Sunday, May 5, 2019

THE WHITE CITY by Grace Hitchcock, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

The White City by Grace Hitchcock is part of a new series put out by Barbour Publishers. Each story is based on a true crime in American history. This one deals with the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893.
What could be more exciting than a World’s Fair right in your home town? Winnifred Wylde, whose father is an inspector in the Chicago police department is about to find out. With her aunt out of town on a visit, her father assigns detective Jude Thorpe to keep an eye out for Winnie for protection.
Ms. Hitchcock spins a mysterious tale around the real facts of a serial killer amidst the Fair of 1893. She takes a spunky heroine and gives her an insatiable desire for romance novels. The last of her friends to make a marriage match, she finds herself with two suitors but only one meets with approval from her aunt and father. Among the fascinating details of the Fair, the author puts you in another era. I was kept turning pages to see what trouble Winnie and her bodyguard could get into. And when Percy Covington, a very suitable suitor, comes to call, can Winnie decide which is the man for her?

This was a wonderfully colorful story and very appropriate to the series title TRUE COLORS.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *

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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