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Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.4 X 5.5 (inches)|
When her best friend vanishes without so much as a good-bye, eighteen-year-old Piper Sail takes on the role of amateur sleuth in an attempt to solve the mystery of Lydias disappearance. Given that Pipers tendency has always been to butt heads with high-societys expectations of her, its no surprise that she doesnt give a second thought to searching for answers to Lydias abduction from their privileged neighborhood.
As Piper discovers that those answers might stem from the corruption strangling 1924 Chicagoand quite possibly lead back to the doors of her affluent neighborhoodshe must decide how deep shes willing to dig, how much she should reveal, and if shes willing to risk her life of privilege for the sake of the truth.
Perfect for fans of Libba Bray and Anna Godbersen, Stephanie Morrills atmospheric jazz-age mystery will take readers from the glitzy homes of the elite to the dark underbelly of 1920s Chicago.
Stephanie Morrill lives in Overland Park, Kansas, with her husband and three kids. She is the author of The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series, Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft Into a Published Book, and the Ellie Sweet series. She enjoys encouraging and teaching teen writers on her blog, GoTeenWriters.com. To connect with Stephanie and read samples of her books, check out StephanieMorrill.com.
Downton Abbey in downtown Chicago---a must read! Allison Rushby, author of The Heiresses
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, youll be turning the pages and cheering on a heroine you wont forget. Jenny B. Jones, award-winning author of Cant 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. Its a keeper, for sure. 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
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 wont soon forget! Betsy St. Amant, author of Alls Fair in Love and 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
A vivid picture of 1920s Chicago with strong, relatable characters and their intriguing relationships. You wont 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
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
Heres hoping this wont be the last case for this strong and admirable female sleuth to solve. A well-crafted historical whodunit. Kirkus Reviews
In The Lost Girl of Astor Street, eighteen-year-old Piper Sails 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 Lydias own father who didnt want the secret of her epilepsy to get out and ruin his practice? And lets not forget that 1924 Chicago is run by the opposing mafias, Irish and Italian, whom Pipers 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, youd 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 cant just sit around and do nothing while her best friend is missing, and she struggles to conform to societys 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.
A story that has it all---mystery, the mafia, and a heroine you cant help but root for. If Veronica Mars met the Roaring Twenties, youd end up with The Lost Girl of Astor Street! Roseanna M. White, author of The Lost Heiress
Piper Sail is a character Id 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
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
Spunky Piper Sail is more interested in investigating her best friends death than in societys expectations for a young woman in 1924. Shes curious, intelligent and gutsy Reminiscent of Philip Pullmans 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
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
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
A well-plotted mystery with plenty of twists, turns, and red herrings. Publishers Weekly
Enjoyable mystery with a twist for inquisitive readers. School Library Journal
Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The Lost Girl of Astor StreetApril 14, 2017Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Chicago, Illinois on May 12, 1924, is where The Lost Girl of Astor Street begins. Two eighteen year old girls, Piper and Lydia have been best friends since childhood. Lydia has a secretive mysterious illness and suddenly disappears. Piper is determined to solve the mystery of where her best friend has gone. She finally convinces a detective, Mariano, to help her. This adventure takes her on a journey she never imagined.
I liked The Lost of Astor Street. The mystery and suspense was good at times and I did not feel the story was predictable. There were some parts of the book that I felt were rather slow but it picked back up to where I did not want to put it down. I was completely taken off guard of how it all ended. I felt like the ending had a cliffhanger and hope this is only the beginning of the series.
I would give this book four stars and recommend it.
I received this book from the author and was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Nancy Drew meets Veronica Mars in the 1920sApril 10, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Nancy Drew meets Veronica Mars in this astounding Young Adult Mystery that can certainly be enjoyed by readers who have passed their teen years.
Love the mix of historical (roaring twenties in Chicago) and mystery. And I'm actually surprising myself by saying I also loved the first person, present tense point of view which is usually my least favourite POV. But it works here, catapulting the reader into Piper's heart and mind as she navigates a complicated web of intrigue and secrets.
I love her spunk! And her fierce loyalty and dogged determination. She just doesn't quit, much to the exasperation (and reluctant admiration) of a certain young police detective. But Piper's stubbornness leads to danger as she exposes secrets and follows clues that lead her into the seedy side of town. And if the heart-stopping suspense doesn't keep you frantically turning pages, the sweet romance certainly will. Praying this is the first of many cases for this new, intrepid female detective.
Lucy5 Stars Out Of 5A Debut Written like a Pro!February 7, 2017LucyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is action-packed. I read it in one day, which used to be normal for me but is now a bit of a rare occasion. First of all, this book takes place in the roaring 20s in Chicago. That alone has me intrigued. It features an girl who strains against the constraints of the expectations for woman at that time. While clich, I didnt mind it.
As usual, Stephanie Morrill succeeded to draw me in with her excellent writing and enticing characters.This was Stephanie Morrills first attempt at historical fiction and mystery and I think she did wonderfully. The fast-paced plot kept me guessing until the very end. Each character was so complex and the world around them felt very real.
I loved the exploration of the various mafias and the dark underbelly of a beloved American city. I think that, at least for me, mafias are rarely explored in YA and this definitely made the story stand out among the many books Ive read.
The romance in this was very sweet and very shippable. While it seemed strange that two of the major female characters both had two men keen on them, I am glad it didnt turn into a full blown love triangle.
This story was so twisty and every time I thought I knew how it would end Stephanie Morrill would throw a curveball my way. The relationships were all so complex, and you never really knew who to trust. Stephanie Morrill was born to write this kind of story and that showed in the complexity and originality of her story and her concise lyrical prose. She definitely knew what she was doing and I cant wait to see what she does next.
Sexual kissing, mentions of prostitutes, brothels, and affairs. Innuendos.
Cussing implied, once or twice (ex. he muttered an expletive)
Violence violence death, psychologically messed up person
Drinking/drugs some mild drinking
EmilyAnne284 Stars Out Of 5Great YA MysteryFebruary 7, 2017EmilyAnne28Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Piper and Lydia have been best friends for yearsattending the same schools, living next door to each other, talking about their crushes, and sharing their secrets. But when Lydia disappears, Piper is determined to do whatever it takes to find her and bring her home safely. Piper has several suspects in mind, but that handsome detective doesnt want her to help him search. Of course, when it concerns her best friends life, Piper isnt willing to let anyone or anything stop her.
Its been a while since Ive read a YA mystery, something about speculative fiction and romance being the top subdivisions in that genre. But The Lost Girl of Astor Street is one of the best. From the blossoming romance to the rich historical background, Stephanie Morrills newest book is truly fantastic. It kept me guessing the whole time, taking a number of unexpected turns. It dropped clues the entire time, but I could not decipher what they meant until the very end. The internal growth that Piper underwent throughout the story changed her from a girl to a woman, able to contemplate and understand the complexity of humanity much better. The setting, of Chicago in the 1920s, was very well developed, adding enough detail to put the reader directly into the time period without losing them to the differing customs and jargon. Pipers romance was very sweet, with all of the normal ups and downs, and the other relationships in the story, both romantic and non-romantic, were also portrayed will with great development.
The story became a little slow in the middle, right after one of those dramatic plot twists. I wasnt sure where the story would go from that point forward, but the author did a good job of pulling me back in with the new hints and unsolved mysteries.
I recommend The Lost Girl of Astor Street to readers of YA, mystery, sweet romance, and historical fiction.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions are entirely my own.
aschae92Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A must-readFebruary 6, 2017aschae92Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Q: What do you get when you mix a strong female protagonist, the Roaring 20s, and the Chicago mafia scene?
A: The Lost Girl of Astor Street, a story that will immerse you in the world of Piper Sail as she tries to solve the mystery of what happened to her best friend. Hold onto your cloche its a wild ride.
The 1920s are fascinating. Flappers, jazz, speakeasies, and the likes of Al Capone all color this time period. And thats where youll find Piper Sail, a tenacious eighteen-year-old determined to find answers to all of the secrets swirling around her.
Stephanie Morrill brings Pipers world to life through vivid description and a keen eye for historical detail. The story grabs you and wont let go, but the setting of 1924 Chicago both the glamorous and the gritty is enough to keep you reading. Even the dialogue is reflective of the time period.
The characters are unique and well-developed, and the plot will keep you guessing as you try to solve the mystery alongside Piper.
Lost Girl gives readers a perfect blend of suspense, humor, and romance throughout the story, which is realistic yet doesnt include any iffy language or content.
Im a big fan of all of Morrills books, but she outdoes herself with this one. Its become one of my favorites, and I highly recommend it. I hope this isnt the last we hear from Piper Sail!
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