A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith

Quick Summary

A brilliant departure for April Smith has she pens a historical standalone.

Review by Mary Alice Gorman


In a little known event in the early 1930's, the government launched a program for Gold Star mothers to visit their sons' graves in France, a golden opportunity for the skills of mystery author April Smith to produce A Star for Mrs. Blake (Knopf, $24.95). The leader of a group of five mothers from New England of diverse backgrounds is the single mother in the title. An adventure shared with their two military escorts turns into a complex tapestry of the impact of war, class distinction, segregation, disfigurement and devastation of the Country at this time. A fascinating and fulfilling novel that could launch into a night of discussion for every book group.