This is the fourth book I've read written by this author. The first three were mysteries-you can read my reviews here if you missed them.
Prescription for Murder
Death By Misadventure
This book, according to the author is actually from her life experience. The names used are fictitious. The time period was not. World War II was going on and Japanese Americans were placed in detention camps. Woman were working at jobs that used to be for men. Food rationing was very real. This was why an eleven year old girl was hired for 4 month as a maid and cook at this boarding house. As is usually the case real life can be funnier then fiction and I found myself laughing quite often at the various personalities who lived at this particular boarding house! They really were characters who you will recognize as people that perhaps you have known in life-for better or worse. And as in real life not all was roses either.
For me this was a really fast read--I enjoyed it thoroughly and simply had to keep reading.
About the Book: (from Amazon)
In June of 1943, due to an acute labor shortage caused by the evacuation of all Japanese from the area, as well as many domestic workers preferring war work to house work, Mrs. Mumson is forced to hire a young schoolgirl named Eileen as a maid and cook for the summer. Through one crisis after another—some more comic than tragic—the people who live in the house manage to pull together and become a kind of family. In the center of it all is Eileen, narrating their stories which she is able to observe from her unique vantage point behind the swinging kitchen door that never quite closes on its rusty hinges.
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About the Author: (from the Author's Website)
Evelyn Eileen Smith resides in the San Francisco Bay area and is an award-winning playwright of more than a dozen plays. The debut novel, Boardinghouse Stew, was inspired by her own real-life experiences working in a boardinghouse in Sacramento during World War II. Times Like These is based on more real-life adventures through the end of WW II, six years of peace, and the beginning of the Korean War. In her next book, In Love and War, Evelyn shared her experiences as a young bride during wartime and how decisions made in haste affected her entire life. She debuted as a mystery writer with Death by Misadventure, the first in the “ALEXIS J. SMITH—Discreet Inquiries” series, followed by Bad Blood, Russian Roulette, and Prescription For Murder.
From the back of the Book:
Evelyn Eileen Smith resides in the San Francisco Bay area and is an award winning playwright of more then a dozen plays. The debut novel, Boardinghouse Stew was inspired by her own real-life experiences working in a boardinghouse in Sacramento during World War II.
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