Book Review: “Whispers in the Reading Room” by Shelley Gray

December 16, 2015 at 2:25 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Shelley Gray in her new book, “Whispers in the Reading Room book coverWhispers in the Reading Room” Book Three in The Chicago World’s Fair Mystery series published by Zondervan takes us into the life of Lydia Bancroft.

From the back cover:  Lydia’s job at the library is her world—until a mysterious patron catches her eye . . . and perhaps her heart.

Just months after the closure of the Chicago World’s Fair, librarian Lydia Bancroft finds herself fascinated by a mysterious dark-haired and dark-eyed patron. He has never given her his name; he actually never speaks to a single person. All she knows about him is that he loves books as much as she does.

Only when he rescues her in the lobby of the Hartman Hotel does she discover that his name is Sebastian Marks. She also discovers that he lives at the top of the prestigious hotel and that most everyone in Chicago is intrigued by him.

Lydia and Sebastian form a fragile friendship, but when she discovers that Mr. Marks isn’t merely a very wealthy gentleman, but also the proprietor of an infamous saloon and gambling club, she is shocked.

Lydia insists on visiting the club one fateful night and suddenly is a suspect to a murder. She must determine who she can trust, who is innocent, and if Sebastian Marks—the man so many people fear—is actually everything her heart believes him to be.

You would not think that working in a library would get you into very much trouble. Yet for Lydia one step compounds into another and it just keeps building until she is a murder suspect. Sebastian is a man of wealth and privilege although it wasn’t always that way with him. Lydia is working middle class. You would not think that these two could have any ground in common yet that is the story line of this book as they work to do exactly that. Both of them go through quite a bit of character growth. 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 liked this book a lot.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.   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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