Anything Goes (Grace and Favor Mysteries, No. 1)

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They Have Inherited a Lovely Upstate Mansion. . .

The crash of 1929 has ended the party for high-living New Yorkers Lily Brewster and her brother Robert and takes them from the upper echelons of the idle rich and deposits them to the lowly depths of the disillusioned poor. However, rescue arrives in the form of their recently deceased great-uncle Horation who bequeaths to them Grace and Favor "Cottage" which is really a great sprawling mansion. And there's a fortune to go with it, but only if they reside there for ten years.

And an Inconvenient Corpse

With no other alternative, the spirited Manhattanites move to a quiet and quaint Hudson River community and try to fit in. But they soon find out that great-uncle Horatio didn't die peacefully. He was murdered while on an elaborate sailing party on the Hudson River aboard his yacht -- and Lily and Robert are suspects. But when another corpse appears in the kitchen of the mansion, the siblings are determined to clear themselves. Without a clue how to begin, Lily and Robert start snooping, unaware that their savvy sleuthing could make them the killer's next targets.

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Jill Churchill has won the Agatha and Macavity Mystery Readers awards and was nominated for an Anthony Award for her bestselling Jane Jeffry series. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed Grace and Favor mysteries and lives in the Midwest.

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Siblings Lily and Robert Brewster are having trouble making ends meet in New York City following the 1929 stock market crash. Lily has a dreary position as a bank clerk and Robert does odd jobs as a waiter and bartender. But their luck changes when they're summoned to Westchester County, where an attorney announces that their uncle Horatio has left them his mansion. The stipulation: the two must live in the home for 10 years before they actually become owners. Though reluctant to leave Manhattan, Lily and Robert move in. They soon learn that Horatio died during a party on a yacht and that his death may not have been an accident. Then, the corpse of Horatio appears in the kitchen one night, and the two are drawn into solving their uncle's apparent murder. To do so, they must confront affluent neighbors, servants and other localsAsome of whom clearly want Lily and Robert out of their lives. Churchill adeptly captures the spirit of this early 20th-century Hudson Valley community, insulated from the rest of the world. With its various twists and false leads to the murderer, this mystery makes for a pleasant, albeit light, diversion.
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