Monday, December 5, 2016

The Lost Girl of Astor Street

The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill, 345 pages (advanced reading copy)

It's 1924 in Chicago, and Piper Sail is a plucky teenager, soundly rejecting the ways of a proper lady that are being taught at her private girls' school. That tendency for trouble comes to a head when Piper's best friend Lydia goes missing from their tony neighborhood and Piper suddenly finds herself investigating Lydia's disappearance alongside an easy-on-the-eyes detective. Throw in some mafia ties, a speakeasy, and a couple of fast-talking newspaper reporters and you've got yourself a fine 1920s Chicago tale. It's fun, it's quick, and it's got a great heroine (think Veronica Mars with a little less noir). This one comes out in February 2017, and it's worth a look if you enjoyed Libba Bray's Diviners series.

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