"exciting, light-hearted amateur sleuth"
Once they were society's darlings, rich enough to live for
today and not care about tomorrow; then the stock market
crash of 1929 left them destitute, forced to live in a
cold water tenement in New York City. When a relative
dies, he makes provisions for Robert and Lily Brewster to
live in the Grace and Favor Cottage in Voorburg on the
Hudson and has his attorney control the money to make sure
they have enough to keep the mansion running smoothly.
If they want to buy some luxuries, they have to get a job
because the cottage and money meant for them is held in a
trust and administered by an attorney. The brother and
sister team are asked to work in a nursing home until the
two people who are out sick return. While there, a
patient Sean Connor dies and everyone soon learns that he
was suffocated. What makes this so puzzling is that the
homicide victim only had hours to live and when Lily and
Robert learn of this; they start snooping, hoping to find
a clue that will lead them to a murderer.
IT HAD TO BE YOU is an exciting, light-hearted amateur
sleuth novel that takes place just days after President
Roosevelt takes office. Readers get a sense of how the
Great Depression affected people, especially the upper
class many of whom lost their fortunes. It is rare for a
mystery to have two equally well developed protagonists
but creative writer Jill Churchill manages it. This
series is so delightful that readers will find themselves
eagerly awaiting the next installment.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted February 29, 2004