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Publisher's Summary

Solving crimes is not a dress rehearsal.
Chicago, 1881. 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 11, when her mother was murdered, the life of the theater is all Lilly Long has known. Now 22, 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.
©2016 Penny Richards (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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By Marcheta on 04-12-17

Not bad for first in a series

I don't usually listen to historical American fiction as I prefer stories set in 1700-1800s England or Europe, but the idea of an ex-actress becoming one of the first female Pinkerton detectives in 1880s Chicago caught my attention.The second book in this series, "Though This Be Madness", will be released 25 April. I'll definitely give that one a listen.

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By John Adams #12 on 03-26-17

disturbing resolution

Narration was fine. Lilly Long character amazing. Twisted plot and disturbing resolution difficult to fathom.

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By The Curator on 08-05-17

Dreadful twaddle

What a dribbly mess of a book. I finished listening because I couldn't stop laughing. Our heroine becomes a Pinkerton agent to help vulnerable women. Turns out most of the women in the story are childlike victims or perpetrators. In the end it's the male characters who have to rescue the agent and explain what's going on. Yeah, not exactly a feminist tract. More Mills and Boone

The narration is done in a tone of light questioning with a rise at the end of every sent-ence. I wonder now if the actress couldn't believe she was getting paid to read it.

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By IAN on 04-05-17

First in the a New Series.

Oh I so loved Lily Long in this New Historical mystery. A woman battling her own torments and fears, while making a new start in her life as a Pinkerton Agent.

A good set of characters, in a well plotted and written mystery.

I await eagerly for the next instalment.

Christine Williams gives a good narration of this story.

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