Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A Lack of Temperance, by Anna Loan-Wilsey

I'm not sure it speaks too well for the book that my favorite parts were the descriptions of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, with its narrow twisty by-ways and hidden healing springs.  Hattie Davish is an itinerant private secretary, who obtains short-term jobs using her network of upper-crust contacts.  She goes to Eureka Springs to work as a secretary for Mother Trevelyan, who turns out to be a hatchet-wielding, bar-smashing temperance movement leader, and who, a day later, turns up dead.  I think Loan-Wilsey did a lot of research on the temperance movement, but it didn't inspire much sympathy in her for the cause.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with your assessment of this book. I normally like cozies because they are fast, easy reads with (normally) a bit of romance for the spunky heroine. This one had one too many instances of Hattie venturing out at night alone after having been assaulted and threatened, and with a murderer running loose around town.