Anything But Civil (Hattie Davish Mysteries) (A Hattie Davish Mystery)

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 perhaps lengthy be over, yet convinced mysteries refuse to be buried. . .

Hattie Davish is overjoyed to be ably supporting her prosperous company, Sir Arthur Windom-Greene, an English student who's fluent in Civil struggle historical past and tough at paintings placing jointly a definitive biography of basic Cornelius Starrett. Their learn takes them to Galena, Illinois, the place they quick study that point has performed little to heal outdated conflict wounds.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 unusual incidents in town--especially whilst he turns up useless. . .

Between her paintings for Sir Arthur, getting ready for Christmas, and unscheduled viewers from her earlier, Hattie rarely has time to enquire a homicide, yet quickly she is misplaced in a labyrinth of secrets and techniques and deceit that results in extra questions than solutions. Henry had a knack for locating hassle and making enemies, and there is no scarcity of suspects--including Sir Arthur. Now, Hattie needs to discover the reality whereas retaining her civility in a so much uncivil scenario. . .

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"Delightful. . .cozy fanatics will eagerly look ahead to Hattie's subsequent adventure." --Publishers Weekly

"This historic comfortable debut showcases the author's magnificent study. Readers can be involved. . .this is a hot beginning." --Library Journal

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