Fear, this is the ruler of this book; fear of imminent war (world war two); fear of inequality and much more. Fear drives the prejudices and hatred to new and uncomfortable heights. This book has a good story line, but, I think that Merinda does more broadcasting of herself as a sleuth than actually finding and solving the mysteries behind the murders. Too much talking and little or no sleuthing; it’s an okay book, but the story line needs added padding. The difficulties and inequalities affecting minority families and women in the war time period was well written, I really love those segments. I believed the sleuths, Merinda and Jem, could have had a greater role in solving the crimes instead of presuming too much. The culprits were figured out simply by presuming, there was no evidence of proof, their role was not too impressive.