About the Book
Author: Linda Shenton Matchett
Genre: Historical Mystery
Release date: July 15, 2020
The dream of a lifetime becomes a nightmare.
Photojournalist Theodora “Teddy” Schafer’s career has hit the skids thanks to rumors of plagiarism. With any luck, a photo spread with Charles Lindbergh at the America First Rally will salvage her reputation. After an attempted assassination of Lindbergh leaves another man dead, Teddy is left holding the gun. Literally. Can she prove her innocence before the police lock her up for a murder she didn’t commit?
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This is a fun historical mystery. It takes place between WW I and WW II, a time when there was much controversy over whether the U.S. should join Europe in opposing Hitler or remain isolated. Matchett has done a good job with this setting, really giving us the flavor of the time. She has added many details with the songs popular at the time as well as buildings and cars and movies and clothing.
There is a good mystery and some suspense woven into the plot. The characters are engaging with Teddy as a good heroine, assisted by PI Ric. The investigation they do is a bit complex as there are many suspects involved with a variety of attitudes towards war. A budding romance is a possibility if Ric and Teddy can get beyond their bickering and misunderstandings.
The strength of this novel is the strong Christian message it contains. It is a good mystery for readers who like one with an informative historical setting.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
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My protagonist came about during one of my shifts as a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of WWII. While talking to one of our guests about our wartime print and broadcast journalism display, the conversation turned to the role that women played. Therese Bonney was a one of the photojournalists highlighted in the exhibit. As I studied her picture, I was struck by her determination in the set of her jaw and look in her eyes. My protagonist Theodora “Teddy” Schafer was born.
I enjoyed my trip down Memory Lane at the Garden during my research and had fun subjecting Teddy to uncomfortable situations as she tried to prove her innocence. But most of all, I hope her story honors the men and women who served in countless ways during this difficult time in history.
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