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Thanksgiving Angels based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I am saying a special thanks that Alice Duncan has continued to write her witty Mercy Allcutt mystery novels. Like its predecessors, this is a charming cozy that will entertain and delight readers. Mercy (Mercedes Louise) works as a secretary for P.I. Ernie Templeton in Los Angeles in 1926. However, she comes from a wealthy, snobbish Boston family with parents who frown on her behavior as rebellious. Mercy has inherited wealth and doesn’t have to work for a living but chooses to do so. The book is told from Mercy’s first person viewpoint and her voice is unique, engaging the reader from page one. Ernie gives Mercy time off so she can visit her family for Thanksgiving week. However, Mercy doesn’t appreciate it. She drives to Pasadena where her parents have a winter home. Her mother’s cold, disapproving demeanor even extends to Buttercup, Mercy’s dog. Her sister, Chloe, and brother-in-law, Harvey Nash, are there, lending support. Daisy Majesty of Alice Duncan’s other 1920’s mystery series is a character in this novel as well, adding to the fun. Harold Kincaid, a friend of both young women, arranges for Daisy to hold a séance at the Alcott home. Afterwards, Mrs. Winkworth, an elderly woman who was a guest, falls to her death over a staircase railing. It is soon determined that she was pushed. Mercy’s mother asks her to call in Ernie to investigate while Daisy calls the police, specifically her fiancé, Sam Rotondo. Soon, the people who were upstairs at the time of the death are questioned. They include Mercy’s brother-in-law, sister, a movie actress, Lola de la Monica, a houseboy, maid, the family chauffeur, and Mrs. Winkworth’s secretary, Delbert Mann. It is discovered that Mrs. Winkworth wrote poison pen letters and was a nasty woman disliked by many people. There are plenty of interesting suspects in this absorbing mystery.