Hart has created a fabulous two-in-one: an excellent mystery and the poignant memoirs of her heroine, Gretchen Grace Gilman. A letter received by the now elderly newshound extraordinaire returns her physically, mentally and emotionally to her past and to her hometown in northeastern Oklahoma. As the pages of the letter unfold, so does the story of Gretchen's summer of 1944. With every able-bodied male involved in the war effort, Gazette editor Walt Dennis agrees to give 13-year-old Gretchen a shot as a newspaper reporter. But the sleepy town is soon rocked by the murder of Faye Tatum, an artist and the mom of Gretchen's friend and neighbor Barb. To make matters worse, the prime suspect is Barb's dad, Clyde, home on leave but nowhere to be found after the murder. Political ambitions spur the county attorney and the sheriff to track down Clyde and arrest him, while less hasty Chief Fraser is more interested in first sorting through all the facts. The obviously well-researched history draws the reader into this atypical whodunit. Characters are Steinbeck vivid, as is the sense of time and place. Hart masterfully portrays an American small town during WWII.
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Carolyn Hart is the author of Death on Demand and the Henrie O series. Her books have won the Agatha, the Anthony and Macavity awards. She was a founding member and is a former president of Sisters in Crime. Her most recent title is Sugar Plum Dead. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.See all Product Description
This is one of the most satisfying contemporary mysteries I have read in the past 15 or so years. Set in World War II, the protagonist's best friend's mother is murdered and all... Read morePublished on May 18 2004 by Enrique F. Bird
This one of the best books Ms Hart has ever written and she is a top notch author. She has got your attention on page one and you will not want to put it down until you are... Read morePublished on Dec 9 2003
LETTER FROM HOME is a literary treasure dealing with American life during World War II in small town Oklahoma. Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2003 by Laurie Banton
What a rich novel, a powerful mystery, a joy to read.
This novel is outside Hart's well-known longterm mystery series. Read more
The scene: small-town Oklahoma. The character: a world-renowed journalist who goes back to her roots. Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2003 by Midwest Book Review
Even though Carolyn Hart is a well known mystery novelist (authour of the Henrie O. & Death on Demand mystery novels), and even though the shocking murder of Faye Tatum is the... Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2003 by tregatt