style to which they had become accustomed -- with a few troublesome limitations. To make sure Lily and Robert didn't go back to being society bums, crafty old Horatio attached some strings to his bequest -- and a penny-pinching attorney to manage the funds. Now the poor Brewsters have to actually work for money to survive, and Lily comes up with a brilliant scheme. They can turn a profit while they hobnob with their society friends, luring them to Grace and Favor for a paying weekend with the promise of big-name celebrities as guests. If Sinclair Lewis hadn't been working on a new book, he might have joined the party; if Amelia Earhart hadn't been busy planning her cross-Atlantic flight, history might not have its own unsolved mystery. And if the Brewsters' celebrity/society bash hadn't been short on luminaries and long on snide barbs and open hostility among the guests, the glittering, glamorous affair might not have turned into a whodunit with one guest dead, one missing, and Lily and Robert chasing a murderer who is ready to strike again.
Lily Brewster and her brother appear to be rich because their Great Uncle left them "Favor Cottage"a huge mansion. There is money, but it is in the hands of a penny-pinching attorney and for the first time, they must work to make ends meet. Lily comes up with a brilliant scheme.---