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Anything goes : a grace and favor mystery
Churchill, Jill, 1943-
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Publication Information:
New York : Avon Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
264 pages ; 18 cm
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"Avon twilight mystery"--Spine.
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X Adult Mass Market Paperback Mystery/Suspense
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They Have Inherited a Lovely Upstate Mansion. . .

The crash of 1929 has ended the party for high-living New Yorkers Lily Brewster and her brother Robert and takes them from the upper echelons of the idle rich and deposits them to the lowly depths of the disillusioned poor. However, rescue arrives in the form of their recently deceased great-uncle Horation who bequeaths to them Grace and Favor "Cottage" which is really a great sprawling mansion. And there's a fortune to go with it, but only if they reside there for ten years.

And an Inconvenient Corpse

With no other alternative, the spirited Manhattanites move to a quiet and quaint Hudson River community and try to fit in. But they soon find out that great-uncle Horatio didn't die peacefully. He was murdered while on an elaborate sailing party on the Hudson River aboard his yacht -- and Lily and Robert are suspects. But when another corpse appears in the kitchen of the mansion, the siblings are determined to clear themselves. Without a clue how to begin, Lily and Robert start snooping, unaware that their savvy sleuthing could make them the killer's next targets.

Author Notes

Jill Churchill (born Janice Young Brooks) on January 11, 1943 in Kansas City, Missouri. She earned a degree in education from the University of Kansas in 1965 before teaching elementary school. Between 1978 and 1992, she was book reviewer for the Kansas City Star. She published several historical novels under her real name before introducing a new series in 1989. This mystery series follows Jane Jeffry, a widow with three children in Chicago. With her neighbor and best friend, she gets involved in murder cases. The novel titles are puns on literary works and reflect Jeffry's cozy domestic life which she leads between crime-solving episodes.

Churchill is the winner of the Agatha and Macavity Awards for her first Jane Jeffrey novel and was featured in Great Women Mystery Writers in 2007.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Siblings Lily and Robert Brewster are having trouble making ends meet in New York City following the 1929 stock market crash. Lily has a dreary position as a bank clerk and Robert does odd jobs as a waiter and bartender. But their luck changes when they're summoned to Westchester County, where an attorney announces that their uncle Horatio has left them his mansion. The stipulation: the two must live in the home for 10 years before they actually become owners. Though reluctant to leave Manhattan, Lily and Robert move in. They soon learn that Horatio died during a party on a yacht and that his death may not have been an accident. Then, the corpse of Horatio appears in the kitchen one night, and the two are drawn into solving their uncle's apparent murder. To do so, they must confront affluent neighbors, servants and other localsÄsome of whom clearly want Lily and Robert out of their lives. Churchill adeptly captures the spirit of this early 20th-century Hudson Valley community, insulated from the rest of the world. With its various twists and false leads to the murderer, this mystery makes for a pleasant, albeit light, diversion. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved