Capability “Kitty” Weeks is nineteen, well traveled, well-off, and fresh out of Swiss boarding school. She’s just returned to New York and started writing for the New York Sentinel Ladies’ Page. New York in 1915 is an exciting place. Everything—from cars and movies to culture and women’s roles in the workplace—is undergoing a sea change.
When Kitty is sent to the Sleepy Hollow Country Club to cover the Japanese Fireworks at a Fourth of July picnic, all anyone can talk about is the man who shot J.P. Morgan at his mansion and was pinned beneath the robber baron’s enormous bulk. That is, all anyone can talk about until a man is discovered murdered in the stables.
What Do Others Say?
This lively and well-researched debut introduces a charming historical series and an appealing fish-out-of-water sleuth who seeks independence and a career in an age when most women are bent on getting married, particularly to titled Englishmen. Devotees of Rhys Bowen’s mysteries will enjoy making the acquaintance of Miss Weeks. —Library Journal
A delightfully spunky heroine defies convention as an investigative reporter in this engaging historical mystery. The small factual details of New York life are gems. —Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author.
Vatsal deftly intertwines the tumult of the era, from emerging women’s rights to spreading international conflict, into this rich historical mystery. —Publishers Weekly
Who Wrote It?
Radha Vatsal grew up in Mumbai, India, and came to the United States to attend boarding school when she was sixteen. Her fascination with the 1910s began when she studied women filmmakers and action-film heroines of silent cinema at Duke University, where she earned her PhD from the English department. Vatsal lives with her husband and two daughters in New York City. A Front Page Affair is her first novel. Radha is also on Facebook and Tumblr.
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