Death on the Homefront

With the United States on the verge of entering World War I, tensions run high in Chicago in the Spring of 1917, and the city simmers with anti-German sentiment mixed with virulent patriotism. Shockingly, amateur sleuth Emily Cabot is present when a young Chicago woman, who is about to make a brilliant society marriage, is murdered. Was her death retaliation for her pacifist activities, or was it linked to her romantic entanglements? Emily has a personal connection to the woman, but she’s torn between her determination to solve the murder and her deep need to protect her newly adult children from the realities of a new world. As the country’s entry into the war unfolds, Emily watches with trepidation as her sons and daughter make questionable choices about their own futures. Violent worker unrest and the tumultuous arena of automobile racing provide an emotionally charged backdrop for this compelling mystery.

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Praise for Death on the Homefront

“McNamara’s outstanding eighth Emily Cabot mystery… explores themes that will resonate with readers—
notably, jingoism masquerading as patriotism and the gulf between the entitled rich and the dispensable poor.
McNamara packs in fascinating and edifying period details while never losing sight of the riveting mystery plot.
Historical fiction fans won’t want to miss this one.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“McNamara remains adept at weaving historical figures into complex mysteries with a human touch.” — Kirkus

“McNamara captures the tension of a country at odds with itself, including bigotry towards German Americans, the condemnation of peace activists as traitors, and mobs ready to mete out violence. History lovers will be delighted…Emily’s concern for her children and her insightful perspective on the events of the period will keep readers engaged [and the] twist at the end is well worth the wait.”
Historical Novels Review

“The eighth volume in novelist Frances McNamara’s simply outstanding Emily Cabot Mysteries series, Death on the Homefront, is an inherently compelling read and one that will be especially appreciated by mystery buffs partial to women sleuth ‘whodunnit’ stories. Deftly crafted with many an unexpected plot twist and turn, [it] is unreservedly recommended.” — Midwest Book Review


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FICTION / Mystery & Detective /Historical • 5.5″ x 8.5″ • 242 pages

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Series: Emily Cabot Mysteries, Book 8
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Mystery/HIstorical
Length: 242 p.
ISBN: 9780999698273
List Price: $18.99
eBook Price: $6.99
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About the Author
Frances McNamara

Frances McNamara grew up in Boston, where her father served as Police Commissioner for ten years. She has degrees from Mount Holyoke and Simmons Colleges, and recently retired from the University of Chicago. She now divides her time between Boston and Cape Cod.

Emily Cabot Mysteries publication order:

Death at the Fair
Death at Hull House
Death at Pullman
Death at Woods Hole
Death at Chinatown
Death at the Paris Exposition
Death at the Selig Studios
Death on the Homefront

An ebook box set of the first three books in the series is also available.

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