By Anna Loan-Wilsey
Touring secretary Hattie Davish and her trusty typewriter alight on a small city in Illinois, the place the Civil warfare may possibly lengthy be over, yet yes mysteries refuse to be buried. . .
Hattie Davish is thrilled to be ably supporting her prosperous agency, Sir Arthur Windom-Greene, an English student who's fluent in Civil battle background and difficult at paintings placing jointly a definitive biography of basic Cornelius Starrett. Their examine takes them to Galena, Illinois, the place they quick examine that point has performed little to heal previous conflict wounds. mistrust and betrayal appear to linger in everyone's minds, none extra so than the General's pompous son Henry. And Hattie is sure he has whatever to do with a string of surprising incidents in town—especially whilst he turns up useless. . .
Between her paintings for Sir Arthur, getting ready for Christmas, and unscheduled viewers from her prior, Hattie not often has time to enquire a homicide, yet quickly she is misplaced in a labyrinth of secrets and techniques and deceit that ends up in extra questions than solutions. Henry had a knack for locating difficulty and making enemies, and there's no scarcity of suspects--including Sir Arthur. Now, Hattie needs to discover the reality whereas protecting her civility in a so much uncivil state of affairs. . .
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"Delightful. . .cozy lovers will eagerly look ahead to Hattie's subsequent adventure." --Publishers Weekly
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Anything But Civil (Hattie Davish Mystery, Book 2) by Anna Loan-Wilsey