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Red, White, and Blue Murder (Hilda Johansson #2)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  143 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
The Studebaker household is in turmoil; the news that President McKinley has been assassinated is more than anyone can stand. South Bend, Indiana is not a hotbed of anarchist activity, but something is clearly going on and in spite of orders to mind her business, Hilda Johansson sets out to discover exactly what is happening, no matter what it might cost her. Jeanne M. Dam ...more
Hardcover, 191 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Walker & Company (first published January 1st 2000)
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Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This was so much fun! I'm really glad I read it and I will probably be reading the next one.

I was having a hard time finding something I wanted to read to fulfill the Read Harder Challenge 'read a book set 100 miles or less from where you live' But then I met this local author and when I found out she has a series of historical mysteries set in South Bend, I was SOLD! It is just so delightful to be reading a good story and have a setting that is very familiar. I can tell the author did a lot of
Donna Herrick
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In historical fiction what could be better than a story set in South Bend, Indiana in 1901, featuring he back story of the anarchists? As a child my cousins lived in South Bend and my Grandmother drove a Studebaker. I hear echoes today terrorism of my impression of anarchism in the early 20th century. I want to know what that was all about and how it ended, and how that might inform us in our fight against the terrorist movement.

On top of all of that intriguing setting, the author has penned a f
Sandy Carmichael
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Mystery set in early 1900's---interesting look at timeline, immigrants and President McKinely's death.
Jun 23, 2013 rated it liked it
This opens with the news about President McKinley being shot and then it is learned that perhaps the assassin had been in South Bend, Indiana prior to the shooting. Hilda, as usual is knee deep into her housework (as she is a Servant of the Studabacker family) and doing her own brand of sleuthing as there have been some murders in town. One person is discovered wrapped in an American flag. Despite, obstacles at that time to women and servants, Hilda manages to discover the killer and it turns ou ...more
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Evil that Men Do is eleventh in the Dorothy Martin series. She and her husband, retired Chief Constable Alan Nesbitt, are on holiday in the English village of Broadway in the Cotswolds when she is almost hit by a young man on a motorcycle. Later,on a walk, they stumble across the body of a man who appears to have fallen down a disused quarry. Dorothy can't help but get involved. This is one of the best of her mysteries where the young man turns out to be a rock star whose mother had been abu ...more
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hilda Johansson is a maid in the Studebaker mansion in South Bend, Indiana in the year 1901. Of national interest, this is the year President McKinley will be assassinated. On a more personal level, Hilda will become involved in yet another murder, trying to save an innocent man from being convicted of murder and executed. Author Jeanne M. Dams does an excellent job of drawing us into the private lives of the working class as they serve their wealthy and sometimes haughty employers. In this seco ...more
Jul 10, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-cozy
Our mystery reading group was split on this book. The cozy lovers were thrilled with the book. The non-cozy lovers like more blood and body parts in their books. All were fascinated with the history of South Bend and the Stubebaker family. One man counted over 150 semi-colons and felt the book was geared more toward young adult. The history of immigrants and class disparities during that era along with anarchists and the assassination of President McKinley made for a lively discussion.
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
OK story of South Bend Indiana when President McKinley is assassinated. Is there a connection to South Bend?
Are there labor conflicts? Studebaker factory.
Around turn of century.
Hilda is a maid. Lots of servants who live separate lives.
Pretty good.
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Actually listened to it on tape from the library while traveling. The trip flew by. Great little mystery story and enjoyed the brush of history it threw in :) I fell in love with the characters and will definitely read her other works.
May 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Hilda Johansson is an immigrant in America in the early 1900's. This is n historical mystery. President McKinley has been assassinated and Hilda's household is very upset. The author transports us to yesteryear and combines charm, and sleuthing to hold the reader's interest.
Sara Meyers
i guess these are out of print, but i found them at the library and are rather good, short reads. she also has another series with a detective. this is one of the Hilda Johansson mysteries, she's not a detective, but a swedish maid that solves mysteries in her town in 1900...pretty awesome!
Jessica Bruggink
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Read it for a Fourth of July book... not the best.
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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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