This is a fun and lively cosy mystery, with two Flapper sisters as our amateur sleuths.

Diana applies for a job as secretary for a group of ‘Owls’ – professors, who, every year go on a jaunt to further their studies in a particular area. This time round they’ve arrived in Fort Worth to discover more about its Wild West days. Against Diana’s better judgement, and thanks to her sister, Pamina, interfering, the professors end up at a very dodgy bar and witness a kidnapping. They all have to go on the run to avoid danger, but will they?

There’s the wonderful counterpoint between our two thoroughly modern misses, at least for the era of the book, and the old-fashioned, bemused professors. The modern world has left them behind, but one of the group, Adler Behr who’s a banker rather than an academic, is aware of the times and the changes it brings and doesn’t approve. A woman should be at home cooking and cleaning, not doing a man’s work by being a secretary. He and Diana apparently have nothing in common apart from dislike for each other, but these are two characters who develop during the story.

It’s an energetic read with lots of humour and sparkle and it really brings the period to vibrant life. The plot is exciting and well-devised, our characters are fascinating and all in all it’s a very enjoyable, entertaining novel.  

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Synopsis

Diana Woods, a thoroughly modern woman of the 1920s, is thrilled to begin a secretarial job helping visiting professors research the Wild West days of Fort Worth, Texas. Things heat up when she and two of the profs witness the speakeasy abduction of a prominent citizen and realize they could be next.
The group hits the road to escape danger, and the professors send Diana to safety in the hometown of their former student Adler Behr, a grouchy banker who has no use for modern women and whose temperament resembles his bear namesake.
As Diana schools Adler in the allure of her twentieth-century skills, danger is never far behind. Adler learns that his future lies in the hands of a woman who can do more than cook and darn socks, and Diana finds even a grumpy Behr has a softer side.

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