Secrets of Sloane House is the first book in Chicago World’s Fair Mystery series by Shelley Gray.
Here is a brief synopsis from Goodreads:
One woman’s search for the truth of her sister’s disappearance leads her to deceit and danger in 1893 Chicago.
Rosalind Perry has left her family’s rural farm in Wisconsin to work as a housemaid at Sloane House, one of the most elegant mansions in Gilded Age Chicago.
However, Rosalind is not there just to earn a living and support her family-she’s at Sloane House determined to discover the truth about her sister’s mysterious disappearance.
Reid Armstrong is the handsome heir to a silver fortune. However, his family is on the periphery of Chicago’s elite because their wealth comes from “new money” obtained from successful mining. Marriage to Veronica Sloane would secure his family’s position in society-the lifelong dream of his ailing father.
When Reid begins to realize that Rosalind’s life may be in danger, he stops thinking of marriage prospects and concentrates on helping Rosalind. Dark things are afoot in Chicago and, he fears, in Sloane House. If he’s not vigilant, Rosalind could pay the price.
Set against the backdrop of Chicago’s Gilded Age and the 1893 World’s Fair, Secrets of Sloane House takes us on a whirlwind journey of romance and mystery.
Previously, all the books I’ve read by Shelley have been her Amish series. But she’s definitely broadening her horizon.
This seems like a HUGE change to me! Yet one that she obviously excels at!
Wow! It isn’t difficult to picture myself at the Chicago’s World Fair… the crowds… the smells… the sights and sounds…
Shelley does an excellent job on creating characters that fit perfectly with the story — each one in the perfect spot — and the period in which it was written. I am amazed by the depth of the story!
Well, I knew from how much I enjoyed all of her previous books, that if it’s written by Shelley Gray, it HAS TO BE worth reading!
If you haven’t read it yet, give it a try!
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©Donna J. Mynatt 2014