By Anna Loan-Wilsey
Touring secretary Hattie Davish and her trusty typewriter alight on a small city in Illinois, the place the Civil struggle may perhaps lengthy be over, yet yes mysteries refuse to be buried. . .
Hattie Davish is overjoyed to be ably aiding her filthy rich agency, Sir Arthur Windom-Greene, an English pupil who's fluent in Civil battle heritage and difficult at paintings placing jointly a definitive biography of basic Cornelius Starrett. Their learn takes them to Galena, Illinois, the place they fast study that point has performed little to heal previous conflict wounds. mistrust and betrayal appear to linger in everyone's minds, none extra so than the General's pompous son Henry. And Hattie is sure he has anything to do with a string of unusual incidents in town--especially while he turns up lifeless. . .
Between her paintings for Sir Arthur, getting ready for Christmas, and unscheduled viewers from her prior, Hattie rarely has time to enquire a homicide, yet quickly she is misplaced in a labyrinth of secrets and techniques and deceit that results in extra questions than solutions. Henry had a knack for locating difficulty and making enemies, and there is no scarcity of suspects--including Sir Arthur. Now, Hattie needs to discover the reality whereas protecting her civility in a such a lot uncivil scenario. . .
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"Delightful. . .cozy enthusiasts will eagerly look forward to Hattie's subsequent adventure." --Publishers Weekly
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Edwards’ Millinery and particularly pass over Burke’s, which I handed on major road whenever I walked to the golf green highway Bridge, yet I’d by no means been to Mrs. Brendel’s. I now took the chance to appreciate her newest creations in her store entrance window until eventually a tender lady with bows in her hair, evidently now not Mrs. Brendel, unlocked the door. It took all of my restraint to reserve merely the holly, evergreen rope, and vegetation I’d come for. As I left, I pledged to myself I’d be again at a simpler time for the fondness lace braid hat within the window. The large satin trim and big spray of velvet forget-me-nots could fit my military brilliantine go well with completely. I crossed the river at the footbridge and walked up Park road. whilst I handed the Starrett condominium, lots of the curtains have been nonetheless drawn. From past early morning hikes, I’d presumed that Mrs. Reynard and her grandfather, basic Starrett, have been either overdue risers. It appeared Captain Henry Starrett was once in addition. Mr. Reynard, nonetheless, was once continually long past to paintings prior to even I glided by. This morning appeared to be an exception, as evidenced via the 3 units of footprints at the steps best down from the garden to the line. As I the teach tracks south, i realized that of these units of footprints had a similar course. Who else were mountaineering this manner this morning from the Starrett condominium? I bought my resolution within the kind of a different snigger a number of yards away. all at once a snowball whizzed by means of my head and smacked opposed to an elm in the back of me. Shouts of glee from the 2 youngsters stuffed the nonetheless air. “Can’t a physique cross within the early morning with out being assailed via a missile of snow? ” I satirically declared. a bit lady shrieked. “It’s now not Mrs. Becker,” a boy of ten acknowledged. “It’s a few woman in humorous outfits. ” I checked out the quick hemline of my climbing skirt and my boots. What used to be so humorous approximately them? “You can pop out now, Sis. ” a woman approximately 8 got here out of hiding from at the back of a tree. “You’re unlikely to Mama, are you? ” his sister stated. “I don’t understand, who could your mom be? ” I requested. The boy stood tall and puffed out his chest. “Mrs. Frederick Reynard. I’m grasp Edward Reynard and this is often my sister, Gertrude. ” I knew the Reynards had kids, having heard their squeals and the pounding of working toes above basic Starrett’s library, yet I’d now not but met them. “Well, grasp Reynard, pass over Reynard, I’m happy to make your acquaintance. and i'm no longer a few woman in humorous outfits; my identify is leave out Davish and I’m donning my very sensible mountain climbing gown. And no, omit Reynard, I’m unlikely to inform your mom. yet I do imagine an apology is in order,” I stated, making an attempt to not chortle. “Sorry, omit Davish,” the kids acknowledged in unison. Edward brushed the snow at the flooring together with his boot and stared down. “Apology accepted,” I stated, providing my hand. Edward smiled and shook it heartily. Gertrude giggled and smiled at me earlier than operating again towards the timber. Her brother instantly his sister. Chuckling less than my breath, I persisted on my hike. but earlier than I’d long gone 100 yards, a high-pitched screech got here from the path of the kids I’d left in the back of.