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Lily and Robert Brewster are poor, penniless orphans who were once members of high society. The Crash of Wall street in 1929 led their Father to commit suicide, because he had lost the family money. Poor and penniless, with no skills, Lily & Robert are left to fend for their own. Lucky for them they inherited their uncle's estate, Grace & Favor mansion. The only catch is they have to live in the house for 10 years, and the money from the estate is handed out by a miserly manager. They must also find a way to make money.
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After two short months the Brewsters are already bored, so they decide to try to make some money by inviting famous people to their mansion, and then inviting some of their old friends over to meet the celebrity, for a small fee, of course. The celebrity they snag is none other than reclusive author Julian West.

The guests and Julian arrive and mayhem ensues when the most despised guest Mrs. Etheridge, a rather rich society woman, who knew Julian in the past, is found dead the first morning.

It is up to Lily & Robert to help find out who killed Mrs. Etheridge before the guests leave in three days.
The review of this Book prepared by Abby White

This is the second book in Jill Churchill's Grace and Favor (mansion) series. Lily and Robert Brewster, sister-and-brother former socialites, now live in Grace and Favor Cottage--which is really a mansion--they inherited from their Great-uncle Horatio. They have to take in paying guests or boarders in order to earn money for things other than house upkeep and household expenses, so they chose to try a house party. They invited celebrities, one of which took them up on their offer and wouldn't be a paying guest, and asked rich folks who wanted to spend a week hobnobbing with the celebrity to be the paying guests. One guest turned up dead and one turned up missing later on in the story. Lily and Robert helped solve the crime again.
The review of this Book prepared by Ann

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 45%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 25% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given    -   Moderately Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   50%    -   60% Murder of certain profession?    -   the rich! Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   running a business/making a living Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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