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Against the backdrop of the 1893 World’s Fair, a new kind of crime comes to Gilded Age Chicago . . . and a lonely young woman is always at risk.

Back on the farm in Wisconsin, Rosalind’s plan had seemed logical: Move to Chicago. Get hired on at Sloane House, one of the most gilded mansions of Chicago. Discover what transpired while her sister worked as a maid there—and follow the clues to why she disappeared.

Now, as a live-in housemaid to the Sloanes, Rosalind realizes her plan had been woefully simple-minded.

She was ignorant of the hard, hidden life of a servant in a big, prominent house; of the divide between the Sloane family and the people who served them; and most of all, she had never imagined so many people could live in such proximity and keep such dark secrets.

Yet, while Sloane House is daunting, the streets of Chicago are downright dangerous. But when Rosalind accepts the friendship of Reid Armstrong, the handsome young heir to a Chicago silver fortune, she becomes an accidental rival to Veronica Sloane.

As Rosalind continues to disguise her kinship to the missing maid—and struggles to appease her jealous mistress—she probes the dark secrets of Sloane House and comes ever closer to uncovering her sister’s mysterious fate. A fate that everyone in the house seems to know . . . but which no one dares to name.

“Gray writes with honesty, tenderness, and depth. Her characters are admirable, richly layered, and impossible to forget long after the story is done.” —Jillian Hart
Part of the Chicago World’s Fair Mystery series:Book one: Secrets of Sloane HouseBook two: Deception on Sable HillBook three: Whispers in the Reading RoomBook length: approximately 95,000 wordsIncludes discussion questions for book clubs

Fiction & Literature
July 8
Harper Collins Canada Limited

Customer Reviews

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Secrets and intrigue in the mansion

I enjoyed this story, but then I already knew Shelley Gray was a fantastic storyteller. I'm so happy to see something non Amish from her as that's not my favourite genre.

Set in Chicago during the World's Fair, that side of the story alone is intriguing. Much more is going on in Sloane House. There are dark secrets that both the family and the servants are keeping. They seem to know more than they are willing to say about the disappearance of Rosalind's sister, Miranda. No one wants her looking into the disappearance. She's determined to find answers for the sake of her worried family back in Wisconsin.

She comes into service in this grand house not fully realizing how hard it will be, both emotionally and physically. She figures that since she's grown up on a farm and she's used to hard work it won't be a problem but the hours are long and the stress is high. It's an eye opener, and her job demands far more of her time than she had expected so it's hard to fit in the sleuthing. It's hard to know who really are her friends and who to trust.

I can't wait for the next book in the series, centered around Eloisa Carstairs, another interesting character we've been introduced to in this book.

I received this book from Zondervan for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own. Thank you Zondervan.

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