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Lily Brewster and her brother Robert were living high on the hog in Manhattan until the Crash of '29 took the family fortune south. Abruptly penniless, they have taken up residence in their late great-uncle Horatio's upstate estate on the banks of the Hudson and are slowly getting used to small-town life. But while tearing down a dilapidated ice house on the property, RobeLily Brewster and her brother Robert were living high on the hog in Manhattan until the Crash of '29 took the family fortune south. Abruptly penniless, they have taken up residence in their late great-uncle Horatio's upstate estate on the banks of the Hudson and are slowly getting used to small-town life. But while tearing down a dilapidated ice house on the property, Robert inadvertently stumbles upon a well-dressed, mummified human corpse, the obvious victim of foul play. And as Lily works hand-in-hand with the disarmingly attractive Chief of Police howard Walker on the local front and Robert pursues the Manhattan connection in search of their well-heeled John Doe's identity, a second dead body turns up to complicate an already complexly murderous matter -- tying the Brewsters up in a knotty mess of deception and betrayal ... and leaving them dangerously exposed to the watchful eyes of a killer....

Title : Someone to Watch Over Me
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ISBN : 9780061031236
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Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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Someone to Watch Over Me Reviews

  • Michelle
    2019-03-21 08:34

    I liked this book the best of all the Grace and Favor books. The author enlightened me to even more of 1930's history, such as The Bonus Army, the despicable actions of Hoover and MacArthur (yes, THAT MacArthur) with the somewhat unwilling participation of Eisenhower as well. (this last bit I found out while researching the Bonus Army and the horrid things they went thru due to the mistreatment and disregard of the government...sound familiar?)Of all of Jill Churchill's books, this one I most recommend. This one has a period of our history that we forgot and need to remember, especially during our own time of war today. We need to make sure, irregardless of our own opinions of the war- for or against- that those that fight and defend us in the USA and other places are treated with respect and dignity and taken care of when they return.Blurb from Author's Site:SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME Lily and Robert each have a murder to solve. Robert’s is discovered when he’s got helpers taking down the old ice house in the woods to reuse the wood. It’s an almost mummified body of a well-dressed man. Robert can’t stand not knowing how and when and why he got there.Meanwhile, Lily is at the Voorburg Ladies League meeting when Police Chief Walker arrives to tell one of the other women her husband’s been killed. Lily is determined to get to the bottom of this before the Police Chief can.While lots of people’s old secrets are revealed and picked apart by the brother and the sister, Jack Summer has gone to take a first hand look at the Bonus March going on in Washington D.C. and gets into the thick of the horror there. There are some surprising twists and turns as all three stories are resolved.

  • Melissa
    2019-03-24 03:46

    Like other Jill Churchill books I've read, the "mystery" in this story reads almost like an afterthought. It is an engaging story full of interesting details about life during the depression, but the resolution to the mystery seems anticlimactic. Also like other Churchill books, the secondary characters seemed to be more fully developed than the main characters - at least you get a better sense of their personalities. I would read more in this series only to see how those main characters develop... it's a shame this development apparently has to happen over several novels.

  • Marci
    2019-03-14 07:34

    Really really liking this series. Of course, living through another depression adds a tad bit of relevance to the storylines. Lily & Robert are starting their 2nd year in their Uncle Horatio's house in upstate NY. Robert decides to tear down an unneeded Ice house to use the wood for other projects (waste not want not). Unfortunately, a dead body appears in the ice house. Lily's sewing guild wants to start a group of women trading goods & services for script rather than money.

  • Kimberly Ann
    2019-03-09 09:38

    This is the 3rd in the Grace & Favor series which I am mostly (#2 has not yet arrived) reading in order (Don't Faint).Robert & Lily are settling into Grace & Favor Cottage (manor) nicely. Robert has decided to do some work around the estate & begins w/ the tearing down of the Ice House.... The door which once held the key is now locked & the key is gone forcing Robert to take the door from the hinges. Inside the Ice House Robert and the Harbinger brothers find the mummified body of a man in a very expensive tailored suit.... the quest to identify the man & his murderer begins with Robert going to Manhattan & seeking out the tailor.Meanwhile, Lily has joined the local do-gooders Ladies League and helps the local police chief make inquiries around the town.These are very enjoyable historical mysteries: the characters are likable, intelligent, & enterprising. The story line is not overly improbable rather easy to read & entertaining.Interestingly enough, the author gives us quite a bit of national political history, what I learned about Herbert Hoover really dismayed & disturbed me, especially the veterans' march on D.C. and the u.s. military terrorist attacks on them by President Hoover, General MacArthur, Major Eisenhower, & Patton.

  • Jan
    2019-02-24 06:24

    The series is set in New York State in the years following the financial disaster of 1929, this one is in the summer of 1932.There are a couple of decent mysteries going on, and the depiction of the difficulties faced by law enforcement of the time should serve as reminders of how far we've come in that regard. For me, the most notable segments dealt with the Bonus Army and the March on Washington. The basis was the legal promise made to the veterans of WWI to pay a financial bonus to each of them in 1945. As the country was deep into a depression and people were without jobs or resources, they needed the money now, but Hoover had his head in the sand and not only denied them the money, but denied that the country really was in need. When men and families were so desperate that they camped out in tents and packing crates across from the senate, at one point Hoover sent MacArthur, Eisenhower, and Patton on horseback with drawn swords and tear gas to remove the children, women, and men, many of whom had nowhere to go due to foreclosures. The historical facts check out, but are presented in the context of fictional persons.

  • Karen Marchello
    2019-02-27 10:36

    So so. The author is more detailed in describing the characters, setting and relationships than actually building suspense or even giving a hint, even a misguided one. Easy reading to be sure, but not at the top of my list.

  • Paula
    2019-03-01 10:37

    This is the next in the series of books set in 1930's small town America, following on from In the Still of the Night, and after their ill-fated attempt to make money by organising a houseparty, Robert and Lily Brewster decide that the best way to make a living is to get themselves more involved in their local community. They also, finally, decide to own up to the fact they're as poor as churchmice, despite the fancy house where they're living, because of the terms of their uncle's will.Getting involved in the demolition of an abandoned icehouse, taken apart for the timber, Robert finds a well-preserved body. Meanwhile, Lily is making friends with the local quilting group and Jack Summer, the editor of the local paper, is off in New York trying to see what the locals are doing to get work. It's a trying experience for Jack, at least, as the realities of national politics start to bite.It's an entertaining read, as were the previous volumes, although Churchill didn't quite do a good enough job of misleading me so I couldn't guess the identity of the mysterious body in the icehouse. The series continues with Love for Sale.

  • Connie
    2019-03-06 03:44

    This is #3 in a Grace and Favor Mystery. I loved this book because it talked about the march on Washington during the depression. It made mention of Herbert Hoover and also some of the Generals of that time and what they did to the protesters. The mystery of the two dead bodies was minor in my book compared to what was going on during that era. Ms. Churchill gives a good depiction of the style of the times as well as how many of the people went without things because of not being able to find jobs or provide for their families. I am giving this one 5 out of 5 stars because I loved it!

  • Lisa
    2019-03-03 06:38

    A continuation of the series set during the 1930s USA depression. The two siblings Lily and Robert continue to live at their soon-to-be inherited estate near the Hudson River. As they do more for themselves on the estate, they discover a body in the old ice house. The mystery begins accompanied by stories of the local drifters down on their luck. This is an interesting historical read with a little romance and mystery attached.

  • Dolly
    2019-03-18 04:40

    I'm really beginning to fall in love with these Grace and Favor mysteries. The characters are interesting and the mysteries are just part of the story; these weren't too hard to figure out. I really enjoy the historical background and the tales of people surviving any way they can during the depression. There is a lot about that period in history that I don't know. The information about the Bonus Expeditionary Force was very enlightening as well.

  • Lucy
    2019-03-01 11:21

    bk 3 of series, set in 1932. A mummified body is found in an abandoned ice house, and a fresh body is found in the woods. Meanwhile, the local newspaper editor goes to Washington, D.C. to observe the Bonus Army of veterans who want their promised retirement money. Local mysteries and national news. Interesting reminder of something we tend to forget. Recommended.Perhaps especially resonant right now with the current veterans' problems.

  •  Gigi Ann
    2019-03-06 07:44

    This is the second book I've read by Ms. Churchill, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a fiction novel, but she had some historical facts in it about some things that happened during the time President Hoover was President in 1932. I found that interesting and had to pull up the incident on WiKipedia and read more about what it was all about. There were two mysteries and it was fun to follow Lily and Robert to the conclusion and seeing how they figured out who the guilty parties were.

  • Joanna
    2019-03-25 09:18

    I read this several years ago and was fascinated by the title, a Gershwin tune, and the time period. I had forgotten much of the detail but although this is a "cozy" mystery it deals with some terrifically serious subjects. The Depression of the 1930's to start with,and the two murders in the book as well as the Bonus March on Washington. What a miserable event! Anyway, for the 2nd time I really like this story and the characters at Grace and Favor Cottage.

  • Sage
    2019-02-25 06:35

    This is the third book in the series. I listen to these, getting them from TALKING BOOKS of Nevada. Combing the reader's talent with the author's made for an excellent read. I love the sibling sleuths. The plot was straightforward this time whereas I was unable to follow the storyline at all in the second book.

  • Kyrie
    2019-03-11 08:31

    I wanted to like this series as much as I'd enjoyed the Jane Jeffry's ones, but I just can't get into this era of history or really care about former flappers. I relate more to the regular folks who are trying to stretch their gardens. Anyhow, it's not a bad tale about two corpses in the river, it's just not that exciting either.

  • Mailis Viiand
    2019-03-07 04:27

    Does not have that feeling of exciting urgency some of the mysteries manage to convey with their plot lines, but nevertheless is an interesting read from an age quite different from ours. For a while it takes on dimensions of historical fiction with the American war veterans campaign and subsequent events.

  • Karen Hufman
    2019-03-13 06:40

    It was okay- the characters don't feel entirely real. Lily and her brother, Robert, were victims of the Stock Market Crash of the 1920's and get to live at their great-Uncle's estate to prove their worth for 10 years before they can inherit the estate. It seems a little far fetched the characters are a little 'gee wiliker' type of people (I have no idea how to spell that) type of people.

  • Val
    2019-02-24 10:24

    Brother and sister Robert and Lily take up residence in their late great-uncle's estate. For a while they are penniless after the Crash of '29 and fallen on hard times. They are now living on the estate but the Uncle's Will has certain stipulations - the siblings have to earn their money now and have to keep up the estate for 10 years before they actually inherit anything.

  • Anne Bannon
    2019-03-13 06:39

    Fun, lightweight and reasonably historically accurate. I loved the way Churchill featured the WWI Veterans Bonus March on Washington, an event I had not heard of. Better yet, while the real people are mentioned, they don't actually interact with the characters - a device I generally loathe in fictional books

  • Cecilia Morelli
    2019-03-16 10:45

    As Lily and Robert Brewster learn to cope with being poor, a body is found in the ice house near their property. Robert solves the mystery in the midst of the Great Depression and Hoover's presidency. This novel features characters who use Yankee ingenuity and generosity to endure tough times while hunting a murderer.

  • Melissa
    2019-03-11 06:18

    Good concept, but too much period writing from the Depression really distracted from the mystery. Too many storylines left unfinished, I know it's a series, but I like to have some things wrapped up to make a book worthwhile.

  • Cheryl Scott
    2019-03-03 08:42

    I really like the idea for this series and the brother-sister sleuthing team of Robert and Lily Brewster. However, this is the weakest I've read so far in this series. Still giving it 3 stars and planning to read the rest. . .unless they don't get any better.

  • Sallie
    2019-03-24 09:47

    Thanks to Kristen Curtis, I've now read the first 3 of these books - Joan Kirschner started me out with the first one. I enjoy the historical aspects of the books - 1932 - as well as the mysteries. I figured out who was one of the murderers before the end, but not the other.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-03-14 08:44

    Very well done with an excellent sense of time and place. The march of the Bonus Army on Washington was something I knew little about and Jacks experiences there were heart wrenching and chilling. The more things change.......

  • Mollie
    2019-03-13 03:38

    Someone to Watch Over Me (Grace & Favor Mysteries, No. 3) by Jill Churchill (2002)

  • Janice
    2019-03-18 09:45

    Hard to get into it (took 3+ chapters), but it turned out to be pretty good and a little like a 'Nick & Nora' story. I will probably try this "Grace & Favor" series again.

  • Gin Tadvick
    2019-03-16 06:30

    Light Mystery at it's best. Can't wait to read the next in the series.

  • Jill
    2019-03-22 09:40

    More fluffy fun. If I cared more, I'd be annoyed that the denouement happened so quickly but I don't so I'm not.

  • Nikki
    2019-02-24 06:32

    Nothing personal, and I'll probably go check this out again as I've enjoyed other books in the series -- it was just that other books interfered and I had to return this one.

  • Anne Marie
    2019-03-21 05:27

    Gave up on the series