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Traveling secretary Hattie Davish is taking her singular talents to Washington DC to help Sir Arthur Windom Greene research his next novel But in the winding halls of the nation’s capital searching for the truth can sometimes lead to murder   Hattie is in her element digging through dusty basements attics and abandoned buildings not to be denied until she fishes out that elusive fact But her delightful explorations are dampened when she witnesses a carriage crash into a carp pond beneath the shadow of the Washington Monument Alarmingly one of the passengers flees the scene leaving the other to drown The incident only heightens tensions brought on by the much publicized arrival of “Coxey’s Army” thousands of unemployed men converging on the capital for the first ever organized “march” on Washington When one of the marchers is found murdered in the ensuing chaos Hattie begins to suspect a sinister conspiracy is at hand As she expands her investigations into the motives of murder and closes in on the trail of a killer she is surprised and distraught to learn that her research will lead her straight to the highest levels of government  Praise for A Deceptive Homecoming   “A well written historical mystery that brought the period to life”— Mystery Scene

10 thoughts on “A March to Remember Hattie Davish Mystery #5

  1. says:

    A March to Remember is the 5th Hattie Davish historical mystery by Anna Loan Wilsey and it is wonderfully predictable Predictable may sound a lot like boring but the Hattie Davish mysteries are anything but that No predictable here refers to the fascinating history and characters each of these mysteries contains Anna Loan Wilsey does her research and it shows What is especially appealing to me is the predictability of those amazing back stories of history an education of the lesser publicized events in a story that captivates Hattie Davish the traveling secretary in this series herself is a study into women’s roles that didn’t necessarily follow the norm in the 1890s Hattie has opportunity to use her intelligence and ingenuity like few women did in that era In A March to Remember Hattie travels to Washington DC in MarchApril of 1894 with Sir Arthur Windom Greene her principal employer and mentor so that Sir Arthur can do research on another of his books Well it is usually Hattie doing the research or copying documents from the files of historical papers so that her employer can peruse the information at his leisure Hattie is at her best ferreting out this information The timing of their visit coincides with the arrival of Coxley’s Army a large group of unemployed men from around the country who have marched from Ohio and other points to represent the grievances of thousands of the unemployed who face starvation for themselves and their families after the bleak economy of 1893 The plan is to speak at the Capitol as a protest to the deplorable conditions and in support of a new roads bill that could employ a major part of those currently destitute and desperate Of course Hattie becomes involved She and Sir Arthur are staying with Senator Merriweather Lewis Smith and his wife Mildred and the senator is against the roads bill Hattie’s involvement with the Coxley camp begins when she witnesses a carriage accident in which a young woman who is employed at a house of prostitution drowns after being thrown into a pond Her gentleman friend who was with her in the carriage flees the scene without trying to rescue the young woman and before he can be identified Two of Coxley’s men come upon the scene and one attempts to rescue the young woman to no avail Thus Hattie’s first encounter with two of the men seeking a voice in the nation’s capital for their cause With Hattie’s detective skilled mind she uncovers missing buttons from the vest of the man who fled and the mystery solving beginsDr Walter Grice who is in love with Hattie and she him also arrives in Washington to visit his sister another senator’s wife and to spend time with Hattie There is much for Hattie to see and do with and without Walter as she meets President Cleveland’s wife goes to a senate meeting and explores the darker side of the city’s offerings Curiosity is a large part of Hattie’s character and it is little surprise that she had actually seen the accident victim a day before at a house near Union Station where she was to meet Walter Politics is never simple and always at the forefront of what goes on in Washington City Hattie discovers connections between Coxley’s men senators prostitutes and the society of the senators’ wives The day of the May Day march by Coxley’s Army brings large media coverage L Frank Baum covered it and it figures into his book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz—something I discovered in further reading about the event as it is the first march on Washington but it also brings fierce resistance from the government and law enforcement The attempt by Coxley to speak on the Capitol grounds is thwarted by police who arrest Coxley for trespassing on the grass and who also wield an unrestrained show of force There is another unexplained death a murder of one of Coxley’s men when the smoke clears and another puzzling piece for Hattie to try to solve Who is behind all the mysterious deaths and events? Signs point to those in the high levels of government and to those from the Coxley camp It is a uagmire of confusion that only our resourceful Hattie will be able to discern Anna Loan Wisley has such talent as to presenting actual historical events surrounded by mystery and story that envelop the reader in a learning experience without realizing how very much you do learn Her descriptions of the Washington DC in 1894 are exceptional even the fascinating ride on the elevator of the Washington Monument The White House is also part of the setting that is so thrilling to picture at that point in time The characters are so well drawn out that you become invested in the minor as well as the major players The author’s words give life to the people and the place so that the reader easily become ensconced into the world at hand Learning that this book might be the last in the Hattie Davish series is uite a blow Anna Loan Wilsey has such a gift for writing historical mystery that is seems a mistake must have been made My hope is that events occur to make the continuation of this series possible Of course I look forward to any future books from AnnaI was given a copy of A March to Remember by the author but it in no way influenced my opinion

  2. says:

    A March to Remember is a mystery to remember Traveling typewriter Hattie Davish goes to the nation's capital in 1894 at the time of the first major protest march Even as her romance with her doctor beau Walter heats up or does it? Hattie becomes involved in politics helping ladies of the night and murder of course Characters and costumes are richly drawn and the history comes alive on the pages but not at the expense of the story Loan Wilsey's best mystery yet I couldn't put it down and you won't want to either

  3. says:

    A MARCH TO REMEMBER is the rich fifth installment in the Hattie Davish mystery series This outing finds traveling secretary Hattie in Washington City known today as Washington DC in 1894 and her visit coincides with the arrival of “Coxey’s Army” a group of unemployed men who march in the streets of the city to draw attention to their plight This serves as the backdrop to Hattie witnessing the drowning death of a “fallen woman” and during the march itself the stabbing of one of the protestors The Hattie investigates the secrets and hypocracy she discovers Caught up in the power and intrigue of politics Hattie wonders if her efforts are for nothing In addition to playing sleuth Hattie is consumed by gaining her employer’s blessing to marry Dr Walter Grice Historical mystery is one of my favorite genres so I was excited to read Anna Loan Wilsey’s latest work Hattie is a sensible protagonist but full of empathy and depth Ms Loan Wilsey writes with vivid meticulously researched attention to detail and I felt like I was walking alongside Hattie through the streets of Washington If I had a lesson about “Coxey’s Army” in school I sure do not remember it I came away from A MARCH TO REMEMBER feeling like I really learned something Loan Wilsey incorporates facts into the story with ease and the “real life” bits are never boring or dry The mysteries are also well developed and logical with plenty of plausible suspects and motivesIt is always a privilege to spend time with Hattie Davish and I will miss her adventures I am sad to learn that this is the final book in the series Even though as readers we will no longer share her life I have no doubt that Hattie Walter and Sir Arthur will get into plenty of trouble Highly recommendedI received and ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review This did not influence my opinions expressed here

  4. says:

    Reviewed at The Power of Words March to Remember is a cozy mystery of uality – entertaining informative and impressive Mystery history romance are blended together in a narrative that easily flows across the page This book is #5 of the Hattie Davish historical series and I regret to only have discovered Hattie as the series apparently concludes A March to Remember can stand alone but I’d like to read the previous mysteriesHattie is a traveling secretary who works for Sir Arthur and this story takes them to the Washington D C of 1894 where they are guests in the home of Senator Smith and his wife Hattie is an endearing caring and intelligent heroine and I loved her perceptive thoughts that are so relevant for today “The I was around the senator the I learned he did nothing uncalculated nothing but for its political significance” Anna Loan Wilsey skillfully conveys the feel of the era and setting completely pulling the reader back in time The first protest march on Washington provides a fascinating backdrop for A March to Remember one that I found very interesting Led by Jacob Coxey thousands of unemployed workers known as Coxey’s Army descended on the Capitol to present their grievances “These men were only a small fraction of the millions of jobless men and women across the country who were facing starvation some of whom chopped wood broke rocks and even resorted to prostitution in exchange for food for their families”The mystery is well plotted with suspects aplenty – but not too many to keep up with I read mysteries for enjoyment rather than trying to figure out whodunit and there was lots to enjoy in A March to RememberI liked how the story focuses on human nature and appreciated Hattie’s thoughts regarding the madam Lottie Fox “I was stuck by the morality of a woman who most couldn’t conceive had any at all”Recommended to all who enjoy a good clean historical mysteryThank you to Great Escapes Tours for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

  5. says:

    A MARCH TO REMEMBER shows evidence of Anna Loan Wilsey's meticulous research and attention to detail I always finish a Hattie Davish mystery with the fulfilling sense of having learned something about American History as well as the manners and s of the time This fifth entry in the series focuses on the turbulent times of early spring 1894 when unemployment had skyrocketed and people were starving Hattie is in Washington DC with her employer Sir Arthur as Coxey's Army a group of unemployed men enter the nation's capital hoping for a jobs program Hattie witnesses a tragic accident resulting in the death of a fallen woman then days later is on the scene of a murder The character of Hattie is constrained by the times she lives in to a very strict moral code which dictates her actions and speech yet she manages to get to the bottom of both the accident and the murder and arrange for appropriate conseuences for the perpetrators of both By the middle of the book I could not put it down Absolutely riveting and a delight for both cozy and historical mystery series readers I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review

  6. says:

    I just finished reading A March To Remember by Anna Loan Wilsey and gave it 5 stars I was not surprised that I would love every minute of this book This entire series has been a fun experience It is well written and the characters are extremely likable Lots of historical research has gone into the telling of Hattie Davish's story Lots of twists and turns until the reveal of the murderer near the end And the ending well let's just say I loved it It brought tears to my eyes Happy tears that is I highly recommend this book not to mention the entire seriesI was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review

  7. says:

    A March to Remember by Anna Loan Wilsey is the fifth book in Hattie Davish Mystery series Hattie Davish is in Washington DC with her boss Sir Arthur Windom Greene a historian and writer They are staying with Senator Merriweather Lewis Smith and his wife Mildred Hattie’s beau Dr Walter Grice is coming to town to see Hattie and also visit with his sister Sarah wife of a congressman Coxey’s Army led by General Jacob Coxey is heading into town on May Day for a march Thousands of unemployed and hungry men are camping outside Washington waiting for May Day Hattie is out on an early morning walk when she sees a carriage going too fast Inside the carriage is a fallen bawdy woman Hattie had seen the previous day The driver and woman end up in the lake The man gets out and takes off Hattie dives into the lake to try and rescue the poor woman Two men come and assist her Unfortunately the woman later identified as Annie Wilcox does not make it Hattie knows that the police will not put much effort into looking for her killer because Annie is not a “lady” Then during the march one of the men who assisted Hattie Jasper Neely is killed and Hattie is injured by the police officer’s freely swinging night sticks Someone wanted to uiet Jasper and used the march as a cover Hattie wants answers and starts digging Hattie also has a personal matter that she needs to address with Sir Arthur and cannot seem to get him alone Romance may take Hattie away from Sir Arthur Join Hattie on her latest adventure in A March to RememberA March to Remember is an enjoyable novel Anna Loan Wilsey does a wonderful job at capturing the time period and locale Anna Loan Wilsey includes many details on the sights of Washington DC what it looked like at that time The author is a descriptive writer that brings the scenes to life you can just see them in your mind This is the type of book that needs your complete attention when you read it or you will miss something important While this is part of a series A March to Remember can be read alone The author updates the reader on the events in the earlier books I did though think the mystery was very easy to solve I picked out the killer based on his character description maybe I have read too many mysteries I then read the book to see if I was correct The reader gets some good pointed clues that will help solve the crimes While I thought that the mystery was easy to solve it really is uite complicated the details I give A March to Remember 425 out of 5 stars I liked it It was interesting to read about Coxey’s army and the march It is an interesting historical tidbit that is rarely mentioned or listed in the history books Anna Loan Wilsey provided us with a wonderfully crafted story I will be reading Anna Loan Wilsey novels in the future It is such a shame that this is our last adventure with Hattie DavishI received a complimentary copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own

  8. says:

    1894 the first protest march in Washington DC finds Hattie involved in yet another interesting murder mystery I enjoy the historical content in this series and the development of Hattie Davish the main character This series is a favorite of mine

  9. says:

    I have loved all of the Hattie Davish mysteries and am sorry that this will be the last in the series I have followed Hattie from the beginning and feel like I know her Working as secretary for Sir Arthur Windom Greene in the late 1800s Hattie's curiosity gets her involved in solving yet another murder this time in the nation's capital Jacob Coxey and his men are marching from Ohio to speak on the plight of the unemployed Recognized as the first march on Washington Coxey plans to speak on the Capitol grounds but already Senate and Congress members are opposing it Hattie then witnesses a carriage crash into a pond in which a woman of the streets is killed She finds some buttons from the driver's shirt as a clue and sets off to find out who he is and why he left the woman to die As Hattie delves into the highest levels of government Coxey is stopped from speaking and a member of his group is found murdered Enter Hattie again and the twists and turns of this story become amazing Ms Loan Wilsey has done her historical research that's for sure and I learned so much from this book On a happy note Dr Grice finally proposes to Hattie and she accepts but she needs to get Sir Arthur's approval You'll have to read the book to see if that happens This was a thoroughly enjoyable read about an event that I knew nothing about but Hattie's sleuthing skills are again top notch I will surely miss Hattie Davish and her adventures and can't wait to see what Ms Loan Wilsey comes up with next

  10. says:

    A March to Remember is Anna Leon Wilsey’s latest last and liveliest historical mystery featuring traveling secretary Hattie Davish The setting is Washington DC and the time period is the spring of 1894 when a protest march by unemployed men led by Ohio businessman Jacob Coxey reached the nation’s capital The first of two murders takes place when rumors about Coxey’s Army are circulating in the city and the second happens at the height of the army’s march through the cityHattie’s position as secretary and researcher for Sir Arthur Windom Greene allows her to travel and to support herself with meaningful work It also allows her to pursue her interest in collecting rare plant specimens and to indulge herself with the occasional new hat Sir Arthur and Hattie are hosted by Senator Smith his wife his son and his secretary Through her fiancé Walter Grice Hattie makes the acuaintance of his sister and her politician husband She makes multiple visits to Washington’s red light district and she attends a meeting of the Washington Wives Club Her experiences in the city are unendingly varied affording her an opportunity to observe behavior to gather clues and ultimately to solve both murdersThe book begins and ends at the White House where first lady Frances Cleveland hosts first an afternoon soiree and later a wedding There are a host of suspects and there is plenty of political intrigue in this well plotted story that is rich in detail and description The author’s well researched and well written narrative illustrates vividly the nature of life in Washington near the end of the nineteenth century and personalizes Coxey’s Army with dialog and back stories about the characters who are participantsI highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical mysteries especially those set in the United States during the Victorian era I have enjoyed following Hattie’s travels adventures and sleuthing from Arkansas to Rhode Island to Illinois to Missouri While I will miss Hattie her typewriter and her uncanny knack for solving mysteries in each town to which her work takes her I look forward to reading future books by Anna Loan Wilsey Note that I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review This did not influence my opinion about the book and I did not read other reviews prior to writing my ownA March to Remember