Wednesday, April 10, 2019

THE WHITE CITY by Grace Hitchcock, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"My daughter tends to exaggerate because she reads too many of those penny novels . . . . . ."
There is one thing that Winnifred Wylde is quite certain happened; a young woman was kidnapped at gunpoint before disappearing into the bustling crowds that continually strolled the grounds of Chicago's World Fair. The fact that her father, an inspector with the Chicago police department is dubious, doesn't surprise her. However, he demonstrates concern by immediately assigning a handsome new detective on the force to shadow her every move, suspecting that Winnie will go right to work trying to discover the young woman's whereabouts. And he would be right.

"It would be silly for you to follow me since I now you are there. Come on, you can help me look."

Detective Jude Thorpe quickly learns that the quite lovely Winnifred Wylde is a force to be reckoned with when she smells an adventure, and there's nothing wrong with her sense of smell about this case. After she wiggles her way into their suspect's office as "Cordelia Swan", Thorpe's radar spikes sky high, but since patience is a virtue, guarding his heart becomes just as tedious as solving the mystery; just what is the illustrious Dr. Henry Howard Holmes up to?

What could be a rather creepy story (since it is based on fact, not fiction) has a rather whimsical, romantic aura . . . calming the heart and teasing the mind as Jude and Winnifred manage to both entertain and ascertain what is actually happening in the infamous White City. Certainly an impressive series debut! . . . with an edge of your seat ending.

"If I had a flower for every time I thought of you . . . I could walk through my garden forever." - Lord Alfred Tennyson

*I purchased a copy and am under no obligation to provide a review. 

BackCover Blurb:
Mysterious Disappearances Taint the Chicago World’s Fair
Step into True Colors -- a new series of Historical Stories of Romance and American Crime

While attending the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, Winnifred Wylde believes she witnessed a woman being kidnapped. She tries to convince her father, an inspector with the Chicago police, to look into reports of mysterious disappearances around the White City. Inspector Wylde tries to dismiss her claims as exaggeration of an overactive imagination, but he eventually concedes to letting her go undercover as secretary to the man in question—if she takes her pistol for protection and Jude Thorpe, a policeman, for bodyguard.

Will she be able to expose H. H. Holmes’s illicit activity, or will Winnifred become his next victim?
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