Deception on Sable Hill (Book #2 A Chicago World’s Fair Mystery Series) by Shelley Gray….
What”s the book about?
The World’s Fair is nearing its end, but the danger in Chicago lingers.
It’s mid-September of 1893 and Eloisa Carstairs is the reigning beauty of Gilded Age Chicago society. To outsiders she appears to have it all. But Eloisa is living with a dark secret. Several months ago, she endured a horrible assault at the hands of Douglass Sloane, heir to one of Chicago’s wealthiest families. Fearing the loss of her reputation, Eloisa confided in only one friend. That is, until she meets Detective Sean Ryan at a high-society ball.
Sean is on the outskirts of the wealthy Chicago lifestyle. Born into a poor Irish family, becoming a policeman was his best opportunity to ensure his future security. Despite society’s restrictions, he is enamored with Eloisa Carstairs. Sean seethes inside at what he knows happened to her, and he will do anything to keep her safe—even if he can never earn her affections.
Eloisa longs to feel normal again in the midst of the danger surrounding the Chicago World’s Fair, but a killer is on the loose. In the last month, three debutants have been accosted in the city by an assailant wielding a stiletto. As the danger in the city increases, and as Eloisa’s and Sean’s romance blossoms, they both realize they want to be seen as more than how the world views them. But will they catch the killer before all their hopes come tumbling down?
Genre? Historic Mystery
Where can you find the book? on Amazon here.
My opinion: 5 stars out of 5.
I was surprised on how interesting this book was. I came to love and hate specific characters/ heroes and heroines in the story from the first page. The major background influence of the society defined by the roles of rich and most influenced. How their “imperfections” were well hidden from the crowd’s eyes. Pain and lost visited the poor and rich. The book gave me a revelation on pain visiting and hurting not only poor, or middle class, it also touches rich…. Also you can find here a romance coming between a lover-class detective and a high-reputable woman. But she had her share of sorrows, not only the riches and glory.
I was guessing who was the Slasher, the terror to every rich woman, even to the end I couldn’t make up who was the person- the marker of rich….Lovely reading.
Even though it was a second book, I love that I didn’t have to read the first book to actually grasp the story.
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