In 1881 Chicago, the idea of a female detective is virtually unheard of. But when famed crime buster Allan Pinkerton opens his agency's doors to a handful of women, one intrepid actress with her own troubled past is driven to defy convention and take on a new and dangerous role. . .
Since the age of eleven, when her mother was murdered, the life of the theater is all Lilly Long has known. Now twenty-two, she has blossomed into an accomplished Shakespearean actress. But after her innocence--and her savings--are taken from her by a seductive scoundrel, Lilly vows to leave the stage, enter the real world, and save others from a similar fate. Following in the footsteps of the country's first female detective, Lilly persuades Allan Pinkerton to take her on.
Lilly's acting skills are a perfect fit for her real-life role as a Pinkerton operative. But her first case is a baptism by fire as she is sent to the small town of Vandalia to solve the mystery of a pastor who disappeared with his family--and the church's funds. When Lilly arrives, she finds the mere mention of the reverend's name provokes enmity or suspicious silence. Shadowed by a second Pinkerton agent with an agenda of his own, Lilly begins to uncover Vandalia's sordid secrets. But she'll have to deliver the performance of a lifetime to survive the final act of this drama.
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Let me start this review off with just how much I love Lilly Long, She is a perfect example of a plucky heroine. She has her fears and her doubts that she will be able to do her job as a detective but she never gives up. It is because of women like her that we have female detectives and involved in law enforcement.
For Lilly's first job with the Pinkerton Detective Agency should be simple. Just find the Parnell family as there is a buyer for a home that they haven't lived in for years. Things just didn't add up however especially the way that none of the townsfolk wanted to talk about the Parnells and how they left in a hurry.
There is also the fact that Lilly had received a threatening letter slipped under her door and that there is a boxer that seems to be following her around. Lilly is not quite sure what she has stumbled into but she is extremely curious and wants to find the answer.
I just adored this book and it was one that I finished in one sitting because I couldn't bear to put it aside. I regretted when it ended and can hardly wait for the next book to come out in 2017 THOUGHT THIS BE MADNESS.
I highly recommend AN UNTIMELY FROST to any of my readers who enjoy either historical mysteries. The pacing is beautiful, the dialogue witty and the characters so realistic that this book is a joy to read.
*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.