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Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 8.375 X 5.5 (inches)|
Series: Chicago World's Fair Mystery
Against the backdrop of the 1893 Worlds Fair, a young woman finds employment with an illustrious Chicago familya family who may guard the secret of her sisters disappearance.
Sloane House is among the most gilded mansions of Gilded Age Chicago. Rosalind Perry, the new housemaid, pours the morning coffee before the hard gaze of her mistress.
"Its simple, Rosalind," she says. "I am Veronica Sloane, heiress to one of the countrys greatest fortunes. You are simply one in a long line of unsuitable maids."
Back on the farm in Wisconsin, Rosalinds plan had seemed logical: Move to Chicago. Get hired on at Sloane House. Discover what transpired while her sister worked as a maid thereand follow the clues to why she disappeared.
Now, as a live-in housemaid to the Sloanes, Rosalind realizes her plan had been woefully simple-minded.
She was ignorant of the hard, hidden life of a servant in a big, prominent house; of the divide between the Sloane family and the people who served them; and most of all, she had never imagined so many people could live in such proximity and keep such dark secrets.
Yet, while Sloane House is daunting, the streets of Chicago are downright dangerous. The Worlds Fair has brought a new kind of crime to the city . . . and a lonely young woman is always at risk. But when Rosalind accepts the friendship of Reid Armstrong, the handsome young heir to a Chicago silver fortune, she becomes an accidental rival to Veronica Sloane.
As Rosalind continues to disguise her kinship to the missing maidand struggles to appease her jealous mistressshe probes the dark secrets of Sloane House and comes ever closer to uncovering her sisters mysterious fate. A fate that everyone in the house seems to know . . . but which no one dares to name.
Shelley Gray is the author of The Heart of a Hero series. Her Amish novel (written as Shelley Shepard Gray), The Protector, recently made the New York Times best seller list. A native of Texas, she earned her bachelors and masters degrees in Colorado and taught school for ten years. She and her husband have two children and live in Southern Ohio. Visit her website at www.shelleyshepardgray.com Facebook: ShelleyShepardGray Twitter: @ShelleySGray