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The Lost Girl of Astor Street (Blink) by [Morrill, Stephanie]
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From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up—Eighteen-year-old Piper Sail, daughter of a well-to-do 1920s Chicago mobster attorney, isn't an average society girl, like her best friend, Lydia, who is always the perfect lady. Piper is surprised and concerned when Lydia shares her plans to proclaim her love for her quiet and mysterious family chauffeur, Matthew, and she grows even more concerned after Lydia disappears. Consumed with grief over the loss of her best friend, Piper vows to solve the mystery of her disappearance, even if it means resorting to some unconventional and risky investigative methods. Piper has never been one to swoon over boys, but she nonetheless finds herself falling for Det. Mariano Cassano as she searches for clues. As Piper matures and begins to understand her father's profession, she questions her judgment and the character of the handsome detective because of his family's relationship to her father. This coming-of-age tale describes the struggles of a child growing up without a mother to reinforce the behavior so expected of women at the time. It's also the story of a young woman experiencing loss and first love and learning to accept circumstances and people for what and who they really are. Morrill successfully captures the dark side of 1920s Chicago and the mobster mentality. Strong supportive characters add depth to the novel, and the author keeps readers guessing on multiple fronts. VERDICT An enjoyable yet sobering mystery with a surprising twist for inquisitive readers.—Susan Harris, Ridgeway High School, TN

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“The Lost Girl of Astor Street boasts a strong, smart, and courageous heroine, a note-perfect Jazz-Age Chicago setting, and a terrifically engaging plot that kept me reading into the middle of the night.” Jennifer Robson, international bestselling author of Moonlight Over Paris (Jennifer Robson, international bestselling author of Moonlight Over Paris)

“Downton Abbey in downtown Chicago---a must read!” Allison Rushby, author of The Heiresses (Allison Rushby, author of The Heiresses)

“A story that has it all---mystery, the mafia, and a heroine you can’t help but root for. If Veronica Mars met the Roaring Twenties, you’d end up with The Lost Girl of Astor Street!” Roseanna M. White, author of The Lost Heiress (Roseanna M. White, author of The Lost Heiress)

“Piper Sail is a character I’d follow to the ends of the earth---she had me from the very first page. With its smart, savvy heroine and moody Jazz-Age setting, Stephanie Morrill has penned a winner from start to finish.” Bestselling author Hillary Manton Lodge (Bestselling author Hillary Manton Lodge)

“A historical mystery full of heart and brimming with the vibrant atmosphere of 1920s Chicago. The moment I finished I was ready to flip it over and begin again.” Shannon Dittemore, author of the Angel Eyes trilogy (Shannon Dittemore, author of the Angel Eyes trilogy)

“Spunky Piper Sail is more interested in investigating her best friend’s death than in society’s expectations for a young woman in 1924. She’s curious, intelligent and gutsy … Reminiscent of Philip Pullman’s Sally Lockhart series in all the best ways!” Maureen Doyle McQuerry, award-winning author of The Peculiars and the Time Out of Time duet: The Telling Stone and Beyond the Door (Maureen Doyle McQuerry, award-winning author of The Peculiars and the Time Out of Time duet: The Telling Stone and Beyond the Door)

“Witty and compelling, The Girl of Astor Street is as thick with romance as it is with evolving mysteries. Piper Sail is a 1920s heroine to root for … A truly fresh and engaging story that not only kept me guessing until the very end, but that left me with a satisfied sigh for more please!” Joanne Bischof, award-winning author of The Lady and the Lionheart (Joanne Bischof, award-winning author of The Lady and the Lionheart)

“A fast-paced mystery that sparkles with the sights and sounds of 1920s Chicago. The strong characters and setting drew me in, and the twists and turns kept me hooked until the end.” Renee Collins, author of Until We Meet Again (Renee Collins, author of Until We Meet Again)

“A well-plotted mystery with plenty of twists, turns, and red herrings.” Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)

“Enjoyable…mystery with a twist for inquisitive readers.” School Library Journal (School Library Journal)

“Step back to a more glamorous time with the captivating story of Piper Sail, a sassy young woman with a penchant for finding trouble. As a mystery unfolds, you’ll be turning the pages and cheering on a heroine you won’t forget.” Jenny B. Jones, award-winning author of Can’t Let You Go and the Katie Parker Production series (Jenny B. Jones, award-winning author of Can’t Let You Go and the Katie Parker Production series)

“Thoroughly engaging. Fast paced, filled with vivid details, and featuring a delightful heroine, it was a joy to read. It’s a keeper, for sure.” New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray (New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray)

“In this engaging mystery, the dilemma of a teenager trying to find her place in the middle of drastic societal change is nicely blended with intrigue in the vivid setting of 1924 Chicago. Will likely be hard to keep on the shelf.” VOYA Magazine (VOYA Magazine)

“Morrill invites us on a wild ride through teen eyes down the crime-ridden, mob-infested streets of Chicago in the 1920s. Laden with mystery and laced with romance, this intriguing, who-done-it read is a testament to friendship, courage and first love that you won’t soon forget!” Betsy St. Amant, author of All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes and Love Arrives in Pieces (Betsy St. Amant, author of All’s Fair in Love & Cupcakes and Love Arrives in Pieces)

“An engrossing mystery that takes readers into the jazz clubs, illicit speakeasies, and gangster neighborhoods of 1920s Chicago in a search for a missing girl. The intrigue, romance, and glamorous Roaring Twenties setting will draw readers in.” Jill Williamson, award-winning author of By Darkness Hid and Captives (Jill Williamson, award-winning author of By Darkness Hid and Captives)

“A vivid picture of 1920s Chicago with strong, relatable characters and their intriguing relationships. You won’t be able to stop wondering what will happen next as the clever heroine works to solve the mystery of The Lost Girl of Astor Street.” Melanie Dickerson, author of The Golden Braid and The Beautiful Pretender (Melanie Dickerson, author of The Golden Braid and The Beautiful Pretender)

“Combining the fascinating setting of the Roaring Twenties with a smart, savvy heroine, Morrill has hit the perfect note with this captivating story.” RT Reviews, 4 Stars (Romantic Times)

“Here’s hoping this won’t be the last case for this strong and admirable female sleuth to solve. A…well-crafted historical whodunit.” Kirkus Reviews (Kirkus)

In The Lost Girl of Astor Street, eighteen-year-old Piper Sail’s best friend, Lydia, goes missing. Piper is determined to find out what happened to her friend. Piper has a number of suspects; was it the chauffeur on whom Lydia had a crush? Or how about the creepy father of the little boy she was the nanny for? Could it have been Lydia’s own father who didn’t want the secret of her epilepsy to get out and ruin his practice? And let’s not forget that 1924 Chicago is run by the opposing mafias, Irish and Italian, whom Piper’s father represents as a criminal defense attorney. Was Lydia even the original target? Piper is going to solve this case and bring justice for her friend, no matter what the cost. (5 star review by Christina Boswell) On the back cover of this book, one author says, “If Veronica Mars met the Roaring Twenties, you’d end up with The Lost Girl of Astor Street.” I cannot think of a more accurate description. Piper is very similar to Veronica Mars, who happens to be one of my favorites, so I very much enjoyed this book. Piper is easy to connect with as a young woman who can’t just sit around and do nothing while her best friend is missing, and she struggles to conform to society’s ideals. Ms. Morrill did a wonderful job of making great characters, of thoroughly researching the setting, and of still writing a worthwhile mystery. I personally loved that there was nothing inappropriate, no foul language, and no sex scenes. Just a good old-fashioned mystery that is a fun read. If you like Veronica Mars, you will enjoy this book, just like I did. (Seattle Book Review)

Product details

  • File Size: 1086 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Blink (February 7, 2017)
  • Publication Date: February 7, 2017
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01HAKH5GE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,687 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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