Another old book...also available for free on Kindle...also a winner!
THE MAN IN LOWER TEN
by Mary Roberts Rhinehart
Lawrence Blakely was a lawyer in Washington, DC, traveling by train to Pittsburgh to obtain a deposition from an ill client. For the return trip, he booked a sleeping berth in the seventh car: Lower Ten. When he went to that berth to go to sleep, he found it occupied by someone, and therefore, at the porter's suggestion, took Lower Nine. During the trip, the man in lower ten was murdered. The murder was discovered when Lawrence reported to the porter that his valise and clothing were stolen, and he quickly became a suspect in the murder. Heading into the next station, the train crashed, killing most occupants. Lawrence escaped the crash, along with a young girl who turned out to be the granddaughter of his client. Of course, the story takes a few twists and turns before reaching its conclusion.
Again, the hidden notes about life in 1909 are very interesting. The train trip from DC to Pittsburgh must have been 12 to 14 hours long, whereas I'm certain I could drive it in 6 to 7 hours today. Pittsburgh is described as shrouded in smoke, and it wouldn't be the same without the smoke. Electricity still doesn't seem to run 24/7; instead, the book refers to oil lamps at night. And amusingly (and today, illegally), Lawrence was very upset about losing his valise, because it was made from the hide of an alligator which he had shot himself in Florida.
This was another excellent book, and since it's available for free, you ought to try it!
The top is a "cotton leopard burnout"; the second is a cotton voile, and the bottom is a cotton with velvet flowers. I think I'd like to play with the red and white floral first; maybe it will be inspiration for this weekend!
Happy Weekending, everyone!