In South Bend, Indiana in 1902, people of different nationalities and religions are less than friendly with each other. Yet Swedish Hilda Johansson and Irishman Patrick Malloy, both in service, have been keeping quite amiable company.

Patricks uncle Daniel has entered the local political scenea big step for the Irish but it is something that displeases the old guard. When Daniels opponent is murdered, he becomes the chief suspect. The police would like to arrest him but hes vanished off the face of the earth. The Malloys, having heard of Hildas previous crime solving, ask her to look into things, which doesnt sit well with Patrick.

Hilda, always independent and free spirited, enters the investigation whole-heartedly, even jeopardizing her romance. But her search for the truth, which seems to point directly at Daniels guilt, may ultimately cost her her life.

Jeanne M. Dams does a fine job of bringing the upstairs, downstairs world of turn-of-the-century South Bend to life in GREEN GROW THE VICTIMS. Besides offering a scintillating mystery, Ms. Dams chronicles the prejudices and problems of the times. (Jun., 216 pp., $23.95)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg