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Whispers in the Reading Room | Shelley Gray


Today I am reviewing Whispers in the Reading Room, the third book in the Chicago World’s Fair Mystery series by Shelley Gray.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Lydia’s job at the library is her world—until a mysterious patron catches her eye . . . and perhaps her heart.

Just months after the closure of the Chicago World’s Fair, librarian Lydia Bancroft finds herself fascinated by a mysterious dark-haired and dark-eyed patron. He has never given her his name; he actually never speaks to a single person. All she knows about him is that he loves books as much as she does.

Only when he rescues her in the lobby of the Hartman Hotel does she discover that his name is Sebastian Marks. She also discovers that he lives at the top of the prestigious hotel and that most everyone in Chicago is intrigued by him.

Lydia and Sebastian form a fragile friendship, but when she discovers that Mr. Marks isn’t merely a very wealthy gentleman, but also the proprietor of an infamous saloon and gambling club, she is shocked.

Lydia insists on visiting the club one fateful night and suddenly is a suspect to a murder. She must determine who she can trust, who is innocent, and if Sebastian Marks—the man so many people fear—is actually everything her heart believes him to be.



Lydia Bancroft has been watching a mysterious patron of the library fascinating. He obviously loves books, but so far she doesn’t even know his name. When she finds herself a murder suspect, can she turn to him?

Shelley Gray is a multi-talented author, published in both Amish fiction and Historical fiction novels. Although WHISPERS IN THE READING ROOM is the third book in the series, aptly named A CHICAGO’S WORLD FAIR MYSTERY, the book can easily be read alone, without the others in the series.

Shelley does an amazing job with interesting characters, a well-paced story, and an intriguing plot.

If I’m to be honest with you, most historical fiction doesn’t appeal to me, so it’s more difficult to read and review. However, I think if you enjoy historical mysteries, you’ll definitely enjoy WHISPERS IN THE READING ROOM.

Happy Reading!!!


Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

{I received this book from The Fiction Guild in exchange for an honest review}


Secrets of Sloane House | Shelley Gray

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!


You can find even more at the links below – including how to purchase your own copy!



I received the book free from the BookLook Blogger program
in exchange for an honest review.

©Donna J. Mynatt 2014

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