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Sister and brother Lily and Robert Brewster may not have a penny to their names, but at least they're in good company--times couldn't be tougher in the Hudson River Valley during the Great Depression, and even the much-revered Chief of Police has lost his home. Their poor town has been stripped of its Post Office, too; now mail gets dumped off the trains steaming up the Hudson River, and people have to rummage through the bags to find their letters and packages. When Robert helps a young widow and her newly-arrived German grandfather haul the old man's trunks to his granddaughter's shop, he thinks he may have found a new set of friends--especially the kind train porter who helps them out. But when a red swastika is found painted on the widow's shop window, and the train porter is found dead, Robert knows that something much deeper, and much darker, is happening in his sleepy little town. Even back at Grace & Favor Mansion, where Lily and Robert live, things are falling apart. The Chief of Police has just unearthed a very, very old skeleton--right on the grounds Could the two murders be related? It's up to Lily and Robert to find out the truth, before their quiet community is town apart by hatred, secrets, and a killer who may have set his sights on Grace & Favor...
“Delightful....spare yet eloquent prose...[a] nice mix of Depression history and cozy ambience.”
“Agatha Christie is alive and well and writing mysteries under the name Jill Churchill.”
“Zany…witty…Churchill’s stories…are written to amuse and entertain, and this they do in abundance.”
“Crisp and clever . . . savvy and witty . . . Jill Churchill just keeps getting better and better!”
-Kansas City Star
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