Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
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.