Miss Daphne Beekman is a mystery writer by day, inquiry agent by night. Known for her ability to puzzle out plots, she prefers working behind the scenes for the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency, staying well away from danger. However, Daphne soon finds herself in the thick of an attempted murder case she's determined to solve.
Mr. Herman Henderson is also a mystery writer, but unlike the dashing heroes he pens, he lives a quiet life, determined to avoid the fate of his adventurous parents, who perished on an expedition when he was a child. But when he experiences numerous attempts on his life, he seeks out the services of the eccentric Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency to uncover the culprit. All too soon, Herman finds himself stepping out of the safe haven of his world and into an adventure he never imagined.
As the list of suspects grows and sinister plots are directed Daphne's way as well, Herman and Daphne must determine who they can trust and if they can risk the greatest adventure of all: love.
In Turano's enjoyable second installment of the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency series (after To Steal a Heart) a private investigator falls for a client. In 1887 New York City, Daphne Beekman, a successful mystery novelist who writes under a pen name, moonlights as an inquiry agent. Herman Henderson, another famous mystery author, requests her services after someone tries to run him over. While attempting to keep her nom de plume secret, Daphne and several of her associates go undercover to Herman's house posing as a secretary and travel staff. Between the young woman Herman has rejected, authors jealous of Herman's success, and disgruntled house employees, suspects are everywhere. Mayhem abounds, and when Daphne's secret is revealed, her status as a mystery writer becomes her new cover for visiting Herman. Meanwhile, romance blossoms between Herman and Daphne, but the case must be solved for them to find happiness. Turano nicely blends the intensity of the investigation with the percolation of romance and Daphne's prayers for the courage she eventually finds. Fans of faith-driven mysteries and romantic comedies will delight in this entertaining whodunit. \n