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A March to Remember
By Anna Loan-Wilsey
A Hattie Davish Mystery, Book 5
Publisher: Kensington Books
Release Date: September 27, 2016
Genre: Historical Mystery
Length: 320 Pages
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About the book:
Traveling secretary Hattie Davish is taking her singular talents to Washington, D.C., to help Sir Arthur Windom-Greene research his next book. But in the winding halls of the nation’s capital, searching for the truth can sometimes lead to murder . . .
Hattie is in her element, digging through dusty basements, attics, and abandoned buildings, not to be denied until she fishes out that elusive fact. But her delightful explorations are dampened when she witnesses a carriage crash into a carp pond beneath the shadow of the Washington Monument. Alarmingly, one of the passengers flees the scene, leaving the other to drown. The incident only heightens tensions brought on by the much publicized arrival of “Coxey’s Army,” thousands of unemployed men converging on the capital for the first ever organized “march” on Washington.
When one of the marchers is found murdered in the ensuing chaos, Hattie begins to suspect a sinister conspiracy is at hand. As she expands her investigations into the motives of murder and closes in on the trail of a killer, she is surprised and distraught to learn that her research will lead her straight to the highest levels of government . . .
About The Author
Anna Loan-Wilsey, biologist, librarian, and author, writes the historical Hattie Davish Mystery series featuring a Victorian traveling secretary who solves crimes in every historic town she visits. The first in the series, A Lack of Temperance, set in 1890’s Eureka Springs, Arkansas, (an Amazon #1 bestseller) was followed by Anything But Civil (set in Galena, IL), A Sense of Entitlement (an iBook #1 bestseller set in Newport, RI), and A Deceptive Homecoming (set in St. Joseph, MO, Hattie’s hometown). A March to Remember finds Hattie caught up in the political intrigues surrounding Coxey’s Army and the first “march” on Washington, D.C. Anna lives in a Victorian farmhouse near Ames, Iowa with her family where she is happily working on new mystery adventures.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/annaloanwilsey @annaloanwilsey
A historical mystery set in Washington D.C. during the Guilded Age, A March to Remember by Anna Loan-Wilsey is filled with colorful characters, political machinations, a touch of romance and a solid murder mystery. While the fifth book in the Hattie Davish Mystery series, this is a book which can be enjoyed on its own. If you’re a fan of female sleuths and historical mysteries, this is a book you will definitely enjoy.Ms. Loan-Wilsey does a great job introducing the main character, Hattie Davis, right from the start. A personal “secretary” to Sir Arthur Windom-Green, though more like a modern day research assistant, Hattie is in Washington D.C. with her employer conducting research for his next book. As Hattie digs through government archives, basements and even abandoned buildings, Sir Arthur, as the guest of a U.S. senator, becomes acquainted with politicians and other power brokers in the capital. Thrilled by a visit from Dr. Walter Grice, the man she hopes to one day marry, Hattie is excited when Walter proposes. Happy and looking forward to the future, Hattie is dismayed when murder and mystery make an unwelcome return in her life.
I easily re-connected with Hattie; a single woman during the last decade of the 19th century, a pre-cursor for the “career woman” of the future. An orphan, with no distant relatives, Hattie may be alone in the world but she’s not bitter about her circumstances and often reminds herself that “there but for the grace of God”, she could be in a much worse place. She’s not even bitter about having had to wait till Walter’s mother, a woman I consider a society snob, has given her approval for their marriage.The secondary characters, both recurring and new, are also well developed and I really enjoyed getting to meet Walter’s sister and some of the “movers and shakers” in Washington D.C. during the summer of 1894. Ms. Loan-Wilsey does a great job tying Hattie’s visit to D.C. during the period when “Coxey’s War” occurs and takes center stage in the American political Landscape. Though a big deal at the time, “Coxey’s War” is now a somewhat historically obscure event and it is clear Ms. Loan-Wilsey did her research as she incorporates real people and their actions into her story. On a side note, I found it interesting that “Coxey’s War” reminded me of why our founding fathers began the American Revolution.The deaths and mystery are well written and Hattie herself is a witness at the first death, which at first appears to be an accident. As the story progresses, and a second death occurs, Hattie realizes there is a connection between the deaths and is drawn into conducting her own investigation. As the mystery heats up, and takes several twists and turns, I worried about how Walter, and Walter’s mother, would handle Hattie’s involvement. Something Hattie worried about too.Will Hattie discover who is killing people connected to “Coxey’s Army” and their stay in Washington D.C.? Is the killer connected to one of D.C.’s movers and shakers? And how will Sir Arthur take Hattie’s “engagement”? You’ll have to read A March to Remember to find out, I loved it and can’t wait to read about Hattie’s next adventure.My Rating: 5 out of 5 Crowns and A Recommended ReadFTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for a fair and honest review. My review is my opinion of the reading material provided.