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A Sense of Entitlement (Hattie Davish Mystery #3)

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Traveling secretary and dilettante detective Hattie Davish is bringing her talents to a small New England town whose wealthy residents have more secrets than they do money. . .When Hattie Davish's job takes her to Newport, Rhode Island, she welcomes the opportunity for a semi-vacation, and perhaps even a summer romance. But her hopes for relaxation are dashed when she lear ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 24th 2014 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014
Traveling secretary and dilettante detective Hattie Davish is bringing her talents to a small New England town whose wealthy residents have more secrets than they do money. . .

When Hattie Davish’s job takes her to Newport, Rhode Island, she welcomes the opportunity for a semi-vacation, and perhaps even a summer romance. But her hopes for relaxation are dashed when she learns that members of the local labor unions are at odds with Newport’s gentry. Amidst flaring tensions, an explosion rocks the
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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A Sense of Entitlement by Anna Loan-Wilsey is the third book in the Hattie Davish Mystery series following the earlier two books – A Lack of Temperance and Anything But Civil. Set in the late 1920s - a few months before the beginning of the Great Depression - author Anna crafted a superb mystery with a healthy dose of history thrown in narrating Hattie Davish’s adventure as a traveling secretary and private investigator. Fascinating, enlightening and entertaining, the book is lightheartedly expl ...more
Alyssa Maxwell
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This third installment of Anna Loan-Wilsey's Hattie Davish mysteries takes the sleuth to Newport, RI, a place near and dear to my heart. I was not disappointed! The research was impeccable and the details were wonderful. Vivid and beautifully described (I could smell the sea air), and so accurate I felt myself placed perfectly in each scene. The author also captured the attitudes and social realities of the times, and though fictionalized, it was quite easy to catch the references to the histori ...more
Already a committed fan to the Hattie Davish series after book #2, Anything But Civil, proved that Anna Loan-Wilsey cemented my addiction/committment, the third book continues to affirm the series' excellence. In my review of the second book, I spoke of the meticulous research and attention to detail that assures readers of an authentic, fascinating read in these novels set in the mid 1890s. I feel it is worth repeating here, in case that review has not been read. "There is no doubt that the aut ...more
Judy Collins
A special thank you to Kensington Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The traveling secretary and detective Hattie Davish (Hattie Davish Mystery #3) comes this time, for six glorious weeks to a small wealthy New England town of Newport, Rhode Island for her latest, A SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT. (#2 Galena, Illinois) and (# 1 Eureka Springs, AR).

Everyone knows Newport best for the Mansions. These sprawling summer “cottages” were once the home to the great American industri
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.

A fan of classic mysteries and history overall, I jumped at the chance to read A Sense of Entitlement by Anna Loan-Wilsey. Set in the late 1920’s during the months prior to the beginning of the Great Depression, Ms. Loan-Wilsey’s tale of a travelling secretary, who moonlights as a private investigator, is a superbly entertaining look at the differences between the decadently, truly fil
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Traveling secretary and dilettante detective Hattie Davish is bringing her talents to a small New England town whose wealthy residents have more secrets than they do money. . .When Hattie Davish's job takes her to Newport, Rhode Island, she welcomes the opportunity for a semi-vacation, and perhaps even a summer romance. But her hopes for relaxation are dashed when she learns that members of the local labor unions are at odds with Newport's gentry. Amidst flaring tensions, an explosion rocks the ...more
R J Mckay
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: top-shelf
I received this book from Goodreads in exchange for a review.

“A Sense of Entitlement” takes place in the late 1920’s and is the third book in the Hattie Davish Mystery series. Author Anna Loan-Wilsey does a remarkable job of giving the reader a feel for the history of the pre-Depression era America as the wealthy face off against the rising labor unions. In this new book, Hattie Davish, a typist and amateur sleuth, is accompanying Sir Arthur and his wife, Lady Priscilla to Newport, Rhode Island,
Andrea Guy
I love historical mysteries, and the Hattie Davish series is looking to be become one of my favorites.This is the third installment of the series and I guarantee that you'll want to read the other two if you are just starting here.

Hattie is a smart spunky girl. She's part secretary, part private investigator.

It takes place in Newport, land of the super rich, and Hattie is working for Mrs. Mayhew, because her employer has been called back to England on personal matters.

Life at Rose Mont occasion
Kathleen Kelly
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This cozy little mystery features Hattie Davish as the main character. She is a on a semi vacation from her normal duties as a typist for Sir Arthur to take a position with a household in Newport as a social secretary. This position was definitely more than Hattie had bargained for as she quickly becomes embroiled in finding yet again, a dead body. She is enlisted by her new employer to find out all she can about how and who may have done the killing.

The storyline is unique in that I don't imagi
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I just love this series. So quaint and comforting. This third installment of the Hattie Davish mystery series finds traveling secretary Hattie Davish in Newport, Rhode Island, on vacation with her patron, Sir Arthur, and his wife, Lady Philippa. However, immediately upon arrival, Sir Arthur is called to England to see his ailing father, and Lady Philippa, not wanting Hattie there with her, sends her to work for her friend, Mrs. Charlotte Mayhew, wife of one of the richest men in America. Hattie ...more
P Karr
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Hattie Davish stars in A Sense of Entitlement, set in Victorian times in America. Hattie is a working woman, and a knowledgeable one. She works as Sir Arthur’s secretary and does much more than type. Her summer job in Newport, Rhode Island turns out to be much different than expected.

Hattie is sea sick, and can’t wait for the boat ride to Newport to get over. On the deck to get a breath of fresh air, she spies a man tossing something overboard and fears the worst. The moment she arrives in Newpo
Nancy Reynolds
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another wonderful mystery with Hattie Davish serving as secretary/typewriter to the "entitled" upper crust of American society - this time in Newport, Rhode Island. Hattie once again is thrown into murder investigation at the request/demand of her "privileged" employer. Poor Hattie is pushed into the employ of Mrs. Mayhew when Sir Arthur is called away and his wife has no need for Hattie's services. You definitely get a real taste of upstairs/downstairs in this particular book. I got quite indig ...more
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Sense of Entitlement is a delightfully entertaining read set in the 1890's with amateur sleuth and travelling secretary Hattie Davish who is a smart and practical young woman.

I found it very slow going at first but when it picked up I really enjoyed the story as Hattie digs into the world of the unions and social climbers in Rhode Island.

This is the third in the series and although some characters reappear in this book it still felt like a stand alone novel.

I was eagerly turning the pages to d
Mark Baker
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, mystery
Hattie's summer in Newport doesn't go quite as planned when she finds herself as a social secretary to an upward climbing socialite. Add to that labor relations issues and a murder. Can Hattie figure out what is happening?

This was my introduction to the series, but I had no problems jumping in here. The trip back to the 1890's was interesting, and all the characters were very well developed. I just felt the pacing got off a couple of times. Other than that, I enjoyed it.

NOTE: I received an ARC o
Tessa Arlen
The is the first book in the series for me, and I am addicted! Hattie Davish (love that name) is a superbly strong amateur sleuth her character is beautifully written and wonderfully real. I particularly like Miss Lucy and Miss Lizzie as additional side characters, and there is just enough romance in the air to add another dimension to this lovely book

I also enjoyed the writer's well researched labor union struggles of the time - it is true that history repeats itself and Anna does a fabulous jo
Victoria Brinius
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was set in the 1890's in Rhode Island, and as I read I was definitely drawn to this town. I loved the gossiping ladies, and I loved how Hattie did not care about "fitting in" with the rich. She was more concerned with solving a murder. I really enjoyed the time period and how the author included the fight for unions. I think that unions are sometimes taken for granted, and not many people remember the fight it was. I highly recommend this book to history fans. There is also some romanc ...more
Jan 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Meet amateur sleuth, Hattie Davish, whose occupation appears to be typist. When her job takes her to Newport, Rhode Island, she looks forward to a bit of vacation. But that is not to be. . .

Hattie’s usual typing gig is cut short, and she is forced to find other work. Enter Charlotte Mayhew, a wealthy social climber in need of a social secretary. When a prominent citizen of Newport is murdered, Mrs. Mayhew asks Hattie to investigate, but only because Mrs. Mayhew wants to be in the know.

May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The third book in the Hattie Davish historical mystery series finds Hattie in Newport Rhode Island during the "Golden Age". When Hattie ends up working as a social secretary for one of Newport's wealthy families she becomes involved, not only in a family power struggle, but also in a murder. Are labour tensions involved or is the death more personal? Hattie is determined to solve the mystery. This book has great elements of suspense, a hint of romance and is a wonderful recreation of a by-gone e ...more
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is my first Hattie Davish mystery by Anna Loan-Wilsey and I cannot wait to get my hands of the others in the series. I was captivated from start to finish by the author's writing style and plot development. Taking place in the gilded age of Newport, we follow Hattie, who as personal secretary to one of the wealthiest women in Newport, she becomes involved in solving two murders. Hattie has done this before and she doesn't let anything stop her. Complicating matters are threatened labor stri ...more
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Set in the 1890s a female secretary cum private detective. Unusual for the times as it is. I also liked the setting of the rich, aristocratic families of America who were particularly conscious of their status and position and intended to keep it that way. Distinctions of upstairs downstairs very apparent and everyone seemed to have to know their place. The beginning of a trade union movement and the general unrest it caused added interest to the book.
Secretary Hattie Davish takes a job with Mrs. Mayhew, one of the richest and most prominent socialites in Newport, and finds that her job includes being a detective (since Mrs. Mayhew wants the newest and juiciest gossip). Also in Newport is Dr. Grice, the object of Hattie's affections, and his mother, who looks considerably higher than Hattie for a mate for her son. This is a first-rate series on life in 19th Century America.
May 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, netgalley
Miss Davish is employed by one of the society's most revered matrons as a social secretary for the summer season. She enjoys the work, accepting invitations, guest lists, etc but then she stumbles across a couple of dead bodies and she turns from typing to sleuthing. The local police don't mind her interfering as she has access to the big houses that they can not enter. A nicely written book with great descriptions of the seaside and life during the early 1900's.
Michele Breaux-Rowley
Anna Loan-Wilsey, you have done it again! Intriguing characters, superb plot, and let us not forget the amazing, Miss Hattie Davish. I fall more and more in love with this character with each novel.

If you haven't read the first 2 novels, A Lack of Temperance or Anything But Civil, please jump into this series!
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, books-to-review
I really enjoyed this book especially the time period. People seemed so much more civilized...well other than people ending up dead! The author does a great job of researching the location and time period and it made me feel like I was there with them and living in that time period.

Definitely a great series!
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Miss Davish has landed in one of Newport, Rhode Island's grand homes, what could possibly go amiss? I love the new characters and how the author weaves past characters into the story and she does a bang up job of tying in the historical background.
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I enjoyed the characters, and their world and hope I get the chance to read the story again and/or to read more within the series.

My Rating System:
* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
interesting setting and likeable character. the mystery was very simple in solution and disappointing.
Judy Perry
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this mystery that was located in Newport Rhode Island
Enjoyed the descriptions of gilded Newport Rhode island
Val Sanford
A behind the scenes look at the 400 who dominated Newport in the early years of the 20th century. Not a very compelling mystery, but a fun cast of characters.
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As a biologist and a librarian, Anna Loan-Wilsey tracked down mysteries every day. Now as the author of the historical, cozy Hattie Davish Mysteries Series, she enjoys creating them. Anna combines her love of history and travel by sending her crime-solving Victorian private secretary to a different historic town in each book: A Lack of Temperance,an Amazon #1 Historical Mystery bestseller, Anythin ...more
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