I really enjoyed this mysterious and suspenseful story! The author did a great job of crafting a tale that kept me guessing till the very end. Deception on Sable Hill is book two in the Chicago World’s Fair Mystery series. It can definitely stand alone, however, Eloisa Carstairs is the heroine in this novel and is first introduced in book one, Secrets of Sloane House. I would recommend book one because it makes Eloisa’s tale in book two even more meaningful.
The cover is very eye catching and adds to the mystery of the story. My husband even commented on what an interesting cover this book has. I definitely agree with him. The story inside is even more interesting. A distinct class system existed back in 1893 Chicago. The way upper crust society viewed the lower classes and vice versa was an integral part of this book. I enjoyed seeing the hero, Detective Sean Ryan, as he had to navigate through that society. It was also interesting to watch as Detective Owen Howard, a man born into society, lived his life as a police officer.
There is a central romance and a side romance to follow throughout the book. I really enjoyed watching the development of both of these relationships. Both of them added so much to the story. The mystery and constant threat of danger in The Deception on Sable Hill kept me intrigued from cover to cover. I definitely recommend this to fans of mystery and suspense. (5 stars)
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ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Shelley Gray is the author of The Heart of a Hero series. Her Amish novel (written as Shelley Shepard Gray), The Protector, recently made the New York Times bestseller list. A native of Texas, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Colorado, and taught school for ten years. She and her husband have two children and live in Southern Ohio.
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