Who's Sorry Now?

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Who's Sorry Now?

Who s Sorry Now Sister and brother Lily and Robert Brewster may not have a penny to their names but at least they re in good company times couldn t be tougher in the Hudson River Valley during the Great Depression

  • Title: Who's Sorry Now?
  • Author: Jill Churchill
  • ISBN: 9780060734602
  • Page: 323
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sister and brother Lily and Robert Brewster may not have a penny to their names, but at least they re in good company times couldn t be tougher in the Hudson River Valley during the Great Depression, and even the much revered Chief of Police has lost his home Their poor town has been stripped of its Post Office, too now mail gets dumped off the trains steaming up the HuSister and brother Lily and Robert Brewster may not have a penny to their names, but at least they re in good company times couldn t be tougher in the Hudson River Valley during the Great Depression, and even the much revered Chief of Police has lost his home Their poor town has been stripped of its Post Office, too now mail gets dumped off the trains steaming up the Hudson River, and people have to rummage through the bags to find their letters and packages When Robert helps a young widow and her newly arrived German grandfather haul the old man s trunks to his granddaughter s shop, he thinks he may have found a new set of friends especially the kind train porter who helps them out But when a red swastika is found painted on the widow s shop window, and the train porter is found dead, Robert knows that something much deeper, and much darker, is happening in his sleepy little town Even back at Grace Favor Mansion, where Lily and Robert live, things are falling apart The Chief of Police has just unearthed a very, very old skeleton right on the grounds Could the two murders be related It s up to Lily and Robert to find out the truth, before their quiet community is town apart by hatred, secrets, and a killer who may have set his sights on Grace Favor

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    1. Peggy on said:

      A few years ago, I read every Jill Churchill book I could find from both the Grace and Favor series and the Jane Jeffry series. I enjoyed them all. So I was pleased to find this one at the library. I was very disappointed. I felt I was reading a child's fiction book that had yet to be edited. Sentences were short and choppy. At time dialogue exchanges seemed strained, forced and clipped--not how a real conversation would sound. The plot was many layered. I kept waiting to find all the events tie [...]

    2. Connie on said:

      I have been a Grace & Favor fan from the series start, and was thrilled to see this new book on the shelves. That thrill didn't last. The series is supposed to be of a simpler time, but this story's dialogue is painfully simplistic while the plot is confused, disjointed, and a bit far-fetched. What was the significance of the skeleton under the bush?-I didn't see any. What part did Robert and Lily (the central figures of Grace and Favor) contribute to the conclusion of the story?-I saw none. [...]

    3. Anne Hawn Smith on said:

      This time the mystery centers on a German/American who seems to be targeted for some hate crimes. Robert and Lily are involved along with their good friend, the young Sheriff. Suddenly an out of luck railroad worker is killed just when Robert has gotten him a job sorting mail. There doesn't seem to be anyone around who would wish to do him harm. Eventually, after meeting a number of new characters, the murder is solved.There are all these young marriageable characters, but none of them seem to b [...]

    4. Susan on said:

      I've heard that Jill Churchill is a really good writer, so I picked up this book, but I was disappointed. I can't even figure out what the title of the book has to do with the content. Most of the book was about Robert trying to get some postal boxes in the town--not really the most exciting thing I've ever read. They find a skeleton under the bushes in their yard, but that really has nothing to do with anything and is just the skeleton of some Indian girl who has been dead for many, many years. [...]

    5. Patti on said:

      This entry in Churchill's Grace & Favor series was disappointing to me. It barely included the main characters of the series, focusing instead on the local chief of police and his new deputy solving a murder, and an attempted murder. I read this series because of Lily Brewster and her brother Robert, but they've been featured less and less as the series went on. There is a new title scheduled for 2009, but I'm not sure I'll read it.

    6. Jim on said:

      As with her other series, her other story lines sometimes displaces the murder story line. The difference here is I like the characters in this series a lot more than the other series. Even though the series is based on a brother and sister, this book put them more in the background this time.I'll probably read the next of this series, when it comes out.

    7. Leslee on said:

      This is probably the most terrible book I have ever read. I honestly thought while I was listening (it was an audiobook) that this was actually a children's book because the writing was so lame. It's allegedly a "mystery" but 3/4 of the book is spent describing the process of getting mail boxes in a Depression era town in New York state. Ugh.

    8. Marty on said:

      Voorburg is a small town in the Hudson River Valley not too far from New York City. In the middle of the Great Depression (1930s) it was a quiet town with only a police chief and one deputy. The townspeople were honest hardworking types. It was too small to have its own post office and the mail was just left at the railroad station and people would sort out their own mail. When someone saw three of the town’s matrons going through the mail and making comments on who was getting mail from whom, [...]

    9. Rachel on said:

      This was a decently written mystery. The characters could have been better developed, and the dialogue could have been a lot less simplistic. However, for being part of a series, I found that the book stood on its own well. Personally, I felt that the plot was a bit disjointed (view spoiler)[ and that the skeleton in the garden could have been left out, leaving the story complete with the current murder of one of the townspeople (hide spoiler)].

    10. Jan on said:

      Whoever wrote the publisher's blurb seems out of contact with the book. The police chief chose to move for one thing. The multiple plot lines seemed a tad over ambitious, but each is interesting. There is the management of the mail where there is no post office and the solution found, episodes of irrational ethnic hatred, a murder, and the discovery of a body more than a hundred years old. Plus, there are twists and surprises that make it a really interesting read.

    11. AnnieM on said:

      I do have to say I like this series ever so very much. Not deep, but enjoyable.

    12. Ilona on said:

      After having finished this book, the only Jill Churchill I've ever read, I am astonished by the claim on its cover that she's an Agatha Award winner. Really? This book reads like it was written by a 12-year-old, and not a particularly bright one.Characterization? Three-dimension they're not. It's a stretch to say the characters are two-dimensional, they're so poorly developed.Plot? The threads of the mystery are ragged, and only just barely pulled together in the last pages, in an arbitrary and [...]

    13. Elaine on said:

      This was my first Jill Churchill book, chosen more or less at random from the library. It is the sixth in a series called the Grace and Favor Mysteries, featuring Robert and Lily Brewster. Robert and Lily are siblings, whose great-uncle left them a sizable fortune, with a few conditions. They stand to inherit everything after ten years, but in the meantime they must not leave their upstate New York town for more than two months at a time; they must live in the mansion known as Grace and Favor un [...]

    14. Michelle on said:

      I really enjoy Jill Churchill's Grace and Favor books, but haven't read nearly enough of them, LOL. I learned a lot of history just by researching some of the social situations she mentions and/or alludes to in her books. This book was a really good read, but I did kind of wonder about the swastika mentioned in the book. I wondered if that really would have had such an impact before WWII as after. That would be my only real criticism. Recommended for any who enjoy mysteries set in the depression [...]

    15. M. on said:

      This was my first foray into the work of Jill Churchill, and likely will be my last.Who's Sorry Now? is less a murder mystery than an attempt at a slice of life during the Great Depression. The main focus of this book is not either of the bodies that are discovered during the course of the novel, but whether or not the townsfolk in Brewster, New York can devise a means of distributing their mail after it arrives via train. No, really. of those old movies where all the folks decide to put on a mu [...]

    16. Marjorie on said:

      Another good story by Jill Churchill set during the Great Depression. Robert and Lily take almost any chance of earning money while helping their neighbor's. This time Robert takes it into his own hands to see that the mail is distributed properly. Since they lost their Post Office, it is usually dumped at the train station in town and everyone has to rummage through the bag to find their own mail. When Robert discovers some women discussing other people's mail and threatening to take a letter t [...]

    17. Andrea on said:

      This is still an interesting series set in an interesting time. They aren't terribly deep books and honestly I read this one and #65 so close together I actually can't remember which plot is which. As the series has gone on, we are getting more and more detail about some of the other residents of Voorburg. Churchill has a deft hand at creating interesting and well-rounded characters in a few little details. There are moments in these books where a character that's only been in scenes here and th [...]

    18. Lucy on said:

      6th book in series, set in Upstate New York in 1933. Since the town's post office burned down, the mail is simply dumped at the train station, where people go through the bags to find their own. When Robert observes gossipy old women pawing through other people's mail and threatening to destroy some of it (for the recipient's own good), he takes action to plan a mail-sorting station in the station. Then of course a murder takes place, and Robert feels he has to help investigate. When some landsc [...]

    19. Karen on said:

      I liked the coziness of this book, but was a little to on sweetie side for me. I would have given it a 3 to maybe a 4 but the last 3 or so chapters just annoyed me so I was skipping thorough them and then it ended. No real hero or protagonist. Was thrown around to all the characters and the end the guy- who was suddenly made the hero was overboard on how author made the drama go. I am going to try another by this author in a different series and see how they are. I would read another of these if [...]

    20. Denise on said:

      I love the Grace & Favor mysteries set in Depression Era USA. I just wish Jill Churchill would write more of this series not that I don't also like the Jane Jeffry series. The next Grace and Favor book Smoke Gets in Your Eyes LP is due out in August (2009). I look forward to reading it.

    21. Kathy on said:

      To answer the title question, I'm sorry. I gave up on the audiocassette version read by Susan Ericksen before the end of side one. I was tolerating (barely) the way she made Robert, a grown man, sound like a twelve-year old, but when the station master in a small Hudson River valley village not far from NYC suddenly started talking like a Down East wannabe, this Mainer had had enough. I remember liking the earlier books in this series when they first came out, so this was disappointing. If I com [...]

    22. Patty on said:

      Set in the Depression, siblings, Lily and Robert Brewster are still living in Voorburg-on-Hudson trying to fulfill the stipulations from their uncle’s will. The town is shaken when a hate crime is quickly followed by an unrelated murder. The police have nothing to go on. In addition Robert is trying to reform the town’s mail delivery system and Lily has developed an interest in archeology.While this book doesn’t really center on either Brewster, Robert is more involved than Lily. A nice ad [...]

    23. Dolly on said:

      This is another entertaining mystery in the Grace and Favor series. The mysteries are interesting, but somewhat secondary to the historical background and the development of the characters as they live day to day during the Great Depression. This story seemed to get a bit repetitive in parts, and at times I felt as if this were just another installment in a soap opera series rather than a story unto itself. But overall this book was a fairly quick and engaging read.

    24. Awwwtrouble on said:

      I really like the characters and setting of the Grace and Favor series, and actually wish they weren't in the mystery genre - there's enough interesting there that it doesn't need the mystery hook. No idea why there hasn't been another book in so long. This one further expanded the world of Grace and Favor and set up several promising new story lines. But all in all it's a light, quick read. Wish there were more.

    25. Sandra on said:

      This is the first book in the "Grace and Favor" series by Jill Churchill and I was a bit disappointed. The "Jane Jeffry" books are superior, I think.One example is that part of the story involves the discovery of a body on the Grace and Favor property; however,this played no part in the mystery and seemed to have no relevance in the story at all.

    26. Jessica on said:

      I listened to this on c.d. The beginning was nicely done, but they took a long time solving the crime. Now a days with the internet and electronics it would take only a short time. The main characters make do with the parameters of a will and make the best of it by helping others in their village out.

    27. Stephanie on said:

      I need to get over my compulsion to read all of Jill Churchill's books in case they get good again, because I don't think they will.While the earlier books - especially in the Jane Jeffry series - are great, of late they have been at best formulaic and at worst, pointless and badly written. Sigh.

    28. Suzanne on said:

      I enjoyed several of the Grace and Favor books several years ago and had forgotten about them. This one seemed a bit slapdash-- typos, incomplete sentences, and writing that gave the impression that the whole thing was rushed. But I do like the characters and would be willing to give them another try-- this one seemed to be setting the stage for potentially interesting opportunities to come.

    29. Val on said:

      I am really enjoying this Grace & Favor series. Set in the 1930s the detail in the description of clothes, buildings etc of the era is amazing. The murder/murders are easy to follow and doesn't need a university degree to work it out.

    30. Connie D on said:

      Mostly interesting as a study of characters in a small town, which was charming in a way. I just found the characters' activities were described too deliberatelywhat the author considered important to explain seemed rather pedestrian at times.

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