Well-portrayed characters and a final surprise sure to please series fans make this a winner. Publishers Weekly (7/11/2011)
Hilda Johansson, expecting her first child and miserable in the summer heat, turns to crime investigation to occupy her mind.
Its a heat wave in more ways than one in the summer of 1905, as strikes, arson, and train wrecks threaten the fabric of civilized society in South Bend, Indiana. In the tumultuous first years of the twentieth century, anarchy seems to rule, with the assassination of an American president and labor unrest like the Anthracite Coal Strike bringing misery to millions. From St. Petersburg, Russia, to Chicago, U.S.A., the army, police, and strike-breakers battle workers in the streets, resulting in many deaths. How can a Swedish immigrant like Hilda Johansson, formerly a housemaid, possibly affect these conditions? Making deductions worthy of Sherlock Holmesand using her own Baker Street IrregularsHilda recognizes a pattern to the disturbing events. Even though confined to her home by pregnancy, she draws from the towns varied social strata and enlists allies to try to put an end to disruption and find justice for all.
Jeanne M. Dams's life centers around her love of the mystery and of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. She is the Agatha-winning and Macavity-nominated author of the popular Dorothy Martin series, as well as six previous books in the Hilda Johansson historical series. She lives in South Bend, Indiana.
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A Hilda Johansson Book
Jeanne M. Dams
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