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In the Still of the Night (Grace & Favor Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – May 2000


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 267 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; later printing edition (May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380802457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380802456
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,647,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A weekend party designed to raise money for a floundering estate turns deadly when one of the guests is found dead and another disappears.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jun 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Even better than Anything Goes, a literary house-party leads to sudden death. Former wives and lovers confuse the proceedings, and World War I has a starring role in the solution. Entertaining, funny, and full of period detail, the twists and turns kept me guessing right to the end.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Second in a delightful new series 7 Jun 2000
By omnireader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had never read any of Jill Churchill's books, as I am usually a fan of British mysteries. However, I was intrigued by the premise of an American series set in what has always been known as the Golden Age of British Mysteries, the late 20's and 30's. I enjoyed ANYTHING GOES and was delighted by IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT. Lily and Robert Brewster, a high society brother and sister who have been wiped out in the Crash have inherited a slightly down at the heels mansion in the Hudson Valley and a huge fortune-if they can live in the house with very few financial resources for ten years. Their solution is to take in paying guests to help keep afloat. This sets up a perfect scenario for the "Country House Murder" so beloved by the golden age writers. It's a great read for fans of Agatha Christie who aren't fond of the modern tendency for graphic detail.
80 of 85 people found the following review helpful
Churchill Has done it again! 25 May 2000
By Nancy R. Katz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As she did in her first Grace and Favor novel, Anything Goes, Jill Churchill has written another wonderful addition to this mystery series with the publication of In the Still of the Night.
Brother and sister, Lily and Robert Brewster, are now living in the mansion they inherited from their Uncle Horatio. Getting used to small town life on the Hudson has proved to be pleasant but these two young people must now begin earning an income. Athough they live as wealthy people in the year 1932, according to the terms of Horatio's will they won't inherit anything for almost ten years. Lily and Robert come up with an idea to provide some income by hosting a weekend of paying guests and a celebrity who will entertain all. The assortment of people who gather for their weekend, though, have links to one another from previous days and suddenly there's been a murder and it seems as though almost everyone has a motive.
This book was very charming and evoked an era and style which is now forever gone. And Ms. Churchill also includes just enough historical information about the times to further set the mood. Unfortunately, I gulped down this book much too quickly and now I'm wondering how long I will have to wait for the next book from this author.
35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Another Winner! 6 May 2000
By "ophelia42" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Another great story about Lily & Robert Brewster, who are inhabiting the Grace & Favor Cottage in order to inherit their uncles fortune. When they invite paying guests to stay for a weekend to mingle with a famous writer, one is murdered, and they learn plenty about their guests and their pasts. I truly enjoy Jill Churchills Jane Jeffrey series, and this new series is turning out just as good!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
The party should have gone off without a hitch 28 Nov 2000
By C. M. Chen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For Robert and Lily Brewster, the planned gathering at Grace and Favor Cottage held the possibility of a living. For the guests, both honored and paying, it turned into something gelse entirely. Lily's hopes for the literary gathering featuring author, Julian West, are thwarted when one of their guests turns up dead and the much-valued manuscript of another disappears. When it appeals the two incidents might be linked, the brother and sister duo find themselves on the hunt for another killer in order to preserve their aspirations for their inherited cottage.
Jill Churchill displays a stunning ability to integrate the history of the 1930's with the fiction she writes. This is perhaps the story's greatest recommendation. The mystery itself is thin and while suspenseful, it also becomes somewhat predictable. What the mystery has to recommend itself are the strongly drawn characters with interesting quirks of credible motives. I did enjoy Lily's guests, but perhaps the most entertaining of them all was Robert's "idiot", Mad Henry, whose skill, or lack thereof, as an inventor, proves to be a constant source of irritation and bafflement for Lily though it ends up paying off in the end.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I'd give it a six if I could 17 Jun 2002
By James - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a fan of Jill Churchill, I have read all of her Jane Jeffry titles. When I saw a new series, I doubted it could live up to my expectations based in the other series. I found the Grace and Favor series, if which this is the first, to be a totally fresh kind of mystery for me. The era of the Depression in a fascinating time of contrasts between the haves and have-nots. Lily and Robert are both. They seem to have inherited a line back to the good life, but making ends meet continues to be a challenge for them.
The idea of a house party with paying guests was certainly a new one to me. It was written with a lot of character development necessary to the future of the series, but with here-and-now action. A great read, as well as a great send-off for a new series.
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