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Friday, March 21, 2014

Evidence of Things Seen by Elizabeth Daly

THINGS THAT GO MURDER IN THE NIGHT

The isolated cottage in the Berkshires seemed like the perfect vacation hideaway for Henry Gamadge - until the mysterious woman in a faded sunbonnet began appearing on the path to the nearby cemetery. And the latched attic door began to creak slowly open. It was almost enough to make Clara believe in ghosts, especially after she heard that old Eva Hickson had died in the cottage and that her sister Alvira might have poisoned her. But even avenging spirits can't murder, can they? Because now Alvira had been killed right before Clara's eyes, and it appeared that only a ghost could have done it.

I won this book a couple of years ago from Bev's Vintage Mystery Challenge over @My Reader's Block. I know, it took me way too long to get around to it! My second Henry Gamadge mystery and I liked this one more than the first. Henry's wife Clara is in this one and I enjoyed meeting her.

WWII is on and Henry is gone on a secret mission for the government. Clara and her maid, Maggie, go on ahead to get the cottage ready and wait for their friends the Herons to join them and for Henry to get home and join them. Clara loves the cottage and the beauty around her. They have friends that live within walking distancing of the cottage, Phin Hunter, who's wealthy family has owned his home for generations, and his wife Fanny. They settle into a comfortable pattern of dinners at each other's homes and all is well until the lady in the sunbonnet keeps showing up off in the distance and Clara keeps finding the attic door open. Then she discovers the same clothes the 'ghost' is wearing hanging in the attic. Is the 'ghost' her landlady Alvira's dead sister? Did Alvira poison her, like some of the locals believe, or did she die of natural causes? Alvira did inherit a lot of money from her. Or is the 'ghost' a living person with more sinister motives? 

After Alvira is killed in Clara's cottage right before her eyes, (with the 'ghost' coming into the room through a sealed door!) Henry has to get to the bottom of this 'ghost' issue before the local law decide to charge Clara with murder.

Several good suspects and I was really surprised at 'who dunnit'! If you like vintage mysteries you'll love this one! 

On our way home from Grandfather Mountain today the bossman pulled into a little general store in Blowing Rock NC.  A quaint store full of antiques, groceries, gifts, you name it. I found a table with stacks of books on it. 3 different novels by the same author. There was a picture of the author with them. I looked up and realized the man sitting in a chair talking up a blue streak to the boss was him! Needless to say we had a wonderful discussion about his books, the price of land in the area, the Green Bay Packers, book blogging and many other topics. I could have sat all day and talked to this delightful older gentleman, but by now the boss had gone to sit in the car. Of course I bought one of his books and he autographed it for me. He has a fourth coming out in a few weeks. They are sold there in his store, on Amazon and local bookstores. I told him about programs like NetGalley, which he had never heard of, and how he needs to get his books out there on the blogs! So stay tuned! I started the book already. Review and introduction coming soon!

Peggy Ann

16 comments:

  1. Glad you enjoyed the Daly book, Peggy Ann! And it sounds like you had a good time at the little general store too. Can't wait to see what kind of book the gentleman writes...

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  2. I've read one Elizabeth Daly book (don't ask, I can't remember) but wasn't all that impressed. But this one sounds like a pip. I must get my hands on it. Thanks for the review, Peggy. :)

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    1. I did like this one much more than the first one I read too, Yvette

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  3. I love this story...how cool is that...I hope you snagged his email so that you can escort him through all of this stuff...Peggy Ann...Part Time Agent!!! Yahoo!!!

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    1. He gave me his phone and email and his friend that manages his store has already added me to her circles on Google, Patty!

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  4. This book sounds great. I have read it, I have read all of Elizabeth Daly's books except for two or three. But I am due for a re-read, since the story did not seem all that familiar to me. The review was great and I loved your story about meeting that author.

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  5. Nice review, and I look forward to hearing about the one from the man at the general store.

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  6. Peggy, this one sounds like my cup of tea, thanks. It sounds like you must have had a great time on your trip to NC, you've certainly added more books to the piles - my idea of an enjoyable holiday!

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    1. I got 4 more books on Saturday! Two Georgette Heyers, Ian Rankin and Mary Stewart! Shopping was the best part of this trip!

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  7. So glad you enjoyed this one - Daly was said to be Agatha Christie's favorite American author, and I think her books show her to be really good at misdirection. May I also recommend Daly's "Book of the Dead," which I think is among her best (and is also in print, thanks to the Felony & Mayhem Press) - although "Evidence of Things Seen" ranks pretty highly too, IMHO. Thanks for the review!

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    1. Thanks for stopping in Les! I will be on the look out for Book of the Dead.

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  8. Is the man in the store anyone we would recognize by name?? Terrific story.

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    1. Probably not Nan. I would be very surprised if you had.

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