History, mystery, and murder are the traveling companions of Nellie Bly, the world's first female investigative reporter. In Carol McCleary's No Job for a Lady, Nellie defies the wrath of her editor and vengeful ancient gods while setting out to prove a woman has what it takes to be a foreign correspondent in dangerous Victorian times.
Pyramids, dark magic, and dead bodies are what the intrepid Nellie encounters when she takes off for Mexico after her editor refuses to let her work as a foreign correspondent because "it's no job for a lady."
It's 1886 and Mexico has not cast off all its bloodthirsty Aztec past. Among the towering pyramids in the ghost city of Teotihuacán, Nellie is stalked by ruthless killers seeking Montezuma's legendary treasure and an ancient cult that resorts to the murderous Way of the Aztec to protect it.
Nellie travels with Gertrude Bell, who will go on to be called Queen of the Desert for her later exploits in Egypt, as well as the most glamorous and beautiful woman of the era, Lily Langtry, consort to the Prince of Wales. Along for the ride is a young gunfighter called the Sundance Kid. And there's the mysterious Roger Watkins, who romantically and physically challenges Nellie's determination to be an independent woman in a man's world.
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Set in 1886, McCleary's solid fourth Nellie Bly mystery (after 2012's The Formula for Murder) takes the real-life newspaper reporter from El Paso, Tex., to Teotihuac n, Mexico, on her maiden voyage outside the United States. The independent Nellie is furious that her editor has refused to let her take on a foreign correspondent assignment because it was too dangerous for a woman, so she's decided to freelance on her own. While she has no particular story in mind, run-ins with such characters as Roger Watkins, with whom Nellie ends up chastely sharing a train compartment, and Harry "Sundance" Longabaugh, a frisky, gun-toting cowboy, guarantee that her journey will produce no shortage of newsworthy adventures. The plot meanders and lags as it moves south of the border, but Nellie's distinctive narrative voice, very much of its time, ensures that readers keep turning the pages.