Book Review: “Deception At Sable Hill” by Shelley Gray

April 17, 2015 at 7:10 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Shelley Gray in her new book, “Deception At Sable Hill book coverDeception At Sable Hill” Book Two in The Chicago World’s Fair Mystery series published by Zondervan takes us into the life of Eloisa Carstairs.

From the back cover:  The World’s Fair has introduced many new ideas to Chicago society—but can two individuals from very different backgrounds find love together?

It’s mid-September 1893 and Eloisa Carstairs is the reigning debutant of Gilded Age Chicago society. To outsiders she appears to have it all. But Eloisa is living with a dark secret. Several months ago, she endured a horrible assault at the hands of Douglass Sloane, heir to one of Chicago’s wealthiest families. Fearing the loss of her reputation, Eloisa confided in only one friend. That is, until she meets Detective Sean Ryan at a high-society ball.

Sean is on the fringes of the Chicago elite. Born into a poor Irish family, becoming a policeman was his best chance to ensure security. Despite social boundaries, he is enamored with Eloisa Carstairs. Sean will do anything to keep her safe—even if he can never earn her affections.

Eloisa longs to feel normal again, but a killer is on the loose. In the last month, three debutants have been accosted by an assailant wielding a knife, and Eloisa fears for her safety at every event she attends. As the danger in the city increases, and as the romance between Eloisa and Sean blossoms, they both realize they want to be seen as more than how the world views them. But will they catch the killer before all their hopes come crashing down?

There is a person known as the “Society Slasher” who is going around cutting the faces of “ladies”, those of the upper class. Eloisa Carstairs is one of those ladies and, in addition, she is beautiful. Detective Sean Ryan is a policeman from the lower class assigned to the “Slasher” case. Ms. Gray now shows us the workings of the two classes as Eloisa and Sean try to find a common ground to fit in with each other. There is danger and excitement however that takes second place to the romance between these two. It is watching all of this happen that is just plain fun and exciting.  I am so looking forward to the next book in this series.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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