When a young woman disappears from a boardinghouse and is shortly after suspected of being a criminal who ran away to avoid discovery, Mrs.Meade doesn’t accept the easy explanation of events. She spots clues missed by a professional investigator and the local police, solving the mystery of who the girl is and what happened to her.
I found this book and Mrs. Meade herself thoroughly enjoyable. It could have been written by an author in the early part of the last century, which I'm sure is Ms. Foley's intent. Think Agatha Christie or Mary Roberts Rinehart. It’s not just that the character and story brings those early twentieth century writers to mind, it’s that the writing sounds like that period. It matches the story perfectly and adds to it. The Silver Shawl is the first in what promises to be a very entertaining mystery series.