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Indigo Christmas (Hilda Johansson #6)

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Once housemaid to the wealthy Studebaker family in South Bend, Indiana, Hilda Johansson is now married and living a well-to-do life with her new husband. But her Swedish family doesn't get along with his Irish relations. She's having trouble finding friends, since she no longer fits into her old world and isn't accepted in the new one. Just before Christmas, when the ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published September 9th 2008 by Perseverance Press
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Aug 19, 2016 Mayda rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozies
Once a house maid but now a well-to-do married lady in every sense of the word, Hilda has to work at leaving her old ways behind and obeying the rules of the upper echelon, set by the wealthy. Being proper has its drawbacks: one is that she can’t use a servant’s entrance to talk to her old friends, but neither can she ask to see them at the front door. Not quite accepted in her status as a woman of means, some of wealthier ladies with old money have little respect for Hilda being nouveau riche ...more
Feb 17, 2014 Hapzydeco rated it really liked it
Jeanne Dams adds another excellent mystery to her Hilda Johansson series. Hilda is a 20th century Jessica Fletcher living in South Bend IN instead of Cabot Cove ME.
Oct 10, 2013 Bonnie rated it really liked it
Hilda and Patrick are married in this continuation of the Hilda Johansson series and living in a beautiful home bought for them by Patrick's uncle and aunt who have employed Patrick in the family business. Though happy, Hilda is bored after working for the Studebakers for so many years. She feels she does not fit in with people from her old life nor with the affluent people from her new. Just before Christmas, her dearest friend who worked with her at the mansion elicits her help when her ...more
Aug 26, 2016 Marge rated it liked it
A Swedish immigrant, Hilda Johansson, newly married to a wealthy man, has to adjust to having money along with American ways in this mystery set in 1904 South Bend, IN. Then a friend, whom she used to work with when they were both servants, asks her help to clear her husband of murder charges.
Each chapter starts with a quote, most from a South Bend newspaper of that year. That adds such a nice touch of historic accuracy. And this is the first time I've ever read a book set in South Bend! And no
Jan 03, 2014 Pat rated it liked it
As a former servant, Hilda Cavanaugh, nee Johansson, now has servants of her own and is struggling to find her place among the rich ladies. As if that wasn't challenging enough, she is helping begin a Boys Club for immigrant boys during the Christmas season, looking after her friend with a new baby, and trying to solve the crime the friend's husband has been caught up in. All this is with the roads constantly being covered with new snow! Finally, the web of the mystery is untangled and life can ...more
Dec 12, 2012 Linda rated it it was ok
This was an enjoyable but very tame mystery. I found some of it almost too wholesome which maybe says more about me than the book. Hilda is a former maid who marries a wealthy man and becomes a lady. She is intelligent and hardworking and uses her talents to help her friend Norah's husband get out of a murder and arson charge.

On the whole too predictable for me. I will be interested in what the women in my book group think.
Dec 11, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it
Cozy mystery set at the turn of the century. Swedish Hilda is married to Irish Patrick--they have come into some wealth and learning to adjust to it. Meanwhile Patrick's cousin Sean is accused of theft and possible murder. Hilda works on planning a party for the young boys of South Bend while solving the mystery.
Dec 19, 2009 Vilo rated it really liked it
This is the 5th book in the Hilda Johansson mysteries set in turn of the century South Bend, Indiana. Jeanne M. Dams does an excellent job of creating that historical moment in time while also creating an absorbing mystery and a heroine we can feel good about cheering on. I will definitely be looking for more.
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This is the latest book in the series--really enjoy the book-Swedish immigrant in South Bend in the early 1900s. She's fun and spunky-start with book #1 and read the series in order-best way to enjoy!
Feb 11, 2010 Mary rated it really liked it
I learned about the customs of Middle Western Sweedish families, their customs and mores at the turn of the century. Dams tells a good story of class distinctions and ethnic groups. I found the Irish dialogue a little over done and repetitious, but the mystery kept me reading.
Oct 31, 2009 Em7ar7 rated it really liked it
I love the way Jeanne M Dams gives lots of background on the culture of the era and the area while telling a really good mystery that took me as long as Hilda to figure out.
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Jeanne M. Dams lives in South Bend, Indiana. The Body in the Transept, which introduced Dorothy Martin, won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Dams is also the author of Green Grow the Victims and other Hilda Johansson mysteries published by Walker & Company.
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