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The Devil's Dime (The Samaritan Files) [Kindle Edition]

Bailey Bristol
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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REVIEW: "Great historical detail and empathetic characters made Devil's Dime one of my favorite reads so far this week." - Christy Carlyle | Goodreads

REVIEW:  "Devil's Dime is the first part of the Samaritan Files trilogy but it is a wonderful stand alone book. I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good historical crime book..." - Gillian | Goodreads

New York City 1896
The tattered blue folder that was handed to Jess Pepper his first week on the job bulged with reports of violent crimes against women. Lovely, dark-haired women, caught alone after dark on streets New Yorkers thought of as safe. They were brutal crimes, by a fellow who was never caught, because each time, just as the young woman felt certain she drew her last breath, a man stepped from the shadows. And saved her. Now, twenty years later, the crudely lettered words penciled on the folder's cover grabbed Jess and wouldn't let go. The Samaritan Files. Twenty women had survived those crimes two decades ago, because of one good man. One good Samaritan. Who was he? And why hadn't the city thanked him?

Chief Deacon Trumbull relished the lavish life he lived, a life of wealth and status far beyond what his salary and station should have garnered him. He wore only the best, smoked only the best, kept only the best in his well-stocked private bar, all paid for by years on "the take", years living on the devil's dime. He was not about to let an upstart investigative reporter at the New York Times threaten his lucrative empire. That would not happen. Not while Deacon Trumbull drew breath. Not as long as he could find that blasted Samaritan first. And make him disappear once and for all.

Addie Magee found a great deal more than she anticipated when she brought her violin to New York City. She found a group of young women ready to follow her lead into a promising career as the Avalon Strings. She found the father she hadn't seen for sixteen years. And the young man to whom she was losing her heart threatened to ruin it all.

Now Addie is abducted, her father is about to be executed, and an evil man's vengeance is unleashed, all because of Jess's reporting. 

And only Jess can save them. 

.............Historical Romantic Suspense set in 1896 New York City .............

"Those who prosper by thievery, thuggery, or by ruining another, have chosen to live on the devil's dime."

Editorial Reviews


" ...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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Product Details

  • File Size: 517 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Prairie Muse Publishing (October 26, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00602L5PQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,278 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read! November 25, 2011
By Denise
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this story! November 5, 2011
By Melody
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read October 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
A sharp eyed newspaper reporter, a young female violinist, a serial killer, a mysterious man to the rescue, a few corrupt officials, a young boy, a family torn apart by secrets -- set them all in 1890's New York and you have a rollicking good read -- mystery, adventure, thriller, and romance rolled into one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Title interested me enough to buy book. July 1, 2013
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After reading the Devils Dime, I will be looking forward the completion of the series. I like both of the main characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars delightful read June 3, 2013
By Tony P
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Well written book regarding the corruption of turn of the century New York. Also a good love story that challenges the local corruption.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Musicality November 28, 2012
By Tulips
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars History, Suspense and Romance in One Place
"The Devil's Dime", by Bailey Bristol is a fast paced read that is at once suspenseful, historical and romantic. Read more
Published 17 months ago by The Kindle Book Review
4.0 out of 5 stars not the best but not bad
I love reading stories about the 1800's early 1900 eras but this one got a little slow towards the middle. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Valerie A. Strunk
3.0 out of 5 stars Expected more.
if I understand correctly, the author is a modern writer who writes in a style to mimic authors of the late 1800's era. The story seemed well-written. Lots of historical detail. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Thatch1120
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It
I am not much of a reader but do like mystery novels, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was an easy read suspenceful and I am looking forward to the rest of the series.
Published 19 months ago by nananan
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!
The Devil's Dime was an amazing read! I felt it started kind of slow but by 3 chapters in I was hoooked! There were twists that I was not ready for! Read more
Published 22 months ago by Kort
1.0 out of 5 stars change synopsis
Who does the story review? first line made me think twice about reading this.
"Addie is abducted, her father is about to be hung, all because..........."
REALLY? Read more
Published on April 15, 2012 by Stevie O'M
5.0 out of 5 stars Book two for Devil's Dime !!! -- Kindle download !
Just what I need for a rainy day -- book two to "Devil's Dime" ! I enjoyed the vivid dangers and heartbreak found in book one with characters Jess Pepper and Adelaide Magee in... Read more
Published on March 7, 2012 by Jdsneb
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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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