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Samaritan Files: The Devil's Dime (The Samaritan Files Book 1) Kindle Edition

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" ...a richly crafted historical romance, with well-drawn characters, a suspenseful plot and so much historical detail that 19th century New York comes to life on the page... The result is not a light read, but a story to savor, one that any lover of historical romance can take their time with and sink their teeth into." - Night Owl Reviews

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Readers interested in this period can find images of the story's pennyfarthing, Duryea Runabout, and Packard on the author web site at baileybristol.com.

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  • File Size: 748 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Prairie Muse Publishing (October 26, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 26, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00602L5PQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #504,124 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bailey Bristol, author of historical romantic suspense, lives in the American Midwest with her husband of forty-two years. As an accomplished director of opera and music theatre, a retired IT geek, and devoted grandmother, Bailey promises this to all her readers: "O! the places I will take you!"

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Bailey Bristol

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By The Curious Dame on December 15, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
From its beautiful cover to the engaging tale that unfolds on this book's pages, there is much to savour in this novel of suspense and heart-wrenching love. The hero is Jess Pepper, a struggling journalist who is investigating a series of mysterious murders that occurred twenty years prior. He meets Adelaide Magee, our heroine, as she performs with her ladies musical group at a local restaurant.

Adelaide is seeking her father, Ford Magee, who abandoned her when she was a small child, but their first meeting does not go well. In an effort to mend their relationship, he pens a letter to her explaining the circumstances of his absence and how he secretly kept a watchful eye on her as she grew up. But a secret diary reveals that Ford disappeared at the same time the murders were occurring. Suspicion falls upon Ford. Jess and Adelaide team up to unravel the mystery in order to prove Ford's innocence. Step by step they encounter corruption, treachery, and family secrets.

Beautifully presented, the story was interesting with fascinating characters. The romance between Addie and Jess unfolded tenderly, realistically, and without the melodrama one usually finds in the romance genre. The twists and turns added to the story's unrelenting suspense as the hero and heroine face one difficulty after another. I enjoyed the unique setting of 1890's New York where the author added wonderful descriptions of landmarks and period facts. For a nice cozy mystery, this is definitely a great read!

The Devil's Dime is Book One of the Samaritan Trilogy, so keep an eye out for Jess and Addie to return!
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I was a little unsure about reading this book, when Bailey first contacted me, as she told me straight off, that this was to be the first in a trilogy of books, titled `The Samaritan Files'. I was concerned that `The Devil's Dime' would therefore be an unfinished work, left to be completed in the two remaining episodes.

I need not have worried ... this book works perfectly as a stand-alone story; with an enticing opening; a richly crafted, suspenseful plot; and a defined, thoughtful and unrushed conclusion ... which leaves you wondering just enough, to be pleased that there might be more adventures to come for our hero and heroine.

It was especially rewarding to see that a US author, has centred her story around the New York City of the turn of the twentieth century, rather than have me find our characters in London, or some other UK location, as is so often the case with historical romances. The background information for the period, appeared thorough and almost lovingly described. I had some great times spent researching authentic American, period words and terms of which I was unaware and I had a real sense of `being' on the streets along with Jess and Addie, as they traversed the deprived, ravaged and gang controlled areas, which were home to the seedier elements of society and those in the dubious employ of the corrupt few amongst the upper echelons of society, who sought to profit and gain from others misery.

This, in direct conflict with the the more glamorous, decorous circles in which Jess and Addie were becoming used to circulating; Jess with his increasingly sought after journalistic and investigative skills and Addie in her aspiring career as a virtuoso violinist.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Denise on November 25, 2011
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"The Devil's Dime" was an enjoyable read with enough mystery to keep you ready for the next turn of the page. Bailey Bristol has developed interesting characters with Addie & Jess, just the kind of people we all want to know. I am looking forward to the next book in the trilogy as well as any books written by Bailey Bristol.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Melody on November 5, 2011
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In The Devil's Dime, Bailey Bristol has crafted a riveting tale of suspense and romance set against the backdrop of corruption that took place in New York City during the 1890's. Jess and Addie are likeable, believable characters with interesting professions, which Bristol writes with vivid authenticity. I was completely drawn into their story and relationship as they are brought together to solve a mystery, right a wrong, and free a "good Samaritan" from the past.
I fell in love with these characters and this first book in Bristol's Samaritan Files trilogy, and can't wait for the next book in the series!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tulips on November 28, 2012
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A historical suspense novel that keeps your heart racing to the end, because of the combined mystery and romance. The well developed characters make the book all the more exciting to read. Jess is an investigative reporter in 1890's New York City. Addie is an independent woman, who plays the violin. While Jess delves into the underworld of New York City to uncover the identity of the hero and villain from the Samaritan Files, his love for Addie begins to blossom. I loved the characters and their stories. And the little trickles of information that connected one thing to the next. Jess begins working on a new story...The Samaritan Files. He meets Addie, and her family holds all of the answers to the 20 year old mystery in New York City. I can't wait to continue Jess's and Addie's journey in the final installments of the series.
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