New mystery series that takes place in the early 50's. I liked that part. Gwendolyn Southin did a good job of capturing that atmosphere/time, and her ..Show More »presentation of a woman's typical life back then was clever. Narration was pretty good.
Liked the interaction between Margaret Spencer and her husband. Comical, and sadly filled with elements of historical accuracy (at least as far as I recall). When she applies to be the assistant to Nat Southby, detective, he starts calling her Maggie (which is the symbol of her "liberation") and that aspect of the book was also very good. Her interactions with her daughters and mother-in-law were also funny and pretty accurate for the times. Great that it took place in Vancouver, though that aspect was not as developed as I might have liked.
So then the crime part. Could not decide if Southin was aiming to tell this story in a 1950's crime novel style, or whether it was still a bit amateurish. (I, sadly, leaned toward the latter). She had all the elements: people who were in league to be committing crimes, damsels in distress, the requisite danger and excitement at the climax...but it somehow, still felt a little unpolished. I think I would try another one, to see of it flows better as she keeps writing, because the idea of the plot was good, even if inelegantly presented.