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Anything Goes (Grace & Favor #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,761 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
They Have Inherited a Lovely Upstate Mansion. . .

The crash of 1929 has ended the party for high-living New Yorkers Lily Brewster and her brother Robert and takes them from the upper echelons of the idle rich and deposits them to the lowly depths of the disillusioned poor. However, rescue arrives in the form of their recently deceased great-uncle Horation who bequeaths to t

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Paperback, 246 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by Avon Books
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Jonathan
Very good. The writing flowed, the characters were extremely likable and the setting was idyllic. However, I deducted one star because the murderer didn't really surprise me. Overall however, a good book that I recommend.
Martha
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy, 2017
Excellent cozy mystery! Loved the time ('30s), the setting & the characters. Lots of suspects. 4.5 stars. Really glad I have the next one on the series.
Elizabeth
Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Having read Jill Churchill's other series featuring housewife sleuth, Jane Jeffreys, I was really excited to learn she had written another cozy mystery series. I was even more excited when I found out from my friend Carolyn, that it is an historical cozy mystery series that takes place during the 1930's.

Lily and Robert Brewster are brother and sister who have recently inherited their Uncle Horatio's home on the Hudson River. The siblings were desolate before this windfall and lived hand to mouth
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Pamela
All I can say is: "meh, dear". If you want to find a body, skip to page 146. Seriously, not interesting enough to continue on with the series.
Connie
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
ANYTHING GOES by Jill Churchill is 246 pages in paperback form. It is #1 in A Grace And Favor Mystery.

Brief Description:

They Have Inherited a Lovely Upstate Mansion...

The crash of 1929 has ended the party for high-living New Yorkers Lily Brewster and her brother Robert and takes them from the upper echelons of the idle rich and deposits them to the lowly depths of the disillusioned poor. However, rescue arrives in the form of their recently deceased great-uncle Horatio who bequeaths to them Grac
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Dolly
Jun 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
This is a fun period mystery, set in the early 1930s, following the Great Crash of 1929. It was a fun read, although we are in the midst of moving, so it took me a lot longer than normal to read it and it detracted from my enjoyment a bit. It's so much better when you can immerse yourself in a story!

I enjoyed this mystery and will look for more by this author, especially in the Grace and Favor series. I really liked the characters and I'm glad that I happened upon the first book in the series b
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Gloria
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
First in the "Grace and Favor Mysteries" series, this is a delightful, old-fashioned traditional mystery set in the 1930s. Two young adult Depression-era New York siblings unexpectedly inherit a fortune, but one with strings attached. Will they be able to determine the cause of their uncle's demise?

This series nicely shows the effects of the Great Depression on daily life, but also in the world of high society. This is a witty, gentle read.
Connie Hendryx
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book!! I would have given it 5 stars but for some of the language. However, the story is delightful and it was a very easy read. I even figured out who did the murders! I'm looking forward to more of this series!
Kimberly Ann
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lily & Robert are impoverished, but were once rich & high society: Their father lost all his money in the crash of 1929 and promptly committed suicide leaving his children in debt & homeless...

As the series begins they have been invited to the reading of their Uncle's will. As it turns out he had been watching them and decided that as they were the only ones to have never asked him for money, rather taking jobs that barely kept them housed & fed, he left them the bulk of his est
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Jennifer
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Natasha
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good book, would like to see what else this author can do.
C.
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading Anything Goes. I loved the portrayal of Lily and her brother Robert who've seen better times. In the beginning of the story, the two reside in a very cramped apartment after having previously lounged in the lap of luxury. The stock market of 1929 changed the course of their lives forever. Forced into poverty, the two take menial jobs to try and make ends meet in New York City. Then they get a bit of unexpected news.

An old uncle, Horatio, whom they'd nearly forgotten about, leav
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Ann
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is one of my favorite series by Ms. Churchill. For some unknown reason I had never read the first book in the series but have read all the others. I am glad I finally read this book because it makes clear a lot of the questions I had about the other books. Brother and sister Lily and Robert Brewster are down on their luck in 1930. They were raised as wealthy children of New York but the stock market crash has left them both broke and their father committed suicide. They see an advertisement ...more
Paula
Dec 24, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, series, historical
Lily and Robert Brewster, who are brother and sister, are the protagonists of Anything Goes, a detective novel set in the Depression in which they unexpectedly inherit a house once owned by a distant relative. Renaming it 'Grace and Favor House', they discover that there are conditions to their inheritance, one of them being that they have to live in the property for the next ten years or risk losing it to their odious cousin, Claude.

Given that they've both been barely scratching by in New York,
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Pat
Dec 31, 2014 rated it liked it
The crash of 1929 has ended the party for high-living New Yorkers Lily Brewster and her brother Robert and takes them from the upper echelons of the idle rich and deposits them to the lowly depths of the disillusioned poor. However, rescue arrives in the form of their recently deceased great-uncle Horation who bequeaths to them Grace and Favor "Cottage" which is really a great sprawling mansion. And there's a fortune to go with it, but only if they reside there for ten years.

With no other altern
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Cheryl A
Jan 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical-cozy
The first book the Grace and Favor series has Lily and Robert Brewster, former socialites brought way down by the stock market crash of 1929, struggling to make ends even come close, much less meet. When contacted by their Uncle Horatio's lawyer, they find that they have inherited a "cottage" in upstate New York, with strings attached. But Horatio's death wasn't quite the accident it appeared to be and Lily and Robert need to clear the mystery of his death to clear themselves.

There was a little
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Jim
May 30, 2009 rated it liked it
I began by reading Jill's Jane Jeffry mysteries. They were fine, and I read a lot of that series. While that series was on-going, she began her Grace and Favor mysteries, starting with Anything Goes.

I really liked Anything Goes. It is set in the 1930s (requiring her to do a lot of research, I presume). Two rich kids lose their parents and wealth in the 1929 stock crash. They inherit a mansion from a deceased uncle, of which they must live in for ten years.

Again, as with any mysteries, sometimes
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Dharia Scarab
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
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Mailis Viiand
Mar 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
There are four types of depression that seem to follow me as the year progresses. Autumn depression, winter depression, spring depression and summer depression. Whats depressing about summer you ask? Well it depends...If you are working during summer, then thats the answer number one. If not, then the depression starts emerging in the end of June, when that gloomy jesus, summer is almost over alert creeps into your brain. Well as it is raining and stormy outside, with bare branches and overall c ...more
Pam Bales
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, cozy
Lily and Robert Brewster were living a comfortable life in Manhattan until the Depression reared its ugly head and sent this brother and sister to a "cottage" willed to them by their Uncle Horatio. One of the catches, they must live here for10 years and then would inherit a fortune. The cottage turns out to be a sprawling mansion that needs lots of tender loving care and money to be kept up to par. Uncle Horatio had been murdered and so the duo are thrust into a crime solving journey. Good chara ...more
Lucy
first book in series, set in 1931 upstate New York. Brother and sister Robert and Lily are making a minimal living after the suicide of their father in the financial disaster of 1929, when they find out they've inherited a rural estate, but they must live there for 10 years to keep it. They're suspected in the suspicious death of the great-uncle from whom they inherited so they feel compelled to find the truth, especially since the local police chief is incompetent. Interesting characters, thoug ...more
Helen
May 03, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a pleasant, cozy read in a classic formula. Alas, that meant I spotted the culprit way too soon for my liking. Still, there were other things to like in the setting and characters, so I will probably look for the next in the series. A web search for photos of Bannerman Castle on the Hudson only adds to the enjoyment, even if you wait until the end. Fascinating place, and apparently you can visit what are now ruins and gardens.
Diana Petty-stone
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Madness and mayhem in the 1930's in New York for a formerly rich brother and sister now down on their luck suddenly inherit an old mansion in a quaint Hudson River community. There is a catch. They must live there for 10 years and the executor of the estate controls all the money which means they have to find a way to support themselves in the mansion. It's a cozy mystery with some quirky characters. All very lovable.
Sophie
Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
It was a pretty good book, also no detective, One of the main character solves the Crime or Mr.Horatio Brewster's death, and another death which occurs of Grace and Favor cottage, It may seem as if the two crimes were in no way conncted, but they were. Again, It was a good book, I do recommend reading.
Tricia Douglas
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-suspense
This was the first book by Jill Churchill that I've read and I did enjoy it very much. The time period was during the Great Depression and focused a little on the difficulties that people had then. Murder, of course, was the main part of the story that kept me turning the pages. I liked her style and look forward to #2 in the series.
Nikki
Enjoyable mystery set in the Depression -- a brother and sister suffer financial reverses in the Crash and open a sort of B&B in a house upstate. Of course, hijinks as well as mysteries ensue. I think I may go back and read a few more of this series (which I believe all have titles from the Great American Songbook.)
Ferne
Sep 28, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the main characters of Lily Brewster and her brother Robert immensely! I usually do not think of actors that could play the parts of the lead characters but for this title I could easily imagine Pierce Bronsan and his leading lady Stephanie Zimbalist from Remington Steele. It's an easy-to-read mystery that was pleasant to curl up with and read.
Jan
Oct 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, series
The first of the "Grace and Favor" mysteries. The initial premise is a brother and sister who have fallen on hard time due to Depression in New York City. They are left a mansion/cottage by a great uncle and it may be enough to see them through. The problem is how Uncle Horatio died and they are prime suspects due to their inheritance!
Liz
Dec 16, 2012 rated it liked it
I really enjoy this series. It's a well-written cozy mystery, and also a wonderful portrayal of life in the Great Depression. This book is the first in the series. I suspect I would have rated it higher if I had not already read the next 3 books in the series. All stories are read best from the beginning.
Kathy  Petersen
I do enjoy finding a mystery series that has a goodly number of titles, is well-written, set in a different place and perhaps a different time, with amiable characters and a solution to the murder(s) that is plausible enough. I've found a lot of these lately, thanks in part to Goodreads, and Ms. Churchill's Grace & Favor mysteries look like another bunch of winners.
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A pseudonym used by Janice Young Brooks.

Jill Churchill, winner of the Agatha and Macavity Mystery Readers Awards, and nominated for an Anthony for her best-selling Jane Jeffry series, lives as Jane does, in a midwestern suburb. On purpose! She says writing this series and the Grace and Favor series is the best treat she can have without a knife and fork.

Under her real name, Janice Young Brooks, an
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