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"Addie is abducted, her father is about to be hung, all because..........."
REALLY? People are HANGED. Pictures are hung.
Did the author do this? The editor? Or some Amazon flunky.
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.
The back story is a pivotal part of this book and has been given all the due care and attention to detail which it deserves. Each and every element of the history has been well thought through and information is released into the current day storyline at just the right time and in the right way, so as to keep the dialogue flowing and the pages turning freely as this enticing story of greed, corruption and the abuse of power, unfolds.
The storyline is well drawn, intriguing and one to savour, with the suspense and danger growing page by page, as the couple become drawn into an underworld more dangerous and depraved than they ever could have imagined, where each new danger could potentially be their last, as unknowingly their very lives are put on the line, as they seek to secure justice and truth.
Abuse of power, greed and corruption, which rises from street level to the very top of the food chain in the offices of law enforcement.
The mental abuse towards one man less able than most to control his own thoughts and emotions, abandoned by his family and let down by a system which was meant to protect him. He is living an increasingly drug fuelled exiestence, forced upon him by his masters, to ensure his compliance.
Then, when an anonymous protector comes to the man's aid and learns the truth, he is in turn, falsely accused of being the criminal and sentenced to death to ensure his silence .... and all this is just the tip of the iceberg!
The pivotal characters of Jess and Addie, are well formed and totally realistic, with their burgeoning romance being given just the right amount of freedom to develop and grow, before leaping from the confines of the book's pages as the two of them realise that what they have is a relationship in which they can genuinely trust in and rely upon one another, and which is strong enough to cherish and nurture into the future.
All of the secondary characters have great personalities and roles to play, which are as fulsome and complete as those of the two main protagonists. Individually they have some great stories to tell, however collectively, they all inhabit their own space as part of the whole, to create a complete experience for the reader.
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!
A talented author's work that is worth the time taken to read.
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!