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War and peas
Churchill, Jill, 1943-
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[Large print edition].
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Thorndike, Me. : Thorndike Press, 1996.
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287 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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At the annual Pea Festival, Regina Price Palmer--the innovative director of the Snellen Museum--is shot to death during a noisy reenactment of a Civil War battle. Single mom and sometime sleuth Jane Jeffry's part-time work at the museum soon puts her in the midst of a veritable podful of murder suspects.

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

The intuition, wisdom and penchant for prying of Churchill's series heroine Jane Jeffry (The Silence of the Hams) make her an invaluable ally to police detective and significant other Mel VanDyne in this swift and agreeably perplexing tale. Regina Palmer, director of the Snellen Museum (dedicated to the study of rural history and founded by pea king Auguste Snellen) near Chicago, has been shot with an antique derringer during the Civil War reenactment that is a highlight of the small town's annual pea festival. Jane, who was one of the reenactors and who has her hands full as a single mother of three teenagers, utilizes her volunteer hours at the Snellen Museum to relentlessly pry beneath the surface of small-town respectability in hopes of finding Regina's killer. Was the murderer a rejected suitor? Was the insufferably arrogant Snellen family enraged that the museum took most of their inheritance? Was the killer (who strikes again in a particularly grisly fashion) seeking an heirloom pea? A slew of suspects‘smarmy, lecherous, devious and greedy, but never dull‘are queried by Jane and her equally nosy friend Shelley, with relevant information passed on to Mel. This is the eighth appearance for Jane and her first in hardcover. Churchill's cozy setting, beguiling plot and three-dimensional characters will keep readers fully engaged‘and amused. 30,000 first printing; author tour. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Somewhere near Chicago exists a small family museum dedicated to the pea. When series heroine Jane Jeffry volunteers at the museum, she winds up not only taking part in a Civil War reenactment during the Pea Festival but also casting about for clues to the museum director's murder. Suspicions congregate around a sexist wannabe director and a disgruntled heir. No psychological insights or terrifying suspense in Churchill's hardcover debut, just a simple tale for fans. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.