Posted in 5 paws, Cozy, Giveaway, Historical, mystery, Review on September 29, 2016



A March to Remember (A Hattie Davish Mystery)
Historical Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Kensington (September 27, 2016)
Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1617737282


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 . . .


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I have enjoyed the adventures of Hattie Davish since the first book. She may be a prim and proper woman of the late 1800’s, but she has a penchant for being in the wrong place at the wrong time which then leads to her solving a murder.

In every book I have read in this series, I am always amazed how how proper the killers are when they are revealed. They don’t go running off or try and harm anyone else, they accept their fate and are rounded up by the police. Wouldn’t that be nice if people acted this way today?! I did suspect who the killer was just because I couldn’t see anyone else doing it, but I didn’t know the reason behind the situation.

There is even a little romance in this series once Hattie met Walter, a dashing doctor in a previous book. I do enjoy seeing their romance continue and how different it is than times today. I also like that while this may be the late 1800’s, that Walter is very supportive of Hattie’s career and does not expect her to sit at home and manage the house should they marry. Very forward thinking for a man of those times, especially considering we see how boorish other men are and how they treat their wives.

This book revolves around an actual historical event that involved Coxley’s Army. I really enjoy learning a bit more history especially this event that isn’t as well known as other events. And the fact that they managed to arrest people for standing on the lawn of the White House. What a crazy law that was on the books. I also liked how the politicians were portrayed, not a whole lot different than politicians today other than they might be a little more refined. It is also perfect timing with the election and everything we see in the news.

Excellent book and with the ending will be curious to see how future books play out! can’t give you too many details otherwise I would giveaway the ending!

We give this book 5 paws up.


About the Author

Loan_Wilsey_headshotAnna 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.

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