Hilda Johannson Series, No 7
Jeanne M Dams
Sept 2010/ ISBN 97815647450335
Historical Mystery / South Bend Indiana / Early 1900s
by Barbara Buhrer
now married to Patrick Cavanaugh and living as a lady, is nine months
pregnant and driving her family and servants miserable because of
the discomfort from her pregnancy and the heat and humidity. Her
mother and Patrick's Aunt Molly conspire to elevate the situation
by interesting her in the recent spate of train wrecks and fires.
They ask her to employ her "thinking" to find the solution
to the troubles. Some think the troubles are caused by the unions;
but others feel there is an evil force behind them.
Hilda is unable
to go out in public to find the answers to her questions so she
enlists the aid of her brothers and the young members of her Baker
Street Irregulars and her friend, Detective Lefkowitz to do the
research for her. Studying the ideals behind the unions she becomes
conscious of her own situation as an employer and worries about
how she is treating the people who work for her. The trouble comes
to a head when the Malloys’ son, Clancy, becomes involved
and is killed. Hilda assembles all the facts and "thinks"
, who knows? Maybe she can solve the problems that the police cannot.
This is another
appealing story about the life of an immigrant woman in the early
1900's. Hilda is a resourceful, intelligent, stubborn and loyal
woman. This book portrays a picture of family life in South Bend,
Indiana with its social mores and its social divisions. There is
an accurate picture of the beginnings of the labor unions and its
Murder in Burnt Orange is complex mystery
in a well-written series...