A Lack of Temperance

A Lack of Temperance

Book - 2012
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From Anna Loan-Wilsey comes the first installment of a new historical mystery series featuring Hattie Davish, a traveling secretary who arrives in a small Ozark town only to discover her new employer has disappeared. . .

On the eve of the heated presidential election of 1892, Miss Hattie Davish arrives in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, a scenic resort town where those without the scent of whiskey on their breath have the plight of temperance on their tongues. Summoned for her services as a private secretary, Hattie is looking forward to exploring the hills, indulging her penchant for botany--and getting to know the town's handsome doctor. But it's hard to get her job done with her employer nowhere to be found. . .

An army of unassuming women wielding hatchets have descended on the quiet Ozark village, destroying every saloon in their path--and leaving more than a few enemies in their wake. So when their beloved leader, Mother Trevelyan, is murdered, it's easy to point fingers. Now that she's working for a dead woman, Hattie turns to her trusty typewriter to get to the truth. And as she follows a trail of cryptic death threats, she'll come face to face with a killer far more dangerous than the Demon Rum. . .

"A wonderful read from a welcome addition to the genre. This one shouldn't be missed--it has it all!" --Emily Brightwell
Publisher: New York : Kensington Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9780758276346
Branch Call Number: FIC LOANWILS
Characteristics: 264 p. ; 21 cm.


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Sep 02, 2014

The author has created a terrific female protagonist in Miss Hattie Davish, a self-described "lady typewriter" or traveling secretary. Expert typist, amateur botanist and keen social observer, Hattie calls upon all her training and talents to solve murders while fulfilling her professional duties. Set in the fashionable resort town of Eureka Springs AR, "A Lack of Temperance" combines historical fact, social commentary and satisfying plotting with the appealing personality of Hattie Davish, her mentor and employer, Sir Arthur Windom-Green, and various supporting characters. A happy find - and there are two more books in the series !


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