This novel is set in Chicago 1893, during the World’s Fair. People are coming to the city from all over increasing the crime rate by thieves, pickpockets, shysters, even murderers. Based partially on fact, this story drew me in and kept my heart pounding during certain events.
Winnifred sees a woman being forced by a man to leave the fair by gunpoint. Her accusations are overlooked at first by her Inspector father. But for safety reasons and to ease his mind, he asks Detective Jude Thorpe to discretely follow her when she’s out and about. On one of her trips to the fair she is approached by the man she realizes is the kidnapper. He offers her a job as his secretary and she convinces her father to let her go “undercover” as a detective. She is determined to find out what happened to that woman. Even though Jude is watching out for her, her bravery astounded me. She mentions numerous times that she seeks out adventure, and this time she finds it and then some. This kept me in suspense many hours into the late night, where I kept thinking I heard thumps, bumps and creaks around me!
Follow along on her “adventure” where you will find your heart thumping as you turn the pages and yes, a sweet romance to add the cherry on top.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit.