Jo Montfort is a beautiful young woman whose family is among the social elite of New York City. She is about to graduate from finishing school and is very likely to wed Bram Aldrich, one of the most sought-after bachelors in high society. Yet, she isn’t sure that is what she truly wants. Jo longs to be a writer. She wants to be an investigative reporter like Nellie Bly, though she knows her family would never approve. But then, something happens that makes Jo question everything she knows about her family. Her father is found dead in his study — an apparent gun-cleaning accident. But Jo knows that her father knew better than to clean a loaded gun, and there are other details that just don’t quite add up. Will her penchant for investigative reporting and a new friendship with a young reporter, Eddie Gallagher, help her uncover the truth? Or will Jo’s desire not to upset her family and social order get in the way?
Fans of Donnelly’s A Northern Light will not be disappointed… I think this story was even better, and I absolutely *loved* ANL! I also recommend this to fans of Anna Godbersen’s Luxe series and people who enjoyed Manor Of Secrets. If you like stories of scandal set in the Guilded Age, you definitely need to read this book.