Sunday, April 21, 2013

Prohibition….Gangsters….Bootleggers….Al Capone….and a 17-year-old girl named Eve Marryat who, in the tumultuous summer of 1931, learns the meaning of….

Sweet Mercy

Sweet Mercy
Sweet Mercy
by Ann Tatlock
Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: May 1 2013 by Bethany House Publishers


When Eve Marryat’s father is laid off from the Ford Motor Company in 1931, he is forced to support his family by leaving St. Paul, Minnesota, and moving back to his Ohio roots. Eve’s uncle Cyrus has invited the family to live and work at his Marryat Island Ballroom and Lodge. 

St. Paul seemed like a haven for gangsters, and Eve had grown fearful of living there. At seventeen, she considers her family to be “good people.” They aren’t lawbreakers and criminals like so many people in her old neighborhood. Thrilled to be moving to a “safe haven,” Eve is blissfully unaware that her uncle’s lodge is a transfer station for illegal liquor smuggled from Canada.

Eve settles in to work and makes new friends, including an enigmatic but affecting young man. But when the reality of her situation finally becomes clear, Eve is faced with a dilemma. How can she ignore what is happening right under their very noses? Yet can she risk everything by condemning the man whose love and generosity is keeping her and her family from ruin?

Molls and Other Dolls

While none of these ladies made it into the pages of Sweet Mercy, main character Eve Marryat does accuse her sister Cassandra of dreaming of becoming a moll. Molls were the wives and girlfriends of gangsters and criminals. Not all molls were associated with bootleggers, of course; some were the companions of everyday run-of-the-mill bank robbers and kidnappers. Prohibition coincided in part with the Great Depression and, hey—when times are tough, men and women need to be creative when it comes to making a living.

Bonnie Parker – Clyde Barrow’s better half (though they never married), Bonnie Parker was young, lonely, bored and working as a waitress when she met Clyde and was ushered into the life of outlaws, robbers and criminals. As the head of the small “Barrow Gang,” Bonnie and Clyde became famous for robbing banks, stores and gas stations throughout the Midwest. Their adventure came to an end in a hail of lawmen’s bullets in 1934.

Edna Murray – Nicknamed “The Kissing Bandit,” Edna had worked as a waitress and was married a couple of times to law-abiding but boring farmers before she got involved in bootlegging. She was linked romantically to a string of criminals; the relationships were abruptly interrupted when the men were sent to prison (as was Edna herself several times) or to the electric chair.

Sally Scott – Known as “The Godless Girl” because of her extensive tattoos, Sally was one of the few women who distinguished herself as a criminal in her own right. She had worked as a nursemaid, for which she earned eight dollars a week. Claiming she couldn’t make ends meet, she borrowed a gun from a girlfriend and went on a brief crime spree of robbing stores in Detroit. She was promptly arrested and sent to prison.

Celia Cooney – Usually identified as the “Bobbed-Hair Bandit,” Celia helped her husband Ed stage a number of daring robberies in Brooklyn in 1921. The couple was captured in Florida and each was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Kate “Ma” Barker – J. Edgar Hoover liked to identify Ma Barker as a “criminal mastermind,” but apparently this was something of an exaggeration. One outlaw who knew her claimed she not only couldn’t organize crime but the woman couldn’t even organize breakfast. It seems her biggest crime was giving birth to five sons who headed up the Barker-Karpis gang, a vicious band of robbers, kidnappers and murderers. Ma Barker was killed along with her son Fred after an hours-long shoot-out with FBI agents in 1935.

Ann TatlockAnn Tatlock is the author of the Christy Award-winning novel Promises to Keep. She has also won the Midwest Independent Publishers Association "Book of the Year" in fiction for both All the Way Home and I'll Watch the Moon.Her novel Things We Once Held Dear received a starred review from Library Journal and Publishers Weekly calls her "one of Christian fiction's better wordsmiths, and her lovely prose reminds readers why it is a joy to savor her stories." Ann lives with her husband and daughter in Asheville, North Carolina.

On this Tour... test your 1930's Gangster knowledge with our trivia quiz, a different question on every post!

6. Which team of Prohibition agents repeatedly made arrests in speakeasies by going undercover?



2 Winners, USA only: Print copy of Sweet Mercy, Ghirardelli chocolate, book themed pen & notepad.

2 Winners, world-wide: eCopy of Sweet Mercy

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On Tour with Prism Book Tours 
April 15 - May 3, 2013:

15 – Launch!
16 – I Am a Reader, Not a Writer - What was Prohibition?
17 – JoJo’s Corner – Review
18 – Letters to the Cosmos – Review
19 – The Broke Book Bank – Guest Post Meet the Lawmen

21 – The Wonderings of One Person – Molls and other Dolls
 - Books Mystify – Review
22 – Tressa’s Wishful Endings – ReviewThe Setting behind the Setting
-  Momma Bear’s Book Blog – Review, Meet the Cast
23 – CTF Devourer – Review
 - Christy’s Cozy Corner – Fun Facts About 1931   
24 – ADD Librarian - Review
25 – Worthy 2 Read – Review
26 – Green Mountain Couple – Just a Taste (to wet your whistle)

28 – Backing Books – Review
29 – Celtic Lady’s Reviews  Four Famous Gangsters
30 – A Year of Jubilee Reviews – Review
1 – The Jack’s Junk Drawer – Review
2 – Living a Goddess Life – Review, Recipe
3 – Grand Finale

1 comment:

  1. good review . . . I enjoyed reading about molls too!