Traveling secretary Hattie Davish and her trusty typewriter alight on a small town in Illinois, where the Civil War may long be over, but certain mysteries refuse to be buried. . .
Hattie Davish is delighted to be ably assisting her wealthy employer, Sir Arthur Windom-Greene, an English scholar who is fluent in Civil War history and hard at work putting together a definitive biography of General Cornelius Starrett. Their research takes them to Galena, Illinois, where they quickly learn that time has done little to heal old battle wounds. Distrust and betrayal seem to linger in everyone's minds, none more so than the General's pompous son Henry. And Hattie is certain he has something to do with a string of bizarre incidents in town--especially when he turns up dead. . .
Between her work for Sir Arthur, preparing for Christmas, and unscheduled visitors from her past, Hattie hardly has time to investigate a murder, but soon she is lost in a labyrinth of secrets and deceit that leads to more questions than answers. Henry had a knack for finding trouble and making enemies, and there's no shortage of suspects--including Sir Arthur. Now, Hattie must uncover the truth while maintaining her civility in a most uncivil situation. . .
Praise For A Lack Of Temperance
""Delightful. . .cozy fans will eagerly await Hattie's next adventure."" --Publishers Weekly
""This historical cozy debut showcases the author's superb research. Readers will be fascinated. . .this is a warm beginning."" --Library Journal
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this second book in the Hattie series. But am still frustrated not to be getting "full disclosure" on Hattie's past. There are still clues dangled before the reader but no delivery on her past; just those teasers. I, for one, want to know her past that the author keeps just out of reach. As for this story, Hattie proves excellent at her eye for detail and putting pieces of a puzzle together. She has a LOT of facts at her fingertips and is able to ferret out all sorts of secrets and, eventually, the identity of the murderer. There is a lot going on this book and Hattie is one very determined, loyal and intelligent heroine. I will definitely be reading the next book.
Anything But Civil I usually am not a fan of historical mysteries, so was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. Hattie is a strong young lady who not only takes on a secretarial job to Sir Arthur, but also proves herself quite a heroine when she rescues a young girl from certain drowning. I generally picture women of the era to be wishy, washy and under the thumb of the men in their lives. Hattie is an exception to that thought. When a man is found beaten and then shot to death, Hattie is right in there, with the local police, to try to solve this case. She proves her worth again when Sir Arthur is accused and arrested for the murder. The Galena, Illinois setting is a beautiful setting for this post Cvil War mystery. Galena gave us many strong men in that era, Ulysses S. Grant being just one of them. But together a strong woman, a lovely town, several murder suspects and you have a great read!