Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Five top mysteries set between the World Wars

Donis Casey is the author of The Wrong Girl, the first episode of a fresh new series starring Bianca LaBelle, star of the silent screen action serial, The Adventures of Bianca Dangereuse. In addition to this coming-of-age tale of a girl in the glamorous 1920s, Casey is also the author of the Alafair Tucker Mysteries, an award-winning series featuring the sleuthing mother of ten children, set in Oklahoma during the booming 1910s.

At CrimeReads, Casey tagged five mysteries set in the 1920s and 1930s, including:
Jess Montgomery, The Hollows

In much of the United States, the only thing that changed after the first war was that women were left to pick up the pieces when their men either died at the front or returned irreparably damaged. The Hollows (Jan. 2020), set in the fall of 1926, is Jess Montgomery’s evocative sequel to The Widows (2019) and continues the story of Bronwyn County, Ohio, Sheriff Lily Ross and her friends Hildy Lee Cooper and union organizer Marvena Whitcomb. Lily is called to investigate the death of an elderly woman who has fallen from the top of Moonvale Hollow tunnel into the path of an oncoming train. Lily learns that the woman, Thea Kincaide, has escaped from the Hollows Asylum for the Insane. In retracing Thea’s path from the asylum to the site of her death, Lily finds disturbing evidence that an evil spirit from the past is trying to rise again. Beautifully written, poetic, and full of fascinating historical detail, Montgomery masterfully portrays the strength of the brave women who became the pillars and support of their families in the face of of their own grief after losing their husbands.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue