- Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Avon; later printing edition (May 2 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380802457
- ISBN-13: 978-0380802456
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.7 x 17.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 136 g
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #619,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
In the Still of the Night: A Grace and Favor Mystery Mass Market Paperback – May 2 2000
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"Agatha Christie is alive and well and writing under the name Jill Churchill." -- --Nancy Pickard
"Jill Churchill just keeps getting better and better." -- --Kansas City Star
About the Author
Jill Churchill has won the Agatha and Macavity Mystery Readers awards and was nominated for an Anthony Award for her bestselling Jane Jeffry series. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed Grace and Favor mysteries and lives in the Midwest.
Top Customer Reviews
As always, Churchill writes a tight plot with interesting characters, especially the guests. She deftly reveals their personalities in a series of revolving viewpoints as the guests travel to Grace and Favor. An unusual aspect of this series compared to Churchill's Jane Jeffery series, is the historical setting of the Depression year of 1932. Churchill uses Lily's glimpses of everyday life, such as families scavenging in the town dump; the locals' veiled hostility towards the wealthy; and rumors of their neighbor, the optimistic FDR, as a possible presidential candidate to capture the uncertainly, fear, and hope of people at a crucial time in American history.
On a strictly personal note, I love this new series. The history is a refreshing change and I'm waiting for the next book!
Brother and sister, Lily and Robert Brewster, are now living in the mansion they inherited from their Uncle Horatio. Getting used to small town life on the Hudson has proved to be pleasant but these two young people must now begin earning an income. Athough they live as wealthy people in the year 1932, according to the terms of Horatio's will they won't inherit anything for almost ten years. Lily and Robert come up with an idea to provide some income by hosting a weekend of paying guests and a celebrity who will entertain all. The assortment of people who gather for their weekend, though, have links to one another from previous days and suddenly there's been a murder and it seems as though almost everyone has a motive.
This book was very charming and evoked an era and style which is now forever gone. And Ms. Churchill also includes just enough historical information about the times to further set the mood. Unfortunately, I gulped down this book much too quickly and now I'm wondering how long I will have to wait for the next book from this author.
"In the Still of the Night" continues the saga where Lily and her brother, Robert Brewster are contemplating various ways to add to their income. Their relative's will stipulates that they must earn their living expenses (minus the upkeep of the house, etc.) for 10 years - before inheriting the estate.
Hesitantly, they embark on the venture to invite a famous novelist for the weekend and invite various wealthy friends as paying guests. They know many who will pay for the priviledge of spending the weekend at the manor in his company. A murder takes place and in order to earn any type of profit at all - they must solve the mystery. (As well as knowing that one amongst them is a murderer.)
I especially enjoyed how the plot and characters were so believable. Also, Churchill does a wonderful job of incorporating various historical facts of the time into the story. It is interesting to read that Phoebe makes hats for Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt whose husband is the governor in a nearby city! When Lily invites Phoebe as a boarder to their mansion, Churchill gives a very sound reasoning for Phoebe's decision. This type of detail makes the characters very multi-faceted with a great deal of depth.
Excellent book; wonderful series!